Price paid: $ 350
Purchased from: Guitarcenter Glen Burnie
Sound — 9
I play metal and Misfits style punk and this guitar suits those styles very well. My current set up is a MXR Fullbore Metal, Boss Metal Zone MT-2, a Dunlop Crybaby From Hell Wah, and a Boss TU-2 all through either a Randall RH200C head or a Fender Super Chorus combo. The pickups are pretty quiet for the style of music they are meant for. The WMD Warbeast, while made for metal and harder styles, can also handle other styles with relative ease so it has a good variety.
Overall Impression — 9
This guitar is a perfect match to my style of music. I have been playing music for over three years, two of those years I played bass and for the past one and a half I have played guitar as well. I also own a Dean Razorback DB, a Dean Z Bass, a Squire P-Bass, and a Dean Razorback V 255. I am very happy with this product and if it were stolen I would hunt that person down. The only thing I'm not completely overjoyed with is the bridge, and that is only because I prefer a string thru body over a trem bridge. I compared this guitar to several other used and new guitars including SGs, Les Pauls, Strats, two Warlocks and one Beast. Seeing as I am in no way a fan of Les Pauls or Strats the decision was pretty easy to make. This guitar was in better condition then the other used ones and sounded better then the other guitars too, and for a lower price. I do wish it came with a case, but my P-Bass gigbag fits it perfectly for the time being. I highly recommend this guitar, despite what people say about B.C. Riches.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Although I have not played this guitar at a gig I have played it outside at my college and at band practices, so far there have been no major damage to it's finish, except for the usual belt rash. The finish is incredibly durable, the hardware is solid as well. I don't expect to see this fact ever change.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Guitarcenter's used guitars are set up awesomely and this was no exception. The bridge was at the perfect height and there has been no fret buzz at all. The stock strings were .9s, not my favorite gauge, so I swapped them out for Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottoms, my personal favorite strings. In the half year I've owned this guitar the finish has barely a scratch on it, one of the strap buttons was loose but that wasn't that hard to fix. After that minor repair there has been no other issue with the guitar, finish, hardware, or otherwise.
Features — 8
The body of the WMD Warbeast is a combination of the front horns of a Beast and the back half of a Warlock with a Beast style headstock. As far as I can tell it was made in Japan in 2008. It has a neck thru construction, 24 jumbo frets, nato body, maple neck, and an ebony fretboard. It has a glossy onyx finish with red pinstripes on the body bevels. It's bridge is an Original Floyd Rose Trem, and therefore also has the locking nut. It's hardware and controls (one volume, one tone, and a three way toggle) are all finished in black. The tuners are Grover Rotomatics. It has two humbucking pickups, a Rockfield Mafia in the neck and A Rockfield Fat Ass in the bridge. I bought this guitar used for half it's original price, without a scratch I may add, so no extras were included.