Meet The Model: The McCarty 594

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PRS McCarty 594

It’s been about a month since we released our newest core model, the McCarty 594, and the feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive! This model incorporates some old tricks Paul Reed Smith learned from his late mentor Ted McCarty, as well as a few firsts for a PRS core model. Learn more about the McCarty 594 below!


One of the most immediate things you’ll notice on the McCarty 594 is a 3-way toggle on the upper bout of our double-cutaway PRS body shape. This location is familiar for many players and offers easy access to change your tone on the fly. Here are some other specs the McCarty 594 offers:

- A 24.594” scale length, just slightly longer than our 24.5” and where the model derives its name.

- New “58/15 LT” pickups. LT meaning low turns, which give the 594 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 our Pattern neck, but is slightly thicker front to back and features an asymmetrical carve with a little less meat on the treble side, and a little more on the bass side of the neck.

- Tweaked Phase III tuners that have an added set screw to pull the tuner’s shaft, gear, and worm together, but with the tuner button taken out of play, to promote tone transfer from the string directly into the guitar itself with as little energy as possible being detracted.

Throughout the design and execution of the McCarty 594, Paul Reed Smith was heavily involved:


Since the launch, a number of artists have been impressed with the 594’s performance on stage and in the studio. Here’s what we’ve heard:

"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." - John Mayer (Dead & Co)

"It's engineered beautifully and really lives up to the idea of getting the best attributes of an old instrument, I love the two volume/two tone layout, while still keeping the overall feel of a PRS. The pickups sound great and really have the vibe of old PAF's that aren't wound too hot." - Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic)

"The new McCarty 594 is extremely versatile. With individual volume, tone and coil tap pulls I’m able to create a wide enough variety of tones that it has minimized my guitar changes on this year’s Toby Keith Interstates & Tailgates tour to almost none!" - Rich Eckhardt (Toby Keith)


If you’re wondering what kind of tones the McCarty 594 can achieve, product specialist and musician Bryan Ewald walks us through it in the video below!

Curious how it will sound in a band setting? Watch Simon McBride put the McCarty 594 though its paces in a live performance below!

Like all of our core models, the McCarty 594 is built in our Maryland factory with exceptional attention to detail and quality control at each step in production. Below, check out some photos of the McCarty 594’s around the factory.


For more specs visit the McCarty 594 Product Page.

To try one out in person, find an Authorized PRS Dealer Here!

Comments (16)

[email protected] September 27, 2017 - 3:26pm
Hey Ernie, our customer service can help you get that info! Reach out to them at [email protected]
Ernie September 26, 2017 - 3:18am
What gauge strings come on the 2017 SC 594? I just picked one up and LOVE it! However i put new strings on it and i want the original feel back!
Barry Johns February 21, 2017 - 3:37pm
I played the 594 first last Friday, yesterday, I went back and bought it. The best guitar I've played with no competition, in my 35 years of playing. Simply addicting, the tone, the feel, the vibe, the mojo, its all there in spades.......I'm over the moon in love with the guitar!
Wick Beavers February 11, 2017 - 7:31pm
I own a charcoal burst 10 top and have to add, it's the greatest. Most enjoyable to play for hours and hours guitar I've owned. I'm turning over decades of fun dating and flings- I'm finally getting hitched.
John Crowley January 21, 2017 - 6:11am
I have a SC58, is there much difference from the 594.
Corey January 12, 2017 - 2:43am
I bought one a couple of months ago, an Artist Package model with McCarty Sunburst Finish. I have nothing but good things to say about the 594. The sustain on this instrument is just incredible. Whenever I strum, the resonance of the wood lasts really, really long. Electrically, the pickups are really clear, perfect for vintage blues and jazz. As I mostly play music from the latter genre, I wonder if PRS Guitars know if the McCarty 594 will react well to heavier gauge strings, such as flatwound 12s or 13s? Thanks for taking time to read my comments!
Brian November 27, 2016 - 9:39pm
As some one who has owned a LOT of guitars, some vintage some new. My 594 is my favorite of all. It just does what is says. It sounds vintage while playing with precision.
Bob Turner July 22, 2016 - 10:28pm
Recently obtained a new 594 McCarty Burst. The perfect PRS for us 4 knob guys. Lives up to all that is promised and more.
Morgan July 21, 2016 - 1:46am
This is coming from a not so hot guitar player...only been playing for about 6 months. (barely know my way around a fretboard)...I became interested when it was plugged in and I heard the clean tones...for me the tone is perfect. BUT what you did for me is make playing guitar a lot more fun for me...somehow...(neck...594...etc) I can play this guitar better than anything I have played or own. Thanks guys....extremely happy here.
[email protected] July 05, 2016 - 11:14am
Hey draxe, if that info is something Paul and the development team feel we can share, our customer service department can give you a response. You can reach them at [email protected]!
David Quintana July 03, 2016 - 7:21pm
My Custom 22 10 top has been my main squeeze since 2004 but the 594 sure looks and sounds tempting! What a beauty, I'm anxious to try one out!
draxe June 30, 2016 - 1:28pm
The McCarty 594 really sounds very interesting. What i'd like to know is: what is the significance/objective for the 'ever so precise' 24.594 scale vs. the Standard Gibson 24.5 ??? I'd really appreciate knowing the reasoning & musical theory to support PRS' ideology in this regard.... Thanx kindly in advance & CheerZ! draxe
[email protected] June 30, 2016 - 1:11pm
Hey Frank, good thought. As the model's continue to make their way out to the world, I would continue searching YouTube for various reviews & demos - I'm hoping a video styled the way you'd like will pop up soon!
Thomas Filip June 29, 2016 - 11:18pm
nice gtr! the jam w/Simon McBride kicks butt as well.
Frank Adams June 29, 2016 - 4:33pm
Hello PRS, I am tremendously interested in the McCarty 594. There are none in my area yet so I have not been able to check one out. The Simon McBride demo is cool but I would love to hear the 594 in a band setting but with a player using less gain. A demo in a more R&B, Blues or Classic/Blues Rock setting would be much more helpful to me. I would like to hear more subtlety from the LT pickups. Are there any demos out there featuring some lower gain players? Thanks for reading and congrats on the new model.
William Stanley June 29, 2016 - 4:08pm
How is it that your company produced a functioning work of art! And the rest of the world is not rejoicing? Thank you for taking the time to produce a product so beautiful and so functional! It is kinda sad that more people don't realize the true beauty of a musical instrument and the joy it can give. Again thank you for your relentlessly pursuit of excellence!

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