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    This axe is ready to shred and slash.

    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

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    Mockingbird ST Electric Guitar 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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    B.C. RichMockingbird ST Electric Guitar
     
    4.4

    (based on 26 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fun to play (4)
    • Good feel (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing (3)
      • Rock concerts (3)
      • Small venues (3)
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        • Experienced (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      The facility of a Carvin with the weight of a Les Paul

      I've only had this guitar for a week, and I just looked on the manufacturer's website. ALL the Mockingbird STs depicted (4 honeyburst and 2 cherry burst w/ same controls) had black...Read complete review

      I've only had this guitar for a week, and I just looked on the manufacturer's website. ALL the Mockingbird STs depicted (4 honeyburst and 2 cherry burst w/ same controls) had black PU pole pieces, and 'Rockfield' printed on top. Mine has PUs w/ chrome poles and 'Seymour Duncan' on top. I always wanted a Floyd Rose (not on a main stage-guitar, but for when needed), and since 24 fret ebony-board neck-throughs are what I've been playing since 1983, this was a great guitar for me for the $. Another reason you might not use this for shows (besides Floyd string-changes!) is that it's like standing there with a piece of furniture strapped on---beautiful furniture, to be sure, but it's as heavy as 2 guitars....I'm disappointed in my guitar's pickups; they fail to make noticeable use of the switching---and I plan to ask MF how they got on this guitar (it wasn't a 're-stock'; this was supposed to be new-new). However it happened, and whether or not I have to exchange this one over it, I imagine that it was just mine (and you'll get one with the pickups that were shown, described, and---it stands to reason---work well with the vari-tone, coil-cuts, and series/parallel switching, even though I somehow didn't). I'd like to tell you how it sounds through different amps I use, but I can't this time: these PUs waste this guitar's potential and make it sound crummy and generic. They don't give the tone filters much to work with. With appropriately-high output PUs (like the ones mine should've come with...) this guitar will sing in a variety of accents of various languages. I'd give this guitar an Overall 9 (perfect but too heavy...), but the lukewarm SD PUs I got instead of what was described makes MINE an 8.
      Actually...it's even heavier (but we'll get to that later)!

      Best Features:
      *Neck-through construction w/ebony 24-fret board
      *AAA Quilted maple top
      *Genuine Floyd Rose
      *'Complete' set of passive controls
      Worst features:
      *Electronics are wired both 'backwards' (volume knobs are in the opposite order as the pickups) and 'upside-down' (single/double-coil mini-toggles are 'down' for HB and up for SC; now that I'm thinking about it, I'll loosen the retaining nuts and spin them halfway around).
      *The product description said this guitar comes with "Rockfield Mafia" HBs and the PUs in the photo read 'Rockfield' on them; mine came with 2 HBs that simply read 'Seymour Duncan'...whether they're 'rockfield' or not, they don't exhibit the range or sensitivity to take advantage of the switching options (trust me; I've been playing Carvins with this set-up since 1983: 2vol-1tone-2coiltap-1series/parallel. With any hi-output AlnicoV PUs there's a WORLD of diffference in available timbres at the click of a switch...but not with these generic-sounding Seymours. The 'vari-tone' filter adds insult to injury with these PUs.
      *The 'traditional' 3+3 headstock looks stupid in conjunction with the 'stylized-Explorer' body shape; 6 inline should've gone on these (that would've also lessened this guitar's somewhat neck-heavy balance)....
      *This thing makes a Les Paul feel light; I feel as though I'm playing an end-table!
      This instrument's build quality is first-rate, worthy of guitars costing 3x as much (mine was in the $600-700 range).
      The quilt maple finish, Original Floyd, and neck-through build are, by themselves, worth more than this guitar's price. If this guitar was a solid-colored hardtail with a glue-on neck joint, it would be a fair value; as it is, it's an AMAZING one.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Very Nice Guitar

      Very Nice Guitar. Only concernes are the knobs and switches getting mixed up with each other. Also, the left horn is sort of uncomfortable sitting down. Pickups are nice and so are the...Read complete review

      Very Nice Guitar. Only concernes are the knobs and switches getting mixed up with each other. Also, the left horn is sort of uncomfortable sitting down. Pickups are nice and so are the tuners. Sounds very good on clean and dirty channels.
      The pickups are nice, and so is the neck. Very slick, and perfect for metal, fast blues, and jazz. The knobs and switches can get sort of confusing.
      It never gets scratched and you can rarely see fingerprints on the top.
      You will rarely find a guitar that is good for all styles of music.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A Lot of Guitar for the Money

      By CapitalSuspect

      from Austin, Texas

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Quality Build

      Cons

      • Poor Pick Up
      • Poor pickups

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about B.C. Rich Mockingbird ST Electric Guitar:

      I would not have ordered this guitar at regular price. But my local affiliated store was blowing them out. I've always loved the Mockingbird shape, so I went to check them out.
      They had three available. A blue, red, and the burst. I picked up the burst first, and it felt really, really good and had a nice natural tone without amplification. Plugged it in and it sounded pretty good, too. The red had a bad set up and fretted out high on the neck. The blue one was unplayable - just awful. I bought the burst.
      I set up the Floyd to my specs (added a brass block and trem stopper) and got the action even lower with no buzzing. SICK. Very good intonation. As a Les Paul fan I love the mahogany, maple, and ebony build, and the shorter scale. Yeah, it's heavy. But I'm used to that. This is a SOLID guitar.
      Now my beef. The guitar is 100% pro-level but the electronics are not. The pickups are weak, nasally, and will squeal with high gain. Fine for bedroom playing, but compared to quality pups just don't hang. The volume pot is basically an on/off knob. Love the coil tap switches. Will never use the phase. The 5-way "tone filter," well, I guess that is accurate, because it does just that. Filters-out your tone. (I read where Slash had his bypassed.) I could not find a clean or distorted tone where I liked one of the settings engaged. When your guitar makes a Plexi and Saldano sound bad...
      I get that, though. They had to skimp somewhere. Electronics are cheap and easy to replace. A set neck not so much. So I have my fave pups and pots on order. Can't wait.
      Minor gripes: The tuning machines are great quality, but I hate the little skinny heads - hard to keep a winder on them. The knobs are too tall - I constantly hit the volume. Have been replaced.
      At what I paid this was sick deal. With some added electronics and hardware this guitar will rival guitars way above what I have invested. Regualar price? Yeah, for this one. It plays and feels sweet. Love the standing playing position - just feels right to me. But given the other two guitars I played I have to wonder about consistency in these guitars. Check other reviews if you are thinking about ordering and can't play before you buy.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      PERFECT 10

      By Bill

      from TX

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about B.C. Rich Mockingbird ST Electric Guitar:

            This axe has it all!! I love how BC RICH puts all the bells and whistles on there guitars but doesn't kill you on the mark up$$$
            Plus they look awesome and have attitude !!!
            THANKS BC RICH & MUSICIANS FRIEND
            PERFECT 10
            stays in tune, looks BEAST, sounds INCREADIBLE, great neck, solid axe for everything !!!!!!!!!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great value

            By Jimmy Mack

            from Virginia Beach

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Very Slim At Nut Easy To

            Cons

            • Switches Overkill

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about B.C. Rich Mockingbird ST Electric Guitar:

            The neck tapers at the nut and flattens at the back making this guitar for me, a whole lot more comfortable to play than the American Special Start I just got for Christmas. I don't have small hands but have some techniques which call for fingering and "walking" bass lines with my thumb on my fingering hand. This neck is exactly right for that and it plays great whereas the maple neck strat I have tires my fingering hand and stops me from doing some of my tricks smoothly. This guitar is of course a shredders dream but has a lot of phase switches for a variety of sound other than el-kabong metal.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beauty & power meets elegance & savagery

            By 46kicks

            from Orange County, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Duncan Designed Pick Ups
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Neck-thru
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Veneer top

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about B.C. Rich Mockingbird ST Electric Guitar:

            As far as countries outside the USA that manufacture guitars, Korea is the new Japan, while China still puts out junk... The problem in the past with some of the Korean guitars has been the hardware... but with a real Floyd Rose, Duncan Designed pickups & the goto Imperial tuning machines, you can't go wrong... Although I'm not much for the veneer top... having said that, it is very beautiful, hell... drop dead gorgeous really, but I prefer a real wood top. The guitar is thick, solid and feels great & balanced when you play it... if you ask me, for the money you won't find a better guitar...

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            KICK AXE

            By Bill

            from TX

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            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Amazing neck
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great tone looks killer
            • Solid Electronics
            • Sounds Great
            • Stays in tune
            • This axe is sooo awesome

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

              Comments about B.C. Rich Mockingbird ST Electric Guitar:

              This guitar is great ! To me its the best on the market @ this price. Neck through, licensed floyd, tons of tone settings,And a great feel. Stays in tune after abusing the Floyd. I looked for quite a while for one with all this one has and they were all over 1200.00$ Anyway, way to go B.C. Rich !

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Very Nice Guitar

              By Devin Allen

              from Alabama

              Comments about B.C. Rich Mockingbird ST Electric Guitar:

              Very Nice Guitar. Only concernes are the knobs and switches getting mixed up with each other. Also, the left horn is sort of uncomfortable sitting down. Pickups are nice and so are the tuners. Sounds very good on clean and dirty channels.
              The pickups are nice, and so is the neck. Very slick, and perfect for metal, fast blues, and jazz. The knobs and switches can get sort of confusing.
              It never gets scratched and you can rarely see fingerprints on the top.
              You will rarely find a guitar that is good for all styles of music.

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              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              The facility of a Carvin with the weight of a Les Paul

              Comments about B.C. Rich Mockingbird ST Electric Guitar:

              I've only had this guitar for a week, and I just looked on the manufacturer's website. ALL the Mockingbird STs depicted (4 honeyburst and 2 cherry burst w/ same controls) had black PU pole pieces, and 'Rockfield' printed on top. Mine has PUs w/ chrome poles and 'Seymour Duncan' on top. I always wanted a Floyd Rose (not on a main stage-guitar, but for when needed), and since 24 fret ebony-board neck-throughs are what I've been playing since 1983, this was a great guitar for me for the $. Another reason you might not use this for shows (besides Floyd string-changes!) is that it's like standing there with a piece of furniture strapped on---beautiful furniture, to be sure, but it's as heavy as 2 guitars....I'm disappointed in my guitar's pickups; they fail to make noticeable use of the switching---and I plan to ask MF how they got on this guitar (it wasn't a 're-stock'; this was supposed to be new-new). However it happened, and whether or not I have to exchange this one over it, I imagine that it was just mine (and you'll get one with the pickups that were shown, described, and---it stands to reason---work well with the vari-tone, coil-cuts, and series/parallel switching, even though I somehow didn't). I'd like to tell you how it sounds through different amps I use, but I can't this time: these PUs waste this guitar's potential and make it sound crummy and generic. They don't give the tone filters much to work with. With appropriately-high output PUs (like the ones mine should've come with...) this guitar will sing in a variety of accents of various languages. I'd give this guitar an Overall 9 (perfect but too heavy...), but the lukewarm SD PUs I got instead of what was described makes MINE an 8.
              Actually...it's even heavier (but we'll get to that later)!

              Best Features:
              *Neck-through construction w/ebony 24-fret board
              *AAA Quilted maple top
              *Genuine Floyd Rose
              *'Complete' set of passive controls
              Worst features:
              *Electronics are wired both 'backwards' (volume knobs are in the opposite order as the pickups) and 'upside-down' (single/double-coil mini-toggles are 'down' for HB and up for SC; now that I'm thinking about it, I'll loosen the retaining nuts and spin them halfway around).
              *The product description said this guitar comes with "Rockfield Mafia" HBs and the PUs in the photo read 'Rockfield' on them; mine came with 2 HBs that simply read 'Seymour Duncan'...whether they're 'rockfield' or not, they don't exhibit the range or sensitivity to take advantage of the switching options (trust me; I've been playing Carvins with this set-up since 1983: 2vol-1tone-2coiltap-1series/parallel. With any hi-output AlnicoV PUs there's a WORLD of diffference in available timbres at the click of a switch...but not with these generic-sounding Seymours. The 'vari-tone' filter adds insult to injury with these PUs.
              *The 'traditional' 3+3 headstock looks stupid in conjunction with the 'stylized-Explorer' body shape; 6 inline should've gone on these (that would've also lessened this guitar's somewhat neck-heavy balance)....
              *This thing makes a Les Paul feel light; I feel as though I'm playing an end-table!
              This instrument's build quality is first-rate, worthy of guitars costing 3x as much (mine was in the $600-700 range).
              The quilt maple finish, Original Floyd, and neck-through build are, by themselves, worth more than this guitar's price. If this guitar was a solid-colored hardtail with a glue-on neck joint, it would be a fair value; as it is, it's an AMAZING one.

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              5.0

              Take me back to the 80's metal!

              By Ray Adams

              from North East

              Comments about B.C. Rich Mockingbird ST Electric Guitar:

              The BC Rich Mockingbird ST Trans Red, Original Floyd Rose Tremelo, Duncan Design Humbuckers.
              I did alot of research on this before I bought this and is more than what I expected. I have been looking for a replacement for my Dean Z88. This Dean model was the best they ever made in my opinion. The Dean had EMG select pickups and could sound like a ton of other legendary guitars. This BC Rich Mockingbird ST not only sounds better but every bit of the gear on her outclasses most guitars in the higher price range. Keep in mind if you are looking for 80's to early 90's quality and sound you need to look for the originals this goes for your effects too! Oh! I almost forgot! I have not seen many if any photos on-line that do this guitar justice. She is a real beauty!
              Wonderful surprises(raised logo lettering)! Zero disapointment!
              Great craftmanship! Total eye catcher!
              Right out of the box pro setup! Worth every penny!

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              (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              WoW

              Comments about B.C. Rich Mockingbird ST Electric Guitar:

              Overall, I've collected so many instruments it is not even funny anymore, haha! But seriously, This one is in my top 3 favorites. It would have been nice for this particular guitar to just have the 3 way toggle switch and 2 sustain switches and and 1 volume and tone knob because thats really all it needs and you really don't need that messed up chicken head tone knob. But anyways, nice work BC on another great guitar!
              Lots Of Cool Features But Some are Pointless As They Barely Even Work.
              Amazing Neck Through Design, When I Picked It Up From The Store And First Played it Looked And Sounded Good. Floyd Rose is Fairly Acceptable and Better Than Most I've Tried, Still, Its Not Like An Ibanez Trem. The Tone Knob Barely Works Though.
              It Should Be Worth The Money Cause I Got it in The Rare Honey burst Finish And The Trem on This Thing By Itself Is Worth the price Plus You got The Beautiful Somewhat Heavy Top And Weird Controls, It All Adds Up. It Has To Be Rated 9 Out Of 10 Because Of The Controls.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              B.C. Rich Mockingbird ST

              By Stacy Fenton

              from southern Iowa

              Comments about B.C. Rich Mockingbird ST Electric Guitar:

              I have had this guitar for 7 months now and I like the sound of it. That being said, it's a little heavy (agathis is heavy, heavier than my les paul) and all the extra switching is a bit of overkill. The varitone switch on mine has a small problem, not sure of the issue, every now and then I switch it and I get nothing out of the guitar then I move it away from the setting then right back and it's fine. The Rockfields sound great for about any rock style, but definately not for metal. I have the sunburst color one and it's beautiful. The floyd works great the coil taps work fine and the reverse phase works fine. Not great for playing setting the upper horn digs into my sternum. I would buy again if lost or stolen.

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