Paul Reed Smith acquired exclusive rights to the original pickup wire from the original machine used to make the most revered '50s era pickups in 2008, and 1957 was the year the humbucker was first commercially available, giving rise to PRS Guitars' newest and most exclusive pickup, the 1957/2008. The new PRS Sunburst Series™, the McCarty II, the Al Di Meola Prism and a limited run of solid body electrics introduced at Experience PRS 2008 are presently the only models that come standard with 1957/2008 pickups.
Three models are offered as part of a 1957/2008 Limited Run: the Custom 24, the McCarty and the SC 245. Limited to 750 guitars, the limited run and the new Sunburst Series™ are the only place outside of Private Stock where brand new "old style" McCarty PRS models are currently available.
Paul Reed Smith joked during Experience PRS 2008 and said, "Think of it this way. We're selling you access to these exclusive pickups and giving you a free guitar and case to go with them."