So I have had a very adventurous time exploring and experiencing all things PRS over the last 6 years (14 if you count my first PRS, my old Black Tremonti). What I settled into as my favorite PRS model was the DC 245 Ted McCarty. I dug the SC 245 Ted's as well (also SC 245's and SC 58's), but my true love has been the DC 245 since the first time I played one in 2009.
Well, a new model has hit the scene here that may challenge that, the "McCarty Singlecut" Private Stock model. What is different, versus an SC 245 or SC 58?
Here is what I can tell so far:
-Thicker body. Very noticeably thicker.
-5708 pickups wound especially for this model. They sound amazing!
-Electronics that bring some real magic to the volume and tone controls - Black Magic going on there.
Best LP style creamy lead tone on the neck that I have EVER experienced personally. Magical riffs and rhythms on the bridge pickup. Sparkly 5708 PAF magic with great touch sensitivity. Best tone, for me and my tastes, of any PRS I have owned. (The tally of which is 70+ these days, BTW!)
Looks and fit and finish to die for, with the Maple binding stained a vintagey yellow, and killer hand-selected woods and a stellar top from the Wood Library.
JD from Guitar Maverick emailed me about these in May, and I was like "yeah whatever". Then I saw Les's posts after I returned from a brief hiatus from the forum. Then I became very curious. I got back in touch with JD, and worked out a trade deal on my EPIC Orange Glow SC PS, to bring one of these home. That was a lot to give up, but it is turning out to be worth it! (Thanks, JD!)
Now two days into the Honeymoon, and I am just smitten with this guitar! It reminds me of when I first discovered the DC Ted in 2009.
This feels like an extension of Ted's for me, with the Santana Headstock, having experienced 20 or so Ted's in DC and SC shapes, with the Santana Headstock. To me, it looks more natural on both the SC and DC shape than the traditional PRS headstock, because I personally have been so focused on the DC and SC Ted's for the past 5 years. So basically this is just the BEST SC TED EVER!!
Here she is again:
Matching Flame Tops:
Beefy equals major mojo and TONE, apparently!
(BTW, I am getting tired of typing out "McCarty Singlecut" - so can we just agree this is an "MSC"?)
I predict there will be many new owners of this great guitar in the coming months (I know of one this week that I might have had something to do with ), so please post your pics and thoughts on this great new model here on this thread!
P.S. Remember that PS I threw in the oven last week, for a DC 245 Trem? Well, the spec on that just got changed today!!