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PRS Ted McCarty DC 245 Limited Run (one of 250 made) ten top!


SKU: 60-OCC-52559

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Product Description

Among the throngs of genius innovators and experts that have shaped the guitar gear landscape, Ted McCarty is certainly among the most prolific. Players who are unfamiliar with McCarty’s legacy have probably often wondered just why his name graces the headstocks of so many high-end PRS guitars, or why they see his name mentioned in gear magazines. For those who aren’t in the know, Ted McCarty is directly responsible for the tuning stability of your favorite archtop with a tune-o-matic bridge, and (with Seth Lover) for the silent, smooth sound wielded from those humbuckers in your much loved instrument. These innovations are only a handful of achievements by McCarty during his tenure as President of Gibson Guitar during their golden age (1950-1966), during which he also oversaw the development of the Flying V, Explorer, ES-335, SG, Firebird, Moderne, and the iconic Les Paul.

Interestingly, like his contemporary Leo Fender, McCarty wasn’t a guitar player. He gathered as much feedback from guitarists as he could, which he used as a basis for his designs. Decades later, the legend met up with a young Paul Reed Smith, and mentored the budding guitar maker, advising him on design and construction. To honor the collaborative relationship between the two luthiers, PRS has released a limited run of DC (double cut) and SC (single cut) 245 McCarty models, complete with exclusive accoutrements.

There are a few slight differences between those and the Limited Run series. The DC and SC 245 Limited Run models sport a 24 ½” scale length, as opposed to the PRS standard 25” one. Normally, a shorter scale length gives a spongier feel to the strings, while providing a softer, bouncier tone. Even a minute difference such as a ½” difference in length can affect feel and tone drastically, as the DC 245 Limited demonstrates. The headstock is also different—the shape borrowed from the Santana line—and it caps off a neck featuring the original PRS bird inlays in Mother of Pearl, another tribute to the days when Paul was working with McCarty years ago.

Possibly the most unique feature of the guitar are its pickups, a combo of 1957/2008 humbuckers, topped with brushed nickel covers.

This Limited Run McCarty DC 245 has several unique features versus non-Limited’s – a 24.5″ scale neck, a Santana-style headstock, classic Mother of Pearl Bird inlays, and last – but not least – PRS’ infamous 1957/2008 pickups, wound using wire from a machine used in the ’50′s, for seriously era correct vintage tone.

Serial: 09 153342

  • Double-cutaway Body:
  • Smokeburst maple top
  • Mahogany back
  • Nitro Finish
  • Neck: 24-1/2″ scale
  • Mahogany neck
  • 22-fret rosewood fretboard
  • Mother-of-pearl bird inlays
  • Wide fat neck carve
  • Hardware:
  • PRS stoptail bridge
  • Vintage style Kluson tuners
  • SC 245 truss rod cover
  • Nickel hardware
  • PRS 57/08 Pickups
  • Master volume and tone controls w/ Coil Tap
  • 3-way toggle pickup selector



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