NJ Warlock review by B.C. Rich

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9 (42 votes)
B.C. Rich: NJ Warlock
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Price paid: $ 650

Purchased from: Music 123

Sound — 8
I play pretty much anything and this Warlock can too. Even though this guitar is made for metal, the neck pickup is great for warm clean sounds (although it can't compare to a Gibson Les Paul or even a Fender Tele). If you know half as much as you should for buying a guitar like this, you better be able to get this thing set up for any genre of music. If you can't, that's not the guitars problem. That's your own inexperience.

Overall Impression — 10
This guitar, once again, can play any genre as long as you know what you're doing and know how to set up an amp's EQ. I use it through a Line 6 HD147 with 2 Marshall 1960A Cabs and it does the job for metal and '80s hard rock. Don't really play much of anything else, but it can do the clean guitar in "one" very nicely. Highly recommended for the guitar player who has enough experience to use what this axe is capable of and is willing to expand their creative possibilities. When you are, this Warlock will be waiting for you.

Reliability & Durability — 8
I have only had the oppurtunity to gig with this guitar once. As a rule of thumb, bring a backup! If a string breaks on this floyd, you're screwed. Don't plan on changing strings quickly. This guitar will hold, just don't go abusing it like a retarded 9th grade garage band would (I know, I thrashed the shit out of my old Bronze Warlock in high school, and, to my surprise, it didn't hold out). As long as you know this guitar well, you can gig with it, sure. But, the pickups aren't amazingly hot, but they'll do until you can drop in some decent DiMarzio's or something of that sort.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The only problem here is not the guitars fault, it's the people who made the floyd rose. As with any floating trem, the first few string changes and tunings will be interesting. Action was decent out of the box - lower than anything sitting on the shelves at your local guitar shop. It's a little higher than my Kramer Baretta, even higher than that of a Bronze Warlock, but there is no fret buzz except at the 15th-19th fret on the high E string (which is bad for us lead players). But, having gotten the truss rod slightly adjusted and the bridge to float perfectly, the buzz went away and it plays silky smooth. Love the feel of the neck and fingerboard. Frets were filed perfectly, everything. Good job, BC Rich!

Features — 10
This is a brand new 2005 NJ Warlock in translucent black. It has 24 frets, 25.5" scale, and is a bolt-on neck with almost no heel (the heel is below the 21st fret). The translucent black on the quilted top is amazing in person. No picture can do it justice. Two reasonably hot humbuckers make this guitar great for metal and hard rock. The floyd rose, while a pain in the butt to get set-up properly, works near flawlessly when it does. The tuners are I believe BC Rich grover rip-offs, but they do an okay job. Really smooth to turn, and the Locking Nut does its job.

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