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PRS McCarty Electric Guitar

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The PRS Guitars McCarty Electric Guitar is a dream machine. Paul Reed Smith guitars are famous for superb design, craftsmanship, and quality hardware and electronics. The McCarty model is special because it honors one of the electric guitar's most important pioneering designers, a direct mentor to Paul Reed Smith. Its carved mahogany body with a ma...  Click To Read More About This Product

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The PRS Guitars McCarty Electric Guitar is a dream machine. Paul Reed Smith guitars are famous for superb design, craftsmanship, and quality hardware and electronics. The McCarty model is special because it honors one of the electric guitar's most important pioneering designers, a direct mentor to Paul Reed Smith. Its carved mahogany body with a maple top has graceful lines and extra thickness for superior tone and sustain. The neck is mahogany with a 10" radius, and has a rosewood fretboard with abalone moon inlays, and 22 frets. The strings have a straight pull over the nut for extremely stable tuning. It has a PRS stop bridge, and its McCarty-design pickups give it a more vintage tone. Electronics also feature 3-way switching, volume, and a coil tap push-pull tone control. Includes hardshell case.


  • Thick, carved mahogany body
  • Maple top
  • Mahogany neck
  • 22 frets
  • 10" radius
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Pearl and abalone moon inlays
  • Wide-fat neck carvings
  • PRS stoptail bridge
  • Vintage Cluson-style tuners
  • McCarty pickups with covers
  • 3-way toggle pickup selector
  • Volume control
  • Tone control with push-pull modified coil tap
  • Gorgeous sunburst finish
  • Includes hardshell case
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Manufacturer's Warranty
2 year warranty on parts, hardware, cases, and electronics. Limited lifetime warranty on all other products.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)



By JLesPaul59

from San Antonio, TX

I own many guitars; from USA Jacksons, several Gibson Les Pauls, USA Fender Strats., etc. and none come even close to the playability as my McCarty. I bought the one with the rosewood neck and bird inlays with McCarty sunburst finish and WOW, the tone was fantastic. I also purchased a Monster cable (21') and it really does seem to make a difference. All my guitars just seem to ring better, just more of a natural sound. Anyway, back to my PRS McCarty; all I have to say is that whatever sound you are looking for you can achieve with this guitar. I play heavy metal and this guitar just rips it up. Do yourself a favor and buy one of the guitars. Sure, they cost an arm and a leg. But, in the end you will be glad you did. Again, all I can say is WOW. I played it for several hours and afterwards I noticed that my fret hand was not even tired; can't say that for my les pauls (not to mention the back problems that go with such a heavy guitar). The weight on my PRS McCarty feels JUST RIGHT. Great balance also to the guitar. Play it through any amp you have and you are guarnteed to be blown away. Warning, if you play one in a music store you are not going to want to put it down and go home empty handed. We only live once, you work hard; go ahead and pamper yourself. Oh, I tried the Custom 22, the Custom 24 (artist pkg), and the McCarty. Their was no contest. The McCarty just gave me the tone I was looking for; something heavy but not too trebley. It sings in the neck position and with the clean setting then just rips your face off when switching to the metal sound in the bridge position. So, can you tell that I really love this guitar? Go ahead, MAKE YOUR DAY.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Versatility that screams Quality

By Dr.Vanostran

from Webster, MA

This guitar along with any of the other various PRS models is all about quality craftmanship and overall value. I have owned many different guitar models like most that people have already mentioned - The Les Paul, SG, Strat, and Mustang. I have owned one PRS prior to this, it was a CE 24 which was pretty old, 1998 model I believe. I have always loved the body style, arch, small headstock, and lightweight but when it comes to the PRS, since body shape is concurrent on all models (except singlecut) it bascially comes down to finding what time of sound you want for pickups. These McCarty pickups have the best overall tone and sustain compared to the other pickups that come in PRS guitars, like the bass and dragon pickups. The best part of this guitar is that it allows you to switch between two completely different tones via a coil-tap option. So if you like having the option between Les Paul sound and Strat sound this is the most versatile instrument you could acquire. As far as price goes you are going to get what you pay for, and in my eyes PRS' are like the Bentley of guitars and its quality shows.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Wow perfect score

By RVine

from Mt. Vernon

I've played guitar for over thirty years and I've played every shape,style single coil humbucker around. I purchased a McCarty three years ago and played it off and on because I had also recently purchased a 58 les Paul re-issue the guitar of my dreams. Not that I don't like my Les Paul any more but the McCarty gets played all the time now..The tone the feel the weight becomes an exstension of your soul this guitar is something else. If you have never sat down and played one and your looking for a guitar you can grow into this is a must.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Best Guitar Ever Made

By mccartyforever89

from Chicago, Illinois

This guitar is awesome. Even though i have 3 les pauls, this guitar top them all. I only wish i bought this guitar instead of the les pauls. Not that i dont like the les pauls. The only problem is that they are too heavy. Also, this McCarty makes me feel so comfortable and lets me play so much better. I play heavy metal and i can get the perfect sound out of it. Anyways, i suggest you buy one because its definitely worth it if your going to be playing for a long time.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



By TheSpasian

from Bergen County, NJ

I'm still a kid but am revered through the school music scene and throughout my community (gotta boast a lil'). I made a deal with my dad to originally buy a fender american stratocaster and that he'd pay for half. after spending 3 hours in guitar center trying all the strats, the salesman suggested that I try a PRS because it was in that price range and I was playing mostly metal. I fell in love with it after five minutes and decided it was the guitar I was going to buy. My family owns many guitars, from my Schecter C1 Elite, and Ibanez, and my dad's Taylors which I steal from time to time, none of them come close. It's in a league of it's own. All my other guitars combined don't even come close to the amount my dad and I payed for the guitar but it was worth it. I don't think I'm going to be buying a guitar for another 30 years.


PRS McCarty Guitar

By PRS in paradise

from Honolulu Hawaii

I bought my PRS at GC in Dallas Texas. Since they are rare in Hawaii, I bought mine on a visit. I have to say that this is a fine specimen of guitar art. The sustain and playability of this guitar is unsurpassed by guitars both less expensive and costing much more. The tone is rich and varied and it's workmanship is untouched. My personal guitar was a Dallas Guitar Show guitar and had a bit of show wear, I was able to negotiate with staff for a nice discount and was pleased with the overall purchase. Thanks GC.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


The Ultimate

By Groovemore

from Washington DC

I decided to buy the PRS McCarty after comparinging it side by side to a number of new and vitage Les Pauls and Stats. The McCarty was like both in certain respects, which was great, but ultimately won me over with it's unique style and playability. I have been playing rock and jazz for over twenty years and I gig weekly with this guitar. There is nothing it can't do! Once you get the feel for it, it gives back what you put into it-and more! I don't think beginners or even intermediate players could easily mine the depths of this instrument. It is not for niche players, but rather a very versitile proffesional intrument. The quailty, look, and feel are top notch-no excuses. If there is a better electric guitar out there, I could not find it.

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