B.C. Rich Warlock

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B.C. Rich Warlock
ManufacturerB.C. Rich Guitars
Body typeSolid
Neck jointNeck-through or bolt-on
BodyMahogany, bass, or maple
BridgeFixed or vibrato
Pickup(s)2 DiMarzio humbucker pick-ups
Colors available
Black, White, Black cherry, Purple, Red

The B.C. Rich Warlock is a solid body electric guitar and bass guitar made by B.C. Rich. It features a distinct jagged shape and two humbucker pickups, and has been associated with the heavy metal scene.


The Warlock was designed by company founder Bernardo Chavez Rico in 1969, stating: "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."[1] The design wasn't built until local guitarist Spencer Sercombe of Shark Island prompted Rico to do so, but once it was, it soon found favor in the emerging heavy metal scene.[1][2] "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".[3]

The guitar was constructed similarly to other B.C. Rich models such as the Seagull, Eagle, and Mockingbird, with neck-through construction, two DiMarzio humbucker pick-ups, and a Leo Quan Badass bridge. As the guitar was adopted by the heavy metal scene, later models featured Kahler and Floyd Rose vibratos and bolt-on necks.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Wright, Michael (December 22, 2017). "B.C. Rich Guitars - From Flamenco to Heavy Metal". Vintage Guitar Magazine.
  2. ^ Konow, David (2002). Bang Your Head: The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press. p. 198.
  3. ^ Hanson, Elisabeth (May 16, 2014). "B.C. Rich: Origins and Evolution". Reverb.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Burrows, Terry, ed. (2013). 1001 Guitars to Dream of Playing Before You Die. p. 546. ISBN 978-1-84403-751-3.

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