PRS McCarty

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  1. KRosser

    KRosser Member

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    So, after going a little over three years without a new electric guitar*, I landed this one used at my local Guitar Center about three weeks ago. I've always liked the PRS McCarty in general, and when I stumbled across this one it just had to come home with me. I knew this was "the one"...

    I'm not sure what took me so long - I'm so totally over the moon about this instrument. Basically anything I can do on any electric guitar I can do on this - none of my others have even come out of their cases since, regardless of genre. It's really plain - no ten top, no birds - but I love the way it feels and looks, like a perfect combination of classic design and modern workmanship

    Here's the obligatory crappy cell phone pic:

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    It's a 2006, I think, according to the serial number. I'm not really tempted yet to do any modding to it right away, though I suspect I will ultimately not be able to resist the temptation to try my favorite set of aftermarket humbuckers - Lindy Fralin Unbuckers - in this.

    Anyway, loving this one long time...

    (* I did buy myself a Ramirez classical two years ago, which is still in heavy use...)

    (...all your standard disclaimers apply - I'm not affiliated in any way, blah, blah, blah...I paid my own questionably hard-earned money...)
     
  2. Taller

    Taller Silver Supporting Member

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    McCarty's are classics in the PRS line. I love my '00 - it sat in a store for 2 years before I bought it and I'm convinced it was because it doesn't have any bling - rather plain top and moon inlays.
    I ended up pulling the stock pickups in favor of a pair of Duncan '59s.
    Enjoy!
     
  3. coreybox

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    The stock McCarty pups sounds pretty good, albeit a little hot (9K bridge maybe?).
     
  4. AD

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    Try the newer PRS pups (59/09 or 57/08's) - I've converted back to PRS in the last couple years and i think the main reason is the pickups - they are making killer sounding instruments and my fave remains the Ted McCarty DC245 which is essentially a McCarty with a 24.5" scale.
     
  5. sanhozay

    sanhozay klon free since 2009

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    i love 'em & the plainer looking the better, for me; moon & a burst, is all i need.

    congrats! and i would love to hear you play it for us!
     
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    nl128 Silver Supporting Member

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    I picked up a MCcarty gold top at a guitar show little while ago it was my first prs. After the honeymoon was over I started getting bored with the pickups. I hooked it up with some R&S pots and caps. Now i'm digging it all over again.

    nice find congrats
     
  7. kingsleyd

    kingsleyd Frikkin genyus Gold Supporting Member

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    Funny, Ken, the new Tone Quest Report has a lengthy cover story on that very guitar. They ended up throwing a set of Fralins in it. Must be something in the air. Really fond of the McCarty as a basic platform myself although, as you can probably guess, mine are all pretty upmarket versions.
     
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    Looks like I'm not the only one that has fallen down the PRS rabbit hole lately. Nice guitar Ken.
     
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    I've got an 03' with P90's, plain black top, moon inlays....was in the store for a long time....like some of you have said, too plain and simple maybe. I love it.
     
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    the McCarty model is my favorite PRS. it has all the right specs, IMO, and i even really like the stock pickups. just a great all-around instrument.

    here's my main McCarty - many shows under its belt so far.

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    McCartys are great -- I have two of 'em. I like their simplicity and btw the non-10 top and moons are just fine by me.
     
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    Congrats on finding The One, let your others sleep for a while. The McCarty is so simple, versatile and well designed. When I got mine I literally played nothing else for about 3 months. I have a 07 McCarty with tremolo. Eventually I changed out the pups to Manlius Modern-Vintage and have been quite happy.
     
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    Congratulations Ken on your newly acquired PRS McCarty! Many years of great playing and music. Enjoy...
     
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    My '97 McCarty is my fav guitar.

    I did do some modding.
    First, I replaced the stock brass bridge studs with Pigtail steel studs. Steve Rowen made them for me before he past away. RIP Steve.
    Second, I searched and found a used set of DGT pickups.

    Nothing else will be touched.

    Here is pic my girlfriend took.

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    Here are the Pigtail steel studs.
    Before the DGT' were installed.

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    One day I will own a PRS...
     
  17. KRosser

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    Yeah...here's the whole story:

    This was used at the Hollywood Guitar Center, which is just a few blocks from GIT where I teach. I was in just browsing around and found this and was totally knocked out by it. The asking price seemed very reasonable, probably due to the lack of bling, but I just didn't have it at the time, so I played it for a while and said goodbye, figuring it was good as gone.

    Literally a month later I was back in buying a cable and saw the guitar again. I was totally shocked it was still there at that price. I played it again. It was then I realized it was either I buy it or watch one of my students walk in with it one day, which would kill me...and I had just gotten paid from a couple big gigs...so home we went. With the GC 30-day return policy it was really a no-risk situation. I took it to a few gigs and rehearsals right away and realized I'd lucked into one of my favorite guitars I've ever owned

    My wife's input into this? I sent her a cell phone pic...she texted me back: "Buy it already"

    I'm definitely keeping it stiock for a little while, though like I said, the 'Fralin experiment' is inevitable at some point
     
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    You cannot go wrong with a McCarty. I've had mine for 12 years and I keep liking it better and better.
     

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