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 and a slightly thicker back for enhanced tone and sustain. The McCarty model is anchored by a PRS Stoptail bridge with brass inserts for added resonance and vintage-style tuners. The PRS McCarty is outfitted with McCarty LT treble and bass pickups. These vintage-style pickups exhibit 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.
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.
“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.”
For 2024, PRS Guitars is updating the tuning machines on many of our Core guitars. While, aesthetically, our new Wing buttons are designed to echo the 12th fret bird wingspan design, they were first and foremost designed for tonal reasons all the way back in 1982. Because these buttons are lighter weight than their metal predecessors, they are subtracting less energy from the vibrating strings, thus helping the guitar ring longer and at a more musical note. The removal of the tuner’s locking feature on non-tremolo-equipped guitars further decreases their weight.
PRS Stoptail with Brass Inserts
Engineered with curved string slots with brass inserts and brass studs to take full advantage of the resonant properties of the guitar.
PRS Vintage-Style Non-Locking Tuners with Wing Buttons
Traditional closed-back tuners engineered to promote resonance.
McCarty LT Pickups
“Low Turn” pickups with full, clear vintage tone.
|Number of Frets
|Neck Depth at the 1/2 Fret
|Neck Depth at the 12 1/2 Fret
|Neck Width at the Nut
|Neck Width at the Body
|Rosewood w/ Faux Bone Binding
|Neck/Body Assembly Type
|PRS Stoptail w/ Brass Inserts
|PRS Vintage-Style Non-Locking Tuners with Wing Buttons
|Truss Rod Cover
|Volume and Push/Pull Tone Control w/ 3-Way Toggle Pickup Switch
|PRS Signature 10-46
|Standard (6 String): E, A, D, G, B, E
|10 Top with Hybrid Hardware
McCarty - Controls Description
3-way toggle pickup switch:
Position 1 (down) - treble pickup
Position 2 - treble and bass pickups
Position 3 (up) - bass pickup
Down - humbucker mode
Up - single coil mode
"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."