Since I picked up the BC Rich Bich for $100 for the budget challenge I've spent a considerable amount of time with it. After a good cleaning and a little TLC, I tuned it down to where my latest experiments are taking me, drop F#. The 30" scale on this thing is absolutely perfect for what I want and the clarity is incredible, so I decided to upgrade it a bit.
Got a great deal on a Dimarzio Crunchlab, so in it went, along with removing the tone control. This thing is built for metal, don't need a tone control.
The stock tuners were absolute shit. In went a set of Schaller locking tuners, nothing extravagant, but a huge improvement over stock shit.
The off center, plastic fucking joke of a nut had to go. Since I was now into an area way out of my league, I took it to a local guitar tech. He is a good friend and one of the best techs I've ever dealt with. I had him cut a bone nut specific to my string gauges.
While he had it he also went through and leveled the frets and gave it an incredible set up. It's a whole different monster now.
It has become my main work horse now. While she's a little beaten and abused, it's plays and sounds better than most I've played and is a blast to play. The 30" scale took some getting used to. It did neck dive like a bitch so I relocated the front strap peg as far forward as I could. With the help of a 4" leather strap it's not too bad now.
I can't say enough about the Crunchlab. It sounds better than I ever imagined. It totally destroys the EMG 81 and EMG 707x is my other guitars, I may never go back to an active pup.
Hanging out with my other guitars that are in my current rotation.
If anyone's curious, I'm using Kalium strings. 13,18,31,43,57,76
Overall, I couldn't be happier, sounds great, plays great, and I've got right at $300 in it.
Yes, I like black, lol!
sounds like that thing is a beast