Caution...long cork-sniffing dissertation to follow...
I've really been tweaking and streamlining (try to at least) my collection lately, and I'm now getting to the difficult part...deciding which of my really special old friends to let go. One thing I've been trying to do is reduce the number of "redundant" guitars. For the most part, I've been doing pretty well...I sold my 88 Standard when I got the 85. Sold my green 86 Custom when I got the VY 86, etc. But now I'm hitting the wall where my PRS Collection really hits home...the McCarty/ Modern Eagle camp.
The McCarty and Modern Eagle series are my personal favorite PRS guitars. My Faded Blue Jean ME1 was my #1 guitar for almost 3 years...but there have been 2 additions that have bumped her down. First was an Emerald Green ME that I upgraded with some zebra Dragon 1 pickups. Then came my Private Stock ME245. That's absolutely the greatest guitar I've personally ever played. So, as much as I love the FBJ ME1, I think it may be time to sell her. As a matter of fact, I listed her for sale a couple months ago, but couldn't do it, and pulled the ad.The other guitar I'm considering selling is a 1999 McCarty with a Brazilian rosewood neck and fretboard. This was basically the precursor to the Modern Eagle series...
Here is the dilemma. Both are fantastic guitars. The ME1 has been played a lot, and has some scratches and dings. Also, the top has faded a bit. Still, this is a kickass guitar of the highest order. I've read some estimates that there were approximately 1000 Modern Eagles produced among the 3 types...Doublecut/Stoptail, Doublecut Trem, and Singlecut Trem. Also, Faded Blue Jean seems to be the most popular color. By comparison, the McCarty is in fantastic condition...very, very close to mint, with all case candy, etc. This was one of a Limited Edition of only 250 guitars. From a feel and playing perspective, they're pretty much the same guitar.
So my question is which of these would you keep? I'm simply running out of room in the basement, so one HAS to go. Right now, the Modern Eagles seem to be selling for around $4500 to $5500. I really haven't seen many of the BRW McCartys actually change hands, but they typically list from around $2800 to $4000. Which do you think would be more valuable from a collector's perspective in 15-20 years when the kids are in college? As sweet as the ME1 is, I think the condition and rarity of the McCarty might make it a better investment over the long term.
What do you all think? If you could keep only one, which would it be?