With the factory-wraparound of the BC Rich I ran into serious intonation-problems. While the intonation and playability really shined at first, the problems came to light during the first change of strings. I observed, that the factory-bridge, a kind of badass-replica, easily change its position. Also the screws can move, so you loose your set-up completely, when changing strings. The Wraparound is also not fixed and it just drop as soon as you have removed the last string. With strings the wraparound is also slightly lifted causing a bad string-height depending on how it’s placed actually.
Then I struggled a lot to get a good setup again and failed completely. The low E was out of tune and everything above the seventh fret also. I don’t know, how long they work on the factory-setup, but I was not able to achieve a satisfying setup within hours.
At last I realised, that the badass-wraparound for me is not acceptable and because I love the playability and power of this guitar I started to look for a replacement.
I considered at last two wraparounds: The Faber compensated wraparound and the ABM 3024CA. I were also very interested in the Faber locking studs, because I expected them to solve the lift-problems and to tighten everything. I ordered all, because I were not sure, which one would fit and I wanted to find a solution without modifying the guitar. A modified guitar is like a cancelled stamp.
I also ordered two different kinds of screws, because I could not see, if the studs of the BC Rich are metric or inch.
Finally I installed the Faber locking studs first and explored, that I had to use the inch-threads. Then I installed the Faber wraparound and a wonder happened:
Everything worked as a direct replacement! I could adjust the Faber to the right height using the little plates, which are also delivered by Faber. I tested the intonation and all intonation-issues are gone now. After this positive experience with the Faber system I send the ABM back and not tested it, but I can say, that the ABM would also fit together with the locking studs of Faber. So the ABM might be a fine alternative, when the Faber can not solve the problems. After the conversion to the Faber the sound of the guitar changed slightly: While the guitar is still responding very fast, the sound is slightly brighter and more see-through, for me personally a welcome change.