McCarty vs. CU 22

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  1. DougUSMC

    DougUSMC Perpetual Practicer

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    Ok, weird question, so please bear with me and be gentle!

    I'm surfing through my daily addiction (Reverb feed), when I came across an interesting CU22. After looking at it a bit, I thought "I've never seen a CU22 w/a hardtail, I wonder if that's really a McCarty?".

    Here's the CU22 in question, I have questions out to the seller, and I'm probably going to make an offer, so if any of you buy it I *will* hunt you down... ;)

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    Here's my CU22:

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    Is it me, or is that just a McCarty w/a Custom TRC?
     
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  2. WEDGE

    WEDGE Zombie five, DFZ

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    I have had hard tail Custom 22’s. Great guitars.
     
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  3. DougUSMC

    DougUSMC Perpetual Practicer

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    Thanks for the reply @WEDGE, I'm actually interested in it *because* it's a hard tail. Does anyone know how to tell the difference b/w a McCarty and a Cu22 from pictures?
     
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  4. Screamingdaisy

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    Truss rod cover and vintage tuning machines.

    McCarty’s didn’t get locking tuners until 2015, and by that point Customs had a 5 way blade.

    There’s also the body and peg head width, but if you can eyeball that from a picture I’d be impressed.
     
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  5. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    Y'all are right. It's a Custom. The McCarty would have vintage tuners.
     
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  6. Simon Says

    Simon Says Dentist for the Lawyers

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    yeah, 3mm fatter body on McCarty
     
  7. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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  8. DISTORT6

    DISTORT6 NJ Devil

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    My #1 is a 94 Cu22 with a stoptail.
    Big fan of them.
     
  9. bodia

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

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    Yep, I have a Cu22 with a stoptail. It's a 2006, and had a 5 way rotary. It now has a 3 way toggle and two mini switches.
     
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  10. DougUSMC

    DougUSMC Perpetual Practicer

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    Thanks for all the feedback everyone!
     
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  11. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc Confirmed Bird Snob

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    Another vote for CU22 with Stoptail being great. I think it has a less vintage vibe than a McCarty. Both are great though.

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  12. WA Paul

    WA Paul All dogs go to heaven

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    This custom 22 hard tail is hard to put down. But it’s pretty unique with a 1 piece body :)

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  13. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    I had a line on a local CU 22 on Craigs a long time ago. Stoptail as well (my fav). But I found out it had a headstock snap/repair so I balked.
    It was beautiful, as is the one you are looking at.
     
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  14. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    What does it take to snap the headstock on a PRS? It's pretty rare.
     
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  15. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Especially after seeing that YT video of an employee standing on one!
     
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  16. Going Modal

    Going Modal I should be practicing right now.

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    That. Is. Spectacular. (I bet it's a solid RW neck, too?)
     
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  17. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    I ran the movie in my head, but unlike Tarantino I couldn't come up with an appropriate ending.:eek:
     
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  18. Dirty_Boogie

    Dirty_Boogie Still got the ol' tagger on it

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    And, of course, different pickups in a CU22 and a McCarty. I don't think anyone mentioned that here.
     
  19. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    How many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop?

    The world may never know
     
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  20. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    The CU22 has a thinner body. It used to be that they also had different pickups. And of course, there's the trem. They're different enough for it to be worth having both,
     

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