Seriously, there are so many guitars in this starter price range, buy something else!
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Anywhere
I started a Guitar Club at the high school where I work. Several of my students have these guitars, and they're total garbage. I'm not knocking inexpensive guitars, and I love BC Rich. One student has a neck-thru Dark Arts model, and it's incredible. But these Bronze series, ugh, they're just crap.
Playability is a joke with these! Even once you give them a proper setup, they're tough to play. The tailpiece leans forward, and that gets worse as the cheap body ages.
I would never take one of these on stage. The kids knock them around, and they hold up, so I have one good thing to say about them.
Its an above average guitar that sounds great and is easy to play also
Model Year: 2001
Where Obtained: A buddy
Made in Indonesia
Volume and tone knobs
I love it I sound great on it
And so easy to play
I have a Peavy Audition 110 amp
GREAT GUITAR TO BEGIN WITH!!!!
Model Year: 2003
Where Obtained: a Pawn Shop
Real good durability, but paint chips on corners
I choose this one because when I played it it just felt really good. If this guitar was stolen I would not buy it again because I have 2 other guitars. This guitar could be better with a Floyd Rose Tremolo. My favourite aspect of this guitar is either the chrome hardware or the thin neck. The worst aspect is that there's no Floyd Rose on it.
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Construction: bolt on
Body wood: agathis
Body thickness: 45mm
Top style: beveled
Body binding: no
Headstock style: 6 in line pointed
Headstock color: onyx
Headstock binding: no
Neck wood: maple
Back of neck: natural satin
Neck binding: no
Inlay: white pearloid dots
Frets: 24 jumbo 2.7mm
Factory strings: 9 - 42
Scale: 25 1/2
Bridge type / Tailpiece type: wrap around adjustable
Pickups: 2 black humbuckers
Controls: 1 volume, 1 three-way toggle and 1 tone.
Finish: painted glossy
The neck is thin, but not too thin. The neck feels great. I've played other guitars, but the only problem I have with this guitar is that there is no tremolo bar. If I could I would want a Floyd Rose Tremolo installed.
I have a pretty easy set up. I use a Gibson 100watt falcon amp. Sometimes I'll use my Yamaha 15watt practice amp. I only have four pedals. I only use three because the other one is a danelectro and it is a horrible peice of s---. I have a Behringer UD100 ultra distortion pedal which I barely turn off. I also own a Electro-Harmonix v2 original phase shifter, and a Dunlop GCB-95 crybaby wah pedal. You can play any kind of music on it, but it's very good for any type of metal. I also play blues, bluesrock, jazz, etc. on it as well. Usually I play with some type of distortion so it sounds dark most of the time. It's one of the best guitars I've played. It doesn't have any problems.
Considering it's price, this guitar is really good overall, but obviously wouldn't do for an advanced player. If this guitar were lost (who the hell loses a guitar?) or stolen, i'd convince my friend to get an NJ series or a Jackson RR1. This guitar could be better if it had a Licensed Floyd Rose Tremolo, which is one of the most lacking features, otherwise this guitar will get you noticed on stage and as long as you know how to play it should keep up with you for the most part.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $150.00 GBP (new)
Where Obtained: Not mine, a friend's
I'm pretty sure it was made in China, Agathis body, 25.5" scale Maple bolt-on neck with 24 extra jumbo frets. 1 volume, 1 tone and 1 3-way selector switch.
2 BSDM humbuckers, solid black finish, adjustable bridge and sealed B.C. RICH tuners
The action on this guitar came low and it has stayed low, it's just perfect where it is, no fretbuzz nothing. The problem is the size of the neck, it's thicker than other guitars and the bridge doesn't look like it's very safe either...
The BSDM humbuckers have got to be the hottest stock pickups. They can play pretty much any style, but they're obviously made for metal. The sustain isn't good and the wood isn't the best either, but hey what do you expect for a measly 150? It can't compare to quite a few guitars, but i'm writing this review based on price.
This guitar could withstand live playing, but I really wouldn't feel sure about that bridge, so i'd HAVE to have a a backup with me. The straplocks are big and sturdy and i'm sure they'll hold, and the hardware doesn't look like it's going to fall off any time soon.
Well, I got what I bargined for in a low cost instrument.
Model Year: 1998
Where Obtained: Blue Eagle Music, Athens OH
This guitar is by no means top-of-the-line B.C. Rich craftmanship. Honestly, I bought it because it was cheep and had a full 2 octave scale. My biggest gripe would be the microphonic, tinny tone that the stock pick-ups in this axe produce. You are going to want to replace them, especially if you play heavier music. I was running the guitar through a Marshall JCM2000 DSL100 when I noticed this, so I doubt it had anything to do with the amp.
Nasty stock pickups
Were durable, and heavy providing some nice sustain.
I played this guitar when my friend brought it over, and it's a piece of junk. The action is too high, it won't stay in tune, it sounds like the pickups are trash, and the thing is heavy as ever....Don't waste your money on this thing.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
21 frets, dual humbuckers, bolt on neck, black finish.
Yuck. The only word that describes it. I can't even put it into words.
Even more yuck. Did somebody dip the pickups in mud? It's amazing how choppy the sound can be, even when you play flawlessly.
At least the guitar can last, not that it's a good thing.