B.C. Rich Kerry King Signature V Guitar, Black with Original Tribal Graphic Review

Posted by Sherrie Kearney on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

B.C. Rich Kerry King Signature V Guitar, Black with Original Tribal Graphic
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I love this guitar!

It exceeded my expectations in every way.Where to start?

This neck-through design, shape, and feel of the guitar is amazing.The neck construction is very tight and smooth. Binding would just get in the way. Its very smooth.

The frets and action on this guitar are low and fast.I love low action, and the Kerry King Signature V didn't disappoint.It so easy to hit harmonics when you want to, and the size of the frets are perfect for speed.

The abalone tribal inlays were one of the biggest surprises of theguitar.They are high quality abalone shaped in the KK tribal pattern and are very colorful when the light hits them. The pictures don't do them justice.

The best part of the neck, beside the headstock that just looks demonic in real-life, is the ebony fretboard.I've always been very picky on the fretboards I play on and was concerned about some other Ebony fretboards I've seen.However, it is simply AMAZING on this guitar.The Ebony is smooth, no discoloration, and the perfect curve for playing fast.Bright when you want it, chunky when you need it.I just can't get over how happy I am with the ebony fretboard.

The sound of the guitar is pure evil.Fast and heavy.It has a deep growl that you can feel pushing air when you play on a half-stack.Between the EMG pickups, the Kahler tremolo, and my personal favorite, the PA2 preamp, you can get some insane heavy sounds.

The PA2 preamp is great.It gives a 20db boost and when you hit it on, you can hold a note in a long sustain pretty much forever.Its perfect for over-the-top solos.

The look is amazing.Again, the picture don't do it justice.The guitar I received had a black Kahler tremolo instead of the chrome one you see in the pictures.I didn't specifically ask for a black, maybe that's how they're all made now.However, it gives it a much harder look.I haven't had any issue with the tremolo after restringing with 10 gauge and down-tuning a 1/2 step. The beveled edges give it a more white outline look to it in the pictures, its much darker looking in normal light.

Again, the sound is awesome.

I really just can't get over how cool this guitar is.I'll admit, I'm a SLAYER fan, and if you want that same heavy, evil sound... this is the guitar.

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Product Description:

This is a Signature King axe for a reason! Top end parts like a Kahler tremolo, Grover tuners and EMG active pickups help deliver all the roaring tone Kerry King is famous for. While a Kerry inspired tribal graphic adorns the beveled edge top.

Kerry King Signature V Specifications

    Construction: Neck-through
    Body wood: Maple
    Body thickness: 45mm
    Top style: Beveled
    Body binding: None
    Headstock style: Widow
    Headstock color: Onyx with white tribal graphic
    Headstock binding: None
    Tuners: Grover Mini-Rotomatics
    Neck wood: Canadian hard maple
    Back of neck: Onyx
    Neck binding: No
    Fretboard: Ebony
    Inlay: Abalone tribal
    Frets: 24 jumbo 2.7mm
    Factory strings: 9 - 42
    Nut: 43mm locking Floyd Rose style
    Scale: 24 5/8"
    Bridge / tailpiece type: Kahler Hybrid Tremolo
    Pickups: 1 EMG 81 bridge and 1 EMG 85 neck humbuckers with PA2 pre amp
    Controls: 1 volume, 1 three-way toggle, 1 tone and 1 toggle to activate the PA2 pre amp
    Hardware: Black
    Finish: Painted glossy
    Color: Onyx with white tribal graphic

Kahler flat-mount tremolo system.
Control diagram.
Quality Construction
King's Signature V features a maple body for a nice, even tone--even at monster volumes. The hard maple neck with through-body design means serious sustain, and the ebony fretboard is graced with abalone tribal inlays.This axe doesn't skimp on hardware either, with Grover Mini-Rotomatic tuning machines and the flat-top Kahler tremolo bridge. Paired with killer electronics, this V is definitely ready to live up to the Kerry King legacy.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.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 premium North American maple or Mahogany and runs from the tip of the headstock to the 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.EMG Active Pickups
In the bridge position, the Signature V boasts an EMG-81, a high-output pickup designed especially for the lead guitarist. The 81 is at its best for high volume overdrive and amps with a master volume. Whether you're playing power rock and roll, or overdriving your amp, there's a razor sharp attack, and incredible sustain for brilliant soloing. If you're looking for exceptional qualities in a rock pickup, the EMG-81 is the one.An EMG-85 is in the neck position. Although the EMG-85 has more measurable output than the 81, its frequency response and string interface are different. The 85 uses two Alnico magnet loaded coils with a wide aperture to maintain a beefy lowend and a fatter top end. Because of a more natural tone, it works great as a rhythm and blues pickup because it has loads of output but isn't muddy.Kahler Tremolo
The Kahler 7300 flat mount series locking/floating tremolo system is designed to drop onto any flat top guitar. All 7300 series models include onboard fine tuners and 6 way adjustable saddles: side to side for perfect string spacing; front to back for accurate intonation and up or down for ultimate action and radius matching.Grover Mini-Rotomatics
These precision machines fit guitar headpieces that will not take full size machines. The mini buttons provide more space for players' fingers (even larger fingers) to tune strings. Gear ratio is 14:1. Sealed-in lubrication keeps Mini-Rotomatics perfect for a lifetime.

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