McCarty

  • Rosewood Fretboard with Faux Bone Binding
  • 58/15 Pickups
  • PRS Stoptail With Brass Studs
McCarty

A Legacy of Innovation

McCarty

The PRS McCarty model pays homage to a legacy of innovation.  As the President of Gibson during a true golden era of guitar building (1950-1966), Ted McCarty was a pioneer of the electric guitar and musical instrument industry. In the late 1980’s, Paul Reed Smith called on Ted to consult with him on guitar design and production techniques. He not only served as Paul’s 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.  It is in honor of Ted McCarty – his knowledge, his friendship, and his memory – that PRS reintroduced the McCarty model.

The PRS McCarty model features a slightly thicker back for enhanced tone and sustain and the 58/15 treble and bass pickups, which were personally designed by Paul Reed Smith. 58/15’s are a vintage style pickup with exceptional clarity and focused midrange. Additional appointments include a push/pull tone control with a 3-way toggle pickup switch for a complete palette of tones, a bound rosewood fretboard, and PRS stoptail bridge with brass studs for added resonance. 

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Videos

  • The Influence of Ted McCarty on Paul Reed Smith

    The Influence of Ted McCarty on Paul Reed Smith

  • PRS McCarty Demo w/Bryan Ewald

    PRS McCarty Demo w/Bryan Ewald

Specifications

Body

Top Wood Carved Figured Maple
Back Wood Mahogany

Neck

Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 25"
Neck Wood Mahogany
Neck Shape Pattern
Fretboard Wood Rosewood with Faux Bone Binding
Fretboard Inlay Birds

Hardware

Bridge PRS Stoptail with Brass Studs
Tuners Phase III Locking
Hardware Type Nickel

Electronics

Treble Pickup 58/15
Bass Pickup 58/15
Controls Volume and Push-Pull Tone Control with 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector
Strings 10's

Options

Option 10-Top Maple (Defaults To Hybrid Hardware)

Available Colors

  • Antique White

    Antique White

  • Black

    Black

  • Black Gold Wrap Burst

    Black Gold Burst

  • Blood Orange

    Blood Orange

  • Champagne Gold Metallic

    Champagne Gold Metallic

  • Charcoal Burst

    Charcoal Burst

  • Emerald

    Emerald

  • Faded Whale Blue

    Faded Whale Blue

  • Fire Red Burst

    Fire Red Burst

  • Frost Green Metallic

    Frost Green Metallic

  • Gold Top

    Gold Top

  • Gray Black

    Gray Black

  • McCarty Sunburst

    McCarty Sunburst

  • McCarty Tobacco Sunburst

    McCarty Tobacco Sunburst

  • Orange Tiger

    Orange Tiger

  • Trampas Green

    Trampas Green

  • Violet

    Violet

Artist Package

The McCarty is available with the PRS Artist Package.

The PRS Artist Package program is an exclusive platform for PRS Core guitars that offers upgraded and expanded options to enhance and further personalize your instrument. Artist Package instruments represent the most distinctive pieces available from the PRS Core production line.

Top Wood Artist Grade Flame Maple
Back Wood Select Mahogany
Neck Wood Select Mahogany
Neck Profile Pattern
Optional Neck Wood Artist Grade Figured Maple or East Indian Rosewood
Fretboard Wood Artist Grade Gaboon Ebony
Fretboard Inlays Green Ripple Outline/Green Abalone Center Artist Bird Inlays
Headstock Gaboon Ebony Headstock Veneer with Inlaid Green Abalone Signature
Optional Artist Grade Fretboard & Veneer Figured Maple (Maple Neck Only) or Brazilian Rosewood (USA only)
Bridge PRS Stoptail or PRS Adjustable Stoptail
Hardware Type Gold, Hybrid or Nickel
Pickups 57/08 Covered or Uncovered, 59/09 Uncovered, \ m / Uncovered, HFS & Vintage Bass, 58/15 or 85/15

Available Artist Package Colors

  • Aquamarine
  • Autumn Sky
  • Black Cherry*
  • Black Gold Burst
  • Blood Orange
  • Blue Crab Blue
  • Blue Fade
  • Blue Green
  • Blue Matteo
  • Bonnie Pink*
  • Burnt Maple Leaf
  • Burnt Orange
  • Charcoal
  • Charcoal Burst
  • Copperhead
  • Dark Cherry Burst
  • Eriza Verde
  • Faded Blue Burst
  • Faded Blue Jean
  • Faded Evergreen
  • Faded Gray Black
  • Faded Vintage Yellow
  • Faded Whale Blue*
  • Fire Red Burst
  • Gray Black
  • Jade
  • Livingston Lemondrop
  • Leprechaun Tooth
  • Makena Blue
  • Mash Green
  • McCarty Tobacco Sunburst
  • Natural
  • Obsidian
  • Orange Tiger
  • Purple Mist
  • River Blue
  • Santana Yellow
  • Slate Blue
  • Tortoise Shell
  • Trampas Green
  • Vintage Sunburst
  • Violet
  • Violin Amber Sunburst
  • Whale Blue
  • Yellow Tiger

*Also available with natural back

Design & Build Philosophies

  • Wood is the foundation of every PRS instrument, so great care is taken in sourcing, cutting, drying, and grading each species of timber used.

  • Neck shapes are paramount to the connection a player feels the moment he or she picks up a guitar. PRS neck shapes are designed for comfort, playability, and stability, so that feeling lasts a lifetime.

  • Stain and finish should do more than help a guitar look good; they should feel good and maximize tone as well. So while PRS is synonymous with beautiful, richly detailed stains, paints, and finishes, the goal is always to use a thin, clear, and hard finish that is durable and does not deaden the instrument’s natural tone and resonance.

  • The bridge is the anchor of the guitar. All PRS bridges are designed to maximize the transfer of the strings’ vibration into the guitar body while providing excellent intonation and functionality.

  • PRS Phase III tuners are designed to maximize the transfer of the strings’ vibration into the guitar while providing excellent tuning precision and stability via the easy to use locking system.

  • As one of the three main contact points of the strings, the nut is essential to the guitar’s tone. PRS uses a proprietary nut material, designed to maximize the guitar’s tonal resonance. PRS nut placement is compensated to provide accurate intonation across the fretboard. All PRS nuts are hand-filed for precise fit and superior playability.

  • A pickup is a transducer that captures the mechanical vibration of a string and converts it into an electrical current. Every component (wire, magnet, bobbin, slugs, etc) affects the sound and interacts differently with instruments and amps, which is why we design and build many distinct pickup models. Nearly all Private Stock and Core pickups are designed and built in our Stevensville, Maryland factory.

  • PRS uses nickel silver fret material for durability and tone. In general, PRS fret wire height has been specified to provide a good platform for both chord/rhythm playing and string bends/lead techniques. PRS fret wire width and hardness is specified to minimize wear, maximize fret life, and support the tone of the instrument. All PRS frets are glued in place to avoid raised or popped frets and are leveled, radiused, and crowned giving the guitar amazing comfort and playability.

  • The final instrument reflects all of the thought, work, and passion that are put into every step of the building process. If all the details are cared for, a guitar can be much more than the sum of its parts.

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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