"Violin" Guitar #30/50

At the 2010 NAMM show, we were fortunate to be invited to an exclusive and unprecedented after hours “Quest for Tone” event, where Paul Smith put his guitars up against a “holy grail” $100,000+ ‘59 goldtop Les Paul.  Over the course of two nights, different players “A/B’d” the ‘59 Goldtop against various PRS guitars and (with the audience) were encouraged to voice their honest opinions on tone. Paul’s point (convincingly made) was that to get great tone, great guitars don’t have to be 50 years old, and that great instruments should sound great even when new.

A number of guitars were A/B’d by David Grissom, Michael Ault, Davy Knowles and other professionals (straight through to a 25th anniversary PRS amp), as well as members of the audience (mostly other artists, media types, collectors, and dealers). The guitars provided by Paul included his personal private stock McCarty “Violin Guitar”, and several brand new production McCarty models with various pickup configurations (McCarty, 57/08s, 59/09s). 

Both nights, the consensus was that the ‘59 Les Paul had an amazing neck pickup tone – “to die for” – but that the treble pickup was a bit harsh.  The Violin Guitar was felt by nearly everyone in the room to be tonally the equal – or superior to – the ‘59 Les Paul, with a more luxurious lower mid range with both pickups, and a more rounded and resonant tone with the treble pickup. 

LoneTree Blues is proud to offer the Private Stock McCarty Violin Guitar – an extremely limited run of 50 instruments made by Paul Smith, each numbered and signed, with the highest quality private stock curly maple tops, extremely rare Brazilian Pernambuco necks (same wood as used for the highest quality violin bows), Brazilian Rosewood fingerboards, gloss nitro finish, with Celtic knot inlays (with mammoth ivory), and 57/08 pickups.

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Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to own a true masterpiece!



Top: Private Stock grade Curly maple

Back: lightweight Mahogany

Finish: Thin gloss nitrocellulose Leese Finish in “Paul’s 28” – Black Gold


Neck wood: Pernambuco

Fingerboard: Brazilian rosewood, 22 frets

Scale length: 25”

Radius: 10”

Headstock veneer: Brazilian rosewood

Truss Rod Cover: Brazilian rosewood

Headstock veneer: “2009”

Tuners: Phase II mini locking


Bass Pickup: 57/08 

Treble Pickup: 57/08

Pickup covers: brushed nickel with gold screws

Chrome PRS Stoptail with gold studs

Volume, Push/Pull Tone, three-way selector switch

Stock setup: 0.010” - 0.046”

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