Let's see those McCarty's (All variants)

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  1. strat63

    strat63 The Torture Never Stops

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    You can't go wrong with a McCarty. I prefer the originals over the 594 but I still have both. Lots of great examples on this thread.
     
  2. Keith B.

    Keith B. New Member

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    I'm curious what you prefer about original mc over 594. And yes, whatever you say mat in fact fuel my gas....
     
  3. Serious Poo

    Serious Poo Shoegazing Member

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    Original McCarty switching & controls layout makes for much easier volume swells & pickup changes.
     
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  4. mookyshoots

    mookyshoots Mom always told me I was special

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    Yep, the less knobs, the better.
     
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  5. strat63

    strat63 The Torture Never Stops

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    For me it's the scale length. The typical Fender scale length of 25.5" feels like home to me. The regular McCarty, while shorter, doesn't really feel that off. The 594 makes me play with a much lighter touch so I don't bend everything sharp. I can do it but it's not my preference. That being said, I think the 594 is a fantastic guitar. I even bought a Private Stock version of it so I'm still a fan.

    One other thing that I really like about the regular McCarty is the pure simplicity of it. A wraptail non adjustable bridge and a couple of knobs just works for me. It's a classic as far as I'm concerned.
     
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  6. Going Modal

    Going Modal I should be practicing right now.

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    If I may add... for me, it's the neck profile. I much prefer the older Pattern (or Wide-Fat) neck profile compared to the newer Pattern Vintage that's specifically on the 594 models.

    Additionally, aren't the 594 bodies even thicker than the traditional/older McCarty bodies? (Yes, the single-cuts are thicker than the double-cuts; but aren't the 594 double-cuts even thicker than the McCarty-model double cuts?) There's something about the original McCarty body/weight that makes it super comfortable, lightweight, etc. (Easily less than 8 lb. guitars.)
     
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  7. strat63

    strat63 The Torture Never Stops

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    I have no idea about the body thickness but I do agree about the neck shape. The traditional McCarty has the right neck carve for my comfort. My #1 McCarty is a Brazilian Limited model with a rosewood neck so it's a little on the fancy end of the spectrum for the model. It's got a Raspberry finish which is too dark to show off the nice flame maple top but it sure feels good to play. The way it hangs on a strap just works. Every McCarty I've picked up feels the same way. I'd also go out on a limb and say they're about the best used value out there. One of these days I'll get around to trying the current version. I'm not certain how the guitar could have been improved but I'm curious to find out.
     
  8. garrett

    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    Yes, the 594 body is thicker than the original McCarty. Also the belly cut is minimal.

    The Pattern Vintage neck shape is heavenly to me.

    I think I'll have to show mine some love tonight.

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  9. strat63

    strat63 The Torture Never Stops

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    I guess I should have posted pics seeing as I'm participating in this thread.
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  10. MarcWink

    MarcWink New Member

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  11. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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    My number one and number two tone champs are all McCarty!
     
  12. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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  13. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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    This one is certainly a variant. The tree couldn’t decide which direction to grow.
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  14. strat63

    strat63 The Torture Never Stops

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    I guess I needed to get another McCarty variant so I could post in this thread.

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    Too early for the newer TCI pickups but it has this in the neck position.
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  15. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Aw yeah... deadly!
     
  16. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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    McCarty 408 with an African Blackwood neck, during its time in the womb. One of my top 2 in tone. Perhaps the champ even, can’t say for sure...
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  17. Going Modal

    Going Modal I should be practicing right now.

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    So there's now a 58/15 LT "V" pickup now, eh? Oh, boy... the confusion that will ensue!
     
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  18. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    I'd really like to try that neck.
     
  19. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    You lika de neck?
     
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  20. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Aw yeah! That's a looker.
     

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