Price paid: $ 200
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
The Warlock, and most B.C. Rich guitars, are made for metal. It definitely delivers, considering the price, although with sufficient funds and experience, one might want to put in new pickups, as the stock humbuckers are not the best quality. They are dull and lifeless clean, but crank up the distortion to an intelligent level, and they sound very good. There is a difference between good distortion and too much distortion though, and I think many people don't understand this. I am running it though a DigiTech RP-250, so I have a lot more control over tone and distortion compared to just an amp. The guitar is only suited to distorion though, don't go for anything flamboyant such as a phaser or a flanger unless you like effects like that combined with distortion. It does have a thicker sound though, and gets muddy at times, although it could be the pedal settings, seeing as that I have not owned the pedal for very long. I have also noticed some unwanted noise, although again, that is the product of too much distortion.
Overall Impression — 9
I would say, for the price and series, this is a very good guitar. It is definitely worth the $200, and I am glad I chose this guitar over any other guitars within the price range. I would love for it to have a Floyd Rose and EMG's, or Swineshead pickups, but any of those items would jack up the price considerably. My favourite part of this guitar is definitely the action. As I said, I have never seen action lower than this. This is a great guitar for metalheads, and music such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Mayhem, Strapping Young Lad, Behemoth, etc.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar could go to hell and back, and still be alive and thrashing. I have not had any problems with the hardware, I have only tightened the tuning machine pegs so they don't turn as easily. The finish is thick, probably more than 3/4 of a milimeter. I know this because of all the chips on my guitar. I am not the best with this thing, but it holds up. Just the other day, my friend accidently rammed one of the bottom protrusions into a ciderblock wall (very rough), and only a small amount of paint chipped off. One thing I have noticed especially is the strap buttons. They are very large, and well anchored, and I have a feeling my strap will break before the buttons do, as it is already tearing.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
When I bought the guitar, it was set up very well. The action was acceptable, although I did lower it after I started playing. I have never seen action this low on any other guitar without any buzzing. I cannot slip a medium pick under the strings without moving them, and I only get buzz on the higher frets with the 5th and 6th strings. The only major flaw I can think of is the neck pickup. It is angled the wrong way, and when I took it out and looked at it, it seemed to be that the holes for the height adjustment screws were not square with the pickup.
Features — 10
This guitar is similar to the Bronze series Warlocks, except it has a red tribal graphic and a widow headstock. Rosewood fretboard and maple neck, I think, and an agathis body. As I said, it is black with a red tribal, Kerry King style, with a gloss coat. 1 tone and 1 volume, plus a 3-way Switch. Also, it has a single-piece bridge, which the strings run through. 2 B.C. Rich humbuckers, non-locking tunimg machines, and no accessories. Overall, a simply, if effectively equipped guitar.