BC Rich Warlock Revenge

When you absolutely have to club someone to death, but need to play a gig immediately afterwards, the BC Rich Warlock is the only choice.

After 26 years of twists on the Warlock design, this latest model is called the Revenge, suggesting that if it gets a bad review, it'll hunt us down like a dog and make us sorry. Let's hope it doesn't come to that, eh?

BC Rich hasn't said much about the Revenge, presumably because the only real departure is a polar bear paint job and a flat top instead of the usual bevels. Still, it was easy to draw our own conclusion on the target audience.

The Revenge's £210 price puts it one rung above the stock Warlock (£165), but several below the Calibre Warlock (£875), and therefore implies the patronage of the metaller who is starting to play gigs and take things more seriously.

The spec of this beast seems to support that as well, offering solid - if unspectacular - woods and hardware, and packing in two angry BDSM humbuckers for our playing delectation.

Guitar hacks might get jaded at the glut of Warlocks, but judged on its own merits as viewed by a young rocker, the Revenge is one of hell of a guitar for the money you part with.

Physically, it's textbook BC Rich, meaning that you can fret notes and move around the neck fast.

Tonally, we're hearing a good metal growl, with decent sustain and a fantastic sneer at the bridge, but not quite as much character as you'll find further up the range (and the price scale). All told, we liked it - and we're not just saying that so it doesn't come and hurt us...

MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

Good tone. Good price.

Cons

Not quite as much character as you'll find further up the range.

Verdict

The Revenge is one of hell of a guitar for the money.

Available Controls

3-way Pickup Selector Tone Volume

Available Finish

White with black binding

Bolt-on Neck

Yes

Bridge

Tune-o-matic

Case Included

No

Cutaway

No

Fingerboard Material

Rosewood

Fretless

No

Guitar Body Material

Agathis

Hardware

Chrome

Includes Bag

No

Inlays

Pearloid Diamond Markers

Left Handed Model Available

No

Neck Material

Maple

Pickguard

No

Tailpiece

String-thru Tailpiece

Phantom power

No

Pickup Configuration

2 x Humbucker

Pickup Type

2 x BC Rich BDSM humbuckers

Tremolo

No

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