Private Stock McCarty 594

February 2016 Guitar of the Month

  • Twenty-Six Piece Limited Production
  • Versatile Control Layout w/ Coil Splits
  • 58/15 LT Pickups
Private Stock McCarty 594

Vintage Heart with Modern Playability

Private Stock McCarty 594

PRS Guitars Private Stock team is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year with the return to the program that started it all: Guitars of the Month. Each month in 2016, the Private Stock team will deliver a unique design in limited numbers, highlighting the detailed craftsmanship and exquisite materials that define Private Stock.

February’s Guitar of the Month is the McCarty 594. Named after Paul’s mentor, Ted McCarty, the McCarty 594 pays homage to vintage “Golden Era” instruments while incorporating modern build techniques for an instrument that is at once incredibly familiar and effortlessly playable.

There are several details that PRS has incorporated into the 594’s design that contribute to the guitar’s tone and feel, including:

  • A 24.594” scale length, just slightly longer than 24.5” and where the model gets its name
  • “58/15 LT” pickups. LT meaning low turns, which give this guitar a sweet lower-output tone
  • 2 volume and 2 push/pull tone controls positioned so players can roll off both volume knobs at the same time, and with the added versatility of coil splits for more tonal options
  • A new Pattern Vintage neck carve. This neck carve shares the same width measurements as PRS’s Pattern neck, but is slightly thicker front to back and features an asymmetrical carve with a little less meat on the treble side, a little more on the bass side of the neck.
  • Tweaked Phase III tuners have an added set screw that pulls the tuner’s gear and worm together (while “locking” over the worm to prevent slipping) to promote tone transfer from the string directly into the guitar with as little energy as possible being detracted. (The tuner functions identically to standard Phase III tuners for re-stringing. Set screws must NOT be adjusted outside of the PRS factory. Making any adjustments to this feature may cause the tuner to stop functioning properly.)

Twenty six of these instruments will be made for February 2016, commemorating Private Stock’s 20th Anniversary.

“The 594 is the best new guitar I've played in years. It has a vintage heart and soul but without the technical limitations that usually come along with an old instrument. What good is an old guitar if you can't get all that feel out of the upper frets, or the intonation is off? To hear that old PAF sound but be able to articulate the notes in a way that only modern manufacturing could allow is so exciting. This one's going all over my new record, because it sits so nicely between all of the sonic identities we all know and love. And it plays like a dream.” – John Mayer

Private Stock Guitar of the Month

The original Guitars of the Month were cased between December 1994 and March 1996. They provided the opportunity to experiment with new ideas and led directly to the Private Stock to the creation of the Private Stock program with the first “official” Private Stock instrument casing on April 19, 1996.

“At the time, the original Guitars of the Month program was a way for us to experiment with new designs and features. To this day, that innovation and specialization is still at the heart of the Private Stock program, and we are very excited to try out some new ideas for our 20th Anniversary year.” – Paul Reed Smith

  • January 2016 Private Stock Guitar of the Month

    January 2016 Hollowbody Bass 4

  • February 2016 Private Stock Guitar of the Month

    February 2016 McCarty 594

  • March 2016 Private Stock Guitar of the Month

    March 2016 Maple Top Singlecut Archtop

  • April 2016 DGT Birds of a Feather Semi-Hollow

    April 2016 DGT Birds of a Feather Semi-Hollow

  • May 2016 509

    May 2016 509

  • June 2016

    June 2016 Paul's Guitar

  • July 2016

    July 2016 Grainger 5 Fretless Bass

  • August 2016

    August 2016 Custom 24 8-String

  • September 2016

    September 2016 24 Fret McCarty Singlecut Trem

  • October 2016

    October 2016 Lotus Knot Custom 24

  • November 2016

    November 2016 Singlecut McCarty 594

  • December 2016

    December 2016 Hollowbody II

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Videos

  • February 2016 Guitar of the Month

    Paul Reed Smith & Bryan Ewald on February's McCarty 594

  • Bryan Ewald Demos February's McCarty 594

    Bryan Ewald Demos February's McCarty 594

  • Sorry Paul! Love, John | Private Stock McCarty 594

    Sorry Paul! Love, John | Private Stock McCarty 594

Specifications

Top Wood Curly Maple
Back Wood Lightweight African Ribbon Mahogany Back
Scale Length 24.594"
Neck Wood Figured Mahogany
Neck Shape Pattern Vintage
Fretboard Wood Madagascar Rosewood w/ Curly Maple Binding
Inlays Mother of Pearl Birds w/ Paua Outlines, Madagascar Rosewood Headstock Veneer w/ Curly Maple Binding and Mother of Pearl Private Stock Eagle w/ Paua Outlines and Mother of Pearl “February” Engraved “New” Banner
Treble Pickup 58/15 LT
Bass Pickup 58/15 LT
Controls Two Volume and Two Push-Pull Tone Controls w/ 3-Way Toggle
Bridge PRS 2-Piece Stoptail Bridge
Tuners Tweaked Phase III Locking Tuning Pegs w/ Ebony Buttons
Nut Bone
Finish Vintage McCarty Smoked Burst High Gloss Nitro Finish
Case Private Stock 20th Anniversary British Fawn Tolex Hardshell Case
Private Stock McCarty 594

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