McCarty 594

Vintage Heart with Modern Playability

McCarty 594

The McCarty 594 is a versatile, vintage-inspired instrument that is effortlessly playable. Featuring a bound 22-fret Pattern Vintage neck and slightly thicker back for more enhanced tone and sustain, the McCarty 594 plays in tune, is intonated the entire length of the neck, and feels like a guitar you’ve been playing forever. Whether you are looking for rich, authentic humbucking tones or nuanced, sweet single-coil sounds, the McCarty 594 can seamlessly master both sonic territories thanks to its 58/15 LT pickups, which have now been through the TCI (tuned capacitance and inductance) process, and dual volume and push/pull tone controls. A zinc two-piece bridge and vintage-style tuners anchor this guitar and stay true to the promise of the McCarty family.

“One of my sayings is that everything that touches the string is God – well, that’s really the bridge, the nut, and the tuners. The updates to the McCarty family make a huge difference in their tone. The guitar sustains longer and the tone has more character,” said Paul Reed Smith.

For 2020, PRS has updated this model with TCI-tuned pickups and nitro over celluose (CAB) finish.

In the late 1980’s, Paul Reed Smith called on Ted McCarty to consult with him on guitar design and production techniques. He not only served as a mentor but became a great friend of Paul and everyone he met at PRS. In 1994, PRS released the first McCarty, an instrument that incorporated the full spectrum of techniques and knowledge Paul had gained from Ted as well as his own experiences as a guitar builder. 

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  • McCarty 594 Demo

    McCarty 594 Demo

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 Vintage-Style
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 Switch on Upper Bout
Strings 10's

Upgrade Options

  • 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
  • Paua Outline / Green Select Abalone Center Artist Bird Inlays
  • Gold Hardware (default)
  • Black Paisley Artist Case
  • Expanded “Artist Package” Finish Selections* (see below)

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

  • Dark Cherry Sunburst

    Dark Cherry Sunburst

  • 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

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