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B.C. Rich Mockingbird SL Slash Signature / ST

Submitted by on Wednesday, 21 November 20077 Comments

Ok, this guitar is just cool.

This is the signature model that B.C. Rich produced for my favourite guitar player of all time – the legendary Slash.

These pictures just make me drool…

(Text and pictures taken from B.C. Rich)

BC Rich Mockingbird SL Slash Signature / ST - Main

B.C. Rich Mockingbird SL Slash Signature / ST Model

Inspired by a Mockingbird that a certain top hat wearing legend plays, the Mockingbird ST is, in many ways, very true to the original. Equipped with neck-through construction, a Floyd Rose tremolo, Rockfield Mafia Pickups, coil tap switches, reverse phase switch and Varitone knob (5-way tone control) this axe is ready to shred and slash!

Neck-Through Construction
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 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 us to cut away more of the body and neck at the neck joint which provides comfort that no bolt-on or set-neck could offer. You will find the neck through feature on all of our top of the line B.C. Rich models.

BC Rich Mockingbird SL Slash Signature / ST - Close Up

Rockfield Pickups – Mafia
Bridge Pickups
BC Rich guitars called and asked us, “We like the turbo series but can you do them with a ceramic magnet also?” We replied, “That’s a great Idea! Sure we can, but you have got to use them in everything!” (We didn’t win that battle but it was worth a shot) The use of a ceramic magnet gives any pickup extra power due to the increased magnetic field that they provide. This feature makes the mafia pickups produce a hotter and thicker tone that’s really aggressive and full. The increased low end and 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.

Neck Pickups
We wanted to make sure the neck version of the mafia pickup was just as full sounding as the bridge position. We wanted to do this without taking away from what we had already accomplished. So we again we went into the wood shed and made very minor modifications to the overall design and design concept of this pickup. When we came out we were confident that the Mafia neck pickup had that 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!

BC Rich Mockingbird SL Slash Signature / ST - Knobs

Beveled Top
Most of B.C. Rich body styles employ a beveled edge around the shape. In many ways bevels on a top are similar to facets on a cut stone. They catch the light and reflect at different angles giving the instrument more of a three dimensional look. Some of the B.C. Rich top bevels are extreme and wide while others are subtle and narrow. Occasionally the shape of the instrument is accented by painting the bevels a contrasting color.

Construction: neck through
Body wood: nato (eastern mahogany) with ebony stringers
Body thickness: 45mm
Top style: beveled
Top wood: AAA quilted maple veneer
Body binding: no

Headstock style: traditional 3 to a side
Headstock color: natural rosewood faced
Headstock binding: no
Tuners: Grover super Rotomatics

Neck wood: maple
Neck radius: 12”
Back of neck: stain to match
Neck binding: no
Nut width: 43mm locking

Fretboard: Ebony
Inlay: small white pearloid diamonds
Frets: 24 jumbo 2.7mm
Factory strings: 9 – 46
Scale: 24 5/8”

Bridge type: Floyd Rose original tremolo
Pickups: 2 black open Rockfield mafia humbuckers
Controls: 2 volumes, 1 tone, 1 three-way toggle, individual mini switches for pickup coil tap and reverse phase, and one 5 position varitone tone filter. (All passive)
Hardware: black

Finish: stained trans glossy
Color: stained trans red AAA quilted maple with ebony stringers

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  • Timur I. said:

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  • James said:

    Awesom Guitar damn kool

  • Sexes Of Bass said:

    eh. love it