The McCarty 22 is an ode to Ted McCarty who was one of the most famous guitar designers in the world. He worked with Paul Reed Smith on the original model and it has some small differences from your Custom 24 or Custom 22. It has a slightly thicker body and lower output (vintage hot) covered pickups for a more mellow tone. But make no mistake, this guitar absolutely roars when plugged in.
The neck is a Pattern shape which is nice and chunky in the hand without ever feeling like it stops your speed. You can really dig in and is reminiscient of old famous 58 & 59 singlecut style guitars.
The original PRS McCarty launched in 1994 as a guitar that took inspiration from the legendary Ted McCarty who built some of the world's most iconic guitars in the 50's and 60's. He served as a mentor for Paul Reed Smith and helped form some of the great guitars we know them today.
PRS's 58/15 pickups are a great choice for guitarists who want all of that classic PAF tone but with a bit of extra heat to help it cut through more in lead sections. The pickups have a lower output level better suited to clean and mid gain blues and rock styles.
Here's what PRS say about the McCarty 22
The PRS McCarty model pays homage to a legacy of innovation. As the President of Gibson during a true golden era of guitar building (1950-1966), Ted McCarty was a pioneer of the electric guitar and musical instrument industry. In the late 1980’s, Paul Reed Smith called on Ted to consult with him on guitar design and production techniques. He not only served as Paul’s mentor but became a great friend of Paul and everyone he met at PRS.
In 1994, PRS released the first McCarty, an instrument that incorporated the full spectrum of techniques and knowledge Paul had gained from Ted as well as his own experiences as a guitar builder. It is in honor of Ted McCarty – his knowledge, his friendship, and his memory – that PRS reintroduced the McCarty model.
The PRS McCarty model features a slightly thicker back for enhanced tone and sustain and the 58/15 treble and bass pickups, which were personally designed by Paul Reed Smith. 58/15’s are a vintage style pickup with exceptional clarity and focused midrange. Additional appointments include a push/pull tone control with a 3-way toggle pickup switch for a complete palette of tones, a bound rosewood fretboard, and PRS stoptail bridge with brass studs for added resonance.
- Top Wood Carved Figured Maple
- Back Wood Mahogany
- Number of Frets 22
- Scale Length 25"
- Neck Wood Mahogany
- Neck Shape Pattern
- Fretboard Wood Rosewood with Faux Bone Binding
- Fretboard Inlay Birds
- Bridge PRS Stoptail with Brass Studs
- Tuners Phase III Locking
- Hardware Type Nickel
- Treble Pickup 58/15
- Bass Pickup 58/15
- Controls Volume and Push-Pull Tone Control with 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector
- Strings 10's