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PRS Smokeburst McCarty Electric Guitar
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The Smokeburst McCarty electric guitar features a custom-grade curly maple top, wide/fat mahogany neck, mahogany back, and a 22-fret East Indian rose...Read More
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The Smokeburst McCarty electric guitar features a custom-grade curly maple top, wide/fat mahogany neck, mahogany back, and a 22-fret East Indian rosewood fretboard adorned with abalone bird inlays. The Smokeburst uses the PRS 25" scale length and has a double-cutaway body, stoptail bridge, and vintage-style tuners. PRS has incorporated the highly acclaimed 1957/2008 pickups into this McCarty model along with a 3-way toggle pickup selector, and a push/pull coil-splitting tone control. The 1957/2008 pickups allow players to achieve both vintage and modern sounds. This guitar is finished in a beautiful and unique double sunburst with a special nitro topcoat that highlights the gorgeous maple top.
- Finish: Nitrocellulose
- Back wood: Mahogany
- Top wood: Maple
- Scale length: 25"
- Neck wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard wood: Rosewood
- Neck shape: Wide Fat
- Inlays: Birds
- Fret wire: 513
- Bridge: Stoptail
- Tuners: Vintage-style tuners
- Hardware type: Nickel
- Truss rod cover: McCarty Logo
- Treble pickup: 57/08
- Bass pickup: 57/08
- Pickup switching: Volume and push/pull tone control with 3-way toggle pickup selector
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Comments about PRS Smokeburst McCarty Electric Guitar:
Well, OK. If you're a Gibson person, then this probably won't satisfy your craving, but this is the closest thing to a vintage Gibby (other than the Sunburst SC245) to date from PRS. IMO, PRS has the highest construction standards of any mass-produced guitar in the world. There will always be small shop luthiers churning out the best stuff, but for a factory guitar, I don't think you can beat what Paul's doing right now (I'd put Heritage right behind, since I'm not sure how many Collings is churning out). Construction is flawless, weight and balance are spot on, and the nitro finish looks and feels (and even smells) like a great old Gibby. I don't buy in to Nitro affecting the tone in any significant way, but I do love the feel.Neck carve is always subjective, but the wide/fat carve fits my hand better than any other I've tried (and I've owned well over a hundred guitars over the years). I'm pretty much all-in for PRS these days.The 57/08 pickups are the best I've yet heard from PRS (I prefer them to the 59/09's on my SC245). In coil-spitting mode, they're still pretty anemic, just like pretty much every split bucker out there. In humbucking mode though, they're a cut above.Playbility is amazing, as are the ergonomics. Just a comfortable guitar to play. I mean, these are really expensive, and you've got the law of diminishing returns telling you that it's not $2000 better than a $1000 guitar, but if you have the means, I highly recommend it.