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1985 BC Rich Warlock Bass NJ Series Neck Through Vintage Bass Black w/ Active Preamp, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1985 B.C. Rich NJ Series Warlock Bass in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. From the sought after NJ Series (short for Nagoya, Japan), this neck-through B.C. Rich is crafted with the utmost skill and attention to detail; easily competing with its US-made counterparts.

Tonewoods include maple neck through construction with alder body wings and a 24 fret rosewood fretboard. Loaded with the stock pair of split coil Precision-style pickups, this Warlock can conjure plenty of aggressive punch and heft with a huge array of tonal sculpting options. Controls include a Master Volume, three-way pickup selector, Preamp Volume, Preamp On/Off switch, 6-position Varitone, Phase switch, Dual Sound neck pickup switch, Dual sound bridge pickup switch, and a Master Tone control to round things out. The breadth of the control complement affords this bass a huge degree of versatility: it can sound punchy and thick, or chock full of mean, treble-centric grind. This Warlock weighs 10lbs, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, easy-playing action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and .945” at the 12th. The neck heel is contoured for optimal upper-fret access, and the 24 fret rosewood fretboard retains the original remarkably clean medium jumbo fretwire, only showing a touch of wear beneath the strings on frets 1-3. This bass plays cleanly up the 34” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8“ in width, carved from bone for optimal sustain and articulation. The four-on-a-side reverse headstock has a rosewood veneer, “R” inlay, and R-embossed tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.

The entire suite of electronics function as intended, and the original pots date to 1985, matching with the stickered R85-prefix serial on the headstock. Hardware includes the heavy duty bridge and the trio of dome-topped knurled knobs. The gloss Black finish is framed on top by cream binding, and cosmetic wear includes a couple of minor finish chips on the body points and a number of small nicks and dings along the body perimeter. There is also some scuffing on the bass side of the pick path, and a handful of faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole, largely concentrated on the back. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with palm wear on the bass-side edge and a few shallow marks along the profile length that are imperceptible to the palm while fretting.

A padded camouflage gigbag is included.