"Go and get one!"
The Mockingbird Masterpiece guitar is quite a guitar!
It really is hard to describe it (the sound)other than to say it is unique.
The guitar feels good in my hands and arrived good to go. I like a low action. My guitar has this with no deadspots over the 24 frets. B.C. Rich's B.D.S.M. pickups are a blast!
At this point I have to backup a minute. The Mockingbird Masterpiece guitar's body is made from Agathis. After placing my order, I did some research to learn about agathis. I learned it is a member of the conifer family. It seems to be found throughout the world, but only recently is finding its way into the music / guitar making industry, because of its excellent resonant properties. Agathis is also used in the construction of yacht hulls because it is resistant to rotting.
Well at first my mind blew past this information, centered on the fact that Agathis is a member of the conifer family and thought, "Oh great. I just blew $300.00 on a fancy pine comb."
I'm happy to say the guitar is something totally new. It doesn't sound like a Tele, Strat or Les Paul. I'm not sure what the information on this site with respect to Rockfield's pickups is all about. (I only recently discovered Samedaymusic.com.) It is B.C. Rich's B.D.S.M. (Broadly Dynamic Sonically Matched) pickups that to me are the biggest part of the equation. These pickups were designed specifically for this guitar. It is possible to coax any sound you want from this guitar. You can actually feel, while experimenting with the guitar's tone controls, where the resonant points are. I like to alternate between both pickup's for playing leads. At the resonant frequencies, the pickups are bright and happy sounding. Adjusting the guitar's tone control a little bit away from these points lies growls and screams. This guitar will handle any music genre. For the last two months I've been playing this guitar through Bugera half stacks and their latest V-5 all tube practice amps. (Bugera amps are amazing) For the heck of it I also played through an all solid state Peavy bass amp. To my amazement the guitar still had excellent sustain and response to picking dynamics.
The guitar came with a cord. The only features I wish it had are coil tapping, a rear bevel and that it were available in some kind of blue color - Wizard Blue?
Still my guitar feels solid but not heavy. I have the Dragon's blood model. It is a beautiful, elegant guitar with a touch of mystique. All of the parts are high quality.
The option of a Mockingbird Masterpiece model with tremelo would be a nice touch.
Ease of Use:
With 24 jumbo frets and a short scale, the instrument is playable and fun to play.
This guitar is a "keeper". It will last a lifetime and still look good if properly cared for. It is solidly constructed and will easily survive the road.
I haven't needed to contact anyone over at B.C. Rich, but they've been around for awhile. I'm willing to bet that whatever one should need will be provided.
This guitar is easily worth twice its selling price. It's a fun, totally unique axe with the capacity to help one express any emotion.
The Wow Factor:
This guitar is worth much more than its selling price because it is much more than just a practical addition.
This axe has strong appeal as both its looks and technical / design features are way out there. To me a Tele is a very practical guitar. Great tone, looks like a plank, rugged as all heck.
The Mockingbird Masterpiece is all of that plus unique looks and a sound that's all it's own.
If mine were lost or stolen, I'd replace it with another Mockingbird Masterpiece. In time I might supplement this with another guitar having a tremelo, but that need has been largely satisfied with a PRS guitar. It's a great guitar.
Go in peace and get one!!!