The PRS Singlecut 594 was created following the massive rise in popularity of the double cut McCarty 594 model.
The McCarty 594 Singlecut has a thicker body than a normal Singlecut and also features the Vintage Modern neck. This is a new asymmetrical neck shape for PRS, with the nut width of their pattern regular neck. It's slightly chunkier on the upper thumb side thumb and tapers out as you fingers grip the neck. This improves playing comfort and hand movement, but still allows your fingers sit comfortably in a natural way.
The original PRS McCarty launched in 1994 as a guitar that took inspiration from the legendary Ted McCarty's own designs, who built some of the world's most iconic guitars in the 50's and 60's. He served as a mentor to Paul Reed Smith and helped form some of the great guitars we know them today.
The big change to the neck comes in its scale length. Previous McCarty models used a 25" or 24.5" scale length. This one is a little bit different at 24.594" (hence the name), which increases string tension ever so slightly over the 24.5" version but still offers '50s single cut style response.
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. The new LT modified versions have fewer turns, meaning they produce a lower than standard output level - better suited to clean and mid gain blues and rock styles.
Here's what PRS say about the Singlecut 594:
The McCarty family of guitars are born from passion and precision: built passionately to embody vintage tone while utilizing the precision of PRS's modern manufacturing techniques. The McCarty Singlecut 594 joins that tradition with a familiar feel and warm, vintage tone.
Meticulously spec'd with a 24.594" scale length, Pattern Vintage neck carve, 58/15 LT pickups, tweaked Phase III locking tuners with modified collars and set screws, and a two-piece zinc bridge, the McCarty Singlecut 594 gives musicians the keys to the esteemed tones of vintage guitars in an instrument that won't fail them.
- Top Wood: Carved Figured Maple
- Back Wood: Mahogany
- Number of Frets: 22
- Scale Length: 24.594"
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Neck Shape: Pattern Vintage
- Neck Depth At The Nut: 28.5/32”
- Fretboard Wood: Rosewood with Faux Bone Binding
- Fretboard Inlay: "Old School" Birds
- Bridge: PRS Two-Piece, Cast Zinc
- Tuners: Tweaked Phase III Locking
- Hardware: Type Nickel
- Treble Pickup: 58/15 LT
- Bass Pickup: 58/15 LT
- Controls: 2 Volumes, 2 Push/Pull Tone Controls, 3-way Toggle Switch