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The Mockingbird ST is the most popular model in the Mockingbird family. The heart of the ST is its Floyd Rose Original tremolo and a pair of Duncan Designed HB-103 pickups. These high output pickups a... Read More

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The Mockingbird ST is the most popular model in the Mockingbird family. The heart of the ST is its Floyd Rose Original tremolo and a pair of Duncan Designed HB-103 pickups. These high output pickups are controlled with a selection of knobs and switches that include a 5 position varitone filter knob, two coil tap switches and a reverse phase switch. The neck-through construction also assures great tone and full fingerboard access. Other goodies include an ebony fingerboard, diamond inlays and Grover tuners. Color options perfectly highlight this model's quilt maple top.

Features
  • Neck Through construction
  • Mahogany body
Specifications
  • Construction: neck-through
  • Body wood: mahogany
  • Body thickness: 45mm
  • Top style: beveled
  • Top wood: AAA quilted maple veneer
  • Headstock style: traditional 3 to a side
  • Headstock color: natural rosewood faced
  • Tuners: Grover super Rotomatics
  • Neck wood: maple
  • Neck radius: 12"
  • Back of neck: stain to match
  • Nut width: 43mm
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Inlay: diamonds
  • Frets: 24 jumbo
  • Factory strings: 9 - 42
  • Scale: 24-5/8"
  • Bridge type: Floyd Rose 1000 series tremolo
  • Pickups: Duncan Design humbuckers
  • Controls: 2 volumes, 1 tone, 1 three-way toggle, individual mini switches for pickup coil tap and reverse phase, and one 5 position tone filter. (All passive)
  • Hardware: black
  • Finish: stained transparent glossy
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Mockingbird ST

This guitar is simply awesome. I can go from a really heavy metal tone to a tone that almost sounds acoustic. The Floyd Rose stays in tune without trouble. It is a beautiful...Read complete review

This guitar is simply awesome. I can go from a really heavy metal tone to a tone that almost sounds acoustic. The Floyd Rose stays in tune without trouble. It is a beautiful guitar also. The quilted top with the black hardware just looks amazing. I've been playing this guitar for almost a year now and i have no complaints.

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Lots to love, a few to shrug at

Features: Body: Neck through design was also a major reason I bought this. Obviously with NTD it is not a bolt one. So the integrated body is solid and integral. I like...Read complete review

Features: Body: Neck through design was also a major reason I bought this. Obviously with NTD it is not a bolt one. So the integrated body is solid and integral. I like this configuration a lot, and even with the spring routs the tone is rooted and full. Good, not stellar sustain. Unit is heavier than a strat, but not as heavy as a Paul. One thing that does not work for me is I am big guy and the bottom cutaway impedes my ham-fisted access to the upper frets. Not as bad as some, but a problem for me. Neck: 24 jumbo fret ebony fretboard. I have several guitars, but no ebony fretboards and was a major reason I bought this. The ebony was as expected, tight grained and even a little slick. However, most modern ebony is not uniformly black. This guitar had splotches of lighter brown. You expect the lighter tones, but more in the direction of the grain. I figured out why this one seemed odd. When I played for an hour my finger tips were smudged with dye. The neck was dyed and the lighter browns just did not take the dye uniformly. Disappointed. The frets are described as by some as super-jumbo. I found them just regular jumbos, only slightly if any larger than Gibby jumbos. Hardware: A real Floyd that is nice, more substantive and stable than the many F-licenses ones I have. The tone block is solid milled steel, not the cheap pot metal you usually see. Little fancier turners ? good and stable. Came with 9-42s, which are too light for me, and I broke the high E after 15 min. Of course changing the strings to heavier gauge 1-56s created significant adjustments on the spring comb and the need to add a spring. The out of the box set up had the Floyd as overly sensitive. If you palm mute you would be out of tune quickly. So the extra spring and heavier gauge strings stabilized that. Set up: - Fair out of the box. But only fair. Finish: excellent, deep and rich. The blue color was less cobalt than I would have like, and moved more into the royal blue arena. Pickups ? From SDuncan ? ?The HB-103 was patterned after the SH-6 Duncan Distortion? set. It uses ceramic magnets and powerful coil windings to deliver a high output tone with lots of crunch and harmonics.? I have several guitars with pups from SD, Dimarzio, EMG, no-names, Artec & G&B ( both large OEM production houses)? I find discernable differences between alnico and ceramic pups. No need to comment on EMG ? you either love them or hate them. These HB-103s have the characteristic ceramic tone, which compared to alnicos (to me) they tend to have less single coil spark, flatter and more stable across all frequencies, and a little ?smoother?. I A-Bed these against Dimarzio Tone Zone (alnico 5), SDD HB-102s (alnico), some raucous GF zebras (alnico) and some Dillion (alnicos) G&B and others. To me the alnicos all sounded richer, more harmonically diverse and dynamic. I found the 103s to be sort of tame in high gain compared to the more vicious alnicos like the Tone Zone. Altogether sort of indistinct sounding. The cut-coil single coils were slightly more articulate, but nothing to get excited about. Wiring Harness: Individual B/N Vols. Master Tone, 5 position varitone chickenhead, B/N cut coils, system out of phase switch. Remarkably there was not much vol or tonal difference btw the cut coil and full humbucker sound. Out of phase is like every other out of phase. To me it works best when the mix is controlled by the individual vol controls and is just shaded in. And this one has the independent vol controls, so that is possible. However, it does not have a system series switch so you lose power in the system parallel standard combo. So out of phase is kind of its standard novelty tone here. The volume control array is unconventional and throws you off. The one closest to the Floyd controls the Bridge pup, and then there is the 3 way, then the neck pup vol., then the master tone. You would expect the neck vol first then the bridge. Then the order is reversed on the cut coils where the rear most switch controls the bridge pup, where you would expect it. If they insisted on unconventional they should have at least been consistent. I also expect the cut-coil action to be down but it was reversed. So that was all disorienting. The varitone is a little whacky, at least on the guitar I had. When getting out of the varitone by pass there are 4 settings that seem to suck out mid-tones and bass in varying levels. But they also sucked out volume. I could see using it to dial up a better single coil sound if the volume reduction was not so demonstrable. All in all a lot to like about this guitar and some challenges. Pluses --- on the neck through; the ebony fretboard; the hardware. Neutrals -- on the pups. To my taste I would end of changing them out. On the wiring harness. Much better that most conventional harnesses but idiosyncratic and left a number of very useful options out. Set-up ok but needs adjustment --- but we expect that. Frets ok, but I was looking for taller wider jumbos. Minuses --- Ebony fretboard dyed and splotchy; Pups were just ok - I would have ended up switching them; lower horn did not give ham-fist enough room to ?shred from frets 16-22. Hoped for bigger frets.

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3.0

Lots to love, a few to shrug at

By David Knight

from Austin TX

Features: Body: Neck through design was also a major reason I bought this. Obviously with NTD it is not a bolt one. So the integrated body is solid and integral. I like this configuration a lot, and even with the spring routs the tone is rooted and full. Good, not stellar sustain. Unit is heavier than a strat, but not as heavy as a Paul. One thing that does not work for me is I am big guy and the bottom cutaway impedes my ham-fisted access to the upper frets. Not as bad as some, but a problem for me. Neck: 24 jumbo fret ebony fretboard. I have several guitars, but no ebony fretboards and was a major reason I bought this. The ebony was as expected, tight grained and even a little slick. However, most modern ebony is not uniformly black. This guitar had splotches of lighter brown. You expect the lighter tones, but more in the direction of the grain. I figured out why this one seemed odd. When I played for an hour my finger tips were smudged with dye. The neck was dyed and the lighter browns just did not take the dye uniformly. Disappointed. The frets are described as by some as super-jumbo. I found them just regular jumbos, only slightly if any larger than Gibby jumbos. Hardware: A real Floyd that is nice, more substantive and stable than the many F-licenses ones I have. The tone block is solid milled steel, not the cheap pot metal you usually see. Little fancier turners ? good and stable. Came with 9-42s, which are too light for me, and I broke the high E after 15 min. Of course changing the strings to heavier gauge 1-56s created significant adjustments on the spring comb and the need to add a spring. The out of the box set up had the Floyd as overly sensitive. If you palm mute you would be out of tune quickly. So the extra spring and heavier gauge strings stabilized that. Set up: - Fair out of the box. But only fair. Finish: excellent, deep and rich. The blue color was less cobalt than I would have like, and moved more into the royal blue arena. Pickups ? From SDuncan ? ?The HB-103 was patterned after the SH-6 Duncan Distortion? set. It uses ceramic magnets and powerful coil windings to deliver a high output tone with lots of crunch and harmonics.? I have several guitars with pups from SD, Dimarzio, EMG, no-names, Artec & G&B ( both large OEM production houses)? I find discernable differences between alnico and ceramic pups. No need to comment on EMG ? you either love them or hate them. These HB-103s have the characteristic ceramic tone, which compared to alnicos (to me) they tend to have less single coil spark, flatter and more stable across all frequencies, and a little ?smoother?. I A-Bed these against Dimarzio Tone Zone (alnico 5), SDD HB-102s (alnico), some raucous GF zebras (alnico) and some Dillion (alnicos) G&B and others. To me the alnicos all sounded richer, more harmonically diverse and dynamic. I found the 103s to be sort of tame in high gain compared to the more vicious alnicos like the Tone Zone. Altogether sort of indistinct sounding. The cut-coil single coils were slightly more articulate, but nothing to get excited about. Wiring Harness: Individual B/N Vols. Master Tone, 5 position varitone chickenhead, B/N cut coils, system out of phase switch. Remarkably there was not much vol or tonal difference btw the cut coil and full humbucker sound. Out of phase is like every other out of phase. To me it works best when the mix is controlled by the individual vol controls and is just shaded in. And this one has the independent vol controls, so that is possible. However, it does not have a system series switch so you lose power in the system parallel standard combo. So out of phase is kind of its standard novelty tone here. The volume control array is unconventional and throws you off. The one closest to the Floyd controls the Bridge pup, and then there is the 3 way, then the neck pup vol., then the master tone. You would expect the neck vol first then the bridge. Then the order is reversed on the cut coils where the rear most switch controls the bridge pup, where you would expect it. If they insisted on unconventional they should have at least been consistent. I also expect the cut-coil action to be down but it was reversed. So that was all disorienting. The varitone is a little whacky, at least on the guitar I had. When getting out of the varitone by pass there are 4 settings that seem to suck out mid-tones and bass in varying levels. But they also sucked out volume. I could see using it to dial up a better single coil sound if the volume reduction was not so demonstrable. All in all a lot to like about this guitar and some challenges. Pluses --- on the neck through; the ebony fretboard; the hardware. Neutrals -- on the pups. To my taste I would end of changing them out. On the wiring harness. Much better that most conventional harnesses but idiosyncratic and left a number of very useful options out. Set-up ok but needs adjustment --- but we expect that. Frets ok, but I was looking for taller wider jumbos. Minuses --- Ebony fretboard dyed and splotchy; Pups were just ok - I would have ended up switching them; lower horn did not give ham-fist enough room to ?shred from frets 16-22. Hoped for bigger frets.

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5.0

This Mockingbird does indeed sing!

By IAN BLACK

from Sacramento, California

I bought this guitar a couple weeks ago, so far I love it! The variety of tones it can get is pretty impressive, I love guitars with neck through construction too. The resonance and sustain, combined with the accessibility to the higher frets, make it wonderful. I've only found a couple minor things that I personally would have done differently in the way it is designed. First, the volume knob for the bridge pickup is really close to the strings and I keep accidentally turning it down while playing. I also wish the volume knobs for the neck and bridge pickups were in opposite positions. Since I don't use the neck pickup nearly as much, this would solve the first problem right away. The toggle switch sits directly under the tremolo bar when the bar is in a forward position, which makes the switch a bit difficult to reach quickly if necessary. I also would have reversed the order of the coil tap switches, making the neck one on the bottom instead of the middle. All of these are very minor problems which I just have to learn to get around. There are so many other features on this guitar that make it an excellent instrument! The neck is great, easy to get around on, very smooth action, the fingerboard feels great and the string spacing is perfect. This guitar is a bit heavier than I expected it to be, but the weight gives it a nice deep tone that may not be found in lighter guitars. Some B.C. Rich guitars are known for the head dropping towards the floor when you let go of the neck, I have not had that problem at all with this Mockingbird ST. It's very well balanced. The Original Floyd Rose on it is great, it stays in tune even under my considerable use (and abuse) of the tremolo. The paint job on it is gorgeous!I have seen it in red, blue and orange, and they're all beautiful! I bought the red one. It's also very comfortable to hold either standing or sitting. Overall, I love it and look forward to years of use. This one is definitely a keeper!

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5.0

Excellent Ax for the Money

By JAMES COTTON

from Round Rock, TX

The Mockingbird ST is a great guitar for the price. I purchased the Dragon Blood Red version made in 2011. I am happy that I picked up the 2011 version because BC Rich switched from Maple necks to Mohagony necks in 2012. However, BC Rick also switched from the Rockfield Mafia pickups to the Duncan Design H103 pickups in 2011. The guitar was set up perfectly upon picking it up. The Floyd Rose was floating exactly where it should float tuned to standard pitch. I was very suprised at the sustain and flexibility of the tone on this guitar. I love the coil taps. Really helps change your tone up for different styles of playing. The quilted maple veneer is beautiful and neck is just right for my hands. If you are acustom to the Ibanez Wizard necks, this neck may feel thick. However, if you are good with Les Pauls, PRSs and some of the fatter Strat necks, this will fit like a glove. The weight is on the heavier side but, it helps the tone. The 2011 ST model is 45mm thick. Apperantly, BC Rick listend to some of the feedback about the weight and thined it up in 2012 to 40mm thick. None the less, the guitar feels good, looks good and sounds good. Only downside that I could find is that the Duncan Design pickups were on the trebly side. It helps with the coil taps but, I wanted something with more bite that would cut through the mix. Consequently, I switched out those pickps and popped in a set of Dimarzio Breed pickups. Now this baby SINGS! The tone is heavy and hot and the harmonics are overflowing. The neckthruough construction really enhances the sustain in the guitar. Overall, a great purchase for the money. I would have actually paid more for it (i guess I did considering the $130 pickup swap).

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5.0

..............WOW.....................

By Derrick

from Virginia

I don't know what anyone is talking about when they have something negative to say about this guitar. I bought mine at a music store and the ones I played that day were a Schecter C-1 Hellraiser FR, Dean Deceiver FMF, Zoltan Bathory Signature, and this Mockingbird. I gotta say, even though the Mockingbird is the cheapest it was my favorite by a mile. Yes the Floyd Rose isn't made in Germany. So what!!! It's still an amazing tremolo. I try to knock it out of tune and i don't ever succeed. It's the Floyd Rose 1000 series tremolo. I have a Jackson KE5FR Kelly that was made in japan with Seymour Duncans, and it has the same exact tremolo. I would definitely rather play the Mockingbird. Don't believe a word of what people say, the pickups are really good. If you want really high output pickups, you're more than likely to get some sort of active pickups anyways. Overall, this guitar is amazing and worth more than what the price tag shows. BUY IT!!!

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5.0

If you ever buy a BC Rich, this is the one to get.

By Cody

from Sactown, Cali

I am a BC Rich efficianado, and play the Mockingbird line regularly. In my opinion, it's the most comfortable shape in the series, second only to the Assassin model. When I bought this, I was expecting a good guitar with some worthless features. I couldn't be more wrong. The first thing you're wondering is, "ARE THE ROCKFIElDS ANY GOOD LOLZ?" Yes, I say they sound great. BUT. They can't handle heavy distortion. At. All. Clean channels are BEAUTIFUL, and classic rock sounds flow from the guitar flawlessly. But get into the thrash metal people like... Well, get yourselves some guitarheads or dragonfire pickups to replace these. Cheap modification to a simple problem. The Floyd Rose takes a beating and then some before going out of tune. The stock strings were terrible and the setup was off, but that's a simple fix if you know what you're doing. The finish looks nothing like the stock pictures... it looks BETTER. Seriously, google around and find some of those pictures other people put up. They'll look like completely different guitars (in a good way). The neck profile felt Les Paul-ish, so shredding on this guitar is a bit harder to do. If you're adjusted to the Les Paul neck, you'll be fine, as this plays better than a Les Paul, with better fret access thanks to the Neck-Thru body, and the ebony fretboard, which plays like magic. I've always been more of a rosewood guy, but ebony is just...wow. I love it. One more thing about this guitar is that it is NOT a beginers guitar. Many aspects of the guitar would be foreign to a beginner and simply put, a chore. For example: The Flyod Rose is MUCH more difficult to work with than a hardtail, the coil taps sound like just noisemakers, and the reverse phase is broken and makes the guitar soiund nasaly. HOWEVER, if you know how to operate these features to your advantage, you can get any tone on earth. The reverse phase switch is the most underrated feature, IMO. I engage the switch 99% of the time when I'm playing. It creates some nasaly tones, I admit, but if you blend the volumes and mix up the coil taps, you can get some GREAT tones. Google how the switch works, and you'll understand how to use it properly (don't worry, I was clueless to at first!). I reccomend: (Middle Position on the 3-way switch) Neck - Humbucking, Bridge - Coil Tapped, Reverse s/w ON, and turn the volume on the bridge down to about 9. I love it. It cancels out just the right amount of frequency to make a perfect sound for clean, dirty, or distorted sounds (metal sounds, not so much. But whatever, I don't play metal haha). Like I said, if you're a novice, go for a different guitar. I suggest the various NJ series floating around ebay. But for a tone junkie like me who knows what he's doing, this is the most verstile guitar I've ever played. But whatever floats your boat ;) ...Oh, I forgot to mention! and the varitone knob feels like a volume limiter. That's all it's good for. Doesn't take away from the guitar at all though, don't worry.

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5.0

They don't call it a "Mockingbird" for nothing.

By C. White

from West palm beach, FL

I purchased my Mockingbird ST at a local music store, and dang, it's a great guitar. When I first picked it up I immediately fell in love with it, and I hate almost all B.C. Rich guitars. (Except for the Mockingbird, ASM, and Gunslinger models) I played it, ran it through a couple of pedals, and immediately bought it, here's some info; The factory strings aren't that bad... But I highly recommend getting a nice set of D'Addario strings. I have no idea what people are talking about when they say; "Oh, the tap coils do little, and the reverse phaser does nothing." They both work fine on my Mockingbird, maybe it's because the 9V battery in their guitars ran down or something, but I assure you they both work, and are extremely useful at sometimes, other times they're not. It's not just for "Shredding" or "Metal", I play lots of metal, but I also play almost all kinds of music, and this guitar can play it all, that's why they named it the Mockingbird, Mockingbirds can mimic any sound. :P The neck feels great, but unfortunately this guitar is a fingerprint-magnet, so you might want to wipe it down ever two weeks or so, the action comes pretty low, but I got it set lower, and paired with a nice set of strings, this thing is a beast and it's ready to roar. (Pardon the lame choice of words, xD) The varitone knob is also very nice, but like some other reviewers, I like it set on the top setting, but the second-to-bottom setting is nice for deep-sounding tones. The Floyd Rose tremolo plays like a dream and keeps it in tune all the time, I've gigged with this guitar and I've never had to tune or fix a string in the middle of a gig, another nice thing is it's an actual Floyd Rose, the downside to most nice B.C. Rich guitars is they have "Licensed" Floyd Roses, which don't tend to work half as well as the real thing. The guitar is beautiful, just beautiful, when I gig I tend to notice most eyes in the crowd are on my guitar. (:P Sorry for bragging) And I've had quite a few other guitar players tell me it looked great, sounded great, and that was usually followed up by a; "Can I try it out?". And the Rockfield Mafias? D*mn, those suckers can scream, and they can sing, depending on how you want it. Overall, a very nice guitar, best I've owned (Or played, for that matter) so far, next I'll be purchasing another ST, different colour.

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5.0

AMAZING GUITAR worth EVERY penny

By Matt D

from Gahanna, OH

Plug it in, turn up the volume. You wont be dissapointed. I have had this guitar for a few months now and I have nothing but praise for it. This guitar handles high distortion excellently. Plus it gives an extremely unique sound for both rhythm and soloing. You will stand out from the average EMG users. The neck pickup is suprisingly superb as well. It provides a hearty kick but still gives the milky tones you would like to have in a quality neck pickup. But I would even say the best things about this guitar are the clean tones. If you just put your guitar on a clean setting and touch nothing it sounds slightly distorted. But by flipping a few switches on this guitars vast array of controls you can easily make one of the best clean tones I have ever heard out of a guitar. On a middle crunchy kind of setting, this guitar is equally good. The pickups provide A WHOLE LOTTA KICK. Most people are turned off by the BC rich brand name but this guitar might just change your perception. Looks great, Sounds better.

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5.0

rock and roll sounding pickups

By Hayden English

from Lewisville, Texas

this guitar is great if you like to play heavy metal and classic 80's rock like me. It's mafia pickups produce a growling deep tone which is perfect for all types of music. i've had this guitar for 2 years and it is my favorite still. i would recommend buying this for anyone i absolutely love it!

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5.0

Mockingbird st

By Michael DeMichele

from Mechanicsburg PA USA

I now have 21 guitars (all hand picked high quality instruments). I must have gotten a good one cause this guitar is perfect out of the box. It plays and can sound like butter, and the EBONY fretboard had a les paul custom feel. No other guitar has the tone option swithces and this can be an all around guitar for any style. This thing is heavy and looks like it's ready to be with youe on the cover of a magazine with it's unique curves. I love it. Right up there with my primo Ibanezes, PRS's. Great for shredding or crystal clear strumming.

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5.0

A Solid Buy For Any Soon-to-be Rockstar!

By Vinny

from New York

Having just recieved my Mockingbird, there's no long term information I can provide, but for the few weeks I've owned the instrument, it has been more than worth the buy. The first thing I noticed was how heavy the instrument is. There's alot of hardware tucked into this axe as well as one of the most sleek floyd rose tremolos I've ever seen. Some of the cool features are the fine tune knobs atop the tremolo and numerous options to perfect your signature tone. The factory strings surprised me as well and fit the instrument quiet nicely. This guitar's shining moments are within soloing and power chord riffs, a great instrument to perform with. I am still experiencing some string buzz issues, but I plan on bringing it to the shop to fix up soon. It may only be a low action causing it, but the buzz cannot be heard when amplified for the most part anyway. I recommend it to anyone who wants to play grunge, classic rock, or any genre with a heavy crisp tone. Also, the picture provided by Guitar Center does no justice... this guitar is dead sexy.

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