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The B.C. Rich Assassin PX3, featuring a Floyd Rose-licensed tremolo and Rockfield SWV pickups, is one screaming mean Assassin! A maple neck through a deeply arched, nato mahogany body with white binding, an ebony fretboard featuring 24 jumbo frets and a white, pearloid bird skull inlay are just some of the highlights of this guitar that absolutely oozes inspiration. Black hardware, revolver control knobs, ebony fretboard and a deep onyx finish top off the subdued all-business appearance.
B.C. Rich is known as one of the pioneers in Neck-Through construction. They utilize it on many of their guitars, because it provides the best possible sustain, resonance, comfort and access to higher frets. Neck-through has long been considered the premium construction method for high-end electric guitars. This construction starts with a long piece (or pieces) of premium North American maple. That piece runs from the tip of the Assassin PX3T's headstock to the strap button on the opposite end of the guitar. This means that the headstock, fingerboard, pickups and bridge all are mounted to this single sound foundation. Sonically it is a difference you can hear. The neck-through construction also allows deeper cutaways at the neck joint which provides comfort no bolt-on or set-neck could offer.
Rockfield Pickups - Mafia
The use of a ceramic magnet gives any pickup extra power due to the increased magnetic field they provide. This feature makes the mafia pickups produce a hotter and thicker tone that's really aggressive and full. The increased low end, thick mids and in your face highs is what rock and roll was built on! Balanced and full of sustain this pickup is a great representation of its namesake, a truly intimidating killer.
The neck version of the Mafia pickup is just as full sounding as the bridge position, without taking away from what has already been accomplished. Very minor modifications to the overall design and design concept of this pickup gives it punchy, bold tone with the same aggressive characteristics as the bridge version. A tad brighter with a little less output really takes this pickup into the smooth and warm realm of the tonal spectrum. All while maintaining that balanced bite and in your face aggressive tone that the Mafia is known for!
Deep Arched Top
A deep arched top is used on the B.C. Rich Assassin PX3T guitar. The deep arch is achieved by increasing the body center by approximately 5/8" and then gently sloping the arch toward the side of the instrument and leveling out just as the slope reaches the edge. A deep arch top when applied to a B.C. Rich shape gives an air of elegance and sophistication.
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Great GuitarGreat priceGreat warm tonevery good for most genres (Metal "it has this low tune" - Blues..)The pull and tap coil button gives you various tones, from strats to real bc richsRockfield mafia pickups are way good, i thought about getting seymour duncan JBL before getting it, Now i don't need them in this guitar.The Original Floydrose bridge almost keeps the tuning all the time..my Advice: BUY IT !!!
I cannot say enough about this guitar, mine shipped yesterday and i love it. I dropped it down a whole step lowered the bridge just a bit and it plays better than anything ive played before. i definately reccomend getting this, it plays amazing and the sound is outrageous. This is one metal guitar.
there's no other word for it. when i picked up this guitar i knew it was the one i wanted. the sound was uncomparable and the neck was fast and it has exellent pickups. i recommend this guitar for any one.
I ordered one of these, and it just arrived recently, an amazing guitar. It looks amazing, it sounds amazing, and it feels amazing. The Rockfield give such an excellent tone, I have Seymour Duncan's on my LTD, and these give a tone that easily matches, full broad lows, and soaring highs. They give a prisine sounding clean, and distorted every note rings clear, it just blows you away. The Floyd Rose is a nice touch. Only reason it gets a 4 on features is because I prefer a guitar to have two volume knobs, this only has one. Before I decided to buy this I had been looking at ESP, LTD and Jackson, and I saw one of these in a music store, so I played it and was blown away, I went home and checked the price on this website, and was just amazed, this guitar is as good as any LTD or ESP (cept for ESP custom shop stuff). This guitar is equal to some that are double its price, I highly recomend you pick one up.
Superstrats are a controversial kind of guitar for me. Some, like the Jackson Soloist or Ibanez S are actually quite good. Some however, like the ESP M and Horizion series or the Dean Hardtail series are quite horrible and probably the worst pieces of crap I have ever played. I had heard BC Rich made the best superstrats around, but I never got to play one until very recently when I found this one. I'm not trading it for my Moser, but this is one phenominal guitar for the price. The neck action isn't as fast as a Soloist's neck, but it very very smooth and easy to use. It's also neckthrough, so you get easy access to all frets. The rockfield pickups provide scorching tone that lay devastate everything. The Floyd Rose is also the real deal, and it stays in tune all the time. The inlay is a little stupid, and I could live without it or better yet would like there to be sharkfin inlays or BC Rich diamond inlays. All in all, this is probably the best superstrat out there for the money. It may not be a Jackson Soloist, but for the money it is definitely worth it.