PRS Private Stock September Guitar of the Month: A Glistening Gold McCarty Singlecut Trem

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PRS Guitars Private Stock program is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year with the return to the platform that started it all: Guitars of the Month. Each month in 2016, the Private Stock team will deliver a unique design in limited numbers, highlighting the detailed craftsmanship and exquisite materials that define Private Stock.

privatestock_guitarofthemonth_september2016_straightInspired by a special instrument made for Carlos Santana, the Private Stock September Guitar of the Month is the 24-Fret McCarty Singlecut Trem. The classic Santana/PRS Combination of a 24.5” scale length, 24 frets, and a tremolo bridge live on here, and just like Santana’s personal axe, the September Guitar of the Month features a “custom wound” 58/15 treble pickup, which is wound a little hotter for a bit more power in the bridge position.

The September 24-Fret McCarty Singlecut Trem models are finished in Gold Leaf with a high-gloss nitro top coat. Each piece of Gold Leaf is applied by hand by Private Stock Director, Paul Miles. Each piece of Gold Leaf is approximately 3” by 3”. Each instrument has 25-30 pieces of 23k Gold Leaf per top. Only twenty of these instruments will be made for September 2016, commemorating Private Stock’s 20th Anniversary.

“The inspiration behind the golf leaf single cut came from a guitar Carlos ordered. I wasn’t sure why he was ordering a singlecut, but as soon as he received the guitar he sent me flowers, so I assumed he liked it!” stated PRS Private Stock Director, Paul Miles. “Not long after, I saw him playing it during the intro to the Super Bowl and thought if he was using it for that level of publicity then he loves it. It’s a unique take on a vintage style instrument…gold top singlecut with amped up pickups.”

Other specifications include a figured mahogany neck, Madagascar rosewood fingerboard and headstock veneer with curly maple binding, and gold mother of pearl PRS bird inlays. A gold mother of pearl “September” engraved banner, “OM” symbol, and Private Stock eagle sit elegantly in the headstock to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Private Stock and the Guitar of the Month program.


The original Guitars of the Month were cased between December 1994 and March 1996. They provided the opportunity to experiment with new ideas and led directly to the creation of the Private Stock program, with the first “official” Private Stock instrument casing on April 19, 1996.

For full specifications and additional photographs of the Gold Leaf 24-Fret McCarty Singlecut Trem, please visit, http://www.prsguitars.com/gom_september/. For more information on the Guitars of the Month program, please visit http://www.prsguitars.com/privatestock.

About PRS Guitars:

Paul Reed Smith Guitars is a leading manufacturer of high quality instruments in Stevensville, Maryland and has provided some of the world’s most renowned musicians with instruments since 1985. The PRS team of highly skilled craftspeople design and build a wide variety of musical instruments and gear for worldwide distribution, including electric, acoustic, and bass guitars as well as boutique-style guitar amplifiers. The PRS SE line of products complements the Maryland-made PRS line by offering highly approachable and more affordable electric, acoustic, and bass guitars. Carlos Santana, Neal Schon, John McLaughlin, Linkin Park, Orianthi, Opeth, Zach Myers of Shinedown, Mark Tremonti of Creed and Alter Bridge, Ricky Skaggs, Cody Kilby, Martin Simpson, Tony McManus, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks are among the artists currently playing PRS instruments and/or amplifiers.

PRS Guitars Info: www.prsguitars.com

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