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PRS McCarty Electric Guitar
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The PRS Guitars McCarty Electric Guitar is a dream machine. Paul Reed Smith guitars are famous for superb design, craftsmanship, and quality hardware...Click To Read More About This Product
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Honoring the legendary guitar designer Ted McCarty.
The PRS Guitars McCarty Electric Guitar is a dream machine. Paul Reed Smith guitars are famous for superb design, craftsmanship, and quality hardware and electronics. The McCarty model is special because it honors one of the electric guitar's most important pioneering designers, a direct mentor to Paul Reed Smith. Its carved mahogany body with a maple top has graceful lines and extra thickness for superior tone and sustain. The neck is mahogany with a 10" radius, and has a rosewood fretboard with abalone moon inlays, and 22 frets. The strings have a straight pull over the nut for extremely stable tuning. It has a PRS stop bridge, and its McCarty-design pickups give it a more vintage tone. Electronics also feature 3-way switching, volume, and a coil tap push-pull tone control. Includes hardshell case.
- Thick, carved mahogany body
- Maple top
- Mahogany neck
- 22 frets
- 10" radius
- Rosewood fretboard
- Pearl and abalone moon inlays
- Wide-fat neck carvings
- PRS stoptail bridge
- Vintage Cluson-style tuners
- McCarty pickups with covers
- 3-way toggle pickup selector
- Volume control
- Tone control with push-pull modified coil tap
- Gorgeous sunburst finish
- Includes hardshell case
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Most Liked Positive Review
Cut above the rest
Checked out the PRS McCarty at the suggestion of a store owner. I was there to check out a Les Paul Standard so having never heard of PRS I was skeptical until I played...Read complete review
Checked out the PRS McCarty at the suggestion of a store owner. I was there to check out a Les Paul Standard so having never heard of PRS I was skeptical until I played it!The action is unbelievably smooth! The neck is perfect for my hand and string bending is a breeze! It's like driving a Cadillac, no effort at all.The sound is simply AWESOME! Very rich in the bass and silvery in the bottom 3 strings. Very enjoyable to listen to just cuts right through you. I mean it's mouth watering good!The pickup selector worked great and you got 3 different distint sounds.It even sounded like a fender on the bridge pickup by itself and the tone knob worked great too creating distinct differences as I adjusted it.Nice to play a guitar that pays attention to every last fine detail.The looks, well it's gorgeous!I compared it to the LP and I admit the Burstbucker pickups have a very attractive bite to them, but that was it. I found the electronics wanting. The pickup selection produced no clear distinction and I've gotten better response on my tone controls on my Epiphone Studio.The action was not as good as the McCarty and I wondered to myself that if I played this LP having never tried the McCarty I would have been very dissolusioned with electric guitars as a whole.Very good quality guitar!
Most Liked Negative Review
Okay, but not worth the price
I played this guitar a few days ago. It's a beautiful guitar, and the tone is absolutely amazing, but the actual playability of the instrument is nothing to brag about. The action was...Read complete review
I played this guitar a few days ago. It's a beautiful guitar, and the tone is absolutely amazing, but the actual playability of the instrument is nothing to brag about. The action was off, and it was nearly impossible to do any bends or vibrato. I also found that the neck was far too thick for my tastes. So, overall, though this guitar is nice, it is most DEFINITELY not worth the rather large pricetag.
Reviewed by 39 customers
I'm a strat and tele player--have been for about 20 years. Since I bought my McCarty a few weeks ago, I can't fathom putting it down to play either my strat or tele. The finish is impeccable, and it plays smoother than a well-setup Les Paul. It bends better than my Tele, though I do prefer the Tele for behind-the-nut country bends, which you can do a full step or more on the Tele but only a half step on the PRS. The greatest feature of the PRS is the coil tap pickup system, which allows you to toggle between single coil and humbucker tones. It's literally like having a strat and Les Paul sound in one guitar. The humbucking tone is similar to Les Paul, but even richer. The single coil isn't quite as bright as the strat, but is very rich and sweet sounding.The only reason why I give any 9's on my McCarty is because it came new with a small cosmetic blemish on the bridge screws--like they had been over-torqued with a screwdriver. For a $3000 guitar, I expect perfection. Aside from that, I highly recommend that others try out this guitar. I sold my motorcycle so that I could buy one, and it's a decision that I'll never regret. This is a guitar that will never leave my side.
I've played guitar for 27 years. I was a pro back in the day and now work in the business side of the music industry. I've owned countless guitars and none can compare to the PRS McCarty. The tone, the sustain, the feel... It's amazing and very versatile. Ever since I bought it, I'm inspired to play more than I have in years.
I've owned this guitar for about a year now and I am very happy with it. I got the blue Mateo version with gold hardware. My favorite thing about it is its sound. The pickups provide a nice punch that gives me a warm and rich classical rock sound. The guitar also sounds great clean. I love the pull/push knob for single coil. The other thing I love about it is it's general quality, it seems to stay in tune forever, the action is really low but doesn't buzz and it just has a nice great feel in your hands, not too heavy but just a solid nice weight. I didn't want to give it 5 stars in value because I really didn't like the price but I think that over the years to come it will mature in value, not that I would sell it.
I've had some really great guitars, but this one takes the cake. I got this mint out of the box and not only were there zero finish flaws, but the guitar was perfectly set-up right out of the case. Hell, it was even in tune! I've never had a guitar (except a G&L Legacy) where I have not had to set it up to my liking. This one was ready to go. Then I plugged it in and "hello!" I was no longer in love with the aesthetics and playability. The tone is really what I have been looking for to fill a void between my SG & Les Paul. Nice job PRS!
At first, the weight was apain in the but, but after that i had absolutely no problems at all. the first time a played my old ibanez after having the PRS for a while i couldn't believe how amazing it was. The action is perfect, it plays so easily that i sound like i am good at the guitar. everything on this guitar is perfect, and if you get the right top, likle mine, then it is also the most beautiful guitar in the market.
I was never much of a PRS guy. Whenever I tried out a PRS at Guitar Center, I was always disappointed. The sounds of each one was too specific, probably due to the pickups. The Gibsons I tried had the most versitile pickups I have used. I plugged in a McCarty into a mesa rectoverb and it sang. The cleans were flawless, clear, and soothing. Then it came to the bridge pickup. When I tried a metal riff on high gain, it sounded pretty good. when I tried a pitch harmonic, I got nothing. I unplugged the guitar and found the harmonic and tried again. For some reason, I couldn't hear the harmonic through the amp. I tried out a gibson and it produced the screaming metallic sound I wanted. I bought the McCarty anyway. I went home and ordered an EMG81 bridge pickup and replaced it. Now the guitar shreds like no other. I can say that this guitar is definetly my favorite.
I was looking for a Les Paul. I have always wanted one and was hellbent on getting one. After spending a week at a local guitar store, I finally accepted the fact that LP's are not comfortable to play. One of the store employees suggested that I try out a PRS. I have heard of them, but I've nevermore played one before. I bought this guitar used about a month and a half. It is an '04 with the bird inlays. Its a beautiful guitar. I play rock, metal, and a bit of blues. It covers all of these styles with ease. The wide neck plays great. It does take a little getting used to though. It is pricey but you will not be disappointed with it.
Since PRS is rare in Hawaii, I bought one in Dallas Texas and brought it home with me. I have a Cherry Sunburst with a a very nice bookmatched top. That said, man this thing is a screamer. I am not much for the coil tap, I have a Strat that produces better tones for that purpose, but ease of play, construction, workmanship, and attention to details is unequaled by any other production guitar presently made in the USA. It is definitely not your average guitar, if you can afford one, get one, you won't be sorry.
I have been through a zillion guitars in my day, most of them what would be considered "vintage." For a production/utility guitar, the McCarty is pretty close to perfection. I had played several other PRS models and was uninspired until I tried the McCarty. If you need a single instrument to cover a range of styles and not break your back, consider this guitar. The most impressive feature is the workmanship and attention to detail right out of the box. Unlike or spend hours setting it up. The only drawback is the butt ugly headstock design and the stigma one tends to get for owning a PRS; i.e. "you must have more money than ability."
I am a big fan of this model. Tone, feel and looks all in one package.