Price paid: $ 300
Purchased from: eBay
Sound — 10
The guitar really fits a heavy metal style, especially with the tone knob turned all the way down. It has a really fat low-end sound, that just crunches with a lot of overdrive. I use it with a Roland Cube 30X, and no pedals or anything, but the two go together really well. I have not seen a guitar with better sound yet (because the only other guitar I have had is a Squier Stratocaster).
Overall Impression — 8
I play mostly metal, with a bit of blues and hard rock. Don't expect hard rock out of this unless you have a modeling amplifier. Blues will come out of it, but this is suited for Metal and Metal only. I have been playing for close to a year now, and I got this after christmas. This was the replacement to my aforementioned Squier, and I have not had to use it ever. I wish I had have asked if I could change the pickups out, or I would have gotten a custom shop guitar. But, I love the sound and look of the guitar, just the metal webbing of it is the part that I don't like. I can't compare it to anything. But I really wish I could put in a Kahler or Floyd Rose.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I think this will withstand a Live show, I have never played a Live show with it, but it is pretty dang sturdy. If I dropped it, it'd make a sound, the paint would chip (which, it really has), but I don't think anything would happen. I think the bridge may go bad sooner or later, and the pickups are starting to be a little wierd. I think I could have my Squier as a backup, because I am so sure that this one will withstand the test. The finish is wearing off, and I am pretty sure it will chip.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action was perfect. Hammer-ons and pull-offs are a cinch, and if the action is too low, you can easily raise it or lower it. The bridge pickup was a little too low for my taste, so I raised it. I did not see any flaws with the guitar, except for the metal webbing made me redo my picking technique. The metal web will really shred your pick if you are not careful. But it stays in tune really well.
Features — 8
This guitar was made in Taiwan. It has 24 ebony jumbo frets, with a cool little spider design on the 3rd, 7th, 12th, 17th, and 21st frets. The wood is Alder, and it has a black finish on it. The chrome metal webbing was put on real well, but if you want to do any modification to it, you'll have a hard time getting it off with a conventional screwdriver. I like the warlock body shape, it's pointy, and looks pretty neutral for any type of music. It's a neck-thru construction, so it holds notes very well. The bridge is a tune-o-matic, but you really have to be careful with it. It's got two Active BDSM humbuckers. There are two volumes to the two humbuckers, and a tone. There is also a 3 way selector Switch. The guitar came with a coffin case. It really could use a whammy bar.