For the US part of the Animalize Tour Paul got a new B.C. Rich, this one a cracked mirror Warlock as seen on the right. The Warlock was designed by Bernie Rico in 1981 but not properly introduced until 1982. According to Rico the Warlock "was the only guitar I ever designed at a drafting table, using straight-edges and French curves. [...] It was lots of curves going into straight lines. At first I thought it was the ugliest guitar I'd ever designed." (Vintage Guitar February 1995) The design drawing later caught the eye of local guitarist Spencer Sercombe which prompted the model to actually get made. It would become a favorite of a lot of hard rock and metal guitarists in the mid-80's, more or less help define the emerging genre and prove a massive commercial success. To name a few early users, Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe had several Warlocks as did Kerry King of Slayer and both Blackie Lawless and Randy Piper of WASP.
Paul's cracked mirror Warlock had the company's new curved six-in-line headstock, a chrome Quadmatic bridge, two EMG 81 pickups, and the simplified electronics of the Warlock II (volume/volume/tone and a toggle switch). Of course, this wasn't
a Warlock II but rather a custom made US-built guitar which, apart from the cracked mirror top, is obvious when looking at the inlays. Unlike Paul's previous B.C. Riches, which had either diamond or parallelogram inlays, this one had the pearl/abalone split inlays
of the PS10.
This guitar was used mainly as a backup but photos and Animalize Live Uncensored
show that it took center stage for Paul's solo spot. (I find it odd that Paul uses the Warlock for his solo in Detroit but switches to Eagle #1 for Under the gun
.) On some occasions - as in Nashville, TN
on January 19, 1985 - it was called upon for a song or two but for the most part its use seems to have been limited. Paul continued endoring B.C. Rich and a solo spot photo of Paul using the cracked mirror Warlock was used in 1985 B.C. Rich catalog