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PRS Hollowbodies ... Hollowbody I? Hollowbody II? McCarty? Differences?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by magilla, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. magilla

    magilla michaelggguitar (IG) Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    San Francisco, CA
    Hey fellers,

    Just wondering how the PRS Hollowbody guitars have changed over time (just the thinlines, not the deeper archtops). Difference between Hollowbody 1 and Hollowbody 2? Also, I've heard of the "McCarty" and "Hollowbody Spruce."

    What changes have been made? Wood material, electronics, neck profile, fretwire, scale length, radius, etc.

  2. coreybox

    coreybox Member

    Aug 5, 2005
    I think HB1 -> HB2 went from a mahogany to a maple back.
  3. CS'56

    CS'56 Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    They were all called McCarty when they were first introduced. They later dropped the McCarty name.

    HB1 is a maple top with a the back and sides being 1 piece of mahogany that was carved out.

    HB2 is a maple top and back

    HB Spruce had a spruce top instead of a maple top.

    The necks on all of them were wide fat until they recently changed to the Pattern neck shape. I also don't think the frets ever changed. All of them are a 25" scale.

    Up until a couple of years ago the pickups in all of them were Archtop pickups. Now they have 57/08's
  4. gixxerrock

    gixxerrock Member

    Apr 25, 2005
    Parksville, B.C.
    Another thing that changed is piezo pickup is now standard on HBII. Earlier it was an option. Pickups have also changed.

    I have a 2005 HB II. I love it. It is an amazing guitar.

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