Price paid: C$ 399
Purchased from: Pro Music
Sound — 9
As for the sound, it's still as good as the day I bought it. Strong resonance, perfect action, and a massive fat tone. In my experience, only the Les Paul or ES335 is a more versatile guitar. I play through a Marshall VS100R or JCM 2000 half-stack, with a Boss GT3 processor. From delicate classical pieces to crushing heavy metal riffs, this guitar stands beside Gibson, Ibanez and Fender with confidence.
Overall Impression — 10
I play rock, mostly metal and punk. I've been playing over 25 years, from bars to small arenas, and everyone loves my Warlock. If it were stolen or lost, it could probably never be replaced. Only one complaint: The locking tremolo is hell to re-tune. Going from 440 to 435 is a minimum 20 minutes of tuning time.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've played hundreds of concerts with my Warlock, often with no backup. A few nicks and dents have appeared over the years, but the Warlock will withstand flying beer bottles with ease. See "Action, Fit and Finish" for reliability. These guitars can't be killed by conventional means. There's a reason why people like Kerry King and Lita Ford have played B.C. Rich guitars for decades, and it's not just their looks.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I haven't had any major adjustments made to the tremolo, neck, action, intonation, or pickups in 20 years. And I'm one of the most abusive guitar players I've ever met! There is no other guitar for under $1,000 CDN that would possibly compare to my Platinum Warlock. It's been dropped down multiple flights of stairs, dropped on several stages, soaked in beer, puked on, stepped on, bounced off walls and survived a car crash, and keeps on playing.
Features — 10
My Platinum Series Warlock (made in Asia, I think Korea) was bought new in 1991 and is one of the best made guitars I have ever encountered. It came with a Floyd Rose locking tremolo, 24 fret neck and stock B.C. Rich pickups, and all the original equipment is still in fine working order. I've replaced the volume and tone pots and some wiring since then, but my Warlock is easily good for another 20 years.