Mockingbird Evil Edge SE review by B.C. Rich

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 9 (61 votes)
B.C. Rich: Mockingbird Evil Edge SE
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Price paid: $ 350

Purchased from: Music Maniac

Sound — 9
Metal is all I can say here. My amp is a Kustom Arrow 16 with the effects, nothing huge, but still good. With a little tweaks in the amp's equalizer, effects and the pickup volumes, you can get some nice smooth jazz, but B.C. Rich's are and always have been metal and hard rock. The pickups are great to start, but I'm thinking of putting some EMGs or maybe a Rockfield, because a friend has a Warlock with those and it is even more powerful. The sound is quite versatile, but like I said it is made to be hard and roaring. On clean, the low notes have a clear, hard booming growl and the highs are quite clear and crisp. Then you change it to the lead, cut down the mid, boost the bass and turn up the gain. Add a chorus effect and this Bird is roaring and screaming through the rafters.

Overall Impression — 9
Overall, this is a great guitar. I play a lot of metal and hard rock, so this is a great fitting guitar. I've been playing for about half a year now (this guitar for about a month) and it's still going strong. This is my second guitar, my other is a Indiana Guitar Co. acoustic. The only thing I wish I'd asked was if I could get a tremolo for it, because I can see now that it's not going to work. If it were lost or stolen, I'd go and buy another one, and then buy the Dean I wanted with the extra insurance money. I love absolutely everything, especially the shape and the flashiness of it. I compared it to a lot of other guitars, among them Deans, Gibsons, Fenders, Axls, and other Rich's. I had it narrowed down between a Dean Michael Schenker Custom and this one. the Dean was about 50 bucks more, and I finally decided on this one. I only wish it had a Floyd rose, like the really expensive ones I tried.

Reliability & Durability — 9
I'm fairly sure that this guitar will definitely withstand some serious headbanging onstage. It's a surely heavy-duty guitar, just don't try a full-neck bend. B.C. Rich's are notorious, at least I've known them to be, for exploding in flying maple shrapnel and frets when you try that too much. The hardware will definitely stand a lot of use (and abuse). the only problem is modification-it's going to be hard to, say, replace the bridge or put in a trem without doing some cutting because the pickguard plate is built right into the thing. The finish doesn't even scratch when I try (on the back, of course) if it ever did, I assume it would be very easy to re-finish. Just get some super-glossy black and paint away!

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar came very nice, my only complaint is that some guy tuned it up a whole step. But that's fairly normal at a Try-before-you-buy place like Music Maniac. The pickups were in good shape, but the neck was a little low, but that was easy to adjust with a screwdriver, or even a guitar pick worked. The finish is very clean, very shiny, and looks awesome. There was only one screw loose, on the top end of the pickguard. All in all, though, it's a fairly pick-up and play guitar.

16 comments sorted by best / new / date

    BOOGASUGAR
    for wieght distribution you can move the strap button but it leaves a hole in the original spot. My epiphone SG does the neck thing but i don't care it's light as so you barely notice
    the.spine.surfs
    Always beware of reviews that rate everything a ten and don't compare the item at hand to anything else...
    blink-182.5
    spoonylove90 : b.c. rich blows.....buy a schecter or an ltd or sumthing.....same price better guitar.
    Amen, I got a C1-plus and it sounds awsome
    Dirt Bag Boy
    i got this guitar a few months ago and it is just perfect for just about any style. a few people say that it is a little neck heavy which it is but other than that it is one of the best guitars on the market for under $500
    javier323
    i love this guitar i think i bought it used at guitar center it was a floor model but even for a used guitar it still sounds good it sounds better than all my stratocasters but its a bitch when you stand up because the neck and and above tilt to the bottom but other than that its bad ass
    zakk_attack
    why does everyone complain about it being heavy? i've played almost an entire set with it and the only reason i had to change guitars was because i broke a string i dont mind the weight at all
    skinar
    i have an iceman icx120, it has exactly the same problem with the weight of the headstock being to much but im used to that. i have to buy one of these looks and sounds amazing. only prolem is, im spending part of my university fund on it .... im agreat role model
    thedekker
    buy this guitar...i repeat, buy this guitar the thing looks, feels, plays and sounds fantastic. it is a little heavy after playing 10 songs, but oh good god the sound is totally worth it. buy it.
    Kid Fisto
    skinar wrote: bloody nice guitar. uncomfortable to play sat down though
    rly? i find it nice to play sitting and awkward standing...
    Kid Fisto
    oh, and if anyone says b.c. riches are crap, this guitar will definitely change your mind.
    Dry Bones92
    I lv this guitar, i dont care that its un-balanced and find it fairly easy to play both sittin n standin. n i got it for 200 from a music shop, did i get a bargin or did Kid Fisto pay way 2 much??? lol BC Rich, see it, play it, love it
    thedekker
    heyy any of you evil edge owners take a look at the mockingbird special in white??? i'm just thinkin, cloud inlays, white body...you gotta balance out the good and evil. i'm buyin mine next month, will make a nice wall display with the 2 of them .....once you've tried a mockingbird, you cant turn back
    Korzack
    Hmm... Was looking into one of these for a band that I'm starting for serious in a few months (Sorta Black metal with a Rammnstein feel - Don't ask, I'm only helping a pal out here), and this would do the job Perfectly... Nice to see it gets good reviews, will check it out further. Could do with a solid amp for Metal first though...