Mockingbird ST review by B.C. Rich

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.6 (286 votes)
B.C. Rich: Mockingbird ST
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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.

83 comments sorted by best / new / date

    The Charm
    User rating is 5.5-6ish because everyone on these boards think Bc Rich sucks. I garuntee 90% of the people who ranked this guitar so low haven't played it, they just jump on the BC Rich hate bandwagon and go "LIKE ZOMGS ITS DA BC RICH IT MUST BE DA SUXORS LOLOLOL"
    jamesdjharrod
    This guitar ****ing pwns. The cheaper ones (Bronze Series) are shit but this is awesome. Get bent LonelySyn, if you hate BC Rich no wonder your lonely.
    Otnip
    User's rating is a 5.5? Wish they posted a review and explained why... Very awesome looking guitar, love the shape
    Johnthewrench
    I think the use of the "chicken head" knob for the Varitone is just tradition. They've been using them for decades. This guitar does not suck.
    cerveza
    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,
    that's because you're using single coils when you do that, it's called 60-cycle hum. play a strat for example, it would do the same thing. humbuckers "Buck" the "hum" therefore cancelling out the excess noise that single coils create.
    Shinozoku
    Lol! Dude, Koa is not eastern mahogany. That's Nato you're thinking of. If it was made from Koa, there's be an extra digit in that guitar's price. Very sweet looking axe though
    hammyguitarist9
    Shinozoku wrote: Lol! Dude, Koa is not eastern mahogany. That's Nato you're thinking of. If it was made from Koa, there's be an extra digit in that guitar's price. Very sweet looking axe though
    sorry dude, my bad, it is nato, i double checked and didn't notice that mistake :S unfortuantly not koa would be nice if it was, anyway thanks for noticing that fo rme
    hammyguitarist9
    Shinozoku wrote: Lol! Dude, Koa is not eastern mahogany. That's Nato you're thinking of. If it was made from Koa, there's be an extra digit in that guitar's price. Very sweet looking axe though
    sorry my bad, it is Nato not kao :S i double checked this and still didn't notcie that, sorry if anyone is mislead
    millynell14
    -blaze- wrote: daaammmmmnnnnn... I've never seen this many knobs on a guitar.
    yea i agree and is that a chickenhead knob!? if so thats not nice
    DREAM EVIL 1138
    Otnip wrote: User's rating is a 5.5? Wish they posted a review and explained why... Very awesome looking guitar, love the shape
    lawls cuz bc rich is teh suxx! i actually dont see any reason the user rating would be so low, i've played one seems like a decent guitar. i liek my mockingbird more though
    freeza81
    the guy from meatloaf is Paul Crook who has played with Anthrax, Sebastian Bach (ex Skid Row)& is the lead guitarist for the Queen musical We Will Rock You. Check out Meatloaf live with the Melbourne Symphany Orchestra on DVD if you wish to see Paul Crook rip it up on a mockingbird, he is an excellent guitarist
    mike_man1234
    Ali-b912 wrote: LonelySyn wrote: B.C. is more for beginners to intermediate, intermediate being in the higher ranger of prices.. I realy don't see why any musician would want one unless they have extra cash to drop and buy three different guitars... B.C. Rich is popular for looks, and that doesn't go far. I bet al you METAL heads are the only ones that rated it good, ;p Good guitarists can play all music, and anything besides distortion sounds like crap on a B.C. Rich, possibly explaining the five rating... if you play a BC Rich you probably dont care much for a clean sound anyway. or you dont use clean enough to care very much. if you wanted a good clean sound you wouldnt buy a stereotype metal guitar, youd go for a les paul or something. BC rich can be played by professionals, and people just hate them because they buy a low end one when they are still new and decide they hate it and they use typical idiot logic of "if one sucks they all suck" or they are one of those tossers who buy 20 strats/les pauls and hate everything else. i like the mockingbird but the rest of them look too much for me.
    i agree, lots of professionals use the mockingbird like Slash and that guy from Meatloaf(i cant remember his name)and they're like one of the best musicians i have ever seen and heard of
    Ali-b912
    LonelySyn wrote: B.C. is more for beginners to intermediate, intermediate being in the higher ranger of prices.. I realy don't see why any musician would want one unless they have extra cash to drop and buy three different guitars... B.C. Rich is popular for looks, and that doesn't go far. I bet al you METAL heads are the only ones that rated it good, ;p Good guitarists can play all music, and anything besides distortion sounds like crap on a B.C. Rich, possibly explaining the five rating...
    if you play a BC Rich you probably dont care much for a clean sound anyway. or you dont use clean enough to care very much. if you wanted a good clean sound you wouldnt buy a stereotype metal guitar, youd go for a les paul or something. BC rich can be played by professionals, and people just hate them because they buy a low end one when they are still new and decide they hate it and they use typical idiot logic of "if one sucks they all suck" or they are one of those tossers who buy 20 strats/les pauls and hate everything else. i like the mockingbird but the rest of them look too much for me.
    MT in Austin
    Thats because BC Rich DOES Suck....
    There's a huge variety in quality with BC Rich. If you buy a sub-$250 guitar, you should expect a sub-$250 guitar. I have a Mockingbird SLP that knocks everyone's socks off. I also have a couple BC R Bronze guitars I have sitting around the house for anyone to pickup and play with. The Bronze Series guitars are not great but I didn't spend a ton on them. Many "old dudes" remember when BC Rich licensed their designs to First Act. Those guitars were a disaster and the BC Rich brand name took a huge hit. BCR is coming back around. Try a medium to professional priced BCR. The quality is there.
    monstooge
    this guitar is really nice, i have to say i think bc rich are under-rated because they are compared to other companies, that may make better guitars but you pay a hefty lump of extra cash for
    piebot9
    nice color but would be nicer in a blue color but there again why mess with a awesome design
    The Charm
    TDAJGuitarist wrote: Thats because BC Rich DOES Suck....
    And what expeirence do you have? None I'd bet, jump off the bandwagon and grow a brain.
    the_lil_rocker
    HandT wrote: the guitar may sound good, but, man, it has a hideous shape and color.
    WAT?! yea im ok with the shape coz its kind of a love it or hate it type of shape...but hideous color?! man, get ur eyes cheaked coz thats one of the best finishes iv ever seen
    Carrot
    haha my mate did this review trust me its one sexy and fun guitar to play with haha you can dive bomb/ whammy/ bend it to hell and back and it will always stay in tune its a really good guitar and im getting one soon
    slowmoov
    I really, really, love this guitar. The bits that were bad on mine were definitely livable for what I got (The bad being fret edges were unfinished, the top of the high 13th 'E' fret needing buffing, & the pickup switch not as tight as I'd prefer it.) It was, however, setup very well with good intonation and really low action. No buzz. Mine didn't have the KKW guitar problem of using small screws in the headstock nut, which was great, since I wasn't sure if all the BC Rich Korean guitars were like that or just the KKW's I'd heard of. Other general notes, which vary on a personal level are: The body shape itself, which doesn't always lend well to playing sitting down without some non-standard positioning. The dive-bombing headstock - due to the miss-aligned center of gravity of the guitar, which can be fixed by adding an additional strap lock 2/3 to 3/4 along the back. (An idea I stoled from another review) This also makes the guitar much easier to play for extended periods of time standing up. (The people that say tough it need to be smacked hard in the head as that's just stupid.) The width of the neck itself, (which I personally love because I have really long fingers) that becomes pretty significant as you move into the higher fret range. It took a bit to get used to, but I'm happier for it since it fits much better then any of my other guitars.
    OLL13
    man this guitar is sweet, i playd on in my local music shop the other week, however i still think my jackson RX10D Randy rhodes V (flameswirl red finish) both looks better, and sounds better... will still prob be buying the mockingbird too though for those who don't know what a jackson RX10D looks like i've got a link: http://www.onlinestagegear.com/brand/Jac... CSW.jpg
    rock_guitarhero
    well... this guitar is an absoloute gem, perfect tone, beautiful bodywork and a kick ass tremelo system WORTH THE MONEY!!
    piebot9
    its amazing to play and the coil taps are amazing to use the filter is ok but the rose Floyd systems stays in tune
    jthm72
    brandonmontana : what's a chickenhead? it sounds made up. lol
    when you look at the guitar, its that big black knob with the pointed end, notice how it ever so resembles a chicken's head?
    Synyster915
    MonsterOfRock wrote: Mockingbird looks like the sexy sister of a Les Paul, lol. I have to admit that this guitar is the only BC Rich electric that looks nice. Other like Warlocks or Bichs look way too fugly. And soundwise, well... any guitar that has been set up nicely will sound good.
    My thoughts exactly. I'm saving up to buy one of these :-D I'm psyched if it's as good as you all are saying it is.
    HandT
    the guitar may sound good, but, man, it has a hideous shape and color.
    LonelySyn
    B.C. is more for beginners to intermediate, intermediate being in the higher ranger of prices.. I realy don't see why any musician would want one unless they have extra cash to drop and buy three different guitars... B.C. Rich is popular for looks, and that doesn't go far. I bet al you METAL heads are the only ones that rated it good, ;p Good guitarists can play all music, and anything besides distortion sounds like crap on a B.C. Rich, possibly explaining the five rating...