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The looks, tone, and playability that extreme bassists need.

The aggressive and angular B.C. Rich Widow Bass originally introduced as a handcrafted instrument in the '80s is the first to be topped with the Widow style headstock. This 5-string Widow delivers the depth and sustain of a neck-through bass for the player bold enough to play with a wicked Widow!

Armed with fat-sounding split pickups, active electronics, and Grover Rotomatic tuners. Nato body, maple neck with ebony fretboard, 24 jumbo frets, and solid neck-through construction give you the best possible sustain, resonance, comfort, and access to the upper frets.

FEATURES
  • 35" scale
  • Neck-thru construction
  • Widow Headstock
  • Ebony Fingerboard with 24 frets
  • Flat top nato body with bevels
  • Active EQ
  • 2 volume, 2 tone controls

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B.C. RichWMD Widow 5-String Bass
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

There's a lot to love here for the $$!

I'm a metal kid from the 80s, I freely admit it. But there was no way I could afford a US-made ANYTHING at the time. As fate would have it, I recently ended...Read complete review

I'm a metal kid from the 80s, I freely admit it. But there was no way I could afford a US-made ANYTHING at the time. As fate would have it, I recently ended up being a player in a musical theatre troupe where visuals matter. When I saw this bass as an import, I know I had to have it. I admit I did purchase it with some hesitation, making the transaction sight-unseen and having had variable success with BC Rich imports over the years.

I shouldn't have been concerned. The WMD Widow has been an utter joy to play. The construction is surprisingly tough given all the angles and points inherent in the Widow design. After several multi-month tours, I have still to put any dings in the finish (of course, you do have to be careful!). The electronics are simple; 2 volume and 2 overall tone controls. The active EQ on this bass can actually overpower an amp, so I set 'em on about 40% of max (your mileage may vary). And best of all... this bass stays in tune, even in extreme temperatures and climates. That might seem like a small thing to get excited about, but when you hit the stage 75-100 times a year, having reliable gear isn't a nicety; it's a necessity!

The WMD Widow gets a pleasing, clanky, midrange-accented tone, similar to a Rickenbacker with more scoop and definition. If you're a fan of the heavy metal band Overkill, you'll recognize the tone instantly (yes, even with an import bass!). You'll have plenty of headroom frequency-wise, but I have found it beds best in rock/metal genres. You won't have any problem being heard in the mix, even if you're playing with 2 drop-tuned guitars. It also lends itself nicely to picking styles, but it works fine with finger style as well. It's a bit too midrangey for mellower music, but that's more of a personal preference than a comment about the tone. The B string is nice and tight, so if you're rumbling the low register, you'll still retain definition.

I've run the WMD Widow through 1) an Ampeg Portaflex 500 watt head with a mixed 2x10/1x15 amp rig, 2) a Mesa Boogie Walkabout Scout, 3) an Ashdown 500 with 2 Aguilar 1x12s, and 4) direct into the system using only a SansAmp. While I've had to fine-tune the sound in all cases, I've always enjoyed a tight, assertive tone with plenty of attitude. That's not something I can say with every bass I have owned and presently use.

The main downside is the physicality of the bass itself. It's a BIG bass with a definite tendency to neck-dive. I am 6 feet tall and still have to wrestle with the thing a bit. You'll also have to be aware of the geometry of the bass if you don't want to bash it up; some of the angles are pretty narrow (particularly the horns near the neck joint). Given the geometry and relatively narrow neck spacing, it's tricky to do slap/pop techniques on the Widow. It's also a bass that necessitates taking some time to dial in your preferred tone with both the bass and your amp.

Those downsides are quibbles, though, when you consider what you get for the price. Basses of this quality often cost considerably more. With the Widow, the purchase price gets you into a bass with great tone and playability, once you get used to its' unique styling. Getting a neck-through at this price is also a rare thing. It may not be the first bass you grab for that jazz gig or your worship team (or maybe it is if your church doesn't mind so much), but if you're looking for a rock and roll machine, this is it. Do yourself a favor and spend a little more on a proper hardshell case of some sort and straplocks; you will certainly have some money left over to do this!

And hey. It's a BC Rich Widow. You'll feel like a rock star the moment you strap this sucker on. Isn't that why you're considering one? Take the plunge. You won't be disappointed!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sounds like thunder

I do not have any complaints about this bass. If you do not like excessive weight when you play, or require a smaller length neck, then this bass is not for you. The...Read complete review

I do not have any complaints about this bass. If you do not like excessive weight when you play, or require a smaller length neck, then this bass is not for you. The neck is quite a reach when you play on the lower octaves. Other that that, this bass sounds good and looks good.
After many years as a 4-string bass player, I decided to upgrade to a 5-string. I figured that if I was to upgrade, I would purchase a bass from one of my 3 favorite brands. The BC RICH WMD WIDOW I purchased was used and needed some adjustments. I love the active EQ pickups and the thundering low B string. I plugged it into my little practice bass amp and I thought I destroyed my amp(luckily I didn't though). I love the ringing sustain on the neck through.
As stated before, I bought it used, I got some paint and filled in the chip. then I needed the truss rod adjusted and the saddles raised so the strings wouldn't rattle on the frets. The result was a clear bell tone that I love about bass guitars.
I got more than what I paid for and do not regret this purchase.

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Sounds like thunder

By Bass Freak

from Idaho Falls, ID.

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Comments about B.C. Rich WMD Widow 5-String Bass:

I do not have any complaints about this bass. If you do not like excessive weight when you play, or require a smaller length neck, then this bass is not for you. The neck is quite a reach when you play on the lower octaves. Other that that, this bass sounds good and looks good.
After many years as a 4-string bass player, I decided to upgrade to a 5-string. I figured that if I was to upgrade, I would purchase a bass from one of my 3 favorite brands. The BC RICH WMD WIDOW I purchased was used and needed some adjustments. I love the active EQ pickups and the thundering low B string. I plugged it into my little practice bass amp and I thought I destroyed my amp(luckily I didn't though). I love the ringing sustain on the neck through.
As stated before, I bought it used, I got some paint and filled in the chip. then I needed the truss rod adjusted and the saddles raised so the strings wouldn't rattle on the frets. The result was a clear bell tone that I love about bass guitars.
I got more than what I paid for and do not regret this purchase.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

There's a lot to love here for the $$!

By Uncle Malcolm

from Seattle, Wa

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Pros

  • Assertive Tone
  • Solid construction
  • Visually Striking

Cons

  • Awkward For Some Players
  • Neck heavy

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about B.C. Rich WMD Widow 5-String Bass:

I'm a metal kid from the 80s, I freely admit it. But there was no way I could afford a US-made ANYTHING at the time. As fate would have it, I recently ended up being a player in a musical theatre troupe where visuals matter. When I saw this bass as an import, I know I had to have it. I admit I did purchase it with some hesitation, making the transaction sight-unseen and having had variable success with BC Rich imports over the years.

I shouldn't have been concerned. The WMD Widow has been an utter joy to play. The construction is surprisingly tough given all the angles and points inherent in the Widow design. After several multi-month tours, I have still to put any dings in the finish (of course, you do have to be careful!). The electronics are simple; 2 volume and 2 overall tone controls. The active EQ on this bass can actually overpower an amp, so I set 'em on about 40% of max (your mileage may vary). And best of all... this bass stays in tune, even in extreme temperatures and climates. That might seem like a small thing to get excited about, but when you hit the stage 75-100 times a year, having reliable gear isn't a nicety; it's a necessity!

The WMD Widow gets a pleasing, clanky, midrange-accented tone, similar to a Rickenbacker with more scoop and definition. If you're a fan of the heavy metal band Overkill, you'll recognize the tone instantly (yes, even with an import bass!). You'll have plenty of headroom frequency-wise, but I have found it beds best in rock/metal genres. You won't have any problem being heard in the mix, even if you're playing with 2 drop-tuned guitars. It also lends itself nicely to picking styles, but it works fine with finger style as well. It's a bit too midrangey for mellower music, but that's more of a personal preference than a comment about the tone. The B string is nice and tight, so if you're rumbling the low register, you'll still retain definition.

I've run the WMD Widow through 1) an Ampeg Portaflex 500 watt head with a mixed 2x10/1x15 amp rig, 2) a Mesa Boogie Walkabout Scout, 3) an Ashdown 500 with 2 Aguilar 1x12s, and 4) direct into the system using only a SansAmp. While I've had to fine-tune the sound in all cases, I've always enjoyed a tight, assertive tone with plenty of attitude. That's not something I can say with every bass I have owned and presently use.

The main downside is the physicality of the bass itself. It's a BIG bass with a definite tendency to neck-dive. I am 6 feet tall and still have to wrestle with the thing a bit. You'll also have to be aware of the geometry of the bass if you don't want to bash it up; some of the angles are pretty narrow (particularly the horns near the neck joint). Given the geometry and relatively narrow neck spacing, it's tricky to do slap/pop techniques on the Widow. It's also a bass that necessitates taking some time to dial in your preferred tone with both the bass and your amp.

Those downsides are quibbles, though, when you consider what you get for the price. Basses of this quality often cost considerably more. With the Widow, the purchase price gets you into a bass with great tone and playability, once you get used to its' unique styling. Getting a neck-through at this price is also a rare thing. It may not be the first bass you grab for that jazz gig or your worship team (or maybe it is if your church doesn't mind so much), but if you're looking for a rock and roll machine, this is it. Do yourself a favor and spend a little more on a proper hardshell case of some sort and straplocks; you will certainly have some money left over to do this!

And hey. It's a BC Rich Widow. You'll feel like a rock star the moment you strap this sucker on. Isn't that why you're considering one? Take the plunge. You won't be disappointed!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Piece of Work!

By JaredW

from Undisclosed

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Comments about B.C. Rich WMD Widow 5-String Bass:

I bought this bass for the main purpose of extended range and for the style of music I play. It sounds beautiful, better than I had imagined. This was by far one of the best investments I have had. Not to mention it as a brutal look that is amazing. It has great pick-ups and I play in drop B and have not heard the slightest fret buzz while playing. The depth it can get is amazing. For ANYONE who wants a good quality bass guitar, I would definetly recommend this amazing piece of work! Because I do not regret this purchase at all!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Oh Yeah!!

By thundergod

from New Martinsville, WV

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Comments about B.C. Rich WMD Widow 5-String Bass:

I've wanted this bass for years and finally got it. The adjustments were almost perfect. The "B" string and "G" string bridge need raised a little to lessen the buzz. Other than that it was great. The balance of the bass is pretty good. It's a little neck heavy but not as bad as the warlock. The bass will pretty much stay in position as long as you use a leather strap and not a nylon one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best bass I've EVER had in my hand.

By MANOS

from hell

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Comments about B.C. Rich WMD Widow 5-String Bass:

I own this bass and I can't believe its an import. I've used it on everything from heavy metal to funk and R&B and it outperforms virtually every other bass I've ever played. After pulling it out of the box and setting it up, this thing plays better than my guitar, the action is right on the frets with no buzz! This is the most amazing bass deal I've ever seen, its comfortable to play, looks sick, and sounds so clean and clear you won't believe you paid pennies for it. Mine came with a deluxe coffin case too, so that was an added bonus!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

A Heavy Bass with Heavy Tones!

By Cedric Angers-Leclerc

from Quebec, Canada

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Comments about B.C. Rich WMD Widow 5-String Bass:

I have the warlock model of this bass which as the same specs. This surprised me back when I first played it and still surprise me today it simply sounds amazing. The tone is punchy, growly and warm. The active preamp is dead quiet and can give you a nice vaerity of sounds from round warm Tone to shrilling bone crushing Tone (really good to cut trough a dense mix). The fact that the preamp is dead quiet also make this a great bass to use distortion on. The stock pick ups that come installed on the bass are just astonishing I will never change them. The string spacing is very narrow very good for fast metal playing but not that comfortable for slap. The only real drawback of this bass is the fact that the neck is so heavy that it sink down while standing up, so if you're playing live a lot that's something to consider. To conclude if you're looking for a killer 5 string bass this one is the way to go!!!

 
5.0

A great choice made.

By Rock_chick4Life

from Lincoln, IL

Comments about B.C. Rich WMD Widow 5-String Bass:

I have been playing this bass with my band, One Last Glimpse, and the sound is just outstanding. It has a really rich tone and it allows a lot of style to be made. The neck is a little on the heavy side, but as you adjust, you grow to love the guitar more.

 
5.0

Takes a little getting used to

By Jessie-nrO.t

from Seattle

Comments about B.C. Rich WMD Widow 5-String Bass:

It's heavy and the neck dives, but all it requires is a strap with texture. The sound is amazing and easily tweakable, once you get used to it being heavy and shaped interestingly, it's definitely the bass. The only thing that sucks is it is very oddly shaped and requires a little effort when you look for a case.

 
5.0

amazing bass

By cc massacre bassist

from alaska

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Comments about B.C. Rich WMD Widow 5-String Bass:

i played this at a music store and it sounded amazing. i know have a thunderbird pro 4 string and want to eventually purchase it for my 5 string. this bass has amazing tone and looks that kill. + active pickups and neck thru neck give it amazing sound. i would reccommend this bass to anyone along with a thunderbird

 
5.0

One Of The Best

By BCRico

from Del

Comments about B.C. Rich WMD Widow 5-String Bass:

BC Rich have always been known for the shapes rather than the actual quality of the instruments. I, on the other hand, second that...this is by far one of the best basses I've ever used...it's a little heavy but the tone and the action just blow away almost all of its contemporaries. And no doubt, this is one of the most wicked shapes BC rich ever came out with. I wonder why this bass isnt really well recognised.

 
5.0

KILLER AXE!

By GUNNER-HhV5G

from Texas

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Comments about B.C. Rich WMD Widow 5-String Bass:

This bass plays as good as it looks! When I tell people this bass is a KILLER AXE, I mean just that. The features are incredible and the sound is awesome. Just the look, in and of itself, says a lot....people really appeal to the wicked look. I am using the Trace Elliot 1048H {4x10} & 1518 {1x15} cabinets powered by the AH500-7 head. In my opinion, this earth shattering blend of guitar and amp cannot be beat. PERIOD!!!! My view of the above referenced product is absolutely AWESOME! That's my story and I'm sticking to it!Mark "GUNNER" Woodruff

 
5.0

Review

By XxHxCxX BAsSiST

from georgia

Comments about B.C. Rich WMD Widow 5-String Bass:

This is absolutly the best bass i have ever played, it sounds good with all genres of music, from jazz to deathcore. i was previously playing a fender standard prescision, and the widow makes my old bass sound like junk. another great feature of this bass is the active pickups, with the active preamp system, there is an amazing range for tonal possibilities, i suggest this bass to an any experienced bassist that wants to further is playing ablities to the extreme.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By NZ bass man

from New Zealand

Comments about B.C. Rich WMD Widow 5-String Bass:

Iv'e owned a warlock 4 string for the last few years and love it but needed to step up to a 5 string for my band.I tryed a few basses and then tryed the Widow and it just growled, the only problem that I see is that the warlock will probably sit around a bit more.Very good sound and suits me.

 
5.0

Best Bass I've Ever Played

By KBurkz

from Canada

Comments about B.C. Rich WMD Widow 5-String Bass:

By far the best bass I've ever played. This is my first 5 string and honestly, it blew me away. The tone you get from the B string is just astounding. I use a small 15W amp at home and just a few notes was enough to make the walls shake. Great bass for the price. BC Rich definitely sold me on this one.

 
5.0

This is THE BASS

By Meauxjo BassMan

from Louisiana

Comments about B.C. Rich WMD Widow 5-String Bass:

I have to agree with all the comments and ratings. I've been playing bass 30+ years and used many basses. I wanted another bass because my Fender P was killing my shoulder. I started looking and reading for what seemed like forever. I saw the Widow and hesitated because I couldn't find any reviews. I took the chance because I could always return it but they aint getting it back now! This thing thunders! Be ready to rock the house! I've cranked this BEAST through some very expensive casino house systems, through 5 different brands of bass amps and let me tell you, there is not even one small iota to say negative about the Widow. If you want the "off the hook look" and monster thunder bass sound look no further cause you won't find it. As an added note, big as this Widow is, it is lighter than the P Bass. It is extremely smooth on it's highs also. VERY GOOD JOB B.C.RICH!

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