Price paid: $ 450
Purchased from: Flores Music
Sound — 9
This guitar is great if you are one of those guys whose band does 4 hour sets because it sounds amazing both clean and distorted if you put too much gain on a heavy distortion pedal you might get a little feedback and some unwanted noise. I play all kinds of music from classical to black metal and it fur elise may not be that cool on a Warlock but through on some distortion and a very small amount of delay and you can make any kind of music sound good. Like I said before it has a very full sound and with a sub octave pedal feels like it could rip your face off with a loud enough amp. With the right effects you can go from Steve Vai phaser type sounds all the way to Arch-Enemy type metal and is probably my best sounding guitar out of 9.
Overall Impression — 10
It is perfect if you want to show that you mean business when it comes to playing and is very intimidating. I play all kinds of music and it has served me through it all. I've got so much other gear I won't even begin to list it. If I lost it or it was stolen I don't know if I would buy another one I might buy a B\.C\. Rich Mockingbird instead. I love how thin the neck is and even the original neck is thin. I hate that freaking volume knob always coming loose. I didn't compare it to any others besides the Mockingbird because the instant I saw Kerry King's Warlock I immediately wanted one. I'm only 14 but I've been playing since I was 7 and I've owned at least 10 different guitars over that time span and this is probably the best of all. Also, I think EMGs would sound a little better than the stock pickups.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I've been playing it for 5 years and playing Live with it for 2 and the only thing I've had to change on it was occasionally making a new nut for it. The hardware it built to last and the nut will wear down on any guitar so don't really take that into consideration when buying. The strap buttons seem to be a little small so you might want to replaces those with wider or even locking strap buttons to avoid dropping it in the middle of a gig. The finish is gonna last forever but, if you don't use a stand, since this is a rather pointy guitar it might chip the paint if you rest it against a wall or lay it on a flat surface so be careful when putting it down. I would totally only use this guitar for a gig because I think it is amazing and would last the whole gig with out any ware and tear afterwords.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The action was a little high for me but I like my strings to practically sit on the frets so that all depends on how you like your action and if you don't like how the action is set up just take some time and adjust it to your liking and be sure to check the truss rod because B\.C\. Rich has been known to bow their necks down. The pickups were perfect when I bought the guitar so very little adjust was done to them. the bridge routing is perfect and if you don't like it there isn't a whole lot that can be done about it. I have yet to notice any flaws other than that the volume knob tends to come loose if you fiddle with it too much.
Features — 8
It is a 2003 Warlock and it wont fit Tradition warlock specs because I re-built the neck from scratch. 24 amazing jumbo frets that have never failed me, not a single buzz in the 5 years I've had it all sitting on top of a rose wood fingerboard and I don't know the exact width of the nut but it's a lot wider than average. Solid black top made of agathis and the neck is maple but the headstock is the widowmaker headstock instead of the slanted. Traditional Warlock body as one would expect. It has a wrap-around adjustable bridge. 1 volume knob that tends to come lose and spring back if you try and push it beyond 10, 1 tone knob, and a 3 way toggle swtich. Two B\.C\. Rich BDSM humbckers for that very full tone. Diecast tuners which have given me no problems at all although I kind of wish that this guitar had a Floyd Rose so I could add a locking nut because after bending for awhile the strings come out of tune and it's never anything severe but I've had the low E string go to drop D after about an hour of playing.