This PRS Private Stock is the pinnacle of guitar luthiery and one of the most eye-catching guitars we've seen in recent years!
Aside from the fact that this guitar is one of 60 made worldwide and is an absolute collectors item, it also features 2 different premium fretboard woods as the board morphs from Maple to Ebony. The Maple Tops are made from trees on the outskirts of a Graveyard (hence the name) on the East Coast in the states.
The Gravestones are dated to 1884 and these trees were clearly at least as old because they were forty feet to the first limb!
A McCarty 594 with a twist
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 that would be a bit more affordable and available all year round rather than just a handful made in a single month. This is that 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.
Here's what PRS say about the Private Stock McCarty 594 Graveyard II
The PRS Private Stock McCarty 594 "Graveyard II Limited" 60–piece run is made up of visually–stunning guitars with a story to tell. The maple tops of these instruments are from trees found on the outskirts of a Graveyard at the top of a mountain on the East Coast of the USA. The Gravestones there were dated around 1884, and the trees were clearly at least that old as they were forty feet to the first limb. These tops feature medium–wide to wide curl and extraordinary flame that has an iridescence to it.
The ebony and Faded Gray maple fretboard with ebony "Ravens in Flight" inlay, Raven headstock veneer, and Raven’s Heart high–gloss nitro finish were all inspired by the story of these maple tops.
"Our artistry does not live on a square canvas. It’s colors, inlays, and wood combinations; it’s a guitar," said Paul Miles, Director of Private Stock. "We’re always trying to evolve Private Stock. This guitar very much represents that."
Just sixty PRS Private Stock McCarty 594 "Graveyard II Limited" instruments will be made.
- Top Wood “Graveyard” Curly Maple Top
- Back Wood Swamp Ash
- Finish Raven's Heart High Gloss Nitro Finish
- Number of Frets 22
- Scale Length 24.594"
- Neck Wood Curly Maple
- Neck Shape Pattern Vintage
- Fretboard Wood Ebony/Curly Maple-Stained Faded Grey
- Fretboard Inlay Ebony "Ravens In Flight"
- Fretboard Radius 10"
- Bridge Smoked Black 2-Piece Stoptail Bridge
- Tuners PRS Phase III Set Screw Locking Tuners w/ Ebony Buttons
- Treble Pickup 58/15 Treble
- Bass Pickup 58/15 LT Bass
- Controls 2 Volume & 2 Push/Pull Tone Controls w/ 3-Way Toggle Pickup Switch
- Included Accessories Private Stock Blackened Tuna Case