McCarty 594

Vintage Heart with Modern Playability

McCarty 594

The McCarty 594 is a vintage-inspired instrument that is at once incredibly familiar and effortlessly playable. Whether you are looking for rich, authentic, vintage humbucking tones or nuanced, sweet singlecoil sounds, the McCarty 594 can seamlessly master both sonic territories thanks to the 58/15 LT pickups and push/pull coil taps on the tone controls. The electronics layout, a few key specifications, and PRS craftsmanship combine in the McCarty 594 to create an instrument that plays in tune, is intonated the entire length of the neck, and feels like a guitar that you’ve been playing forever.

A few key specifications that contribute to the McCarty 594’s tone and feel are:

  • 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 the guitar a warm, clear tone.
  • 2 volume and 2 tone controls positioned so players can roll off both volume knobs at the same time.
  • The added versatility of push/pull coil taps for each pickup for more tonal options
  • A Pattern Vintage neck carve, which 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 and a little more meat 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.)

"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

"I think a lot of people know PRS as a company that is looking to history, innovating, and improving all at the same time. The McCarty 594 is a great example of that culture. I believe it to be a great musical instrument… quality, playability and tone. It is also, as the ad says, subtly very different. When we were developing the 594, we examined everything: the scale length, the tuners, the bridge materials, the nut material, the pickups, the neck shape...... every piece of this instrument was designed to be exactly what we thought it needed to be to add up to the best instrument we could make. The final guitar, in my experience, is more than the sum of its parts. My hope is it is a source of joy and real musicality for everyone who picks one up. So far, it seems to be doing its job in that regard" – Paul Reed Smith

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  • You asked, we answered! Introducing the Core McCarty 594

    You asked, we answered! Introducing the Core McCarty 594

  • Simon McBride tests out the Core McCarty 594

    Simon McBride tests out the Core McCarty 594

  • The PRS McCarty 594

    The PRS McCarty 594

Specifications

Body

Top Wood Carved Figured Maple
Back Wood Mahogany

Neck

Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 24.594"
Neck Wood Mahogany
Neck Shape Pattern Vintage
Neck Depth At The Nut
28.5/32”
Width of Fretboard at the Body
2 1/4”
Width of Fretboard at the Nut
1 11/16”
Fretboard Wood Rosewood with Faux Bone Binding
Fretboard Inlay Birds

Hardware

Bridge PRS Two-Piece
Tuners Tweaked Phase III Locking Tuners
Hardware Type Nickel

Electronics

Treble Pickup 58/15 LT
Bass Pickup 58/15 LT
Controls Two Volume and Two Push/Pull Tone Controls with 3-Way Toggle Pickup Switch on Upper Bout
Strings 10's

Upgrade Options

10-Top

  • 10-Top Grade Maple Top
  • Hybrid Hardware

Artist Package Option

  • Artist Grade Maple Top
  • Artist Grade Gaboon Ebony Fretboard & Headstock Veneer with Inlaid Green Abalone Signature
  • Gold Hardware
  • Black Paisley Artist Case
  • Expanded “Artist Package” Finish Selections* (see below)
    *does not include Paul's Guitar or DGT

Available Colors

    • Antique White

      Antique White

    • Aquamarine

      Aquamarine

    • Black

      Black

    • Black Gold Wrap Burst

      Black Gold Wrap Burst

    • Charcoal Burst

      Charcoal Burst

    • Charcoal Cherry Burst

      Charcoal Cherry Burst

    • Emerald

      Emerald

    • Faded Whale Blue

      Faded Whale Blue

    • Fire Red Burst

      Fire Red Burst

    • Gold Top

      Gold Top

    • Gray Black

      Gray Black

    • McCarty Sunburst

      McCarty Sunburst

    • McCarty Tobacco Sunburst

      McCarty Tobacco Sunburst

    • Orange Tiger

      Orange Tiger

    • Trampas Green

      Trampas Green

    • Violet

      Violet

    • Violet Blue Burst

      Violet Blue Burst

    • Yellow Tiger

      Yellow Tiger

    • Autumn Sky

      Autumn Sky Artist Package Only

    • Blue Fade

      Blue Fade Artist Package Only

    • Copperhead

      Copperhead Artist Package Only

    • Copperhead Burst

      Copperhead Burst Artist Package Only

    • Faded Blue Burst

      Faded Blue Burst Artist Package Only

    • Faded Blue Jean

      Faded Blue Jean Artist Package Only

    • Natural

      Natural Artist Package Only

    • Purple Mist

      Purple Mist Artist Package Only

    • River Blue

      River Blue Artist Package Only

    • Whale Blue

      Whale Blue Artist Package Only

Design & Build Philosophies

Accolades

"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

"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

"I could go on and on about how fabulous this thing sounds, how beautifully it plays and intonates, the exquisite workmanship, etc. Instead let me just say that I’ve played a lot of guitars in general and PRS guitars in particular...and this is one of the finest instruments I have ever encountered."

- Guitar Player

"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

"So... you guys knocked this one out of the park. It’s... kinda freaking me out a bit. Causing me to re-think my touring set and I have only been playing it for two hours. I am not really sure what to say, I have two “Holy Grail” guitars that do most of my heavy lifting in the set, but this one is going to be banging it’s head to work its way in. I am a bit stunned. The 594 sounded like a good concept on paper, but....just wow. This is a killer."

- - John Wesley Dearth, Porcupine Tree

Signature Dealers

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