Why so few McCarty Soapbars with trems?

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  1. H2-DGT

    H2-DGT New Member

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    Looking around but seem to be near-impossible to find. Thanks!
     
  2. toothace

    toothace At least I'm good at dentistry

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    Do you own a router?;)
     
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  3. flux

    flux 594 & CU24

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    For whatever it's worth, from the archives: McSoapy Trem history?

    Reasons why aside, I'd wager they're nearly as rare as winning lotto tickets. Would you consider a CU22 to be a viable option? [Example; example 2]
     
  4. Rider1260

    Rider1260 New Member

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    I believe the original McCartys besides the thicker body and vintage tuners had a different neck angle and headstock thickness that might have made a trem version kind of a one off .
    I have a P90 CU22 great fun it is

    [​IMG]IMG_3102 by
     
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  5. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    McCarty trems are unusual. McCarty Soapbars are unusual. The combination is even more unusual.

    I’ve had a couple of McCarty Soapbars, and there wasn’t an option for a trem when I bought either one. There may have been briefly at some point, or with a dealer run, but I’ve never seen one.

    Maybe someone here has one they might show off!
     
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  6. dogrocketp

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

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    eBay in Japan always seems to have some for sale, and they ship to the US very regularly. It seems that a run of them went there.
     
  7. gush

    gush New Member

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    I've seen them listed from Japan as well. No idea what kind of mess one could get in to buying from Japan.
     
  8. RedGuitars

    RedGuitars New Member

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    Even harde to find McSoapie Trem with birds.

    There was a moons version on eBay this week.

    I have a buddy with a whale blue with moons.

    Just missed out on an employee McSoapie Trem with birds on a rosewood board and maple neck. That was probably 1999-2000 or just after.
     
  9. dogrocketp

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

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    Years ago, A Japanese friend helped me get a D'Aquisto from Japan. It was/is the most beautiful guitar I ever held. It went very early in the separation and divorce. I made a lot of mortgage payments with the money. As a culture, the Japanese admire excellence (PRS). I bet the guitar would arrive beautifully, like mine did.
     
  10. ViperDoc

    ViperDoc Plugged In.

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    Consider a pickup swap in a McTrem for HB-sized P90s.
     
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  11. TheSpruceMoose

    TheSpruceMoose New Member

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    If you find one, it was most likely made in 1999. Most players prefer humbuckers so they didn't make too many with soapbars. The trem option was usually custom ordered, so McCarty's with trems are extremely rare. So the combination of both are nearly non-existent. Don't bother routing out a McSoapy either, because the neck angle is different.
     
  12. RedGuitars

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    Found a pic...

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  13. Molly

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    Here's one I let get away but bought back. It's a '98.

    [​IMG]

    Here's one I let get away and will buy back if it ever surfaces.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Molly

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    Buying from a reputable dealer I don't see any problems. Also, I gather the Japanese tend to be fussy about condition and quality (all that Yamano blah blah if you follow such things) so it'd likely be a good example. Have to say though, I don't see soapy McTrems anywhere but my guitar room... ;-)
     
  15. bodia

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

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    Damn! Those are hot!
     
  16. Bluesverb

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    Isn't the DGT, in part, a McCarty with a trem?
     
  17. gush

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    Yes they are!!!
     
  18. TheSpruceMoose

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    DGT nut width is slightly narrower, different fretwire, neck shape, pickups, and different layout of knobs. I believe the body thickness is the same though.
     
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  20. Big Mike

    Big Mike Soon to be on a McCarty hunt..

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    Believe there's less than 10. Someone had the answer back in the old birds and moons days.

    My friend Peter had a black one, really cool (he was a bammer too Les, he held all the local jams in the plane hanger if you remember the threads). It was a stunning combination for sure.

    You could get close with a nice CU22 trem and some of those bucker size P90s.
    As I recall Carl had a CuRo22 goldtop with Harmonic Design pickups, but Phat cats from Duncan would do it too.
     
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