Sunday, April 20, 2008

Deciphering PRS MODCAT (hang tag/case sticker) codes

While I'm sure this is a topic that will bore 99.8% of the general populus, today I came across a good reference on Birds & Moons forum that helps in deciphering the MODCAT codes for PRS guitars. These are the little stickers that are on pretty much every hang tag and guitar case, and if read correctly, describe all the features that a particular PRS guitar has. Kinda useful when talking to someone who isn't sure if the guitar they're selling has an artist grade top vs. a ten-top, or a Brazilian rosewood fretboard vs. an Indian rosewood fretboard. Who knows, maybe it'll be of use to someone else on the Interweb...

--B

PS--The list below is consolidated from several MODCAT lists from past years, thus explaining why some codes may mean multiple things at different points in time.

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PRS MODCAT Definition

MC M 2 F - H F I M S - MS - N M - M M
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

e.g., the sample code above reads as follows:
1-McCarty model
2-maple top
3-22 fret
4-flamed maple
5-non-10-top
6-mahogany neck
7-wide-fat neck profile
8-indian rosewood fretboard
9-moon inlays
10-stoptail bridge
11-McCarty Sunburst finish
12-nickel hardware
13-McCarty bridge pickup
14-no middle pickup
15-McCarty neck pickup
16-McCarty electronics


1=MODEL
AA=Archtop Artist
B4=Bass
CE=Classic Electric
CH=Chris Henderson
CL=Custom Leftie
CO=Custom Soapbar
CS=Custom Semi-hollow
CT=Custom Twelve-string (22/12)
CU=Custom
DG=David Grissom
DN=Dave Navarro
FT=Five Thirteen (513)
H2=Hollowbody 2
HO=Hollowbody (1/Spruce)
JH=Johnny Hiland
JT=Singlecut Jumbo Thinline
M2=McCarty 2
MC=McCarty
MI=Mira
ML=McCarty Leftie
MO=McCarty Soapbar
MS=McCarty Standard
NS=Standard Satin
S1=Singlecut Hollowbody 1
S3=Santana 3
SA=Santana 2
SC=Singlecut
SM=Santana MD
SS=Singlecut Hollowbody Standard
ST=Standard
SW=Swamp Ash Special
T4=SC245
T5=SC250
TR=Tremonti
TT=Tremonti Trem

2=TOP WOOD
A=Alder
H=Mahogany
K=Korina
M=Maple
S=Swamp Ash
U=Spruce

3=FRETS
1=21 frets
2=22 frets
4=24 frets

4=TOP SPEC
F=Figured
Q=Quilt
- not applicable

5=TOP SPEC
A=Artist
S=Select (SC-J)
T=Ten-top
- non-ten

6=NECK WOOD
B=Brazilian Rosewood
F=Figured Maple
H=Mahogany
K=Korina
M=Maple
R=Indian Rosewood

7=NECK CARVE
A=Santana
D=Custom Soapbar
F=Wide Fat
G=David Grissom
J=Johnny Hiland
S=Standard/Regular
T=Wide Thin
W=Twelve String

8=FINGERBOARD WOOD
B=Brazilian Rosewood
C=Macassar Ebony
E=Ebony
F=Figured Maple
I=Indian Rosewood
M=Maple

9=INLAY
B=Birds (pre-'08)
D=Dots
I=Birds ('08)
J=Johnny Hiland
L=moons ('08)
M=Moons (pre-'08)
P=Paua Birds
T=Tremonti

10=BRIDGE
A=Adjustable Stoptail
B=Bass
B=Bigsby (SC-J)
O=Tune-O-Matic (SC-J)
P=Piezo
S=Straight Stoptail
T=Tremolo

11=COLORS (see below)

12=HARDWARE
G=Gold
H=Hybrid (gold/nickel)
N=Nickel

13=TREBLE PU
3=Santana 3
4=245, Mira
5=250
7=PRS #7
A=Dragon
B=Bass
C=513
D=Dragon 2
E=12 String
F=hFs Zebra
G=draGon Zebra
H=HFS
J=Johnny Hiland
L=RP
M=McCarty
N=Santana
O=Grissom
R=Archtop
S=Soapbar
T=Tremonti
W=Swamp ash
Y=Santana MD

14=MIDDLE PU
C=513
E=12 String (Fralin)
H=Henderson
R=Vintage Rail
S=Soapbar
- not applicable

15=BASS PU
3=Santana 3
4=245, Mira
5=250
7=PRS #7
7=tremonti 7(?)
A=Dragon
B=Bass
C=513
D=Dragon 2
E=12 String
G=Dragon Zebra
H=Henderson
I=Tremonti
J=Johnny Hiland
L=RP
M=McCarty
N=Santana
O=Grissom
R=Archtop
S=Soapbar
T=Vintage Bass Zebra
V=Vintage Bass
Y=Santana MD

16=ELECTRONICS
3=3-way Toggle/tap
5=5-way Rotary
7=Singlecut/Tremonti/SC245/SC250
A=Bass
B=5-way Blade
F=513
H=Henderson
J=Johnny Hiland/Mira
M=McCarty 3-way
N=Santana
O=Grissom
P=McCarty 3-way P90
R=Archtop/Hollowbody/SC-J 3-way
S=Swamp Ash 3-way
T=Santana 3
Z=Piezo

11=COLORS
AM=Amber
AS=Violin Amber Sunburst (stained binding)
BC=Black Cherry
BL=Black
BM=Blue Matteo
BS=Black Sunburst
CB=Charcoal Burst (SC-J)
CH=Charcoal (std satin)
CR=Creme
CS=Cherry Sunburst
DS=Dark Cherry Sunburst
DW=Dark Cherry Wraparound Burst
EG=Emerald Green
GB=Grey Black
GM=Gold Metallic
GT=Gold Top
IS=Tri-color Sunburst
JW=Jet White (Navarro)
LI=Lilac (Mira)
LM=Platinum Metallic
MG=Metallic Green
MR=Metallic Red
MS=McCcarty Sunburst
MT=McCarty Tobacco Burst
MW=McCarty Tobacco Wraparound
NA=Natural
(?) old gold Metallic
OR=Orange
OW=Tobacco Wraparound Burst
PB=Powder Blue (Mira)
PM=Platinum Metallic
PU=Purple
RA=Raspberry (stained binding)
RB=Royal Blue (stained binding)
RU=Ruby
SG=Seafoam Green (Mira)
SR=Scarlet Red
SS=Sandstorm (Mira)
SY=Santana Yellow
TA=Transparent Raspberry
TA=Tangerine (SC-J)
TB=Teal Black
TC=Translucent Vintage Cherry
TE=Tiger Eye
TG=Translucent Emerald Green
TL=Translucent Blue
TO=Tortoise Shell
TP=Translucent Purple
TR=Translucent Orange
TS=Tobacco Sunburst
TT=Translucent Turquoise
TU=Turquoise
TW=Translucent Walnut
VA=Violin Amber (stained binding)
VC=Vintage Cherry
VM=Vintage Mahogany
VN=Vintage Natural
VO=Vintage Orange
VS=Vintage Sunburst
VY=Vintage Yellow
WB=Whale Blue
WM=Wild Mint (Mira)


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