Price paid: $ 453.6
Purchased from: Klangfarbe
Sound — 9
Because I got used to its hard and deep sound from J Rockers, I fell in love with it right away, because I play rock and hard rock songs almost all the time. Rock balads have to me "made" for guitars like the Mockingbird or they sound really nasty because of the deep voice of the guitar. "Normal" rock songs really sound nice, because you also can make her holler and you also can say for metal "it smacks you to the ground if you can't handle her." Sometime it is quite noisy, most of the time in, but just if you play to thoughtless. The strings then to have noise, but you can't hear the noise in the amp. Most of the Time I play without effects, but I have a device which can do multiple effects, from cry-baby to wah and artificial tremolo and many more. The only thing I relay use the device for is as drum computer to practise timing.
Overall Impression — 10
Because I always wanted to play X-Japan songs on a Mockingbird or a Les Paul I took the Mockingbird, first because I was short on money (and it was my first E guitar) second because The lead guitarist Hideto Miyamoto was playing it, and he is an idol for me. Before I bought it I compared it to several other guitars, also some from BC Rich like the warlord, which ought to feel alike. I am playing I guitar since 2 years now, at least I bought my Mockingbird 2 years ago. After that I bought several months ago my drum computer with a build in effect device with wah pedal. Well if I ever see someone trying to steal her, my guitar, I think I'd use him as a pillow for needles and pins or hit him like a smash hammer and to steam him over smoke on the water. Or I would just devour him like a block hole and burn him up with the heat of thousand suns. Nobody steals my baby. And I wouldn't loose it, I am to much addict to her. The thing I will do if I get the chance, by her "sister" from Fernandez "Mockingbird Yellow Heart" or "Black tribe." I just love everything, only she is a little heavyweight, compared to a Les Paul or SG she really is extremely heavy. But lighter then the one Ibanez RG I played.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I'm sure it will withstand live playing, but I don't know if a beginner with weak neck muscles will stand it, because it is heavy. If you tighten the screws for the strap buttons you won't have any problems, also if the screws get lose it is hard to make them pop out. I wouldn't use it without a backup, at least not before I really checked up every thing on it, I don't think something will happen to destroy a gig, but since I won't play gigs anytime "soon" it doesn't really matter so much to me. The finish is sure good to last long enough for long playing, at least I haven't seen any thing that makes me think otherwise
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
Since I ordered the guitar, this series was the only accessible, the guitar was special made for me, and this is what I was told. The 3-way switch was mounted 180 wrong way, which really confused me when I tried to figure out which Way was witch pickup. The Pickups where good adjusted, also after playing with it some time, I need to reconfigure it (first time). Apart of that the notches where I attach my strap tend to loosen their screws which make awful screechy noises when getting it up there wasn't anything that I would mark badly.
Features — 9
I don't remember when it was made or where it really was manufactured, because I knew I wanted this model. The guitar has 24 frets, and the fret board is made of rosewood and it is a solid top with an adjustable bridge. The body is, as the name might imply, Mockingbird. It doesn't have a floyd rose system, I don't know what it is called, I think it is the normal with no special knowledge needed to restring it. It has 2 Pickups, BDSM humbucker made by B.C. Rich, I can chose which pickup I want with a 3 was Switch between the two volume controls (one for each pickup) and the tone control. I got a Set with following accessories: gig bag (rock bag), strap, cable, H&K R15 Amp, picks.