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B.C. Rich Mockingbird ST Sep 15, 2011
By B. Rhynes
Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3H2QMWS39KFWX Bill Rhynes's review of the Mockingbird ST with Trans-Red finish, neck-thru design and Floyd Rose whammy
Mockingbird ST, king of rock and roll axes! Apr 28, 2013
By Timothy J. Spillane
I got my 2012 BC Rich Mockingbird ST for Christmas '11/my birthday in '12, as it was delivered in late Fabruary 2012...I made the mistake of "gently prodding" my son to buy it from a certain webstore (they go beyond eleven...hint hint) that couldn't keep the transparent red version of this glorious axe in stock, for the sole reason that he would save better than $100 off the asking price (which he did, and I'm glad). After finally getting mine, I know why they were having trouble keeping them in...this guitar is absolutely KILLER!!! The mahogany body with ebony stringers is gorgeous and the highly figured maple top (the stringers show through the top, which is a very cool look) shows fantastically through the beautiful transparent red finish (my favorite finish of all times btw). Even though it's a polyurethane finish, it is very sweet and looks a mile and a half deep. The ebony fretboard is finished exquisitly, and even without binding, its overall feel is smooth, fast and the fretwork is excellently executed. The diamond inlays are perfectly laid out and are a study of understatement, they look very classy against the fretboard. The headstock has a rosewood veneer over the maple that makes up the neck, which runs through the entire body...it's a true neck through design, which is nearly impossible to find at this price, at least not easy to find this well done. The rosewood is the perfect compliment for the transparent red, though I feel it is somewhat awkward looking with the honeyburst and trans blue finishes...I have yet to see it in trans purple, but I have a feeling that it's as nice as the red! The gloss black hardware matches the trans red nicely, though I'd like to have other options available, like maybe gold. Overall, this guitar is a true stunner in the looks dept.! The Mockingbird body style is extremely slick, very comfortable to play sitting and standing, is nicely balanced, and looks wild enough to satisfy any metal head while keeping a classic 70s hard rock feel at the same time.
The two Duncan Designed humbuckers are fairly powerful and versatile, though I kinda wish my guitar came with the Rockford Mafias that BC Rich originally spec'd for this model...nontheless, the neck pickup is smooth and clear with a very throaty, slightly raunchy voice, while the bridge pickup sings out with ballsy authority and power. The electronics are nothing short of amazing. It all reminds me of Mr. Rico's best designs and concepts of the 70s, with a healthy dose of 21st century grind and ferocity to make it a fully rounded magical machine for producing every conceivable tone you may need for *any* situation! For those who like to know how many different tonal options they have available, let's count it out...each pickup has straight forward humbucking and single coil options with the individual coil split mini toggles, as well as a mini toggle for in and out of phase...that's four voices for each pickup, and four for both combined. That's 12 very different voices overall, then add to that the five different options with the Varitone, that mades 60 distinctly different tones to choose from, and that's not including the variety you can dial in with the dedicated volume controls and the master tone...man, if you can't find a tone you like with this guitar, you're just impossible to please!
The Floyd Rose whammy is the real deal...no "licensed by" crap here, it's a genuine Floyd Rose! Pretty cool at this price point (I got mine for well under the average asking price for a new version, even cheaper than most used versions too)! This is my first locking trem guitar, I've had a few with Bigsbys and one or two standard Strat type trem axes in the past, but this is a whole new world for me...and I love it! I'm kicking myself for not going this route many years ago, I could've really used a Floyd during my 80s thrash days...oh well, never too late to learn new tricks, huh? The tuning stability is rock solid, as is the trem action. The action, btw, is like butter, it's extremely low and blindingly fast! The trembar is set up as a floating unit, which is a total blast. I'm seriously diggin' this axe, it feels like nothing else I have in my arsenal...and I have *several* different axes in my collection! I'm giving it five out of five stars, only because I couldn't give it more!