Price paid: $ 274.5
Purchased from: Sams Guitar Gallery
Sound — 10
This guitar is made for metal. I mostly stick to black/death metal and grindcore, sometimes straying into thrash or '80s heavy metal, and it can handle all of these perfectly. At the more I'm just running it though a Marshall MG30 DFX and a DigiTech Death Metal and it fookin slays. Ok it's not the most versatile guitar but who buys a BC Rich Ironbird to play f--king jazz or something, this is made for metal and it does it well. Carcass, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Ozzy, Arch Enemy and Satyricon are just a few of the bands I like to cover, and this guitar does'em all.
Overall Impression — 10
I play most extreme metal (Zyklon, Morbid Angel, Mayhem, 1349) and this guitar suits them perfectly. I've only been playing for about a year and I own two bcriches, a Marshall MG30 DFX, a DigiTech Death Metal, and my old Squier Showmaster (my guitar that I stick stickers and s--t all over). To be honest the pickups could be better, and I intend fitting EMG HZ-H4 pickups in their place but apart from that this guitar is perfect. I'd advise straplocks for any guitar, but especially pointy ones like this. All I wish it had was a fixed floyd rose and better pickups, but I'm not that bothered about the floyd and the pickups are pretty good.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Just like my Brass City Beast, this guitar could survive anything I think, although the finish may wear off the guitar will last forever. I'd probably never gig without a backup, but if I did I could get away with it with this guitar, even if it is my backup guitar (the beast is slightly better).
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Excellent set up, BC Rich are an excellent brand for setting up their guitars, both I have were perfect when I first played them. The only slight problem is that ironbirds are neck heavy, but all it takes is a breif adjustment between songs to sort that problem out.
Features — 8
2003 Body Art series guitar, similar spec to Platinum series. 24 jumbo frets, maple bolt-on neck and basswood body. String through body and passive bdsm humbucker with volume. Not as tweakable as my Brass City Beast but I love the sound it gives so its all good, although I wanna put dimarzio, Duncan or EMG pickups in both guitars.