This used PRS McCarty with a set of abalone bird inlays, from 2003, will probably appeal more to a player, as against a collector looking for a mint condition case queen – This McCarty has been played but is not abused – As you explorer the gloss finish, you’ll find a blemish to the maple edge/binding, on the Low E side of the body, that is on a line perpendicular to the wrapover bridge assembly – Some haze/fade/discolouration to the finish near/around the body neck heel – A blemish to the gloss finish, around the fingerboard/neck area, on the Low E side, around the 12th-15th fret – This has been cut back to a) feel smooth and b) to barely look/feel noticeable – Otherwise just regular signs of wear and tear, with most grazes/nicks looking more subtle than obvious – Clean frets so no issues on that score – Some of the usual signs of oxidization to the nickel hardware – So one that you can buy and play without have to give it the full kids glove treatment – Price includes the PRS deluxe oblong case, with leather stitched ends – No eagle tag, but any such info that the tag offers can be found on the appropriate modcat code – This can be found in the bridge pick-up cavity (see web site pic) – This modcat code can supply you with any required authentication + factory spec/info – Re-strung with a set of 10-46 gauge strings and a slick and easy playing action, that will respond to a light touch – Chunky frets will allow you to dig in and attack/control those big blues bends –
McCarty Characteristics – Around 1994 and PRS released a new model, called the McCarty – The ethos was to capture attributes of the past, yet still retain the PRS ‘corporate’ identity – Go back to 1994 and the Custom 22 + 24 were the two best selling PRS models, with very much a modern approach to the guitar’s features + tonal character – Yet there was strong interest from various players, who required the PRS build quality, playability and attention to detail, but with more of an old school approach to its tonal character – Dave Grissom, described it as trying to capture the sound of Duanne Allman’s guitar, as per the ‘Live at the Fillmore’ concert/album – Around the same time, Paul Reed Smith had been speaking, on many occasions, to Ted McCarty, as to what was so ‘magical’ about the 57/58/59 Les Paul’s from the Gibson ‘golden era’ – The end result was the release of the PRS McCarty – Compared to the best selling PRS Custom 22 and 24 models, the McCarty was similar with regards to the guitars aesthetic image – Yet when you study the guitar in more detail, you’ll find many significant differences – Starting with a slightly thicker one piece mahogany body, the increased headstock break angle, a thinner headstock, a set of non-locking vintage style ‘Kluson’ tuners, plus a milled one piece light weight aluminium wrapover bridge/tailpiece, that is compensated for perfect intonation – Don’t worry about any weight issues, as this McCarty just sneaks under 8lbs (7lbs and 15oz) – The figured east coast maple top, with a classic amber finish, along with a pair of nickel covered humbuckers, ensures the vintage aroma is alive and kicking
Tonal character – Tone is provided by a pair of custom wound PRS McCarty humbuckers – Both voiced to capture those desirable PAF qualities, to deliver a fat, warm and smooth aroma, coupled with excellent sustain – You’ll notice a touch more clarity on a McCarty, compared to many LP models – Yet many probably don’t realise that an original LP, from the late 50’s period, offered excellent clarity with sparkling clear highs – Either way, the PRS McCarty ensures that the sought after classic rock/blues based tone, that sings, is the end result – The neck pick-up measures around 8K, whilst the bridge pick up is a touch hotter around 9K – You’ll discover when playing the McCarty through overdriven amp settings, that as you roll off the volume pot, the guitar will clean up nicely, whilst retaining articulation, along with its true tonal character – This approach ensures so much more expression, that adds soulful qualities and emotion to your playing, so effectively you and the guitar control the amp, along with the level of gain required – Think Gary Moore, for the ‘full on’ approach and Pete Green, plus Albatross, for a cleaner/softer option, just by rolling on/off the volume pot as required – For additional versatility, the tone pot features a push/pull option, that will supply you with two very useful single coil tones, thanks to a simple neat trick with a resistor and what we call a partial coil tap – In normal practice, when you split a humbucker, to obtain a single coil flavoured voice, you half the output of the humbucker – Therefore an 8K vintage based humbucker will generally produce a 4K single coil pick-up, which is effectively a weak under powered model, that will sound thin and weedy – With a partial coil tap, you’ll end up with a ‘single coil’ setting that will deliver around 5/6K, so far more realistic as to what a Strat from the 60’s would deliver – Granted the McCarty can’t capture the voice of a pure vintage Strat, but the partial tap settings are more useful, as and when required
Playing performance :- The one piece mahogany neck possesses the wide/fat profile, which actually feels just a tad slimmer than a regular LP 50’s profile, so no phobias please about chunky hard to play fat necks, as the McCarty plays like a dream – Granted it possesses a touch of girth so think of it as a medium size profile with half an ounce of extra meat on it – Either way it is comfortable and easy to handle, with a slick action that easily responds to a light touch – Set-up with a set of 10’s and a good fluid action throughout the length of the 22 fret dark and even grained rosewood fingerboard – A set of jumbo frets allow for easy and controlled string bending, so no issues to dig in and rip into a very big blues bends – A note on the milled light weight aluminium wrapover bridge tailpiece – It is compensated, so with a set of 9’s, 10’s or 11’s and a plain 3rd/G string it will offer perfect intonation – Only with a wound 3rd would you need to look about changing it for a similar unit with adjustable saddles
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