gibson wrc Waine charvell 1987 model#81517574

Posted by jerry costello on Sat, 03/02/02 - 14:32:22.

would like information on this guitar; like how many were made,type of
material was used, maby a book...

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Re: gibson wrc Waine charvell 1987 model#81517574

I own a couple of these guitars and have some detailed information on them. I have also talked to wayne charvel and his son personally on them. If you would like more info please email me at myers_family@sbcglobal.net

Also I'm always willing to buy another one so email me to if you're interested in selling.

Thanks!

Re: gibson wrc Waine charvell 1987 model#81517574

I own a gibson WRC as well and was wondering if anyone had some info on the guitar

Re: gibson wrc Waine charvell 1987 model#81517574

I own one of these, mine is a 1987 red.
I had it estimated at $600.00 in good cond.

Re: gibson wrc Waine charvell 1987 model#81517574

i have one of these little devils and also can find no info. in partial answer to the how many made question, i found from someone else who owns one, that wrc, made three types of guitars with gibson alltogether totalling around 600. so what we have is indeed very rare. what its worth? i dont know. if you find any more info feel free to e-me. : would like information on this guitar; like how many were made,type of
: material was used, maby a book...

Re: gibson wrc Waine charvell 1987 model#81517574

I have a WRC -Gibson model 83357581 I believe it was made in the early to mid 1980's , I have been wondering what it might be worth any Ideas..

Re: gibson wrc Waine charvell 1987 model#81517574

: would like information on this guitar; like how many were made,type of
: material was used, maby a book...

Re: gibson wrc Waine charvell 1987 model#81517574

: : would like information on this guitar; like how many were made,type of
: : material was used, maby a book...

Re: gibson wrc Waine charvell 1987 model#81517574

i own one also...i bought it used...does anyone know what the original colors were? i've seem some pics on the internet of red ones, but mine is blue, but i think it was repainted by the previous owner. can anyone tell me about it? please email me.

Re: gibson wrc Waine charvell 1987 model#81517574

:I've seen black, red, and white, course I've got a red one.. but beautiful paint job

Re: gibson wrc Waine charvell 1987 model#81517574

: : : would like information on this guitar; like how many were made,type of
: : : material was used, maby a book...
I have a 1988 model.The body is alder,neck maple,OBL pickups and a Kahler Spider tremilo.Seems to be rare.

I have one of the 200 sign WRC

I have one of the WRC models. It has a letter from Gibson with it, and has the bell cover with WRC in hand writing gold metal pin. It is a 1987, Red, has the brown leather case with red insides, but has no coil tap, just the three mimi switches. Also mine has the Gibson speed knobs not the metal knobs I see on others. I love it, and I know guitars and have own many of the best made. I currently have two vantage Les Pauls, two signature Stratocasters, a 80 fender lead-2, a 1959 Gretsch clipper, and this Gibson WRC. The Gibson holds its own next to any of the others, and is my go to guitar. I would never trade or sale this guitar. Not sure what the pickups are but man do they sound sweet, and the neck is so flat, smooth, and easy to play. best guitar of all super strats.

Re: gibson wrc Waine charvell 1987 model#81517574

Here is a review: (Hope it helps). I have one out on EBAY - see link. Mine is signed by KISS guitarist.

Gibson WRC
Summary
Manufacturer URL www.gibson.com
Features 9.7 (3 responses)
Sound 10 (3 responses)
Action, Fit, & Finish 9 (3 responses)
Reliability/Durability 8.3 (3 responses)
Customer Support 3 (3 responses)
Overall Rating 9.7 (3 responses)
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Price Paid: US $329.99
Purchased from: N/A
Mid-west Exchange Pawn Shop

Features: 9
This beauty was born in the USA in 1987. Its got a solid body of Alder according to Gibson and a bolt on neck. The three pick up configuration is stacked humbuckers in neck and middle position and a "regular???" humbucker in the bridge position. There are switches to select pick ups, one volume knob and one tone knob. The volume knob has some sort of switch so when you push it down you get a little more oomph (pardon my overly technical description). This one has a very glossy red finish that is holding up remarkably for an axe that is 15 years old.
It has all black hardware that consists of Grover (?) tuners and a Floyd Rose trem. The trem has bridge fine adjustment tuners and a locking nut is installed as well. This one (like all I've seen/read about) has an ebony fingerboard that is just gorgeous! Icing on the cake is the great Gibson case that came with this.

Sound: 10
My guitar playing is definitely coming from a rock n' roll foundation. This guitar fits the bill perfectly. You can really dial in a number of different sounds by selecting different pick-up combinations and manipulating the tone (which has a VERY wide sonic band). I'm sure that if I had more competancy on this instrument I would be able to unlock even more of a variety of sounds. Now, this guitar does not have a "Gibson-ish" sound anywhere on it. Perhaps that's why it didn't do well in the market place.

Action, Fit, & Finish: 9
The action on this guitar is dreamy! The strings feel like melted butter. The downside to this is that I have to be real careful NOT to bend strings when I don't want to.
There are no apparent flaws that really make any difference but the bolt plate on the back of the neck is almost completely devoid of its finish. I've noticed this on several other Gibsons w/bolt on necks as well.
The electronics are quiet as a mouse... quieter even, but I don't believe that this has been played all that much before I got a year ago.

Reliability/Durability: 8
This guitar is a rock solid machine. I'm a klutz and I've bumped into a lot of things while wearing this around the house ( I practice using a Lil Smokey that I put in my pocket and then walk around). I haven't yet chipped the finish and after 15 years theres no cracking what-so-ever. On this, as all my guitars, I replaced the strap buttons with locking ones. I'm fairly sure the factory ones were good, but I'm a klutz... you do the math.
I'd use this guitar playing a gig without even thinking about it. The only reason I'd need a back up is in the case a string broke.

Customer Support: 7
See the other reviews on this model. I guess I got a bit more of a response from Gibson when I asked about this, but not much. As I bought it used from a pawn shop the warranty issue is n/a. But I will say that anytime I've spoken to anyone at Gibson, they were as helpful as one could expect. But I'd still like more company information on this model.

Overall Rating: 9
I've now been playing for just a bit over a year. I got into playing guitar because I've drummed for over 25 years and couldn't find guitarists that were willing (or capable???) of speaking drummer. Well I got bit by the bug pretty well and have started buying pretty much anything I think is cool that I can scrape up the cash for. The only thing I don't like about this guitar is the body style. I've always thought that the Strat style was a bit too generic. What slays me most is that for years and years I've loved the look of the SG! Angus plays an SG, Zappa has played them... so I got one, a nice one at that. This WRC plays much better and has a wider range of sounds. I kind of hate that but it's a fact. Isn't that petty of me?
If you see one of these out there, you should check it out. They're completely under-valued in the market place from what I've seen. It's a fine instrument that will rival anything else your local music store can peddle to you.

Submitted by Tom Sparrow at 02/22/2002 08:07

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Price Paid: US $750
Purchased from: N/A
Wilson Music, Kingsport TN

Features: 10
1987 Gibson WRC. 1 Bridge Tapped/Split Coil Humbucker, and Two stacked hums for rhythm and neck. 3 toggle switches for p/u on and off for multiple pickup combo's.

Strat Style body with a Jackson'ish headstock. Floyd Rose Pt Trem, bridge tuners, and locknuts on headstock. Grover Tuning machines. Body seems to be Ash, Ebony fret board and maple neck. Solid black gloss finish everywhere but neck, with WRC and Gibson on the Headstock in Gold Script.

Hand-Made by a joint venture between Wayne Charvel and Gibson in their Nashville TN plant. Cannot get any information from Gibson on the release of this guitar...

Sound: 10
The sound from this axe is phenomenal, I have played Jazz, Blues, Folk-Rock, and Metal. The variety of the pickup combinations and their tone is very versatile. Very little hum or noise. The neck pickup creates a thick bluesy (SRV ish)tone, while the split bridge humbucker can go from a thick creamy crunch to a strat scream with a click of the push/push volume pot.

I play through a 1969 Fender Twin Reverb (silver face) and a 1981 Crate G-212.

Action, Fit, & Finish: 8
The action was low and clean. Overall the guitar was set up well except for the Tremolo Well. There was a large amount of paint overspray that caused the trem to rub inside the guitar body. Taking a scalpel I removed some of the overflowed paint on the inside and a 1/64 inch of wood in the corner and no problems.

Reliability/Durability: 7
It is now May 2001 and I have been playing on it since 1987... It currently needs some fretwork (couple of rubdowns), the 1/4 cord jack is loose, and the push push vol control no longer switches. The guitar is certainly playable now, but the noisy jack prevents any recording.

This is excellent condition in my mind for a 15 year old guitar.

Customer Support: 1
None, Gibson does not admit it exists...

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by George Conley at 05/30/2001 14:57

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Price Paid: US $900 used
Purchased from: N/A

Features: 10
This is the black-sheep guitar that knowbody wants to admit exsists.
So they say, Wayne Charvel in 1987 was sub-contracted? by Gibson to design some "Custom" gitars. The WRC was so Good! that it really Pissed JACKSON OFF and there was imediate legal chatter. This one ,I think a show special, has a AAAquilted maple top, white binding front and back, binding up the neck and around the headstock,alder body with maple neck, rosewood fretboard, and NO tremelo. It has a three pick-up configuration and three pick-up on-off switches, for any combination of sounds. One humbucker and two single coils.

Sound: 10
This guitar has balls of sounds, smooth and bitey at the same time, with a fixed neck it has plenty of Les Paul style sustain. With the three pick ups you can get five or six types of pick up combinations.

Action, Fit, & Finish: 10
This guitar is meticulously set up with the best of Gibson And Charvel rolled into one. Charvel fans would freak at the beauty, tone and dream of a neck that this guitar has!

Reliability/Durability: 10
I've used this live and in the studio, people marvel at the beauty of the finish and for a fourteen year old guitar it's perfectly strong and straight>

Customer Support: 1
Gibson does not want to talk about it, I've e-mailed them several times and all I get is " beat around bush"

Overall Rating: 10
I played this with a MXR dyna-comp,a George Dennis volume pedal, a boss CE-1. and a tweed 50 watt 1-12 Carvin that flat out kicks ass,dual-channel 2-EL34's and five 12ax7's. With the dyna-comp I can sustain a note ,go have a bite, anit still be sustainin' win I git back!

Submitted by Dana Angle at 02/10/2001 11:43

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Summary
Manufacturer URL www.gibson.com
Features 9.7 (3 responses)
Sound 10 (3 responses)
Action, Fit, & Finish 9 (3 responses)
Reliability/Durability 8.3 (3 responses)
Customer Support 3 (3 responses)
Overall Rating 9.7 (3 responses)
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