The PRS McCarty 594 first showed up as the PRS Private Stock guitar of the month in February 2016. It was an instant hit and PRS were bombarded with emails asking for a core model version available all year round rather than just a handful made in a single month. This is the core model McCarty 594 that everyone was asking for and it is just as spectacular as you might have expected.
The original PRS McCarty launched in 1994 as a guitar that took inspiration from the legendary Ted McCarty who built some of the world's most iconic guitars in the 50's and 60's. He served as a mentor for Paul Reed Smith and helped form some of the great guitars we know them today.
Modified McCarty Build
The McCarty is well known for being a bit bigger than a standard PRS with a thicker back and a fatter, more vintage inspired neck profile. This new version of the PRS McCarty 594 is a little bit different with a new Pattern Vintage neck profile that is as wide as the regular Pattern neck but slightly thicker with an asymmetric carve. This means that up at the treble side you have less neck in the way, while on the bass end you get a bit of a chunkier feel.
The big change to the neck comes in the scale length. Previous McCarty models used a 25" or 24.5" scale length. This one is a little bit different at 24.594" which increases string tension ever so slightly over the 24.5" version but still with that 50's single cut kind of response.
Low Turn Pickups
PRS's 58/15 pickups are a great choice for guitarists who want all of that classic PAF tone but with a bit of extra heat to help it cut through more in lead sections. In this guitar you have a pair of the new LT modified versions which have fewer turns meaning a lower output level better suited to clean and mid gain blues and rock styles.
- Top Wood: Carved Figured Maple
- Back Wood: Mahogany
- Number of Frets: 22
- Scale Length: 24.594"
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Neck Shape: Pattern Vintage
- Fretboard Wood: Rosewood with Faux Bone Binding
- Fretboard Inlay: Birds
- Bridge PRS Two-Piece
- Tuners Vintage-Style
- Hardware Type Nickel
- Treble Pickup: 58/15 LT
- Bass Pickup: 58/15 LT
- Controls: Two Volume and Two Push/Pull Tone Controls with 3-Way Toggle Switch on Upper Bout
- Strings: 10's