The roots of B.C. Rich are steeped in the time honored tradition of woodworking and old world craftsmanship in guitars. The B.C. Rich 10-String Bich and Mockingbird guitars are nothing actually new to BC Rich — these designs have been around for quite some time. With that said, the current version of these classic models deliver a look and tone that is definitely something out of the ordinary. These Exotic guitars will be available in a Spalted Maple top Warlock, a Spalted Maple and Koa top Mockingbird and a Spalted Maple and Koa top Bich all with matching headstock overlays.
Reviewed in the February issue of Guitar World, the tester’s enthusiasm is impossible to ignore, “…(of the Exotic Classic 10 String Bich) exceptional acoustic resonance with particularly long-ringing bass notes.… Combined with my Marshall JCM 800’s lead tone, the fiery Rockfield pickups brought out pyrotechnic brilliance in the mids and an abundance of sparkle in the highs. The neck was terrifically comfortable and the harmonious chorus of the octave strings was absolutely addictive. Nothing but gloriously lush tones emanated from this high-end 10-string, producing some extremely fun and memorable playing experiences.”
The enthusiasm continued with the Exotic Classic Mockingbird, “The Mockingbird’s tone was warm and clear, with a powerful bass signature and punchy high notes. The Rockfield Mafia pickups harnessed this essence and delivered it to my modified Marshall with surprising finesse. Low-gain settings with the Mockingbird’s neck pickup yielded mesquite-charred Texas blues—style mids that were imbued with a velvety treble snap. Upping the distortion and switching to the high-powered bridge “bucker made my Marshall sound as if it had been hit by a lightning bolt of metallic tone. The Mockingbird was tonally transformed into a screaming raptor, with chunky lows, razor-sharp treble attack and ripping mids.“
Guitar World summed it all up with, “The tones they produce blend vintage depth with contemporary attitude, and the exquisite feel of their three-piece necks represents almost 30 years of design evolution. Very impressive!”
The Exotic Classic Mockingbird (List $1120) and Exotic Classic Bich 10 (List $1190) are available now.