Price paid: $ 930
Sound — 8
I mostly play hard rock and metal. Anything from Sabbath and Maiden to Pantera and Slayer. In my opinion this guitar suits my playing perfectly. Firstly, the EMGs are really hot while still maintaining clarity and a clean sound - perfect for shred. Another thing I like in EMGs is how easy it is to do squeals and harmonics. That is something a guitar must have for The Music I play. Lastly, the EMGs are very 'noise free'. What many people won't like in EMGs is how 'dead' & 'sterile' they sound and the fact that they need batteries is also a turn-off for a lot of people. Another point against the EMGs is the lack of versatility. These pickups sound too br00tal for anything else. I played this guitar thru a Marshall Marshall JCM800 tube amp and a solid-state Behringer GMX212. The guitar sounded meh when running thru a solid state amp but sounded godly when played thru a decent tube amp. The dark and full sound of the mahogany is dulled by the fact that the warlock is equipped with EMGs but it is felt nonethless. The sustain of this axe is over the top because of the body size and shape and the pickups it is equipped with.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, this is a decent guitar for both playing at home and live. For me the BC Rich Warlock NJ deluxe is a great metal guitar. If this guitar were stolen or lost I would be sad but I wouldn't fret much since it's easily replaceable. I can compare this guitar to the Dean Razorback 255 but with exception that the warlock's got an ebony fretboard. I hope this review helped you.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This axe looks pretty solid and it should withstand Live playing easily. I repeat, everything is solid and properly made. Only fools play without backups but this seems like a very dependable guitar. It is pretty heavy though, but a real man should never whine about that!
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I don't know how it was set-up at factory since the store owner sets up all his guitars perfectly to his taste. The pickups were adjusted properly but I lifted them up to get a louder sound and a more 'razory' tone. But to each his own. The guitar was flawless. After careful inspection I came to the conclusion that everthing was properly done.
Features — 9
This guitar was made in Korea in 2009. It's a 24 jumbo frets on 25.5 scale neck. The neck itself is made from mahogany and the fingerboard is ebony. Body is made from Mahogany and its neck-thru. It has an onyx-black-mirror finish. Body style-duh-It's a warlock! The bridge is a double locking Floyd Rose 1000. The guitar is equipped with the active EMG 81/85 set. It has 2 volume controls and one tone control and a three-way switch.