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    Bridge constructor MykeWright's Avatar
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    McCarty Makeover

    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

    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
    Last edited by MykeWright; 07-24-2012 at 03:28 AM.
    2Tek'd to the MAX

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    Junior Member Zack M 12's Avatar
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    I love that purple finish. I'm glad she sounds as good as she looks.

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    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.

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    Getting 57/08 for my McCarty as well! Can't wait! PTC installed 57/08s in my Custom 22. Just awesome! Nice guitar man!
    '11 PRS Ted McCarty DC 245 Goldtop - '11 PRS Studio Smoked Orange -
    '09 PRS Ted McCarty DC 245 Soapbar Amber Black - '09 PRS SE One Vintage Burst - '05 PRS McCarty w/ 57/08 Dark Cherry Sunburst - '04 PRS Custom 22 57/08 Turquoise

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    Junior Member Zack M 12's Avatar
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    I love that finish.

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    Nice pics! I love the 57/08s. Great pickups!

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    Looking good!

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    Hi. I'm naked. Aldwyn's Avatar
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    Nice, Myke... Very nice!

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    Holy LOVED McCarty! PERFECT!!
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    MC58 is the most beautiful sounding guitar I've ever heard in person, sounds like this one has the goods too! Looks fantastic!
    -I'm no expert, but it seems to work and I haven't electrocuted myself yet. Which is pretty much the standard I live by.

    S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow - SE Akesson+57/08's - SE Custom 24 25th Anniversary - SE 30 Head/Cab

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