The McCarty 594 Hollowbody II brings a new set of features to one of our most beloved models: the Hollowbody II. With fully-hollow construction, the Hollowbody II is a resonant guitar with warm, woody tone. The details carried over from the McCarty 594 model impart vintage character to this already classic instrument. 58/15 LT pickups, which have been through the TCI (tuned capacitance and inductance) process, ensure that these guitars are clear and musical while dual volume and push/pull tone controls offer plenty of versatility. The zinc two-piece bridge and vintage-style tuners anchor this guitar and stay true to the promise of the McCarty family.
Whether you are looking for rich, authentic humbucking tones or nuanced, sweet single-coil sounds, the McCarty 594 Hollowbody II can oblige. Additional appointments include, a bound, 22-fret, 24.594” scale length Pattern Vintage neck with rosewood fretboard and PRS trademark bird inlays.
“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.
For 2024, PRS Guitars is updating the tuning machines on many of our Core guitars. While, aesthetically, our new Wing buttons are designed to echo the 12th fret bird wingspan design, they were first and foremost designed for tonal reasons all the way back in 1982. Because these buttons are lighter weight than their metal predecessors, they are subtracting less energy from the vibrating strings, thus helping the guitar ring longer and at a more musical note. The removal of the tuner’s locking feature on non-tremolo-equipped guitars further decreases their weight.
PRS Two-Piece Bridge
Made of zinc and brass, this bridge has four contact points and added mass, enhancing the natural tone of the guitar and helping to create a more resonant instrument.
PRS Vintage-Style Non-Locking Tuners with Wing Buttons
Traditional closed-back tuners engineered to promote resonance.
PRS 58/15 LT Pickups
“Low turn” pickups with vintage warm, clear tone.
|Number of Frets
|Neck Depth at the 1/2 Fret
|Neck Depth at the 12 1/2 Fret
|Neck Width at the Nut
|Neck Width at the Body
|Rosewood w/ Faux Bone Binding
|Neck/Body Assembly Type
|PRS Vintage-Style Non-Locking Tuners with Wing Buttons
|Truss Rod Cover
|Two Volume and Two Push/Pull Tone Controls with 3-Way Toggle Pickup Switch
|PRS Signature 10-46
|Standard (6 String): E, A, D, G, B, E
|10 Top and Back with Hybrid Hardware
McCarty 594 Hollowbody II - Controls Description
Antique White Top (Opaque Top/Back with Natural Sides)
Black Top (Opaque Top/Back with Natural Sides)
Black Gold Wraparound Burst
Dark Cherry Burst
Faded Blue Jean
Fire Red Burst
Gold Top (Opaque Top/Back with Natural Sides)
McCarty Tobacco Sunburst
“All in all, the McCarty 594 Hollowbody II is an extremely good-looking, great-playing and excellent-sounding guitar, an achievement fully worthy of PRS’s place in the industry and an easy choice for our Editor’s Pick Award.”
“Playing this guitar was a genuinely rewarding experience. While a little different from my usual setup, most players won’t be disappointed with the playability straight out of the gate.”