PRS McCarty - Best Years?

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  1. Alpione

    Alpione Supporting Member

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    Got a bad case of McCarty GAS. Any eras that are particularly well regarded?

    General consensus seems to be that the newer versions with the numbered (57 or 58) pickups are great, but I've also read several times that the mid 90s models are very nice.

    Any input appreciated!
     
  2. the_Chris

    the_Chris It's All Been Done Before Supporting Member

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    I had several in the early 2000s and 1 from '96. The '96 was the best sounding one.

    I would put it in the "play before you buy" category. They're all well made, but they don't all sound great.
     
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  3. big mike

    big mike Plexi Loving Admin Staff Member

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    Disagree with the above

    Every McCarty I’ve ever played had been pretty great

    Newer pickups are better but otherwise year doesn’t really matter IMO
     
  4. derekd

    derekd Supporting Member

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    Best years are yet to come.

    Like BM, I've never played a McCarty I wouldn't have been happy to own.
     
  5. Alpione

    Alpione Supporting Member

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    Thanks. I’ve seen your name in a lot of these McCarty threads. What is it about the newer pick ups that you particularly prefer?
     
  6. big mike

    big mike Plexi Loving Admin Staff Member

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    The old McCarty pickups are fine, but I usually ended up swapping them for something else. The newer pickups are more vintage and open sounding to me. That said I’m such a pickup ho I’d likely end up with something else anyway
     
  7. Mtt02263

    Mtt02263 Supporting Member

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    There hasn't been a bad period for PRS IMO. The newer pickups are more vintage correct to my ears with more harmonic content, but the older pickups have a smooth compression that I also like.
     
  8. sedawkgrep

    sedawkgrep Supporting Member

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    Bingo.
     
  9. paulbearer

    paulbearer Member

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    They're all great. I have a '95, a Spruce top, and a flametop soapbar (soon for sale).
    All are killer, though I still am 80% tele these days.
     
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    I haven't played an abundance of McCarties, but my '01 is a great guitar. I did swap out the stock pickups though.
     
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    Axeaholic Supporting Member

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    Great guitars, beware naysayers who criticize the stock pickups, they are very sensitive to pole and height adjustment. The entire axe is modeled to vintage LP specs including the PAFs.
     
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  12. Stratburst70

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    When it comes to build quality, PRS has no dog eras. They’re probably the most consistent American company when it comes to QC.

    I will agree that the post-2008 PRSi have more vintage-styled pickups, although the older PU’s have their fans. YMMV
     
  13. Jabby92

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    There's really no 'best years' for guitars. You can find dogs from any era/year. Examine each guitar in question and decide for yourself, you can find great ones from any year or era.
     
  14. big mike

    big mike Plexi Loving Admin Staff Member

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    Flat out never seen a dog PRS.

    Some spectacular ones but no dogs
     
  15. archey

    archey Supporting Member

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    Anything with 57/08 pickups in it is going to sound great.
     
  16. Autoesq

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    Ahh... No. Scale length, wraparound bridge, tuners, and weight are huge differences.

    How about the McCarty II produced around 08-09? I never played one but it did not go over well and was pulled from the lineup.
     
  17. big mike

    big mike Plexi Loving Admin Staff Member

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    McCarty 2 had active preamp for single coil tone which was cool but unpopular. Played 4 different ones, all killer. Wish I would’ve nabbed one

    The point of the McCarty was to get Dickey Betts Les Paul tone

    I think they got it.
    Scale length be damned
     
  18. Sirloin

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    My favorite PRS pickups are the “Archtop” pickups.
     
  19. bluesyjacuzzi

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    I have two 99s and one 2007 with p90s. All three are killer guitars. Can't go wrong....
     
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  20. big mike

    big mike Plexi Loving Admin Staff Member

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    Sold this in a fit of gas to a friend

    Was a killer one I hope he’s still enjoying

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