McCarty 594

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Vintage Heart with Modern Playability

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.

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.

Featured Specifications

Specifications

Body
Body Construction Solidbody
Top Wood Maple
Back Wood Mahogany
Top Carve Violin
Neck
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 24.594”
Neck Wood Mahogany
Neck Construction One-Piece
Truss Rod PRS Double-Acting
Neck Shape Pattern Vintage
Neck Depth At The Nut 7/8"
Width Of Fretboard At The Nut 1 11/16"
Width Of Fretboard At The Body 2 1/4"
Fretboard Wood Rosewood w/ Faux Bone Binding
Fretboard Radius 10"
Fretboard Inlay Birds
Headstock Logo Signature, Inlaid
Neck/Body Assembly
Neck/Body Assembly Type Set
Hardware
Bridge PRS Two-Piece
Tuners Vintage-Style
Hardware Type Nickel
Nut Bone
Truss Rod Cover "McCarty"
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
Additional Info
Strings PRS Signature 10-46
Tuning Standard (6 String): E, A, D, G, B, E
Case Hardshell Case
Options 10 Top with Hybrid Hardware

Controls

Infographic showing switching positions for McCarty 594

McCarty 594 - Controls Description

3-way toggle pickup switch

Position 1 (down) - treble pickup

Position 2 - treble and bass pickups

Position 3 (up) - bass pickup

Push/pull tone pots

Down - humbucker mode

Up - single coil mode

Colors

Antique White

Antique White

Black

Black

Black Gold Burst

Black Gold Burst

Charcoal

Charcoal

Charcoal Burst

Charcoal Burst

Dark Cherry Sunburst

Dark Cherry Sunburst

Fire Red Burst

Fire Red Burst

Gold Top

Gold Top

McCarty Sunburst

McCarty Sunburst

McCarty Tobacco Sunburst

McCarty Tobacco Sunburst

Purple Iris

Purple Iris

Yellow Tiger

Yellow Tiger

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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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