96 McCarty is coming my way. Any upgrades suggested?

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  1. jpringle

    jpringle New Member

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    Hi
    Its been since the 90's that I have owned a PRS make of guitar. Just bought a 96 McCarty, 2 humbuckers with standard electronics.

    Is there a McCarty Thread?

    What up grades, if any, are ya'll doing?

    Thanks and look forward to hearing from anyone!
     
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  2. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    Don’t do a thing till you’ve lived with it for a month. It may not need any changes. Learn that particular guitars nuances.
     
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  3. Figaro

    Figaro New Member

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    I would probably change the pickups. The ones in the 90’s McCarty I owned had a darker sound but they all sound a little different.
     
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  4. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    I dunno, the McCarty's are pretty damn fantastic right off the hob. I guess I might get some new PRS knobs for it if the originals had been replaced with ones that didn't have numbers for some reason.
     
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  5. Fullmoon 1971

    Fullmoon 1971 New Member

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    Like @dogrocketp said I would live it for a month or so. I have a 2001 and thought I'd probably end up making some changes, after a few weeks though I realized that it didn't need any changes - it's ince become my goto guitar (which considering I have 86 guitars including 3 other core models including a 2015 McCarty is no mean feat) maybe change the knobs like @Black Plaid said. hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine.

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  6. Herr Squid

    Herr Squid I was severely impressed

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    McCartys are wonderful, the only two things I don't love about the ones from that era are the pickups and the tuners. The stock pickups may love your amps, and they may not.

    Both are very much a matter of personal taste, so the advice about living with it for a while to see what you love and what you don't is spot-on.
     
  7. gush

    gush I'm not a new member!!!!

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    Kluson locking tuners from guitar vault are a must. No mod drop in. I put locking bridge posts on mine too. Now I can remove all strings at once without having the bridge fall off.

    I didn't like the McCarty bridge pickup, at least not through the amp I was playing at the time.

    Love the guitar, killed my LP urges.
     
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  8. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I love the McCartys from that era. I’d leave the tuners alone (just not my thing to replace them), but I’d consider putting a set of PRS’ 57/08 pickups in the guitar.

    Not that the stock pickups aren’t good, far from it, but I love the more vintage tone of the more recent PRS pickups. Might consider a bone nut as well.
     
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  9. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Two things -

    1. You guys are slipping! We’d love to see photos of her when she arrives (I apologise for this bit) or it’s a Hello Kitty!;)

    2. The mod I’d do is a fretboard clean and restore and fresh strings. If it needs it.

    Congratulations and enjoy. Oh and welcome back.
     
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  10. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs Have you tried restarting?

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    1) uh, lampshades!
    2) new style pickup rings with recessed screws
    3) ... hmmm
     
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  11. Micky!

    Micky! Dragon trainer

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    Full cleaning, new strings, a good set-up, a fret leveling maybe and GO!
     
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  12. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    A guitar from 96 has likely seen quite a bit of playing, you may need to set aside some money for fret leveling.
     
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  13. RedGuitars

    RedGuitars New Member

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    This. My last two in got 57/08’s immediately. Black Plaid is also correct. One of mine needed a fret level/dress.
     
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    jpringle New Member

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    Man that is exactly what I wanted to do. Kill the LP urge! Thanks
     
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  15. jpringle

    jpringle New Member

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    Yep, I planned on some set up work. I have a tech here that has done some "pleking" for me and is awesome. Thanks
     
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    jpringle New Member

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    Thank ya'll for your feedback. Cant wait and will post a pic soon.
     
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  17. vchizzle

    vchizzle Birdman.

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    5708’s are the shizzle in a McCarty.
     
  18. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Please do.
    Everyone needs a McCarty!
     
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  19. gush

    gush I'm not a new member!!!!

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    I've been spending a LOT of time on my McCarty the last couple months and I just can't say enough good things about the 8515 neck pickup I have in it.

    I'm running things a little differently in an attempt to clean things up a bit. I have decided to add the treble bleed to this guitar. I really need to keep it from getting dark when I roll the volume down.
     
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  20. g.wizz

    g.wizz Nabs

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    I concur.
     
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