BC Rich Mockingbird ST

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On the odd occasion when Slash is removed from his Les Paul, he grabs a BC Rich Mockingbird with more dials and switches than a recording desk.

The guitar

Let's get this out of the way first the Mockingbird isn't exactly a conventionally pretty guitar. But love it or hate it, BC Rich reckons the ST pays you back with its smart-arse features.

There's certainly plenty to take in on the spec, with the website proclaiming the through-neck, twin Rockfield Mafia pickups and genuine Floyd Rose, all built on the foundations of a nato body with a maple top.

All good stuff then, but we're more interested in the buttons. Alongside two volumes and a tone, you've got a varitone (with five preset tones), plus switches that tap the Mafias and bring in the reverse phase mode.

In use

Despite the 24 frets and Floyd Rose, the ST feels more like a rock guitar than a shred machine – and that doubtless has much to do with the beefcake body and chunky neck. To our fingers, it didn't play quite as fast as its rivals, but if you want to be Slash instead of Vai, that should suit you perfectly.

Plug in and the right kind of guitarist will find plenty to froth over here, with the thick roar of those Mafias hitting you like a knuckle-duster, hours of fun to be had from the switches and the looks prompting some ambiguous 'where did you get that?' looks.

MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

Inventive design. Rocks hard.

Cons

Pricier than it should be. Not really a shredders guitar.

Verdict

Get this 'bird in your hand

Available Controls

2 x Volume 3-way Pickup Selector Coil-Tap Reverse mode Tone Varitone

Available Finish

Trans Red

Back Material

Maple

Fingerboard Material

Ebony

Guitar Body Material

Maple

Hardware

Black

Inlays

Pearloid Diamond Markers

Neck Material

Maple

Pickup Type

2x Rockfield Mafia humbuckers

Review Policy
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