PRS Smokeburst McCarty Electric Guitar  

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The Smokeburst McCarty electric guitar features a custom-grade curly maple top, wide/fat mahogany neck, mahogany back, and a 22-fret East Indian rosewood fretboard adorned with abalone bird inlays. Th... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Smokeburst McCarty electric guitar features a custom-grade curly maple top, wide/fat mahogany neck, mahogany back, and a 22-fret East Indian rosewood fretboard adorned with abalone bird inlays. The Smokeburst uses the PRS 25" scale length and has a double-cutaway body, stoptail bridge, and vintage-style tuners. PRS has incorporated the highly acclaimed 1957/2008 pickups into this McCarty model along with a 3-way toggle pickup selector, and a push/pull coil-splitting tone control. The 1957/2008 pickups allow players to achieve both vintage and modern sounds. This guitar is finished in a beautiful and unique double sunburst with a special nitro topcoat that highlights the gorgeous maple top.

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  • Finish: Nitrocellulose
  • Back wood: Mahogany
  • Top wood: Maple
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  • Scale length: 25"
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Fretboard wood: Rosewood
  • Neck shape: Wide Fat
  • Inlays: Birds
  • Fret wire: 513
  • Bridge: Stoptail
  • Tuners: Vintage-style tuners
  • Hardware type: Nickel
  • Truss rod cover: McCarty Logo
  • Treble pickup: 57/08
  • Bass pickup: 57/08
  • Pickup switching: Volume and push/pull tone control with 3-way toggle pickup selector
2 year warranty on parts, hardware, cases, and electronics. Limited lifetime warranty on all other products.

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PRSSmokeburst McCarty Electric Guitar

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Les Paul killer?

By Scotty-js1I5

from DC

Comments about PRS Smokeburst McCarty Electric Guitar:

Well, OK. If you're a Gibson person, then this probably won't satisfy your craving, but this is the closest thing to a vintage Gibby (other than the Sunburst SC245) to date from PRS. IMO, PRS has the highest construction standards of any mass-produced guitar in the world. There will always be small shop luthiers churning out the best stuff, but for a factory guitar, I don't think you can beat what Paul's doing right now (I'd put Heritage right behind, since I'm not sure how many Collings is churning out). Construction is flawless, weight and balance are spot on, and the nitro finish looks and feels (and even smells) like a great old Gibby. I don't buy in to Nitro affecting the tone in any significant way, but I do love the feel.Neck carve is always subjective, but the wide/fat carve fits my hand better than any other I've tried (and I've owned well over a hundred guitars over the years). I'm pretty much all-in for PRS these days.The 57/08 pickups are the best I've yet heard from PRS (I prefer them to the 59/09's on my SC245). In coil-spitting mode, they're still pretty anemic, just like pretty much every split bucker out there. In humbucking mode though, they're a cut above.Playbility is amazing, as are the ergonomics. Just a comfortable guitar to play. I mean, these are really expensive, and you've got the law of diminishing returns telling you that it's not $2000 better than a $1000 guitar, but if you have the means, I highly recommend it.

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In a league of its own!

By Chris

from CT

Comments about PRS Smokeburst McCarty Electric Guitar:

If you're looking for a guitar that's impeccably crafted, reliable and sounds like nothing else, take a look at the PRS McCarty. I don't know how PRS does it, but they have such high quality control and it shows. Very rarely can you pick up guitars off of a rack and have them play right and sound right without running into issues like sharp fret ends, misaligned binding, finish issues, improperly cut nuts... the list goes on and on. I've never had a problem with McCarties. The wide/fat neck is reminiscent of the classic Fender "soft V" necks and is very comfortable (even for a guy like me that has big hands and long fingers). The 25'' scale length really sets these apart. It gives the guitar more clarity than it's shorter scale competition like the Gibson Les Paul, but keeps it from having the snap of guitars with longer scale lengths like Fender Telecasters. PRS has really found a nice middle ground here and it makes for a really toneful instrument that you can enjoy playing without fighting it. The bridge is the best design I've come across. It looks great (very reminiscent of the classic wraptail bridge), adds a good bit of sustain and also intonates properly (unlike many wraptail designs). I've been through quite a few boutique guitar makers as well as the typical standard production stuff and the PRS McCarty is easily about as good as it gets for a solidbody electric guitar with humbuckers.

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PRS guitars RULE

By John Steskal

from Palmerton, PA

Comments about PRS Smokeburst McCarty Electric Guitar:

I bought a used PRS guitar about 8 years ago and it was the best guitar I ever played. I have owned Les Paul, Fender, Ibanez, Charvel, Carvin etc... and PRS custom guitars are just the best. The playability is amazing and the pick-ups have oodles of tone. Need I say more?.. other then, when you get a chance to buy a PRS guitar, do not pass it up.

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