PRS Guitars announces McCarty tribute solidbody
(Dave Molter | Posted 2010-09-27)
PRS Guitars’ new McCarty 58 pays homage to legendary guitarmaker Ted McCarty and the life-changing impression he made on Paul Reed Smith as a mentor. A vintage inspired double-cutaway body and a figured maple artist-grade top with PRS’s new “V12” finish compliment the unique sound of the proprietary 57/08™ pickups. This is the latest installment in a series of McCarty models created by PRS consisting of the McCarty, Ted McCarty SC and DC 245, McCarty II, McCarty Korina, and now, the McCarty 58.
“If we could venture a guess of what PRS would have made in 1958, this would have been it,” commented Paul Reed Smith.
Finish should enhance the look, sound, and feel of a guitar by accentuating the wood’s inherent beauty and feel without hindering its natural resonance. And PRS Guitars’ new “V12” finish does just that. Introduced at Experience PRS 2010, “V12” is a very thin, hard, and clear finish that will not crack or react with thinners. After roughly 12 years in development, it is halfway between acrylic and nitro but with a classic feel all its own. “PRS models with this new finish feel like old instruments,” said Paul Reed Smith.
Pattern Neck Shape
Neck shapes have always been a high priority for us and a hallmark of our quality. A guitar should feel comfortable, like “home,” as soon as you pick it up, and the neck is paramount to that connection. Perfected after years of prototyping, the new “Pattern” neck is an updated Wide Fat PRS neck style based on Paul’s pre-factory design. These necks were found on the instruments built for Carlos Santana, Peter Frampton and Howard Leese from the late 70’s to the mid 80’s.
Whether in woodworking, machining, or cast and die work, pattern making is the art of arriving at a perfect standard which can be duplicated or used to create new designs from by “offsetting.” All of our necks came to be as a result of offsetting from this original, Wide Fat design.
McCarty 58 Model Specs
Top Wood Artist Grade Maple
Back Wood Mahogany
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 25"
Neck Wood Mahogany
Fretboard Wood Rosewood
Neck Shape Pattern
Fretboard Inlays ME II Birds with Mother of Pearl & Paua Heart
Headstock/Inlay Rosewood with Inlaid Signature
Bridge PRS Stoptail
Tuners PRS Locking Tuners
Truss Rod Cover McCarty 58
Hardware Type Nickel
Treble Pickup 57/08 Treble
Bass Pickup 57/08 Bass
Pickup Switching Volume and Push/Pull Tone Control with 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector
Hardware Option Gold