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1990s BC Rich Warlock WG-801 Vintage Electric Guitar Black Onyx w/ Floyd Rose, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1990s B.C. Rich Warlock WG-801 in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Made for the Japanese domestic market and rarely seen outside its country of origin, this shred-ready Warlock features a Floyd Rose-licensed tremolo system and high-output proprietary humbuckers. A model that has recently found itself central to the cultural zeitgeist, this Warlock is the perfect tool for ripping Master of Puppets after Hellfire Club (in fact, this guitar is exceedingly accurate to the specs of Eddie Munson’s guitar), or for taking a spin through Phoebe Bridgers catalog.

Tonewoods include a maple body and maple neck capped by a rosewood fretboard, ensuring a bright natural acoustic tone with plenty of note attack. The high-output humbuckers are aggressive and cutting, with rounder chunk in the neck position and more bite and growl at the bridge. The pickups handle high gain very well, pushing tube amps to smoldering breakup. Weighing 8lbs 4oz, this guitar has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, slinky action and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a slender, effortless D-shaped profile carve with round shoulders in every register, measuring .780” deep at the 1st fret and .840” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has stock medium jumbo frets which have plenty of meat and crown, showing only light wear  beneath the plain strings on frets 1-2. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4” scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The locking nut measures 1 11/16” in width. On the headstock, the “Warlock” truss rod cover is intact, along with the original R-stamped Rotomatic-style tuners, one of which (low E) has been replaced with an identical gear.

All the electronics work as intended, with dedicated Volume knobs for each humbucker and a Master Tone knob. The neck pickup meters in at 11.4k ohms, while the bridge is slightly hotter at 11.8k. Hardware includes the B.C. Rich-branded, Floyd Rose-licensed tremolo which has a bright chrome base and exhibits light patina across the black saddles. The original tremolo arm is intact, and the unit is very responsive, pulling off deep dive bombs and sharp flutters with ease. A clean trio of knurled black knobs rounds out the hardware.

Cosmetic wear in the gloss Black Onyx finish includes two small areas of buckle rash on the back, and a number of minor nicks and dings across the surface of the body. There is some light requisite scuffing along the picking path, and the two points of the lower bout have a small amount of targeted touch up on the tips. The satin finish on the neck profile is clean and smooth, with just a singular faint scratch on the treble side of the carve behind frets 9-11.

A padded gigbag is included.