Price paid: $ 400
Purchased from: Craigslist
Sound — 9
It sounds like metal, pretty deep tone with a warm clean on the middle position. Not so sterile sounding like my EMG sets and it also has significantly less noise. As i mentioned before, its pretty geared for metal and it excels at it. The pickups through high gain amps are not quite as tight as I would prefer but they have plenty of output and are very clear. Almost perfect for metal, could be tighter as far as pickups go.
Overall Impression — 8
This is a metal machine. If you are interested in this guitar and play metal, you aren't likely to be disappointed. If you want classic rock... Why are you looking at this? I have previously owned a couple Gibson Les Pauls, a Gibson explorer, and currently own an ESP eclipse, an esp/ltd ex400bd, and an ltd custom dj600. I would say this is on par with the ltd custom dj600, maybe a bit higher build quality to be honest. Unfortunately I have had to sell this one due to some bills I had to pay but if I were to see another floating around I would consider picking it up. I was not a fan of the red pinstripes and the pickups, although quite good, were not ideal. I had to decide between this and the NJ deluxe version. I prefer the look of the NJ but I didn't want yet another EMG equipped guitar. I with I couldve gotten an NJ deluxe with the rockfield pickups instead of the EMG, but it was just a cosmetic thing. Overall this was a remarkably solid guitar for such a low price. I assume that since BC rich sucked something fierce for about a decade and offered cheap for 2-300 dollars they have to make their good stuff cheap to build up their name again. If they ditched their lower lines and sold only stuff of this caliber, they would be a damn respected company again.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar seems very durable and should be no problem in a live scenario however: The awkward shape can be quite uncomfortable so this would not be my first choice for prolonged sessions (like a gig for example) as the back of the upper horn can dig into you a bit. The hardware is original floyd so I would say you can rely on it. The tuners are nothing special but with a locking nut I couldn't care much. The strap buttons are solid, locking would be better. The finish seems pretty thick, but with the points being so far away from the normal guitar dimensions its likely to get knocked against shit and chip. This doesn't mean it is poorly made, just prone to human stupidity.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Well it as bought on craigslist from some dude who didn't know jack shit about tuning a guitar, but I set it up to be very nice. The hardware was put on correctly and solidly, the controls were never lose, the fretwires were well filed and the finish was flawless. Dunno how to rate the factory set up if it didn't come from a factory, so I wont, but I will say that there are no flaws in its construction that would prevent me from getting a PERFECT set up out of it, I was very surprised by the quality of construction. Looks like BC rich has finally decided to make (some) guitars that aren't total shit.
Features — 8
I presume it was made it 2008, Japan is the origin. The neck is a 25.5 scale with 24 xj frets on an ebony fretboard, no inlas. The electronics are actually pretty decent, I chose the WMD Warbeast over the nj variant because I already own three other EMG equipped guitars and the rockfield mafia pickup is pretty bitchin. The middle position has a surprisingly charming clean tone, at least well enough for metal interludes. The Floyd Rose is an original, so it is as solid as any other. I had it tuned to B Standard with 13-62 strings and did my share of dive bombs, no problems. Where this guitar really shines is the neck thru, the heel carve is very comfortable to play on and its just a pleasure to use. The controls are limited, just one volume and tone- more isn't really needed, you don't turn tone off in metal it just sounds shitty but it does make for somewhat of a one trick pony. Its just a really good pony.