B.C. Rich Kerry King V (KKV) review
B.C. Rich Kerry King V guitar is a heavy, solid metal axe with an interesting bridge - Kahler X-Trem.
Tuning stability 9/10
Excellent, especially with tremolo blocked. Fine tuners work well, locking nut keeps strings from moving around tuning pegs.
Acoustic sound 9/10
Fantastic acoustic sound with long sustain and no dead notes. It's close to what you can get from more expensive instruments and there's nothing obvious to pick on.
Electric sound 9/10
In this case B.C. Rich B.D.S.M. humbuckers tear the air apart. Roar. Really great classic metal tones with dynamics, harmonics and some character. Note that I prefer passive pickups.
Not bad in overall, really. Frets - fine. Electronics - one solder joint needed repair. Nut - probably too high for most players, it takes some work to lower it with a sandpaper. No major flaws, no crucial ones.
I'm in love with this neck even though upper fret access is a bit limited (not that limited as in Jackson DK2M). It's not thin, it's just more flat than most necks and it feels so good for shredding, playing leads and bending.
Table 1 B.C. Rich Kerry King V (KKV) neck dimensions
|Width at nut||43mm|
|Width at 24th fret||57mm|
|Thickness at 1st fret||20.3mm|
|Thickness at 12th fret||22.6mm|
|Fingerboard radius||17" or more, certainly greater than 16"|
It's a metal guitar and it's equipped better than most guitars, especially in its price range. The bridge can be adjusted in many ways - string heights, string spacing, intonation. Tremolo can be easily locked so the bridge becomes a fixed bridge. Roller saddles improve sustain and prolong string life, locking nut and fine tuners make things easier with tuning.
Pointy on a strap, sits well on a lap. Not a single issue here, well done.
KKV is big and heavy. It weighs more than a Junior V for sure. It's a 10 unless you're aiming for a compact, lightweight guitar.
KKV is priced around 400 euros and I think it's a fair price.
- 24 jumbo frets
- 25.5" scale
- Maple neck, bolt-on construction
- Rosewood fingerboard
- Mahogany body
- Kahler X-Trem bridge
- B.C. Rich B.D.S.M. humbucking pickups (HH)
- 3-way switch
- 2x volume pot
- 1x tone pot
- Widow headstock
- Year of production - 2010
- Country of production - China