If you check out my photos, you’ll notice that I uploaded a couple of new pictures to my ‘guitars and amps’ collection. I finally got a couple of pictures of my guitar that I’ve had on layaway for a while. The pictures are to remind me to pay it off soon!
Now, why would I put a guitar on layaway for a long time? Sometimes, you just get a special one that you *KNOW* you should not let go of. And this one certainly is one of those! It’s got a very interesting history…
The guitar is a 1999 Goldtop Brazillian rosewood-necked McCarty from Paul Reed Smith Guitars. In 1999, PRS did a run of 250 McCarty’s with a Brazillian rosewood neck. They all were supposed to have see-through finishes to show off the wood. Well, somehow, *one* Goldtop was made. Apparently, the guitar was finished before the factory realized that it was not ‘supposed’ to have been made. Normally, the factory will bandsaw a guitar that is not correct. Fortunately (for me at least ), this guitar was finished, so they decided to ship it out to a perferred dealer to sell quietly. I do not know which dealer that was (unfortunately). The guitar got passed around, and during that time, some kind soul decided to change the pickups. A gentleman by the name of Glenn in Orlando, didn’t like the McCarty pickups, and had gotten his hands on a set of PRS #10 pickups. These pickups are *ALMOST* as rare as this guitar. Well, Glenn put the #10 pickups into this McCarty… It was a match made in guitar heaven. I have know idea *WHY* Glenn decided to sell it, but it ended up in a shop down here in South Florida. I played it a couple of times, and I absolutely fell in LOVE with the guitar. It played incredibly well, and it have a very distinct tone. I had the option of buying this guitar or getting a GREAT deal on a Modern Eagle. The heart won out, and I put away the goldtop.
Now, I’ve just got to pay the darned thing off!