Bronze Warlock review by B.C. Rich

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.2 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.7 (516 votes)
B.C. Rich: Bronze Warlock

Price paid: $ 400

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Sound — 8
I play mainly old-school Thrash and Death Metal, and it fits perfectly for my kind of sound. This guitar has a rich, full and crushing sound. It has a very heavy sound (possibly from the dense wood), but the humbuckers aren't great, just better than the regular factory ones. I play in drop D, and use Meteoro amps (Brazilian brand) and Boss distortion pedals (MT-2 Metal Zone and MD-2 Mega Distortion) and with that (very simple) equipment i can get a very "Obituary" sound (like on "Cause Of Death"). If you think that buying this, you will be able to perform in the stage with your metal band, and in the church at sundays, you're thinking wrong (go get yourself an Ibanez).

Overall Impression — 10
This might be the cheapest line of B.C.Rich guitars, but it honours the name. Everything in this (except the pickups) could be in a Pro or a very expensive guitar. The body is astonishing beautiful, and very well painted and beveled. The neck is very thin and has a soft touch. Everything in this guitar is nicely combined, and the best part is that B.C.Rich maintained the classic design that is a true killer. This is a guitar made for METAL. I've used lots of different guitar brands, such as Jackson, LTD and Washburn, but this B.C.Rich is the one that most fits to me.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I have been using my Warlock for live gigs on my band, and she is just awesome. It has a very solid body, the hardware are nice and well chromed (I think it is very hard to get rust on these). And the paint job is just expectacular, it is like a very strong and shielded mirror. I think it will last forever with me.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar came in perfect shape, it was just not tuned too well, but that was easily fixed. The action was not too high but not too low also, the pickups came in the right height (bridge upper and neck lower). It came without any signs or "hurts", the frets was awesome aligned but a little dirty, this was the only flaw. It came shiny and beautiful from the factory.

Features — 9
Mine guitar was made in 2010, and it was made in China. It features 24 jumbo frets, rosewood fingerboard (a very dark and beautiful rosewood), maple neck, solid agathis body (the body is lightly beveled), it got a wraparound bridge and B.C.Rich tuners, passive B.D.S.M. B.C.Rich humbuckers, 1 volume knob, 1 tone knob and a 3-way toggle switcher (all hardware is chrome).

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    metalhed0294 wrote: this may sound retarded, but i actually thought the warlock would be made of bronze. but dont blame me, i dont pay attention to bc rich.
    quoted for life bro... :\
    Some people just don't get the fact that CHEAP guitars are LESS quality, BUT that TOP OF THE LINE products are GOOD quality. there also is a gradient between those two extremes. (and yes, are more expensive than guitars of similar quality, but that is because of the KICK ASS shape!)
    adg77 wrote: BC Rich guitars suck, they may look cool but basically unless you get a decent one for over $500 you might as well get an esteban
    AGREED HEAVILY! this guitar BLOWS! I have it and the neck pickup is DEAD, this guitar is piece of sh*t. If you want quality go for ESP's, Epiphone and Gibsons, top of the line Ibanez's, etc. BC Rich sucks! the ONLY good BC Rich i tried was the king V that came with EMG pickups. That's it.
    Have you noticed that most of the people defending the Warlock seem to be very illiterate?
    Perhaps I just got lucky, but I've had a Revenge series warlock for about a year now and it's just fine. Pickups are a little weak, and it comes out of tune every now an then, but that's what you'd expect from a $300 guitar(though I got it on sale for $180). People saying that all BC Rich guitars suck need to get their heads out of their asses. Their lower end are pretty much on par with most other brands. I've played many lower end Jackson and Ibanez guitars that felt pretty much identical. You have to realize that until you get into the $500 and up range you're not going to notice much a difference in between brands. On a side note, BC Rich have stepped up their game and added some nice sounding lower-mid range guitars, such as the Mockingbird Special and the Jr. V.
    I love reading people complain about these. Of course it sucks! A cheap guitar that looks that cool and you expect it to come with decent quality components? Idiots.. the same people who complain a $200 Spider amp doesn't sound as good as a $1000 amp. You want a good guitar, you pay for it. A good Warlock with cost you around $800, and it even has an original Floyd Rose. I want one.
    I picked one up on ebay for 150 and it does the job nicely. I wouldn't trust it for a gig but for practicing at home it's fine. Plus it's a good starter guitar instead of your average strat copy.
    this was the first guitar i owned and i hated it! the pick ups are shit the tuners are descent but not the greatest and changing strings was a bitch b/c u had to go under the shity bridge and the bridge pick up was to close so it took 30 min to change strings