Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
I listen to and play death metal(cannibal corpse, dying fetus, mortician etc) and this guitar fits perfectly with what I play.It sounds best with a lot of distortion, I sometimes use my wah pedal, but it doesn't sound too great. But tapping doesn't sound very good. It can be loud, but it has a lower sound compared to a normal guitar.I would say is is a guitar for metal, and hard rock. It doesn't have too many different sounds, it's a guitar just for metal.
Overall Impression — 10
I like playing death metal, which it is perfect for. I haven't been playing long 1 year, and a half, I own a Fender Squire, and a Dean Vendetta. The Beast is not the most expensive one I own, I got it on sale for $289. If I lost this guiatr, I would buy it again, it's that good. I love how the tuning is very flexable, I've tuned it down to G for awhile, but I mostly keep it in B tuning. When I got it, I was at guitar center and it beat every guitar I compared it to. I compared it to a B.C. Rich Bich, warlock, and a Jackson Flying V, but it had more than any of them. The only think I wish it had is a wammy bar.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I feel like it will withstand Live playing perfectly. I've dropped it many times, and nothing happened to it, it still sound the same as when I got it 6 months ago. The harware will last, I have had no problems with it. As opposed to my other 2(Fender Squire, and Dean Vendetta) which I have had many problems with. the strap comes off alot, because of where they are positioned, the buttons are stable, but kind of shakey. I would use this at a gig, without a back up, it can withstand alot. I feel like the finish will last.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The Beast is very well set up. The pickups are very well set up. The bridge is routed properly. The only flaw is strings snap really easily, I don't know what that would fall under, probably a poorly cut nut. Other than that there are no flaws. The pickups sometimes pickup other sounds like watchs.
Features — 8
The B.C. Rich Beast I have, was made in china. 24 jumbo frets, and a solid top body. Black body, red outline, with a maple neck. It has a satin finish,, a string-thru bridge, with active electronics. There's only volume knob, tone knoeb, and a 3-way selector. It has 2 B.C. Rich humbuckers, and non-lockin B.C. Rich made tuners. Includes no accessories..