Up for sale, a 1990s Burny Mockingbird model MG-145S in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Crafted in Japan under Fernandes' Burny banner, this iteration of one of BC Rich's most popular and enduring designs is a signature model for Hide of the heavy metal band, X Japan. The Yellow Heart finish is just about the loudest, brightest visual statement possible on an already eye-catching guitar, with choice phrases including Spank Me, Love Me, and Stupid?
This Mockingbird's tonewood complement includes a mahogany body, bolt-on maple neck, and bound rosewood fretboard. The neck position CD-100F Sustainer essentially acts like a built-in Ebow when engaged, offering virtually endless harmonic sustain by continually vibrating the strings. The Sustainer can be engaged, disengaged, or variably blended with normal pickup operation, and the Dimarzio Super Distortion-esque bridge pickup is cutting and thick, interacting well with high gain and providing plenty of chunk and power. Weighing 8lbs 2oz, this Burny Mockingbird has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, fast action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, filling out with more shoulder and depth as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .800” deep at the 1st fret and .910” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard has a 14" radius and features pearloid cloud inlays and stock medium jumbo frets which are practically perfect with plenty of meat and height, playing cleanly in every register. The scale length is 24 3/4", and the nut measures 1 5/8" in width. On the matching Yellow Heart graphic headstock, the gold set of Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
The electronics function as they should, with a Master Volume, three-way pickup selector toggle, mini two-way Volume bypass switch, mini three-way Sustainer control (1. low harmonic 2. sustain at actual note 3. high harmonic), mini two-way sustainer on/off, and Sustainer Blend knob with center detent. The hardware shows a hint of wear and patina on the gold plating, and the original reflector cap knobs are present. Cosmetic wear in the Yellow Heart finish is limited to a couple minuscule marks in the clear coat at the bass side of the body, a tiny spot of finish checking at the edge of the neck pocket, and light scuffs mostly relegated to the back control cavity cover. Aside from a small spot of finish checking at the neck seam behind the first fret, the profile sports a pristine smooth gloss.