Metal Master Pack review by B.C. Rich

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.6 (161 votes)
B.C. Rich: Metal Master Pack
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Price paid: $ 250

Sound — 9
My music style which is metal, hardcore and punk and it suits my style well. It gives off some really nice sound for a beginner guitar. I'm currently using a Spider III 75 watt amp with it and it works great with it. The sound is very warm and I like that, it's made for shredding and metal.

Overall Impression — 10
Me and this guitar just work. This is my first guitar and I've had it for about 2 years almost. I don't regret getting this guitar and I recommend it to any beginner. If it was lost or stolen I would not get another one because I've used this guitar so much I feel it's time for bigger and better. I love everything about it and there's nothing to hate. My favorite feature has to be the graphics on it which are just awesome to look at. When I got this I was looking at many other beginner guitars but this one just stood out so much and I'm glad I choose it. I wish it had a whammy bar and some better tuners, other than that it's a great guitar and a great deal.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar would def withstand Live playing I look foward to gig with it soon. The hardware seems all good I do recommend changing the strings right away because the stock ones are terrible. The strap buttons have never failed me even though this guitar is on the heavy side. I can depend on this guitar and I doubt I'd need a backup at a gig well if I had one. The finish is good enough to last I've had it for 2 years and it still looks amazing to this day.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
When I first got it I knew nothing of guitars cause this is my first but it never had any problems I never had any fret buzz or anything like that. The one thing I did notice was the output jack was always kinda loose and about 2 weeks ago it fell off I got it repaired for about 20 bucks and I haven't had any problems since.

Features — 9
I don't know when and were my warlock was made but I'm guessing it was made in 2005 and in the US. It has 24 frets and it is a laminated top which actually works pretty well, it's mad which maple and the finish is red with tribal artwork. The body style is warlock which looks amazing I just amazing I love to look at it cause it looks pretty sick. It has a wrap around bridge and it has active electronics with a 3-way switcher. It has one volume knob and one tone knob. The pickups are 2 humbuckers and the brand is B.C. Rich but they work pretty well. The tuners is prob my biggest complaint they don't really keep tune that great but this is only a minor problem. I also got a strap, cable and gig bag with it.

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    saberrocks
    this guitar rocks! i bought it not as a starterkit, but just the guitar, for 300 euro's (that's 214 US dollar). truly, this is a great guitar, and it was worth the price.
    forwhomthebells
    sorry about the coment above. But id stilll start from a strat and build my way up unless you are a true Metal head from heart.
    'BUBBA'
    the bc rich sucked i had it but i sold that piece of shit! **** it!
    xXChimairaXx
    if your just startin out, go with the squier strat pack or the ibanez jumpstart ijx pack. both are kick ass guitars for the price.
    flyboyC17
    i got a special edition warlock and it came free with this amp and it straight up sucks, the sound is horrible in my opinion, its loud for such a tiny amp but the sound is horrible
    crazyskater_533
    i've got me a bc rich, don't really like em to much. they're hard to play when standing up, in my opinion
    fagelamusgtr
    They dont look very good unless it's your first electric guitar. Otherwise, it looks about average. It looks like something you would get out of a guitar hero box.
    Cynoxx
    You guys are all raving about how good of a beginner guitar this is. Oh PLEASE! This is only a tad better that a kleenex box and some elastic bands... wanna a real beginner guitar? Check out the Yamaha Pacifica, now that's the good stuff... and you won't waste money on some toneless plywood.
    cukd7x-a2-
    earl_j13 wrote: kurt it looks like youve been ripped off cuz you can get this @ amazon.com for only $200!
    hey, at least you dont take 12 years to buy it!
    ShredderOmega
    For looks, I love that guitar BUT I hate the necks and the fretboards on BC Richs. Some guy said he could've got an Ltd F-50 for the same price; my god, you should have! Starter guitar or not, I wouldn't trade it for anything. Also, the shop I got it in didn't sell it as a starter pack either. They just did a deal; buy any amp in the shop with it and they through in a gig bag, strap, spare strings, cable and stand for free. All your choice. Beat that; 400 for the guitar and 40 for the amp. (I understand I got ripped off on the guitar though in terms of retail price, but it WAS worth it)
    Dvnc
    SMK626 wrote: such high compliments on that little 15 watt amp when its such a peice of crap. the guitar itself is... blah. horrible sustain and everything. good beginner guitar? nah, not even close. the only good thing B.C. Rich has brought out is the Assassin, which is actually amazing for what u get. the rest is shit. good ass guitars come from Ibanez, ESP, and i personally dont like them after the fender deal but Jackson. and i agree McDonalds Value Meal > B.C. Rich Metal Master Pack
    Assasins are amazing, i love how oily and smooth the ebony board feels
    falcon969
    This guitar is really amazing, I own it and me and my friend were practicing and i had the amp that it comes with wich is like 15 watts and I out powered my friend on his 90 watt fender! I really like this guitar and it sounds good too.
    last_biscuit
    This is absolute crap. No arguments, for a beginner you might THINK it is ok, because you don't realise the tonal massacre it is giving players with a better musical ear, but seriously...they go out of tune VERY easily, and my younger brother has one and if you mess with the bridge at all or try to adjust the action it does absolutely sod all apart from screw up the intonation (which once rectified, means even worse tuning now). Add to this the fact that the tonewood is dull and has very little sustain, and the pickups are sh*te, and you have one very poor guitar. Barely worth $50. ...and the amp...well it's hardly better than a Marshall MG, if not actually worse! Seriously, start off with a cheap LP-copy and a very basic amp, and don't start seeking good distortion til you can warrant having something decent with a good playing ability. Maybe start with the smallest Line 6 Spider, as it is just about acceptable as a bedroom amp. Then learn to play guitar properly (i.e lessons/regular practise) and get a decent guitar after about a year or two depending on how fast you learn...then upgrade your amp a bit later to something around at least $500. I've been playing around 11 1/2 years, and listening back to when I was younger and hearing the sound coming from my 75watt Gorilla amp and cheap strat copy...it was horrible. You just don't realise it til you've played for longer.
    dingle_69
    i got a vintage bc rich its worth 50 000 its a les paul yea it was jimi hendrixes yep i m tellin the truth
    SL!!!
    I don't know when and were my warlock was made but I'm guessing it was made in 2005 and in the US
    lol. what?! hahahaha. man, just pulling that out of nowhere.
    Macabre_Turtle
    In response to everybody bashing B.C. Rich, I've been to Guitar Center, played almost the entire wall, Gibsons, Deans (Mostly Dimebags), Ibanezs, almost everything, and not one guitar there, even over 2000$ is better than my 330$ Kerry King Warlock. The only better guitar I've played is my ESP which was only 420$
    condarkis
    Heavens_To_Hell wrote: I've got one of these, and the reviews are overhyping the amp. It's shit, it's buzzy, and you can only get a half decent tone by masking it in pedals. My platinum series warlock is one of the lightest guitars i have ever played.. no idea what you are on about Guitar isn't too bad for the price though. Although playing with a strap for too long can f*ck up your neck cause of the weight of the guitar (but you find that with a lot of BC Riches).
    condarkis
    condarkis wrote: Heavens_To_Hell wrote: I've got one of these, and the reviews are overhyping the amp. It's shit, it's buzzy, and you can only get a half decent tone by masking it in pedas. My platinum series warlock is one of the lightest guitars i have ever played.. no idea what you are on about Guitar isn't too bad for the price though. Although playing with a strap for too long can f*ck up your neck cause of the weight of the guitar (but you find that with a lot of BC Riches).
    WHAT that ment so say was
    condarkis wrote: Heavens_To_Hell wrote: I've got one of these, and the reviews are overhyping the amp. It's shit, it's buzzy, and you can only get a half decent tone by masking it in pedas. Guitar isn't too bad for the price though. Although playing with a strap for too long can f*ck up your neck cause of the weight of the guitar (but you find that with a lot of BC Riches).
    My platinum series warlock is one of the lightest guitars i have ever played.. no idea what you are on about. thats better
    Heavens_To_Hell
    I've got one of these, and the reviews are overhyping the amp. It's shit, it's buzzy, and you can only get a half decent tone by masking it in pedals. Guitar isn't too bad for the price though. Although playing with a strap for too long can f*ck up your neck cause of the weight of the guitar (but you find that with a lot of BC Riches).
    condarkis
    has anyone else noticed that many of the reviews on there have different features for the same guitar? let along guitar pack . E.g, Made in USA => Made in china etc
    muso_ chris
    SOUPerman432321 wrote: ummmmm...or not esp ftw ibanezs suck so do B.C Rich go get a haircut and a melon and then we can talk
    haha, man, ibanez is awesome for metal.
    Necromanga
    I think its really unnecessary to trash talk B.C rich just because a guy posts a beginners guitar pack. I am a bassist but i do try to play guitar once in a while, and the B.C Rich warlock feels really good to play (better than any other i have played). So stop bitching and just realise that it is a great beginners pack!
    cobhcsf4321
    jumpmanhat wrote: Cort X-2 = best beginner
    hell yeah been usin mine for three years
    damm_punks
    b.c. riches are not shit.. they are just like any other make if you get the low end ones then yes they wont be as good but get a high end one and it will be good. like platinum or pro
    hippyguitardude
    i can't have any desire for anythign called a "metal master pack." not that i don't like metal but it's such dumb labeling. who the hell wants to have a metal master pack guitar? it just sounds like a guitar a wannabe would have.
    InvaderTSN
    He was saying Herman Li's name in a stereotypical Chinese accent where you replace your L's with R's.
    metallirock08 wrote: SMterminator wrote: Herman Ri is cool! He plays ibanez.. Who the hell is Herman Ri? If it's the lead from Dragonforce, his name is Herman Li.
    americablanco
    For the last time...most guitars bought in the U.S.A. are made in China, but assembled in the U.S.A. This pack isn't that great. I'd personally go (if I HAD to choose a B.C. Rich) with the Perfect 10 Bich. Its got 10 strings, I'd like to try it out...
    freshtunes
    Junk. My les paul shit the bed during a recording session and the engineers kids guitar was in there (which happened to be the warlock). I plugged it into my marshall JCM 800 tuned it up, and about 30 seconds into my first take the guitar was out. There was a guitar shop down the road and I knew the owner, he let me borrow his '65 jazzmaster. Now that is a guitar.
    beyondthegrave
    i own the guitar and it kicks ****in ass. but the amp sucks . it was good to begin with but i cant stand the way it sounds now. i still play the guitar but i do like my ibanez better.
    DP_SF_DTX_RATM
    BCWarlockRICH wrote: it doesnt sound like much, but for a beginner guitar, this is pretty amazing. in starter packs most people go for starters, and this beats the living shat outta squires, i must say, having owned this pack and my brother starting out with a squire starter. its truly a great guitar which i still use today (i own 3 others now). and its very reliable for practice, although it isnt the best for shows.
    hence the name? My friend got this pack, got a dark red BC Rich, its great.
    skinar
    i have a bc rich mockingbird and a ibanez iceman. id say the mockingbird is better. i never liked warlocks. and this looks like a piece of crap. most starter packs are crap. i got squier one and it was broken before it got here.crap. crapcrapcrap. best peice of advice is. get an ibanez rg or something and a decent amp (NOT a Marshall mg) and that is about 10x better than any starter pack you would find for about twice the price. i stated off with my ibanez and a line 6 spider III (digital peice of crap i know.) but i wanna get a marshal jvm xxx
    IfTheWorld
    Vauxite wrote: Mockingbird ST is better
    what is that actually like? i've been looking at it quite a bit.
    postmortem2006
    Hahaha the guitars you get with these starter packs are absolutely ****ing wank. Save yourselves the pain and buy a proper BC Rich because these guitars aren't worthy. Terrible wood, nasty sound and extremely easy to break.
    metallirock08
    SMterminator wrote: Herman Ri is cool! He plays ibanez..
    Who the hell is Herman Ri? If it's the lead from Dragonforce, his name is Herman Li.
    Oli_
    I got this guitar as my first and combined with the Boss MT-2 distortion pedal it ****ing rocks you can't beat it if you're a beginner and are into metal I own a Draco V now and its the most insane guitar Ive ever played - BC Rich FTW!