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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    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
Neck Depth At The Nut
28/32”
Width of Fretboard at the Body
2 1/4”
Width of Fretboard at the Nut
1 11/16”
Fretboard Wood Rosewood with Faux Bone Binding
Fretboard Inlay Birds

Hardware

Bridge PRS Adjustable Stoptail
Optional: PRS Stoptail w/Brass Inserts
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

Upgrade Options

10-Top

  • 10-Top Grade Maple Top
  • Hybrid Hardware

Artist Package Option

  • Artist Grade Maple Top
  • Artist Grade Gaboon Ebony Fretboard & Headstock Veneer with Inlaid Green Abalone Signature
  • Paua Outline / Green Select Abalone Center Artist Bird Inlays
  • Gold Hardware
  • Black Paisley Artist Case
  • Expanded “Artist Package” Finish Selections* (see below)
    *does not include Paul's Guitar or DGT

Available Colors

  • Antique White

    Antique White

  • Aquamarine

    Aquamarine

  • Black

    Black

  • Black Gold Wrap Burst

    Black Gold Burst

  • Blood Orange

    Blood Orange

  • Charcoal Burst

    Charcoal Burst

  • Charcoal Cherry Burst

    Charcoal Cherry Burst

  • Emerald

    Emerald

  • Faded Whale Blue

    Faded Whale Blue

  • Fire Red Burst

    Fire Red Burst

  • 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

  • Violet Blue Burst

    Violet Blue Burst

Design & Build Philosophies

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

Signature Dealers

  • American Musical Supply
    Oakland, NJ
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  • Bizarre Guitar
    Reno, NV
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  • Brian's Guitars
    Cheshire, CT
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  • Chicago Music Exchange
    Chicago, IL
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  • Chuck Levin's
    Wheaton, MD
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  • Cosmo Music Company
    Ontario, Canada
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  • Dave's Guitar Shop
    LaCrosse, WI
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  • Eddie's Guitars
    St Louis, MO
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  • Guitar Center
    Westlake Village, CA
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  • Guitar Maverick
    Keller, TX
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  • The Guitar Sanctuary
    McKinney, TX
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  • The Guitar Shop - Canada
    Ontario, Canada
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  • The Guitar Store
    Seattle, WA
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  • Ish Guitars
    Syracuse, NY
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  • John Mann’s Guitar Vault
    Bedford, NH
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  • Lark Guitars
    San Antonio, TX
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  • Moore Guitars
    Evansville, IN
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  • Musician's Friend
    Westlake Village, CA
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  • Music Gallery
    Highland Park, IL
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  • Music Store Live
    National City, CA
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  • The Music Zoo
    Roslyn, NY
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  • Northeast Music Center
    Dickson City, PA
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  • Palen Music
    Springfield, MO
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  • Rainbow Guitars
    Tuscon, AZ
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  • Righteous Guitars
    Roswell, GA
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  • Sam Ash Music
    New York, NY
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  • Sweetwater Sound
    Fort Wayne, IN
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  • Wild West Guitars
    Pasadena, CA
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  • Wildwood Guitars
    Louisville, CO
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  • Willcutt Guitar Shop
    Lexington, KY
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  • zZounds
    Oakland, NJ
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