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PRS McCarty Archtop II (1998)

Paul Reed Smith
McCarty Archtop II
Custom Ordered Configuration
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This guitar was custom ordered by an employee at a CT Guitar shop that had tremendous PRS volume in the late 1990's. Some of the distinguishing features are: Tiger's Eye finish, double 10 top and back, abalone bird inlays, gold hardware, brown quilt top and back and rosewood fretboard.  This was early stages when premier dealers could visit the factory and choose their woods as this fellow did. This Tiger's Eye Brown finish was rare at the time and only available on Private Stock and Archtop "Artist" versions.  This rare configuration on this fully hollow archtop guitar is a real opportunity to get a fabulous PRS at an affordable price.

Official PRS Website Description of these models:

McCARTY ARCHTOP: 1998 - 2001. Archtop - carved spruce top, carved mahogany back and sides. Archtop I - carved maple top with carved mahogany back and sides, Archtop II - carved maple top and back with mahogany sides and rosewood headstock veneer. All models are 2 3/4" depth at rim, 4" depth at bridge, 22-fret wide-fat mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, PRS adjustable stoptail bridge, and McCarty Archtop pickups with 3-way toggle. Piezo bridge pickup option added in 1999.

McCARTY ARCHTOP ARTIST: 1998 - 2001. Specs similar to Archtop II, but with artist grade figured maple top and back, Brazilian rosewood fretboard, abalone bird inlays with 14k gold outline. Each guitar numbered on back of headstock.

Product Description
PRS 1998 McCarty Archtop II
Serial Number:  8  37552
Weight:  6.2lbs
Condition:  Near mint, shows little to no wear.  A few light swirl marks on the body.  The back of the headstock was signed "To Bryan" by Paul Reed Smith.  Original hardshell case included.
Top and Back: Quilt maple, 10 top and back
Sides: Mahogany
Neck: Mahogany
Fretboard: Rosewood
Inlays: Paua birds
Headstock Veneer: Rosewood
Hardware: Gold
Bridge: Gold adjustable stoptail
Tuners: Gold PRS tuners with Ebony buttons
Pickups: PRS Archtop humbuckers
Controls: 3 way toggle, Volume, Tone

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