Price paid: C$ 250
Purchased from: Renaissance Music
Sound — 9
I play mostly metal, such as Slayer, old Metallica, and Pantera. This guitar sounds great through my garbage Kustom Solo16 amp, clean and with distortion. I found that the attack was a bit low, creating a hum, but this turned out to be a faulty patch cord which has been replaced and now the guitar is kicking ass! Shredding from the first all the way up the neck to that screaming 24th fret is completely possible, no "puking" as on crappier guitars.
Overall Impression — 7
This guitar sounds rather decent for the genre which I play. I've been playing for just over three years, purchased this guitar about a year and a half ago. Great at the time, but I would never buy another Bronze series again. A fantastic guitar for beginners, but the lack of tremolo and some quality hardware really limits this guitar. I'm sure that I'll keep it around for years, even after I purchase another guitar or two, but I wouldn't replace it with an identical model if it were damaged or stolen.
Reliability & Durability — 6
There is no way that this guitar would withstand constant live usage. Just walking around the apartment can be hazardous as the strap can come off of the body at any time without notice. The buttons are solid, just not large enough. The finish on this guitar is particularly tough, I have no idea how many times I've bashed the Widow headstock against the wall, or the body on a chair or desk, wincing all the while, but so far no scratches or chips.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
When this guitar came home, the first job was replacing the strings. During replacement, I noticed that the pickups looked low, but it actually turned out to be that the action was ridiculously high right out of the factory, probably around 6mm at the 12th. Other than the action, the only real flaw noticed is top of the nut adjacent to the headstock looks sanded or gouged, you can only notice it if you really look and are actually playing the guitar.
Features — 8
Made in 2006 in China, this Warlock has 24 Jumbo frets, a maple neck, and an agathis body. The bridge is one of those wrap around adjustable types that are a pain in the ass to restring. Standard B.C. Rich "BDSM" humbuckers mounted neck and bridge. Hideous chrome volume and tone knobs mar this otherwise beautifully crafted body, accompanied by a three-position toggle. B.C. Rich tuners on the Widow headstock. What do you expect for the money you're paying though.