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1989 BC Rich Warlock NJ Series Black w/ Seymour Duncan TB5, Floyd Rose, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1989 B.C. Rich Warlock NJ Series electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag. From the first production run of the sought after NJ Series (short for Nagoya, Japan), this bolt-on B.C. Rich is crafted with the utmost skill and attention to detail, easily competing with its US-made counterparts. Flaunting a menacingly contoured body, maple neck, thick slab rosewood fretboard, and pair of humbuckers, this Warlock can conjure the shreddiest of spells.

Engineered for high gain, the stock neck pickup is modeled after the Dimarzio Super Distortion with a high output ceramic magnet design engineered to provide a range of roaring tonalities with ample output and midrange push. The bridge position has been upgraded to a Seymour Duncan TB5, a medium output humbucker that features a small ceramic magnet and custom-wound coils to dish out a “P.A.F.-on-steroids” tone. It has tight lows, a bump in the upper midrange that gives the player more character and crunch, and an airy high end that cuts through heavy distortion but is also great for achieving crystal-clear clean tones. This Warlock weighs 8lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, accurate intonation, and fast action.

The neck has a slender D-shaped profile with good shoulder and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .785” deep at the 1st fret and .850” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a 14" radius with dot inlay and stock jumbo fretwire. The frets have good height and meat, with light uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, even fainter wear extending exclusively beneath the plain strings to fret 7, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays well in all registers up the 24 3/4" scale, with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The locking nut measures 1 11/16“ in width. The six-on-a-side headstock features chrome B.C. Rich-branded tuners that turn smoothly.

On the body, the electronics function as intended, with a three-way pickup selector toggle, Master Volume, and individual Tone controls for each pickup wired to full-sized Japanese pots that date to '89. The chrome-plated hardware is particularly clean, with plenty of shine and only a hint of surface patina. The original chrome arm is intact for the Floyd Rose-licensed tremolo, and the unit is very responsive, pulling off deep dives and quick flutters with ease. Cosmetic wear is limited to finish finish chips at the lower bout edges, and light finish scratches mostly relegated to the pick path and back of the body. The neck sports a gloss finish with a few minor marks that are not distracting to the palm while fretting.

The original B.C. Rich-branded gigbag is included.