PRS actually began building McCartys in 1994, just before the move to their current Stevensville facility, and almost a decade after the company sold its first Custom 24. What sets this instrument apart is the increased thickness of the mahogany body and the decreased thickness of the headstock. Today’s Guitar of the Day, the eye-popping McCarty Soapbar, is best thought of as a combination of numerous features that give it a unique voice, thanks to the use of two specially voiced Seymour Duncan single coil soapbar pickups.
Players who like a big, chunky neck will love the McCarty’s wide-fat neck profile, made all the more special because this particular McCarty comes with a stunning rosewood neck! If you’ve never played a guitar with a rosewood neck, it’s quite surprising how natural it feels in your hands. The 22-fret rosewood fingerboard has the trademark PRS birds, as well as a rosewood headstock overlay with Smith’s signature applied in gold. The figured maple top on this McCarty is deeply carved just like a Custom, but the maple here is from Eastern red maples – or what PRS calls “Michigan maple.” It’s finished in a color PRS calls Tortoiseshell, which can vary from a reddish brown to a shade often called “root beer.” No matter what you call it, it’s gorgeous and will turn heads the minute you lift it from its plush-lined, deluxe hardshell case. Naturally, this beautiful instrument ships direct to your door via FedEx absolutely free!