View Poll Results: Should I go for the McCarty With BRW neck no papers $2400 8/10, Or ME-1 $4500 9.5/10

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  • ME-1 Double Cut, Slate Grey, dream guitar, EXPENSIVE!!

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  • BRW McCarty, (odd yellowish color, Probably pretty in person.)

    2 33.33%
  • Return 22&24 & to get Artist 1 and BRW Mcarty, total pain in the ass&24 feels like home

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Thread: Help!: ME-1 VS BRW McCartyk. & where McCarty's made with BRW other then in '99/00?

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    Help!: ME-1 VS BRW McCartyk. & where McCarty's made with BRW other then in '99/00?

    So i live up in alaska so we dont have ny guitar centers here. howeverm i was just down in pheonix and bought a few PRS's and then when i got home i had them send me another custom 22. I really like the custom 22, the color is beautiful. But it just looks like it was a pre owned guitar, and though they gave me a killer deal on these guitars because i bought the store out of their real PRS's, i still feel like i should have gotten exactly what i was told it was. It was missing its hang tag and all the case candy, they had lost the Artist case so they just gave me a regular PRS case instead. All around i'm pretty dissapointed. I have never gotten a PRS that i had to fully set up before i could play it. EVERY note on this guitar buzzed, and the bridge anchor screws look like they where adjusted with full tension on the strings witha screw driver that was much to small. making little shards of the gold sick out and what not. After i got it adjusted, swapped the pickups ( not a big fan of dragon 2's, i guess they do aloright but i wanted to put my number 10's in. so i did all of that. My friend came over and played it, and yeah it plays great now that i adjusted the bridge and truss rod. but it just looks used. And the whole not having the hang tag and paperwork thing to me made me even more suspicious. After having that guitar, i have found its not a bad idea to have a slightly used PRS, I am always afraid to bring mine to shows or even out of the house because i want them to stay in mint condition. I have decided i basically want a custom 22 with a brazillian rosewood fretboard. if you look at guitar centers used grear they have a few McCarty's that say they have rosewood necks. I just dont know how to spot the difference between the IRW and the BRW. I looked on ebay, and all over the prs website. i searched the fourm a bit (the search function doesnt seem to work worth crap on my computer. So far i know that in 1999 into and a little bit into 2000 they made 250 McCarty's with BRW Necks and Fretboards. Was that the only time that they did this? are these the only ones that have the BRW necks, besides private stocks? Is there anything that sticks out about them? do all the ones with BRW have birds or did they come with moons too? where there any other times that there where runs with full brazillan necks?
    Do you think it is worth it resale value wise to go for this ME-1? they say its a 10/10 and has all of the paperwork etc. Where as the 1999/2000 McCarty's they have that say they have BRW necks do not seem to have the signed and numbered back plate. (though i do have a few signed back plates, if i could figure out what number it is i guess i could just write it in :-) ) The 1999 McCarty's with the BRW necks are going for about $2300.00 which seems like a good price. and the ME-1 is $4500, which also seems like a decent price. Whhere do you think these guys are going to be at value wise in the future, and do you think it would kill that value if i sent the guitars to PTC to have The necks reshaped to Standard/pattern regular? I was also thinking about having a trem put on them. I just have rather small hands i and i have fallen in love with the standard neck on my custom 24.

    Oh, and if i do go for the big bucks and get the Modern Eagle,
    I have been offered an artist 1 in mint condition for the same price? Obviously that doesnt have the neck i wanted but it seems like it would go up in value alot more, and i guess it could replace my Custom 24 which i think i could still return and i could get the BRW McCarty, Though i really do not want to part with my Custom 24 25th anniversary. I just put a set of metals in it and it sounds delicious.

    Thanks for the help guys. the sooner the better!
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    Also would it be better for resale to have the 94th MCCarty ever made?

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    I think buying a guitar based on what it's future value might be is a risky business.... particularly if you're buying new as opposed to used.... just an opinion.
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    ^^^ What he said...

    If you go for the '99/'00 McCarty, have them pull the pups to confirm it's a BRW neck...
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    TLDR; needs more paragraphs.

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    There's no way a 99 BRW McCarty is selling for $2300. Try $3500 to $4500.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad737 View Post
    There's no way a 99 BRW McCarty is selling for $2300. Try $3500 to $4500.
    I agree....$2300 is waaaaaaaaaay low for a brazzy neck....not gonna happen...unless the seller is desperate or has no idea what it's worth.
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    If it's one of the McCarty's with "Brazilian" on the headstock veneer, I believe it is an IRW neck with a BRW fretboard. As for the "94th McCarty", how could you know it's the 94th McCarty made?
    Last edited by Daniel; 04-07-2014 at 11:57 PM.

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    Yes, that's the run known as the Brazilian Limited Edition. PRS made 500 each of the Cu24, Cu22, and McCarty. Only the fretboard and headstock overlays are BRW. I stand by my previous statement. There's no way on God's green Earth that a Brazilian McCarty (not the BLE) is for sale for $2300.

    I think McCarty #94 that was talked about belonged to Bennett and he sold it to Joost. It's clearly not the 94th McC ever built...just #94 in the run signed by Ted. Guitar Center just sold one of those for $1999 a couple weeks ago.


    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel View Post
    If it's one of the McCarty's with "Brazilian" on the headstock veneer, I believe it is an IRW neck with a BRW fretboard. As for the "94th McCarty", how could you know it's the 94th McCarty made?
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    94th made would be one of the signed 100 & would not have a Brazzy Neck. $2300 would still be a great price for one of the 1st 100 run though!
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    Oh yeah, you mentioned adding a trem to a stoptail guitar...

    You can't. Neck angles are different.

    And if you reshape the neck, the value will be greatly reduced.
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    I voted ME1 as you've stated it's your dream guitar. Why? Because the ME1 is my dream guitar and though I spent big (by my living standards at least) I don't regret it for a single minute!

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    Take cost out of the equation and get the guitar you want the most.

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    I would love to take cost out of the equation but unfortunately everyone is on a budget, i would just get the ME-1 as it is the one that i like the most but then my wife would make me sell my Custom 24 artist .And i love that guitar a lot. someone was saying that i would have to look under the pickups to know for sure, so i got them to remove the pickups, and on the neck there is a big B on the bottom of the neck, i'm hoping that means brazillian. What am i looking for here under the pickups to tell me if it has the BRW neck or the IRW neck? thanks a ton guys!

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    I'm just going to add that they have no idea what any PRS has, they are the most uninformed people i have ever talked too.

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    Well guys, i may have just hit the jackpot. That is pretty much what this one looks like inside of it. it doesnt say magmus, it says something there but i can make out what it says. In addition to that they have a brand new ME Quatro and a ME Special they are selling for 2400. I am trying to decide if i can get all 3. I just got a Brand new Orange Rockerverb 100 with Divo For $1600.00. a few nights ago they must have been working on changing the prices of everything. it was like 4 am alaska time, and i was planning on getting a bunch of it. but i was just dead tired, couldnt keep my eyes open. so i started taking screen shots of the guitars wither their rediculous prices. the brazillian McCarty was the same price, the orange amp went down from like 3000 something to 1600 and then back up by the time i woke up. i am so mad at myself for not taking more screenshots and passing them onto you guys. I can however get as many rockerverb 100's with DIVO as i want for $1600.00 so if you want one pm me and we can figure out the details. sorry im not trying to sell anything just offering up a bit of my good fourtune.

    Which would you guys get besides the Brazillian McCarty? The ezra Verde Quatro, the sunburst Modern Eagle special. I guess there where only 100 ME Specials made.

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    Post a pic of the pickup cavity. We can decode it for you. Also, post the serial number.
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    for some reason they emailed me the bridge cavity and texted me the neck, i cant plug my ohone into my POS comp or it will freeze :-( but it looks pretty much like the one above. but here is the bridge cavity let me know if you can decipher anything.
    Last edited by thesoundstruggle; 04-10-2014 at 04:18 AM.

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