B.C. Rich Mockingbird

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by B.C. Rich

Description These affordable guitars have a very unique design and they sound incredibly good. Other than the sometimes noisy humbuckers this guitar is just what you need if you are on a tifgt budget. Most Mockingbirds are in the $300-$600 price range.
Posted By BRADFORD LITTLE (43)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 2/23/2004, William Scarbrough (2576) posted:
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This is owned by a friend who let me use it for a little while. Would I own one? Probably not, it's way to heavy for my tastes. It is however, the flashiest guitar out there that still delivers. The pickups performed very nicely and registered tonal sounds fairly well. Favorite aspect of the guitar would definitely be the look. The worst? It weighs a ton. That however, may be why it can deliver deep rich sounds the way it does? Another thing I wasn't crazy about was the balance. It seemd to be forward heavy, as if you were about to lose it. This could have been because of the weight difference and me not being used to it though. I wasn't overly crazy about the sound but it did deliver well enough to say it's a better than average ($200-$300) guitar.
Model Year: 2002
Where Obtained: Friend
Features:
Body and head were made of glo-green lucite. Neck was standard rosewood. Standard 6 string electric. Borrowed while at a friends house to check out the tone.
Playability:
Action was set a little high but performed well. Frets seemed to be a little farther apart than on my JS1000 but that didn't affect the playability or comfort level. The neck seemed to be very nice. At first glance I was expecting it to be less than top quality but it was actually very smooth and easy to move up and down on. Compared to other guitars the only outstanding difference was the weight. It weighed at LEAST 2x what a normal guitar would weigh. No flaws and performed well.
Sound Quality:
Used this through a 30 watt Marshall, no pedals or effects only distortion provided by channel switching. This guitar is definitely made for rock with deep grungy tones. The sound really surprised me. To look at it, it's closer in resemblance to a kids toy guitar than a real one but when played it delivers very full and extremely rich tones. It's not as crisp in it's sound as a lot of other brands but deliversd from the mid-range up. If this where mine it would definitely be for stage only. Not that it couldn't perform in the studio but it's a show guitar that can still deliver.
Durability:
After a few hours of playing it satyed completley in tune and didn't change much in sound quality although it seemed to get a little deeper. Controls and hardware are generally silver chrome which are very well put together and hold up very well. During climate changes is where this one really differs than a standard wood guitar. In colder weather the tone increases in the high range dramatically. In a more warmer climate the sound seems a little muffled and progresses the longer it's in that enviroment. It seemed wierd but definitely noticeable.
On 7/3/2002, Dan Mathews (4) posted:
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The LOOK maaaaan!!!! it's the wickedest looking plank since i hit puberty(20 years ago) and a full time working "profee" guitar. little more sustain wouldn't hurt,but for that i have to get rid of kahler and live with the hole in it's place(it just doesn't seem to be worth bothering).don't get me wrong,i am comparing it to a LP Custom and very few guitars(if any)can compete with LP in that department. thanks senor Rico!i'm sure they saved a place for you in the band(although i hear it's brass)
Model Year: 1988
Price: $0.00
Where Obtained: pawn
Features:
Made in usa.koa wood,neck through,rosewood fingerboard.2 passive di marzio humbuckers + built in preamp(150 tone combos). kahler trem(weekest point of the guitar) and grover pegs.
Playability:
Really playable. i like low action and it gets it without buzz. neck is kinda meaty. not baseball bat thick but not much thinner either,just so you have something to grab for when bending 10'and 11'. it's thinner than les paul(body wise) but plays as deep(with preamp 'on' even deeper)tones as a LP. still not as much sustain as LP(could be pick ups but...).only flaw is the tremolo which is s---e(as you all probably know by now)
Sound Quality:
Use rivera tbr-1m,63'fender bandmaster,peavey classic 4x10'. play all sorts of stuff. i've done tons of gigs with it and it plays weddings as well as headbanging concerts although it does belong in a rock arena(bit of a overkill for a wedding party but you got to play your equip instead of it rotting in case at home). does not have "it's sound" like fenders or gibos' but has 150 usable ones at hand through the preamp and without it it simply rocks(mind you,better than carvin,ibanez,jackson and other heavy metal guitars). it is hardwood afterall so sometimes it might be a bit stiff sounding. it's extremely comfortable to play(sit or stand) but better have a good guitar stand 'cose it slips easily due to its contours. easy on your back.
Durability:
It's a tank!!! once set up...goes forever!everything still holding on since professional setup 6 years ago. doesn't like sitting in the corner.that throws it out of tune more than too much use.
On 2/11/2001, Erich Bailey (115) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is a great guitar.
Price: $199.00
Where Obtained: guitars etc.
Features:
This is my backup guitar and it sounds great.It is all solid,one piece,i only play guitars like this.It has 2 humbuckers but only one works.the only thing I dont like about this guitar is it wont stay in tune for more than half an hour.
Playability:
This guitar is perfect for my playability.super low action and thin neck,the neck and the body are all one piece.
Sound Quality:
This guitar sounds nice and i use it for thrash metal and it works great.
Durability:
This guitar is a warrior.it nevers needs adjusting and gets beat up but never stops playing perfectly.the only downside is the tuners are s---ty.
On 1/6/2001, Jarrod Roberson (109) posted:
Overall Rating:
I bought it initially because of the looks. And fell in love with the sound and playablity. It is EXTREMELY heavy because of the acrylic headstock and body! You will need a very wide strap!
Model Year: 2000
Price: $339.00 (new)
Where Obtained: GuitarCenter
Features:
I got the limited edition platinum series Acrylic Green Mockingbird. This bird rocks! It is extremely heavy but that is the price you pay for sustain and fashion!
Playability:
The neck is moderately thin and moderately wide. Just right. The action and intonation was set from the factory.
Sound Quality:
I play thru a Line 6 Pod and Pod Pro exclusively. I can get just about any tone I want from the two humbuckers that B. C. Rich supplied. The sustain is incredible. With a compressor and slight delay it is almost like I have a "hold" pedal!
Durability:
This thing seems to stay in tune very well. Would probably not play live with it much because I would not want it to get scratched up. My wife got it for me for christmas for collectablity as much as playing. Since I don't play out, I just record in my home studio it should hold up exceptionally well.
On 3/31/2000, BRADFORD LITTLE (43) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is a very good guitar at a very reasonable price.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: GUITAR CENTER CALIFORNIA
Features:
Playability:
Sound Quality:
I really dont care too much for the humbuckers on this guitar.
Durability: