Price paid: $ 693.57
Purchased from: Reidys.com
Sound — 8
I play almost any style, from heavy metal to blues, this guitar will do almost any style because it is so versatile with the different amount of settings you can have. I am running this guitar through an audio technica wireless kit and a Morley Power Wah into a Peavey Valveking 212 with Celestion v30's, tung-sol preamp tubes and JJ power tubes. This set up compliments this guitar almost perfectly but it did take a while for me to get the right tone. This guitar works extremely well through the clean channel and makes hardly any noise and is full of warmth if you EQ it right, it also can make a beautiful crisp bright sound if you use the coil taps. So you have the warmth of humbuckers and the brightness of single coils. Through the lead channel it performs equally as well with lots of warmth and smooth distortion. The varitone helps to mould the tone as well, it can go from tight and very neat sounding to loose and good for rhythm work. there is one complaint I have that when the coil taps are used on the lead channel it gives a lot of fizz and humming which can get really annoying, other than that the sound is really good but it takes a while to get the right tone.
Overall Impression — 9
Well as I am playing almost any style this guitar most defiantly does it, I mostly play hard rock/metal, I can safely say with the right EQ you can get that sound easily. I have only played this guitar through tube amps and it has performed very well, but I don't how it will perform through a solid state but I am sure it will sound just as good. I don't hate anything about this guitar, I just love it, and everything on this guitar is my favourite feature, it is just so versatile. I have been playing for probably 7 years now, so I have quite a bit of experience, this is the best guitar in the price range I have ever played, the features like an OFR on 400 guitar is amazing and neck through construction. I am not sure there are any other guitars with these kinds of features for under 400, the only reason why I would say people wouldn't like this guitar is the body shape and also the reputation B.C. Rich has for it's cheap guitars. If this guitar were lost/stolen I would defiantly buy another one. lastly I would like to say is that I think that B.C. Rich 2007 series is a lot better than previous years, even the cheaper models, they are now using OFR on virtually all their guitars, which use Floyd Rose trem systems, and are using Rockfield pickups on a lot of the guitars. In my opinion the 2007 B.C. Rich guitars are the best value for money guitars, there is something for everyone (well nearly everyone).
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar is absolutely solid at the moment but I haven't had it long enough to say nothing will go wrong, but first impressions make it seem like it will last a long time. Unlike some of the Cheaper B.C. Rich models the hardware will last a long long time, no worries about anything falling off. The strap buttons are bigger on this guitar are bigger and more stable than others and doesn't need strap locks. This guitar will withstand Live playing I am for sure, but when a string breaks with a Floyd Rose, which can happen at any time, you are basically doomed, so you would need a back up guitar just in case that happened. But the quality is good enough so I wouldn't worry about it packing up or falling apart. It isn't too heavy in weight so it doesn't take too much out of you when standing up. And the finish is very well done so I don't feel I need to worry about being damaged it will last.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Finish was perfect, very smooth on the neck, no noticeable dings on the body and it just looks awesome. It felt really nice to play straight out the factory but it wasn't perfect. The intonation was spot on and the OFR was set up almost perfectly. Pickups are in just about in the right position but I might move them closer to the strings to see if I can get a tiny bit more output, probably won't work. All the controls were fitted perfectly, nothing was loose, and the wiring was very well done as well. I can't really find any complaints on the finish but I did have to adjust the action a bit, nothing a bit of guitar Maintenance 101 can't handle. So overall a good factory set up and finish but only needs a slight bit of tweaking. The action I got it to in the end was perfect for me but could be a bit high for some people. Also the neck is thicker than some people might like, but no where near as think as a les Paul neck, it has a nice compromise which I am very happy with.
Features — 10
This guitar was made in 2007 and made in Korea, it is part of B.C. Rich's new line of 2007 guitars, and for the price this guitar has a lot of excellent features. The guitar body is the Mockingbird and seems very similar to Slash's Mockingbird that he some times uses. It has a 24 jumbo fret ebony fret board with Diamond inlays and a 24 5/8 scale. The neck is made from maple and is a neck through construction with ebony stringers, the body is made from Koa wood (eastern Mahogany) and has AAA quilted maple veneer, the finish is trans red. The Bridge is an Original Floyd Rose, not a Licensed Floyd Rose, and the locking nut width is 43mm. Also it has Grover super romantics tuners. Onto the electronics, The Pickups are Rockfield Mafias, extremely good pickups, very crisp and clear and has a very smooth tone. It has a 3 way pickup selector, individual pickup volumes and a master tone. There are also individual coil tap switches for each pickup and a reverse phase Switch, finally it has a 5 position varitone which does come in very handy, all of these are passive. Because of the amount of features and the quality of them I will give the features a 10.