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B.C. Rich Draco V Electric Guitar   

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Features a nato mahogany body with maple neck-through construction. With cutting scalloped lines, vertebrae inlay, a twin rail pickup in the neck and...Read More

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A hyper-aggressive axe!

Features a nato mahogany body with maple neck-through construction. With cutting scalloped lines, vertebrae inlay, a twin rail pickup in the neck and a HOT Rockfield Fat Ass pickup in the bridge the Draco looks and sounds just plain mean.

Neck-Through Construction
Neck-Through construction is used on the Draco V 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 guitars. This construction starts with a long piece (or pieces) of premium North American maple. That piece runs from the tip of the 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, providing comfort no bolt-on or set-neck could offer.

Rockfield Pickups - Fat Ass and Twin Rail
Bridge Pickup - Fat Ass
Aggressive in its own right, the Rockfield Fat Ass bridge pickup was designed for a specific group players in mind: those with crazy, super acrobatic playing styles. The ones at the gig that make everything look so effortless and easy. As you watch in amazement you say, "Man I need to practice" or, "That's it, man, I quit!" This pickup's custom designed bobbins house larger pole pieces that help transfer string vibration from pulls, bends and leads so the user gets less tonal drop off, better articulation and note definition. The Rockfield Fat Ass has a well balanced overall tone that is mean and bold with major sustain, huge bottom end and cutting mids and highs that jump out at you. Each note is full and rings true from this pickup while you take advantage of a look that is just plain mean and in your face.

Neck Pickup
Great pickup for Bridge or neck but designed to complement the Fat Ass bridge pickup in the neck position. This twin rail pickup, like the bridge position Fat Ass has a full round tone that helps transfer string vibration from pulls, bends and leads so the user gets less tonal drop off and better articulation and note definition. This is made possible by the custom designed bobbins that house the larger pole pieces. Custom wound with a little less bite but still just as aggressive, this pickup has great balance and sustain with a huge low end response and mids and highs that scream and cut for a tone that is truly inspiring.

Flat Top
The Draco V is constructed with a flat top. The flat top styling gives a bold and pristine look to the edge of the instrument's shape. The binding on a flat top finishes off the edge cleanly and gives a sleek and clean look to the instrument.

FEATURES
  • Construction: Neck-through
  • Body wood: Nato (eastern mahogany)
  • Body thickness: 45mm
  • Top style: Extremely beveled
  • Headstock style: SOB Beast
  • Headstock color: Onyx
  • Tuners: Diecast
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Back of neck: Onyx
  • Neck binding: Black
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Inlay: White pearloid vertebrae
  • Frets: 24 jumbo 2.7mm
  • Factory strings: 9 - 42
  • Nut: 1-7/10" (43mm)
  • Scale: 25-1/2"
  • Bridge: Tune-o-matic-style
  • Tailpiece: string-through-the-body
  • Pickups: 1 Rockfield Fat Ass humbucker (bridge) and 1 Twin Rail (neck)
  • Controls: 1 volume (volume is a push pull to change pickups)
  • Hardware: black chrome
  • Special features: Output jack is located on the upper wing in the back for comfort and style
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4.7

(based on 12 reviews)

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Good for a BC Rich

I just bought this guitar, here is the rundown.It is well constructed and set up pretty well from the factory, though I am going to bump up the strings to 10's as they...Read complete review

I just bought this guitar, here is the rundown.It is well constructed and set up pretty well from the factory, though I am going to bump up the strings to 10's as they are a bit too slinky for me, no big deal, I plan to have a bone or graphite nut installed during set up anyway. Like most V guitars it is lightweight so that is an advantage for some that get tired with playing for long periods of time standing up. It is not the ultimate guitar to play sitting down but it is possible you just have to put a serrated part instead of a pointy part or it will poke your ribs, so you just adjust. I dont miss the tone controls on it since passive tone controls on guitars I have found pretty useless anyway. The one knob that does it all, volume, which I always have turned up all the way, and the push pull for pickup selection doesnt bother me but could bother some, it depends on the individual. The bridge pup is nothing special though it is pretty clear. But for agressive styles like metal which is obviously what one would buy a guitar like this for a change to either an active or what I am installing a Bare Knuckles Miracle Man will make it sound like you want. The neck pup on the other hand was a huge surprise, it sounds pretty nice and has incredible sustain, it keeps a note ringing for an amazing amount of time. Since it is similar in design to the Seymore Duncan hot rails I was going to swap it out if it was not great but I am not going to do that which says a lot for that neck pup. The case I got with it from BC Rich is a coffin case and it has its pros and cons, cons are that it is huge and while it is well constructed it is not tough like a true hardshell case, the outside material is more like what a typical acoustic case is made of. The inside however is great, that big size allows for two nice big compartments and the interior lining is plush and really nice, so while it is big at least it protects the unique guitar and its pointy ends plus could hold multiple effects pedals or long cords or whatever in the two nice big compartments, it also looks very nice and detailed inside. If you want a V guitar and you like the design and know you will want to swap out the bridge pup then it does the job with a thin neck shape good for speed and a nice neck pup. You will have to deal with the pointy parts if you want this radical design but I am mostly a lazy sit down player and as I said you just have to position the guitar where a point is not digging in to your ribs and it is fine. I got this guitar because of its unique design and that it was a neck through. It is not my best guitar or my worst it is sort of middle of the road. It has a cool look and a cool case but otherwise is just a guitar with a very nice neck pup and a lack luster bridge pup. The one thing to keep in mine is that it has no fretboard markers, just little dots on the side, this may or may not be an issue for you. If it is plan on spending another 100 bucks to have fretboard markers installed. Basically it is just good enough for me not to return it and it is a very unique shape no doubt about that and quality is decent, keep that neck pup and get a good bridge pup and you will probably be happy.

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Not Recommended

Most people are likely to buy this guitar for the looks because, obviously it looks awesome. The Rockfield pickups sound pretty metal too. This is about the best thing about it unfortunately. If...Read complete review

Most people are likely to buy this guitar for the looks because, obviously it looks awesome. The Rockfield pickups sound pretty metal too. This is about the best thing about it unfortunately. If you are someone who likes to sit and play, Please do not purchase, it is one of the most painful guitars to sit and play with, not to mention very awkward. If you play something easy like punk or slow rock, then the following shouldn't be a problem- the strings are raised so high from the body that you have to constantly mute you bottom strings which is uncomfortable, you cannot braise your palm against the body because of this, this is not because of high action, this is just the way the guitar is built. If you play metal or and thing with gallops, please consider buying another guitar, I find this extremely difficult to play.

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5.0

Draco is the true Beast

By MammonTarr

from Graham, NC when I'm home.LOL

I have a Draco with the Vertibra Inlays on the neck. It prays great. It screams like a Banshee. I have a old Marshall half stack with a couple of Boss Distortion pedals, a Mashall Digital Delay pedal, and a new XMR Reverb pedal. I am also getting ready to put in some EMG's in my Draco along with a PA-2, and a Battery Pack in it. But the standard pickups are still screamers. The neck is sooo smooth you can play anything from Classical to Speedmetal with no problem!!!

 
5.0

Crowd pleaser deluxe!

By Johnni Urvalic

from Washington

I just purchased the Draco Ghost Flame and can't believe the reaction of the fans of our music. It is definitely appealing to the eye but is so much more. Playing this amazing neck through is like butter. As for playing while sitting down... Come on people! This guitar is either in it's large coffin case or it is rocking in front of the crazies on stage. I won't even hang it on my wall. It is made for rocking. Pickups are beyond awesome and great sustain with very very little setup. This guitar is for those who can rock all the time. Peace.

 
5.0

Doesnt get much better!

By Warmachine

from WV

People, if your thinking about getting this guitar, dont listen to the negative reviews, this thing is the BOMB!!! i've had mine since Aug 08' and it is one of my main axes, and will be for years to come. I even remember reading one review that says its uncomfortable to play sitting down...."stand up"! why would you even want to sit when you're holding this monster?! as far as the string comment, its easy, just "adjust" the action. people seem to think that a guitar will fit them perfectly straight "out of the box" and it doesnt work that way. throw some heavy gauges on there and you're set! i love everything about this guitar, rad looks, neck thru, killer pickups....what more could you possibly want?

 
3.0

Not Recommended

Most people are likely to buy this guitar for the looks because, obviously it looks awesome. The Rockfield pickups sound pretty metal too. This is about the best thing about it unfortunately. If you are someone who likes to sit and play, Please do not purchase, it is one of the most painful guitars to sit and play with, not to mention very awkward. If you play something easy like punk or slow rock, then the following shouldn't be a problem- the strings are raised so high from the body that you have to constantly mute you bottom strings which is uncomfortable, you cannot braise your palm against the body because of this, this is not because of high action, this is just the way the guitar is built. If you play metal or and thing with gallops, please consider buying another guitar, I find this extremely difficult to play.

 
4.0

Radical Styling but still a decent axe

By Tom Axe

from Seattle

Like I am sure everyone that bought one of these guitars did so because they were attracted to its radical design. Luckily it turns out to not be just a looker. It is likely that the neck through contruction is what gives it good sustain since it has such little body wood. The amount of sustain happily surprised me. The Neck Dual Blade pup sounds good for high notes but the Bridge Rockfield pup has to go, I put in a Bare Knuckles Miracle Man other high output pups would also work fine the Rockfield just doesnt have enough crunch for the sort of playing this guitar is made to do. Someone commented the neck was thick? No it is not. It does not come with fret markers however so be aware of that, you may want to add some when you get it if you need them. It is better than other BC Rich guitars I have played before and it plays pretty nice and sounds pretty good now so if you like it and know about the fretboard markers and pickup issues you are good to go.

 
4.0

Good for a BC Rich

By Tom Axe

from Seattle

I just bought this guitar, here is the rundown.It is well constructed and set up pretty well from the factory, though I am going to bump up the strings to 10's as they are a bit too slinky for me, no big deal, I plan to have a bone or graphite nut installed during set up anyway. Like most V guitars it is lightweight so that is an advantage for some that get tired with playing for long periods of time standing up. It is not the ultimate guitar to play sitting down but it is possible you just have to put a serrated part instead of a pointy part or it will poke your ribs, so you just adjust. I dont miss the tone controls on it since passive tone controls on guitars I have found pretty useless anyway. The one knob that does it all, volume, which I always have turned up all the way, and the push pull for pickup selection doesnt bother me but could bother some, it depends on the individual. The bridge pup is nothing special though it is pretty clear. But for agressive styles like metal which is obviously what one would buy a guitar like this for a change to either an active or what I am installing a Bare Knuckles Miracle Man will make it sound like you want. The neck pup on the other hand was a huge surprise, it sounds pretty nice and has incredible sustain, it keeps a note ringing for an amazing amount of time. Since it is similar in design to the Seymore Duncan hot rails I was going to swap it out if it was not great but I am not going to do that which says a lot for that neck pup. The case I got with it from BC Rich is a coffin case and it has its pros and cons, cons are that it is huge and while it is well constructed it is not tough like a true hardshell case, the outside material is more like what a typical acoustic case is made of. The inside however is great, that big size allows for two nice big compartments and the interior lining is plush and really nice, so while it is big at least it protects the unique guitar and its pointy ends plus could hold multiple effects pedals or long cords or whatever in the two nice big compartments, it also looks very nice and detailed inside. If you want a V guitar and you like the design and know you will want to swap out the bridge pup then it does the job with a thin neck shape good for speed and a nice neck pup. You will have to deal with the pointy parts if you want this radical design but I am mostly a lazy sit down player and as I said you just have to position the guitar where a point is not digging in to your ribs and it is fine. I got this guitar because of its unique design and that it was a neck through. It is not my best guitar or my worst it is sort of middle of the road. It has a cool look and a cool case but otherwise is just a guitar with a very nice neck pup and a lack luster bridge pup. The one thing to keep in mine is that it has no fretboard markers, just little dots on the side, this may or may not be an issue for you. If it is plan on spending another 100 bucks to have fretboard markers installed. Basically it is just good enough for me not to return it and it is a very unique shape no doubt about that and quality is decent, keep that neck pup and get a good bridge pup and you will probably be happy.

 
5.0

a beautiful Beast

By Draco14

from Kansas

i got this guitar for christmas and it is insainly awesome, it has the most outputed and distorted sound ive ever heard, its great and i think it was well worth the price. the only downside is that the neck is a little bit thick but it is still great playingwise.

 
5.0

INSANE AXE!!!!!!

By DRACO420

from TN

I pre-ordered this monster back in september and it came in a few days ago and I love it!! The action is perfect and the finish is amazing!!And its well equiped out of thye box with d'darios. They're a bit too light for me so I got some heavier gage strings.

 
5.0

Incerdible and head turning axe

By RAWKS!

from Dallas, TX

Absolutely my favorite axe right now! I've played a few gigs with it and everyone loves it!BUT, I play straight through my Mesa Dual Rec and the Rockfield pick-ups were less than stellar. I replaced the bridge pickup with a Dimebucker!Holy expletive - Now this thing destroys!!!Good luck finding a case big enough for it - the only case that will fit it is being sent out this week by BC Rich - the BCRCC3 (BC Rich Coffin Case).

 
5.0

METAL MONSTER!!!

By KalenWolfve

from hawaii

I have one of the original, and this is the best guitar I have ever played. It plays great with my heavy metal distortion pedal from digitech. Even clean it has a really great sound. I still tweak about it everytime I play it. So yea, kick a** guitar.

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