Price paid: C$ 730
Purchased from: Axe music
Sound — 8
the tone this guitar provides is best suited for hard rock. Or metal and all its sub genres, but it does clean up quite well so its ok for some alt rock too. I use a spider IV 30 watt combo amp with it, and you can really make this thing scream to high hell! It sounds fantastic with a ton of distortion but I'd keep way from too much bass as it does get a little fuzzy with too much of it. The mockingbird specials clean tone performace is also rather impressive but it does have its limits in that department for sure. Perhaps one of my favorite things about this guitar is that there is no white noise from the pick ups at all, and I mean NONE! Really, all in all I'd say that the mocking bird special has a great tonal range from clean melodys to distorted shredding it holds up great.
Overall Impression — 7
I've been playing for 4 years now and have had this guitar for about 6-7 months, overall I'm fine wih what I spent for it. In typical bc rich fashion you get what I think is pretty good bang for your buck. My brother has a much more expensive les paul and we are both agreed on the fact that my mocking bird sounds better. It may take a while for the body shape to grow on you, but I f--king love how this beast looks! It has an odd almost classic look to it yet also a really agressive metal look, dunno seems like people love it or hate it. If it was stolen honestly I'd probably buy a different replacement, but only because I'd like to try some of the other makes and see what they have to offer. Overall I'd say try it before you plunk any cash down cause it's not for all players but still an incredibly solid buy.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Now as a qualifier I should say, I don't play in a band or live or anything. I play for the hell of it and nothing more. But anyway in my opinion I think the mocking bird would hold up just fine in a live session. I've never had anything break, start to rust or malfuntion with it. This special is a solidly built axe you can be sure of that. The strap buttons are verys well placed (its a very odd body style so it might have taken a few trys to get it right) and very solidly mounted. If I were to go and play a gig somewhere I'd feel totally confident taking only the mocking bird with me. The paint also seems to be very high quality, mind you I'm a psycopath about keeping my gear clean but it still has kept a good Shine to it and it doesn't mark easily.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Out of the box this thing was ready to roll, the action is pretty damn nice and all the hardware was in great condition. As for the finish I think it was very decently done, and the average person wouldn't really see the flaws it had. But upon further inspection I found several black flecks in the paint and the bindings didn't end cleanly. They looked like they almost leaked a bit beyond where they should have ended. So visually not perfect, but what really counts to me is that nothing was broken when I got it and nothing is now.
Features — 6
My particular mockingbird was made in korea in 2008. It has 22 jumbo frets, a 24 3/4" scale, neck through construction, mahogany body and neck, ebony finger board, ahh f--k it if you want all the techincal specs check the link. I got mine in white and it came with a bc rich case. Which didn't fit, axe music was nice enough to provide one that did. The guitar itself has a great assortment of features but the offical bc rich case didn't fit a bc rich guitar (wtf) so I have to dock points for that.