What We Like
What We Don't Like
It’s easy to spot a B.C. Rich guitar – they’re the ones that make you do a double-take. And this affordable, lightweight version of the Beast is certainly capable of turning a few heads. But what else does it offer aside from devilish looks?
I love the intense look of this guitar – it’s unmistakably B.C. Rich in design, with a fierce color and an outrageous body shape.
Starting with the shape, it features an asymmetrical, deep double cutaway with plenty of jagged edges and extending peaks, and comes finished in deep glossy black, with classy blood red beveling. The body of this Son of Beast is made from basswood, and is crafted slightly smaller and lighter than regular Beasts – although this is still a full size, 25.5” scale length guitar.
There’s a bolt-on maple neck, which has a rosewood fretboard and 24 jumbo frets, with the red color scheme extending into the beast wing inlays. This continues into the distinctive SOB Beast red-edged headstock, with 3+3 black chrome die-cast tuners.
It’s quite well made too, feeling solid and durable. It’s just a joy to look at – a design that looks and feels much more than it’s affordable price tag suggests.
Aside from the design, there’s nothing premium about this guitar. There’s not much voicing it – a lonely B.C. Rich BDSM humbucker at the bridge, and that’s all. They were clearly not too concerned with versatility, but for heavy rock and metal it’s all you really need – there’s enough bite and a good output from what is a simple stock pickup.
The control is also very straightforward – just a single master volume knob. It’s a shame there’s no tone control, but with a decent amp and pedals, you should be able to find all the tone you need.
Elsewhere, the string-through body Tune-o-matic bridge performs well, giving you good sustain and tuning stability, even if it is a shame there’s no whammy bar – no epic divebombs on this guitar.
Another small disadvantage is that it doesn’t come with a gig bag. Good luck finding a generic case that will fit this uniquely shaped axe!
With the guitar cut 10 percent lighter, this is nice and comfortable to hold standing up, even if it is prone to neck diving. It’s less comfortable to play sitting down, but there is still a cutout for your leg – not perfect, but not terrible. The neck is also slim and sleek, and great for fast playing.
Its single humbucker and lack of controls mean versatility is severely lacking, but the simplicity is not a bad thing – for a pick up and play guitar with such premium looks, at under $300, it’s very good. The sound you get will depend largely on your amp, but beginners and experienced players alike will enjoy playing around on this guitar.
This lightweight, affordable version of a classic metal legend has plenty going for it – particularly the insane design. It’s very simple and lacks versatility, but for heavy playing this super cool B.C. Rich offering fits the bill.