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1980s BC Rich Warlock Bass WB-9987 Set Neck Vintage PJ Bass Black, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1980s B.C. Rich Warlock bass model WB-9987 in excellent condition and in perfect working order, 100% original save for the trio of knurled knobs. Few basses make a statement quite like a B.C. Rich, and this Warlock delivers the goods. Made in Japan, it features maple set neck construction with maple body wings and a 24 fret rosewood fretboard, delivering an articulate, immediate acoustic profile faithfully captured by the stock Gotoh-made pickups. The PJ pickup configuration offers both the ample thump and power of a split coil Precision neck pickup and the midrange cut and grind of a Jazz pickup at the bridge. This B.C. Rich weighs 9lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, easy-playing action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders and a hair more overall heft further up the fretboard, measuring .825” deep at the 1st fret and .940” at the 12th. The dark 24 fret rosewood fretboard features diamond inlay and original medium jumbo fretwire which has well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear on frets 1-5. This bass plays cleanly up the 34” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 9/16” in width, carved from bone for optimal sustain and note articulation. On the four-on-a-side headstock, the original set of “R”-embossed Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with light surface patina on the gold plating. The back of the headstock retains the serialized R-prefix foil sticker.

On the body, the electronics function as intended, with dedicated Volume knobs for each pickup, a Master Tone knob, and three-way pickup selector toggle. The heavy-duty top-loader Gotoh bridge and replacement flat-topped knurled knobs both have consistent surface patina on the gold plating. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish includes a pair of chips on the lower bout body points, with smaller chips on the body perimeter, a limited area of buckle worming on the back central to the waist, and just a few additional tiny dings and faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh flawless.

The original “B.C. Rich International”-branded faux leather padded gigbag is included.