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A Legacy of Innovation

Named after Ted McCarty, a pioneer of the electric guitar and musical instrument industry, the McCarty model embodies the most up-to-date findings from PRS and looks back to the golden age of the guitar. This vintage-appointed guitar features a bound, 22-fret Pattern neck, a slightly thicker back for enhanced tone and sustain, and 58/15 LT treble and bass pickups, which have been through the TCI (tuned capacitance and inductance) process. 58/15 LT’s are a vintage style pickup with exceptional clarity and focused midrange. Paired with a push/pull tone control and a 3-way toggle pickup switch, these pickups provide a complete palette of tones. The McCarty model is anchored by a PRS Stoptail bridge with brass inserts for added resonance and vintage-style tuners.

“One of my sayings is that everything that touches the string is God – well, that’s really the bridge, the nut, and the tuners. So when we went after the McCarty model, that’s where we looked. These updates make a huge difference in the tone. The guitar sustains longer and the tone has more character,” said Paul Reed Smith. “The puzzle pieces all fit together, and there is no compromise to the integrity of the instrument. We’re very happy.”

In the late 1980’s, Paul Reed Smith called on Ted McCarty to consult with him on guitar design and production techniques. He not only served as a mentor but became a great friend of Paul and everyone he met at PRS. In 1994, PRS released the first McCarty, an instrument that incorporated the full spectrum of techniques and knowledge Paul had gained from Ted as well as his own experiences as a guitar builder.

Featured Specifications

Specifications

Body
Body Construction Solidbody
Top Wood Maple
Back Wood Mahogany
Top Carve Violin
Neck
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 25"
Neck Wood Mahogany
Neck Construction One-Piece
Truss Rod PRS Double-Acting
Neck Shape Pattern
Neck Depth At The Nut 7/8"
Width Of Fretboard At The Nut 1 11/16"
Width Of Fretboard At The Body 2 1/4"
Fretboard Wood Rosewood w/ Faux Bone Binding
Fretboard Radius 10"
Fretboard Inlay Birds
Headstock Logo Signature, Inlaid
Neck/Body Assembly
Neck/Body Assembly Type Set
Hardware
Bridge PRS Stoptail w/ Brass Inserts
Tuners Vintage-Style
Hardware Type Nickel
Nut PRS
Truss Rod Cover "McCarty"
Electronics
Treble Pickup 58/15 LT
Bass Pickup 58/15 LT
Controls Volume and Push/Pull Tone Control w/ 3-Way Toggle Switch
Additional Info
Strings PRS Signature 10-46
Tuning Standard (6 String): E, A, D, G, B, E
Case Hardshell Case
Options 10 Top with Hybrid Hardware

Colors

Antique White

Antique White

Black

Black

Black Gold Burst

Black Gold Burst

Charcoal

Charcoal

Charcoal Burst

Charcoal Burst

Dark Cherry Sunburst

Dark Cherry Sunburst

Faded Whale Blue

Faded Whale Blue

Fire Red Burst

Fire Red Burst

Gold Top

Gold Top

McCarty Sunburst

McCarty Sunburst

McCarty Tobacco Sunburst

McCarty Tobacco Sunburst

Purple Iris

Purple Iris

Yellow Tiger

Yellow Tiger

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Accolades

"In all, the McCarty is a badass guitar and a superb choice for a lot of different styles. A welcome return indeed, and it earns an Editors’ Pick Award."

- Guitar Player

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