McCarty

A Legacy of Innovation

McCarty

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 now 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 studs 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.”

For 2020, PRS has updated this model with TCI-tuned pickups and nitro over cellulose (CAB) finish.

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.

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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 Stoptail w/ Brass Inserts (Optional:PRS Adjustable Stoptail)
Tuners Vintage-Style
Hardware Type Nickel
Electronics
Treble Pickup 58/15 LT
Bass Pickup 58/15 LT
Controls Volume and Push / Pull Tone Control with 3-Way Toggle Selector
Strings 10's

Upgrade Options

  • 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 (default)
  • Black Paisley Artist Case
  • Expanded “Artist Package” Finish Selections* (see below)

Available Colors

  • Antique White

    Antique White

  • Aquamarine

    Aquamarine

  • Black

    Black

  • Black Gold Wrap Burst

    Black Gold Wrap Burst

  • Charcoal Burst

    Charcoal Burst

  • Charcoal Cherry Burst

    Charcoal Cherry Burst

  • Dark Cherry Sunburst

    Dark Cherry Sunburst

  • 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

  • Yellow Tiger

    Yellow Tiger

  • Autumn Sky

    Autumn Sky Artist Package Only

  • Blue Fade

    Blue Fade Artist Package Only

  • Copperhead

    Copperhead Artist Package Only

  • Copperhead Burst

    Copperhead Burst Artist Package Only

  • Faded Blue Burst

    Faded Blue Burst Artist Package Only

  • Faded Blue Jean

    Faded Blue Jean Artist Package Only

  • Natural

    Natural Artist Package Only

  • Purple Mist

    Purple Mist Artist Package Only

  • River Blue

    River Blue Artist Package Only

  • Whale Blue

    Whale Blue Artist Package Only

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

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