View Full Version : McCarty Makeover

07-24-2012, 02:26 AM
I've had this '99 McCarty for about six years now and it's always been a really good (maybe even great) guitar - certainly the equal of any other McCarty (with McCarty humbuckers) I've played.

Thanks to Z, I've also had a pair of 57/08s sitting around for the last 18 months while I (a.) find some time in my workshop diary to do something with them and (b.) decide which guitar to put them in. I did try them temporarily in my Warmoth/2Tek Strat that I whacked last year and although they were a perfect match, I thought they should go into a PRS. I considered my ME, but after tweaking the RPs and changing string gauge and make, decided it would be best left alone. I came to the same conclusion with my SCHB Std, with the added complication that I didn't fancy replacing the pickups in a hollowbody myself :o

So finally this weekend the McCarty was stripped down. I decided to change the knobs for a pair of lampshades I had and destroyed the push-pull pot in the process - luckily I had a suitable spare push-push one to replace it with. I also rounded the fret ends, rolled the fretboard edges and gave the frets a fresh polish. Here's a few pics of the during and after phases.









The 57/08s are a glorious match for this guitar, it's hard for me to describe sounds, but there's a harmonic richness and complexity that very few other guitars seems to be able to produce. I rewired it to match as closely as possible, the MC-58 wiring and it seems to suit the pickups very well.

Count me one very happy camper - and huge thanks to Z again :cool:

Zack M 12
07-24-2012, 07:40 AM
I love that purple finish. I'm glad she sounds as good as she looks.

07-24-2012, 11:04 AM
I'm getting ready to throw my 5708's in my McStandard, can't wait to hear it.
Your guitar looks great! Always a happy day to tweak what you know is a great guitar and get a brand new experience.

09-14-2012, 09:29 PM
Getting 57/08 for my McCarty as well! Can't wait! PTC installed 57/08s in my Custom 22. Just awesome! Nice guitar man!

Zack M 12
09-14-2012, 10:46 PM
I love that finish.

09-14-2012, 11:54 PM
Nice pics! I love the 57/08s. Great pickups!

09-15-2012, 12:28 AM
Looking good!

09-15-2012, 10:01 AM
Nice, Myke... Very nice!

Mike Duncan
09-15-2012, 10:04 AM
Holy LOVED McCarty! PERFECT!!:p

09-15-2012, 10:56 AM
MC58 is the most beautiful sounding guitar I've ever heard in person, sounds like this one has the goods too! Looks fantastic!