NBD: The best fretless for metal!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by HeebHammer70, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. HeebHammer70


    May 29, 2011
    I gots me a de-fretted BC Rich Mockingbird!

    I got it at for a steal on Guitar Center's used site. I was going to buy a Squier to see if I like playing fretless, but a day before I decided to order the Squier I found this gem! It's been de-fretted fairly well. A few of the upper frets were only sanded down about 98% but that hasn't hindered its playability.

    It plays just like any other Mockingbird. IE, neck dive, playing while sitting down makes the lower horn poke your lower horn (Lrrr, anyone?), and the dual P pickups sound awesome. I'm not a fan of active electronics so I usually leave the EQ at flat since there is a center dent for them.

    The issues with it from being used are fairly minor. The truss rod cover is missing, but that's no biggie. There's some very small belt buckle scratches. The balance pot feels a little loose but I haven't had a problem dialing anything in. Overall it's a fantastic bass!

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  2. HeebHammer70


    May 29, 2011
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    May 29, 2011
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  4. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    I dig :)
  5. snyderz

    snyderz Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    I totally dig. Dig the quilts, dig the multiwoods, dig the defret, dig the color. Nice buy.
  6. DeathFromBelow

    DeathFromBelow Never Forget. Banned

    Dec 23, 2010
    Horten, Norway
    Cool, Mockingbirds are awesome!
  7. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Very nice new bass? Yes. :hyper: Congrats? Yes, yes! :bassist: Best fretless for metal? Hard to say...:D :D :D ;)

  8. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    beautiful bird
  9. HeebHammer70


    May 29, 2011
    Everyone knows it's more br00tal to detune your 4 stringer to drop C than to play a 5 stringer!
  10. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    Mockingbirds look cool, but the top horn digs into my ribs and is very uncomfortable--standing or sitting

    But it's yours, not mine--so enjoy!
  11. HeebHammer70


    May 29, 2011
    It's certainly not the most comfortable of basses. I'm 6'3 so normally I don't have to move my upper fretting arm much to play, but with the balance of this I have to reach. It's just to see if I like playing fretless. I wanted to avoid dropping ~$1K on a good one and find out it's not for me. I plan on selling it in the future so I can fund a nice hollowbody fretless.
  12. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    Cool, sounds like fun...
    I love my new fretless bass...
  13. It is more broot'l to take a 5 string an tune it UP to C... No flop. String big enuff ta project power. Heh. But that Mockingbird? Nice. I play fretless in a metal band, too. EMG dual P pickups. I think that's the key. Dual Ps. Those 'Bird electronics are prolly devastating! Unique. For sure. Nice grab.
  14. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Now that is just sick! Congrats with the B.C. Rich.