Platinum Mockingbird review by B.C. Rich

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 6
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.5 (52 votes)
B.C. Rich: Platinum Mockingbird
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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.

27 comments sorted by best / new / date

    ArcherTheVMan
    gemtextr wrote: love the look of bc richs but dissapointed 2 hear they r heavy!
    you girl.
    shakysam
    Striketalonx wrote: Wow. The grammer... is sooo horrible. The writing only gives me the impression that a tone deaf, noobish, ten year old wrote this... You are talking about grammar?? Hypocrite
    Exactly, I don't think the reviewer's first language is English either.
    Aziraphale
    cRnCat wrote: darthchill wrote: ehhh buying this cuz of hide...i love hide, but yea...its...i unno...i like my SZ520QM over this...but thats just me. but yes, BCrich just screams metal. But yea...i bought a Mockingbird too...the Burny 145s(yellow hearts) with sustainer..cant wait till i get taht hwere did you get that yellow heart version, all guitar stores i asked sayed "nope can't help you man"
    That guitar was made by Fernandes, not B.C. Rich. It's a Fernandes Mockingbird. Strange but that's how it is *shrugs*
    FeiRei
    ebay, they are verywhere on there, o at leatse last time I checked they were.
    cRnCat
    darthchill wrote: ehhh buying this cuz of hide...i love hide, but yea...its...i unno...i like my SZ520QM over this...but thats just me. but yes, BCrich just screams metal. But yea...i bought a Mockingbird too...the Burny 145s(yellow hearts) with sustainer..cant wait till i get taht
    hwere did you get that yellow heart version, all guitar stores i asked sayed "nope can't help you man"
    darthchill
    ehhh buying this cuz of hide...i love hide, but yea...its...i unno...i like my SZ520QM over this...but thats just me. but yes, BCrich just screams metal. But yea...i bought a Mockingbird too...the Burny 145s(yellow hearts) with sustainer..cant wait till i get taht
    Aziraphale
    Spongerob47 wrote: Is that the guitar that one of maiden's guitarists is playing on the "Aces High" video? Somebody tell me.....
    I think you're referring to Adrian Smith's Lado guitar. Anyway, I seriously didn't find any problems with this guitar, other than the ones I mentioned a few posts up. Even my guitar teacher was impressed, and he plays a vintage Les Paul. Maybe my guitar was just better than the rest, it's the only BC Rich I've played. And I still love Agathis, my Variax300 is also agathis and it's LOUD when unplugged.
    OneHappyCamper
    Klangfarbe? That's the store in Vienna where I was checking out LPs when I was buying one. Didn't buy it there though.
    Spade_SanosukeX
    Spongerob47 wrote: Is that the guitar that one of maiden's guitarists is playing on the "Aces High" video? Somebody tell me.....
    I don't think so but I do know Dave Murray had a custom BCRich Mockingbird back in the late 80s.
    Spongerob47
    Is that the guitar that one of maiden's guitarists is playing on the "Aces High" video? Somebody tell me.....
    mrFood
    Agathis is shit wood. I have an older B.C. Rich made of mahogany or something like that, and it is so much better than any I've played recently. If you're looking for a B.C. Rich, go for something pre-2003.
    ArcherTheVMan
    i get the feeling that there was and is a lot more wrong with the guitar than he realises. well whether or not i know its going to be pretty bad it being a cheap BC Rich and all. i can't say BC Richs usually connect with me, they don't feel right. and why do they insist on using agathis? i can't possibly find any reason to, i mean it can't be its cost i mean Epiphone and Ibanez manage to use fairly decent wood on their low priced stuff. it's a completely toneless wood.
    Floyal
    l33t guitar but poor review. In general I like BC rich its good but the problem is the stock pickups. Now my friend has the exact same one but black, the stock pickups are quiet gay and the guitar keeps falling due to loose strap screws although he tights them up before playing. Its got nice looks but mediocre preformance
    Ibzman
    Agathis is pure shit as a wood, I hate it. It doesn'T have any tone at all. I strongly recommend to avoid these. Mahogany and Alder are way better wood for bodies. Maple and Ash arent bad too, depends on their quality
    thrashbass69
    i have a similar, albeit much cheaper guitar by stagg, I love the way the shape plays, my hands are on the smallish side and playing with the strap bottomed out is easy, ya know cuz nipple huggers are just not good if you play metal.
    myvaliantleap
    Striketalonx wrote: Wow. The grammer... is sooo horrible. The writing only gives me the impression that a tone deaf, noobish, ten year old wrote this...
    You are talking about grammar ?? Hypocrite
    cRnCat
    hmm, excuse me for not beeing a native english speaker and working with a not english version of office, always good to see that ppl read such things and talk about the way it is written, and not about what is written This one I orderd without floyd rose, it was my first guitar, and I wasn't sure if i could restring it then, without carrying back to the shop (and I am not sure what a wammy is) And yes it is a good guitar, i was just dissapointet of some minor things witch made me write this, because I didn't imagine such things =) ANd yes the heaviest part is the neck, but I don't have problems with playing while sitting
    Striketalonx
    Wow. The grammer... is sooo horrible. The writing only gives me the impression that a tone deaf, noobish, ten year old wrote this...
    hate_me_666
    That looks sweet man! Usaualy I don't think much of B.C. rich guitars, but the mocking bird is a innovation in modern guitars; it has the best tone in the whole b.c rich line up. The one that my friend owns has came with a floyd-rose locking system and wammy. Did yours come with one? or did you have to pay extra for one?
    Aziraphale
    I had one of these, and it kicked so much ass. Esp. for the price, but saying it's good for the price sounds like an insult. It's a good guitar, period. The pickups scream metal, just so you know. Not in a bad way, of course. An all around great guitar, the only problem I had with it was that the neck was heavier than the body. So you have to hold it in position all the time, otherwise the neck will point to the floor. And it's also not very comfortable to sit with. The only reason I sold it was b/c I inherited a Les Paul standard. But looking back, this one played better. But I figured two guitars with 2 humbuckers and tune-o-matic were a little too much. I bought one because of Slash, I didn't listen to J-rock back then... Hyde kicks! Btw, so does agathis lml
    d_lord1
    How is the balance on this guitar because on most BC Rich's, its crap