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BC Rich WMD Warbeast Wins Guitar World Magazine’s Platinum Award For Quality And Construction

United States
July 23, 2007, Hebron, Kentucky — BC Rich announced today that they will be receiving the coveted Platinum Award for Quality and Design from Guitar World Magazine for its new WMD Warbeast. The new Warbeast derives its name from combining the rear of the 1981 Warlock with the aggressive horns from the 1999 Beast guitar.

In their review, Guitar World gear tester Eric Kirkland had these enthusiastic comments to say:

“These thoughtful features, combined with the guitar’s refined appearance and flawless playability, position the Warbeast as the archetype for future serious metal guitar designs.”

“ (The new Warbeast shape) It’s a striking outline that begs the question, “Why didn’t someone think of this sooner?”

Guitar World summed it all with, “B.C. Rich’s WMD Warbeast is destined to become a classic. The blended body shape alone is a stroke of radical genius, but this guitar is also a joy to play, with low action, a shredder’s fretboard and a recessed double-locking original Floyd Rose tremolo system. The icing on the cake is the Rockfield pickup set. These two pickups generate an incomparable balance of power, sustain and punch, perfectly flattering the Warbeast’s intelligent design.”

WMD Warbeast Specifications

  • Construction: neck through
  • Body wood: nato (eastern mahogany)
  • Body thickness: 45mm
  • Top style: side beveled
  • Body binding: no
  • Headstock style: SOB Beast
  • Headstock color: onyx
  • Headstock binding: no
  • Tuners: Grover Rotomatics
  • Neck wood: maple
  • Back of neck: onyx
  • Fretboard: ebony
  • Frets: 24 jumbo 2.7mm
  • Factory strings: 9 — 42
  • Nut: 43mm locking
  • Scale: 25 1/2”
  • Bridge / Tailpiece type: Floyd Rose original tremolo
  • Pickups: 1 Rockfield Fat Ass (bridge) and 1 black Rockfield mafia (neck) humbuckers
  • Controls: 1 volume, 1 three-way toggle and 1 tone
  • Hardware: black chrome
  • Finish: painted glossy
  • Color: onyx with red pinstripes on the body edges

The WMD Warbeast (List $1020) is currently available at authorized BC Rich retaillers.
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