Price paid: $ 748
Purchased from: Ebay Store
Sound — 9
Great tone from the guitar, while I prefer PAFs the EMGs are quite good if I back 'em off a bit. I'm playing through an old Peavey Classic 50 410 and a Line 6 M9 stompbox modeler. Also have a Peavey Vypyr Tube 60. It sounds fantastic clean or crunched or on super high gain. Very flexible. Giving a 9 only because I prefer PAF to active pups. I will say the active pups are dead silent when not playing, very impressive. The tone is well balanced with the mids a bit scooped (EMG trait). The tone and volume pots work well and don't suck the tone out when lowered.
Overall Impression — 10
I play classic rock so this guitar is perfect fit. Been playing for 32 years. My only improvement would be for BC Rich to make the exact same guitar with a PAF option but if you're a metal player then the EMGs are your ticket. If this got stolen I'd be upset and would 100% have to get another. It plays so smooth and has great sustain. The REAL Floyd stays right in tune no matter how brutal I get with it. The Floyd is a pain in the butt to do a set up with but if you invest the time and have patience you'll be rewarded. My other guitars are: - '92 Les Paul Std - 2011 Ibanez Prestige SV5470 - 2007 Greg Bennet Royale Semi Hollow customized with 57 Seth Lover PAFs from SD All 3 are fantastic and each is unique in tone and the Mockingbird is a great compliment. I had to buy it from an eBay store with a good reputation because no local stores or big name stores had it. If you find one, try it. YouTube video:
Reliability & Durability — 10
While I haven't had this very long I can tell it's one rock solid guitar and very well constructed. I even brought it to my local luthier friend to check out. He loved it and couldn't say enough about the build quality from the factory (Korea). Everyone who sees it is blown away. Congrats to BC Rich and their Korean factory. Now, I can't say what you'll get if you buy the down market $300 version of the Mockingbird but I can say the higher end Pro X is built with great care and Precision and rivals USA Gibson LP Customs without a doubt. I fully expect to have this guitar forever and hand it down to a family member when I'm too old to play. I suspect this could become a real classic, clearly not to the level of the originals from the late 70's but it will be worth something more than I paid in 20 years for sure. In a way I don't want people to buy this guitar because I want it to remain a good secret but then again this guitar is too nice not to share. The Dual action truss rod is the greatest insurance against long term issues. I wish all guitars had that feature.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This is the best part. This is one high quality instrument. It came from the factory set up decently. The frets were perfect and level, no dead spots at all. The Floyd was level and action was decent. I swapped the 9's for 10's, added a spring to the Floyd, adjusted the neck relief, leveled the Floyd, reset action and did intonation. It came out fantastic, very smooth and fast, easy to play. Had I not swapped the 9's for 10's I would have only tweaked intonation and action. I have .010 neck relief, action set to 5/64 on the low E at 15th and 4/64 on high E. The fit and finish is of the highest quality. Way better than I expected. I expected it to be nice but this really set the bar higher. My baby is my 21 year old Les Paul Standard and this Mockingbird is right there with it.
Features — 10
I purchased the Black Burl/Black burst 2012 Floyd Rose version. It's truly stunning and gorgeous to look at. It's solid mahogany body with an ebony fret board, neck thru construction. Jumbo frets. The binding is like some sort of pearl, it's amazing and adds such a touch of class. EMGs on it. It is heavy, weighs as much as LesPaul. For me, the best feature is the DUAL ACTION Truss Rod. I'm always concerned with neck-thru guitars developing back-bow or some other neck issue. Not with this one! The dual action truss rod is the about the best way to insure a trouble free rock solid neck. This feature alone sets this guitar apart from my others. If you don't know what that is, it means the truss rod can apply pressure in two directions where a single action only adds pressure to counter the string tension. A dual action can work with the strings to fix back bow if you ever developed that issue.