Please compare current Charvels and Wayne Guitars

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  1. RJ

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    So i'm having a tough time deciding on a new Charvel, San Dimas type maybe and a Wayne Guitars Rock Legend.

    Are all the Wayne Guitars hand made by Wayne and Michael only?

    How do the new Charvels compare?
     
  2. waylay00

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    I'd like to hear opinions on this too.
     
  3. guitarist58

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    I'm curious too. I still have a Jazz bass Wayne made for me back in the 80's when he lived in So. Cal. It has the W.C. name he was using at the time. I'm really glad I never happened to sell it--it needs some fixin' up, but it's really cool. He had redone a couple of trucks (perfect paint jobs of course) and one in particular--a white early 60's Chevy Fleetside--I really liked. I've kicked myself many times for not buying it when I had the chance (well I'd probably have to have talked my dad into loaning me the money). Wayne is a super nice guy--I wish I'd kept in touch. Looks like from his web site he and his son are doing pretty good! I remember meeting his son--he was just a little kid back then :D

    -Rocky
     
  4. DC1

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    Wayne is a prince and if you want the personal touch, it's an easy call.

    DC
     
  5. RJ

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    Yeah, I figured. I've played a few San Dimas ones and I even liked the feel of the EVH, but after researching about Wayne, it seems natural that if its personally made by him, it's gotta be good. I did read somewhere that the Waynes are a little inconsistent, like the necks vary from guitar to guitar.
    Since I don't plan on taking a trip to Paradise, CA anytime soon, i won't be able to try any out.

    Also any insight on the collectability of these Waynes in the future? My guess is high.
     
  6. rooster

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    FWIW, I got to play one once. For a shredder-type guitar, it was fantastic. Great playability (if you like a really flat fretboard, although I prefer the 12" radius), great sound, great fit and finish. Don't know about the resale, but if I played the ridiculously fast stuff (OK, if I COULD play the really fast stuff), I would've snapped it up at $850 (what the guy was selling it for 2 years ago).

    Something magic about the smaller companies. The necks probably vary because they are all handmade. But there's something to be said for adapting a bit to a good instrument -- sometimes it brings something out of you that you didn't know you had.

    rooster.
     
  7. Flinto2002

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    I've owned 3 Wayne Rock Legend's, a 2H bullseye, a 2H exotic top and a VHII model, both were superior guitars, incredible tone and the neck carve was amazing. I was sorry to see them go. All had the old headstock style and trussrod access near the neck heel.

    I've owned 2 San Dimas reissues. A 2H solid Koa pointy, and a strat head 1H in Robins Egg blue. Both were nice guitars but lacked the feel of the Wayne's


    IMHO there isn't any comparison between a Wayne and a new SD reissue, the Wayne is superior in every aspect. Fretwork on the Wayne is so far beyond what you see on the SD's it's not even a fair comparison. Also the neck carve is superior IMHO. The Wayne's sounded better to me as well.

    The Wayne's however, are considerably more expensive.
     
  8. 59Vampire

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    dont rule out gmw if its the neck carve you seek........
     

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