Price paid: $ 300
Purchased from: A Friend
Sound — 7
I play mostly Metal, Thrash, and Alternative, and it gets the job done. I use a GNX4 guitar workstation and a Peavey Bandit 112. It has very warm tone due to the Duncan pickups, but can also be very crisp and edgy with the right distortion. Pickup selector is a bit noisy. It's best for metal, but it does the other genres to satisfaction, at least.
Overall Impression — 8
I play metal, thrash, and alternative, so it is a pretty decent match for that stuff. I've been playing 8 1/2 years, and Own a Jackson JS30KV and Epiphone Gothic '58 Explorer. Before I bought this, I should have asked if the bridge could be swapped out for something better. I don't regret owning this guitar by any means, but if it were stolen, I'd ptrobably buy something else. I love the neck because it's lightning fast, and the pickups are really good. I really hate the bridge style. I didn't compare it to anything else. I was looking for a "metal guitar" with good pickups, and my friend told me he had this, and I bought it before I really thought about it and examined it. I wish it had a better bridge, and better tuners. This thing doesn't hold tune for more than two or three songs in a row. But still, not the worst guitar you could buy, by any means. I'd recommend this to the entry-level metal guitarist.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar has withstood Live gigs. Hardware is solid, straplocks are solid, finish is also very good. I never use any guitar without a backup, but it could do everything in my band's setlist. Finish has a few dings in it from a few years worth of normal use, but it's still a good solid finish.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar's setup was done by my friend when he got it, so the action was pretty good. Pickups needed to be raised a bit, and sit in the housings a little loose, but not too bad. Other than that, I hate the Warlock bridge, but the guitar isn't all that bad.
Features — 8
I bought this axe from a friend of mine. It was a project guitar he was revamping for someone else, so it was Brand New. It is a 2002 model with 24 frets, bolt-on maple neck and agathis body. When I got it, it was already rigged with passive Seymour Duncan pickups (SH-6 bridge, SH-1 '59 neck), so that was a very good thing. Has a solid black finish. I'm not sure what to call the bridge style (you other Warlock owners know what I'm getting at), but I don't like it very much at all. One volume, one tone, three-way selector Switch. Two humbuckers. The nuners are non-locking and are extremely touchy, to the point of annoyance. Came with durable hardshell case and strap with Schaller straplocks.