I'm usually very biased when it comes to BC Rich as well, I've never cared for them, but I've been a big fan of Chucks playing and sound for awhile so I had to try the guitar out. I ran it through the 6505+ combo amp that Ensi was talking about a page or two back, just to get an idea of how it would sound with my amp. Amazing was the impression I got, I'm going to attribute most of it to the X2 though actually. But yeah, it's definitely a very smooth playing guitar and the neck isn't too thick, which I like alot. I also have been really wanting a guitar that is Neck through without a floyd rose for a bit just to have something that I can quickly change tunings on when I feel like it. The Rizzo guitar looks great and all, and I'm sure it is, but I might just as well get a Xiphos, over both guitars actually. Samash in Winterpark has this amazing red one with an X2 in it for like 600 dollars I think. It's neck through and in amazing condition. The only thing I would change is I would sand the paint away and do what was discussed a few pages ago.