B.C. Rich Warlock
|B.C. Rich Warlock|
|Manufacturer||B.C. Rich Guitars|
|Neck joint||Bolt-on or neck-through|
|Bridge||Fixed or vibrato|
|Pickup(s)||H-H or H|
|Black, White, Black cherry, Purple, Red|
The B.C. Rich Warlock is both an electric guitar and bass guitar made by B.C. Rich. It features a distinct jagged shape and two humbucker pickups. It was designed by company founder Bernie Rico in 1969: "This was the only guitar I ever designed at a drafting table, using straight-edges and French curves. It was lots of curves going into straight lines. At first I thought it was the ugliest guitar I'd ever designed." The design wasn't built until local guitarist Spencer Sercombe of Shark Island, prompted Bernie to do so but once it was it soon found favor in the emerging heavy metal scene. "The introduction of the Warlock in 1981 marked the beginning of B.C. Rich's rise to iconic status in heavy metal. [...] The confluence of B.C. Rich's far-out designs and the emerging hair metal culture of the late '70s and early '80s helped cement the brand's place in the market".
Over the years since its introduction the Warlock has become a de facto image of a heavy metal guitar, so much so that in 2015 it was selected to represent Metal in the exhibition Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of the Guitar at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
There are many variations of the Warlock. In ascending order of price, they are:
- B.C. Rich Bronze Series Electric Guitar
- B.C. Rich Revenge Warlock
- B.C. Rich Red Bevel Warlock Guitar and Amp Pack
- B.C. Rich Metal Master Warlock
- B.C. Rich Warlock IT Electric Guitar
- B.C. Rich Kerry King Warlock with Kahler Tremolo
- B.C. Rich NJ Deluxe Warlock Electric Guitar
- B.C. Rich Deluxe Series Warlock (Rare, only 200 made exclusively for Guitar Center)
Electric bass guitars:
- B.C. Rich Revenge Warlock Electric Bass Guitar
- B.C. Rich Bronze Warlock Bass Electric Guitar
- B.C. Rich Paolo Gregoletto Signature Warlock Bass
- B.C. Rich Warlock NJ Deluxe 4-String Bass
- B.C. Rich NJ Deluxe Warlock 5-String Bass
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- Kerry King of Slayer
- Chris Poland of Megadeth
- Chris Kael of Five Finger Death Punch
- Blackie Lawless of W.A.S.P.
- Lita Ford
- Max Cavalera of Soulfly, formerly of Sepultura
- Mick Thomson of Slipknot
- Robb Flynn of Machine Head
- Phoebe Bridgers
- C.C. DeVille of Poison
- Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium (ex-Metal Militia)
- Paul Stanley of Kiss
- Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe (Shout at the Devil-era)
- Craig Goldy of Dio and Giuffria
- ICS Vortex
- Shakey Graves
- Michael Stützer of Artillery
- Weird Paul Petroskey
- Tripp Eisen, formerly of Static-X, Dope and the Murderdolls
- Joey Jordison (when playing guitar for the Murderdolls)
- Jeordie White
- The Seer of Magic Sword
- Lord Ahriman and Chaq Mol of Dark Funeral
- Wright, Michael (December 22, 2017). "B.C. Rich Guitars - From Flamenco to Heavy Metal". Vintage Guitar Magazine.
- Konow, David (2002). Bang Your Head: The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press. p. 198.
- Hanson, Elisabeth (May 16, 2014). "B.C. Rich: Origins and Evolution". Reverb.
- Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (February 28, 2015). "Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of the Guitar". Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.