Red Bevel Warlock Pack review by B.C. Rich

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (36 votes)
B.C. Rich: Red Bevel Warlock Pack
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Sound — 9
My music style is anywhere from Soundgarden, AC/DC and The Beatles, right up to Metallica, Iron Maiden, Slipknot and Megadeth, and this axe can do it all surprisingly well. Sustain is a bit of an issue though, and high-gain power chords tend to fade out after a bit. I am playing through a Roland Cube 60X (very good amp) and using a Zoom G1 effects unit. This guitar shines on high-gain settings with heavy overdrive, but can also handle a clean setting very nicely. Also, it can "tame" heavy distortion and overdrive to produce a powerful and huge sound without going bogus like some guitars do. Overall, the sound is variable and can take on most any genre without a lot of difficulty (Although it's probably not the best idea to play poppy songs on a guitar that looks like this!). Only downside is a slight sustain problem, but that can be fixed with a bit of delay and reverb.

Overall Impression — 9
Overall, I was shocked to see how good this guitar is, seeing how much it cost (maybe, US$350? ). The amp that comes with it is like a skunk (weird analogy I know, but it's small and you'll definitely know it's there when it is), but it isn't built to last. I then bought a Roland Cube 60X a couple months later, and it sure as hell solved that problem. It feels like this guitar and the Roland amp were destined to be together. I also use a Zoom G1 Effects Unit, which was cheap as, but a brilliant little device. It can make any guitar sound form bright, gorgeous classical to full-on epic-thrash-death-core-omgmyearsarebleeding-uber-metallic jackhammering. If I lost my guitar, I would definitely but it again, unless I was cashed up and could afford an Ibanez S or something. My favourite feature would have to be the Widow headstock. It is just awesomeness. Before I bought, I compared it to an entry-level Yamaha Pacifica Strat copy, and an Epiphone SG of similar pricing, and this guitar won over them technically, and it just looks so awesome. I wish it had a whammy bar. But, it is an awesome guitar and any aspiring Kirk Hammett/Eddie Van Halen/Kerry King/other heavy guitarist should seriously check this one out before buying anything else.

Reliability & Durability — 9
Yes. The things is built. Some strap locks would be a good idea if you're into wild stage moves, but the buttons aren't exactly going to break off if under strain. I would use on this guitar for a gig without backup, I'd just prefer backup. You can't be too careful. The paint won't wear off, but the finish is a fingerprint magnet, like the back of an iPod.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Everything was set up beautifully when I bought it, the shiny, demonic Widow headstock gleaming in the light, the aggressively carved body without any scratches, dents or imperfections. However, the stock strings are terrible, loose, thin things that botch an otherwise perfect set-up. The pickups were at correct height, and the controls were working OK (my tone knob is a little bit sticky at about halfway). Aesthetically, it was perfect. But technically it could improve.

Features — 9
I bought this guitar in 2008 as my first electric. It was cheap, and therefore easy for a 15-year-old like myself to afford. But, despite being cheap, it is a very nice guitar and is a brilliant choice for entry-level metal shredders like me. It has a smooth and thin-ish maple neck, sporting 24 jumbo frets on an amazing-looking ebony fingerboard. It's easy to play fast and furious on this one thanks to the smoothness of the neck. The body is glossy black, but also features a kick-ass red bevel around the edge, setting it aside from the average Warlock. The fixed bridge on it is a down-side, but it is still a very good guitar. It has single volume and tone knobs, as well as a 3-way pickup selector Switch. Pickups are dual BDSM humbuckers (BC Rich's stock pickups), which aren't the greatest around but good nonetheless. It has non-locking tuners with BC Rich machine heads that keep it in tune quite well. It comes with a BCL-10 amplifier, a little 15-watt beast which packs some serious punch despite it's small size. Overall, it's features are very nice indeed, and outshine the other axes I tried; entry level Yamaha Pacifica and Epiphone SG packages.

16 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Sudaka
    it is a very good review, doesn`t matter if this guy is 15 years old. yes, he may be a little excited about the looks, but i think he did the job quite well. the Roland is indeed a very good amp, and it's going to make any cheap guitar a good one. maybe this guy isn't the most experienced guy (talking about tone and stuff), but who is? SO, great review. congrats
    rockybo
    You were far too generous with every last one of your ratings. I know you're excited about your guitar and all, but it's vital that you write a review impartially and objectively
    trashbeast
    rockybo wrote: You were far too generous with every last one of your ratings. I know you're excited about your guitar and all, but it's vital that you write a review impartially and objectively
    uh, what about subjectively? think about it.. for the price of the guitar.. and who it's designed to please (a beginning guitarist) it could be a perfect 10. *shrug*
    shaymack37
    Nice review. I think for pick-ups, ESP entry-level guitars sound the best, at least for the overdriven sound. I picked up and ESP LTD F-50 for $200 new, and I'm very happy.
    decayingdave
    Sounds decent enough for an entry level guitar, even though the features are obviously a bit cheap. I've got a B.C. Rich Warbeast Bloodbound (one hell of a mouthfull...) which isn't all that much more fancy than this in features, I still would prefer to play my Warbeast than this particular warlock. I started playing on a yamaha pacifica myself, it's a decent enough guitar if you've got no particular direction at first but otherwise it was rather naff in comparison to my B.C. Rich.
    Survivalism
    rockybo wrote: You were far too generous with every last one of your ratings. I know you're excited about your guitar and all, but it's vital that you write a review impartially and objectively
    You're a moron.
    DeadlyKombat
    metalmagic! wrote: b.c. rich rules. enough said.
    I honestly don't like my BC Rich. Its all in the personal preference. Not a bad review btw
    say5ss2
    Wait... its an entry level guitar and it has an ebony fingerboard? WTF?
    mr. BiGG
    gd stats but complaining about sustain and what not? that will be the g1 effects unit i had a g1-x and the horrible little think killed sustain cut notes and sounded thin mate trust me.... buy sum seperate pedals theyre godly
    jaredr0
    haha i know the guy who did this review - good friend of mine!! although his is ok my bc rich is a piece of shit - the bridge (same as the one on this) shreds ur hand and makes string changes hard, the pickups are shithouse, the screws holding the connection plate on lost their thread and came out and somethin is ****eed up with my tone and volume knobs: STAY AWAY FROM CHEAP BC RICHS
    Sudaka wrote: it is a very good review, doesn`t matter if this guy is 15 years old. yes, he may be a little excited about the looks, but i think he did the job quite well. the Roland is indeed a very good amp, and it's going to make any cheap guitar a good one. maybe this guy isn't the most experienced guy (talking about tone and stuff), but who is? SO, great review. congrats
    Mad_Rocker_Guy
    I've got this guitar and it's AWESOME! Gotta admit, when I first bought it, it was kinda crap; the stock strings are shocking and the standard set up is horrible. But replace the strings, and change the bridge set up... And you've got one hell of a guitar Good review btw
    leenux5030
    Okey, I went to guitar shop today, and I Tried my hands on this guitar. It felt good. I ve got Ephiphone LP speacial at same price in the shop but without amp. and also Ibanez GrgM21 , Ibanez GRG121. i am a total noob, I got sick of playing Metal on my Behringer Guitar ( it sucks so much, with so many fret buzz, and poor sound clarity)which I bought due to lack of money, now Ive got good enough to buy the above mentioned guitars. so which one do you guys suggest me to buy. and Thanks for helping. your words can make a lot of difference.
    Ultraussie
    This guitar was in an Music shop for $600 AUD, offering it to me without the amp for $500 AUD. Should I take that deal? If I brought this it would be my Third guitar...