Missed Connections: 30th Anniversary "Vine" McCarty & Custom 22

Posted May 24, 2016

Behind The Gear

Every once in a while on our blog you’ll see a post titled “missed connections.” It’s our way of making sure you have a second chance to see all of the great limited run guitars that we make - often in very small batches! This “missed connection” features two special guitars we made for our 30th Anniversary, the "Vine" McCarty & Custom 22. Get a closer look and see the dealers where they are still available below!


At PRS we care a lot about how the guitar plays and sounds. However, the aesthetic beauty of an instrument is also something we pay close attention to.

In 2015, we celebrated our company's 30th Anniversary of guitar building by releasing the 30th Anniversary "Vine" guitars. Two of our popular core models, the Custom 22 and McCarty, were adorned with Mother of Pearl 30th Anniversary Bird Inlays and Paua Vines down the fretboard. This elegant design was only crafted in a small batch of 120 guitars.

The design came to life through a brainstorm with our friends at Aulson Inlay, the same company PRS worked with to produce the 30th Anniversary Private Stock Dragon. Soon a rough Vine sketch came to life.

Mother of Pearl and Paua was carefully assembled and placed in the Gaboon Ebony fretboard by hand.

To compliment the elegant fretboard design, each of the 30th Anniversary Vine Guitars feature a highly figured Artist Grade Maple top.

The necks on the Vine guitars are also built with highly figured Artist Grade Maple wood.

No details on the Vine guitars were overlooked and we're proud of what came out of this project. Since the Vine guitars were introduced in a small quantity in 2015, only a handful remain available through our authorized dealers.

Here's where you can still find them!

Domestic USA

Brian's Guitars
Hamden, Connecticut
Bay Tunes
Edgewater, Maryland
Dave's Guitar
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Eddie's Guitars
St. Louis, Missouri
Guitar Resurrection
Austin, Texas
Guitar Maverick
Keller, Texas
John Mann's Guitar Vault
Bedford, New Hampshire
Lark Guitars
San Antonio, Texas
Martin Music
Memphis, Tennessee
Moore Music
Evansville, Indiana
Music Store Live
South Burlington, Vermont
Music Villa
Bozeman, Montana
Northeast Music Center
Dickson City, Pennsylvania
The Guitar Sanctuary
McKinney, Texas
Seaford Music
Seaford, Delaware
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Wild West Guitars
Riverside, California
Willcutt Guitars
Lexington, Kentucky