McCarty 594 Singlecut

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Vintage Tone and Feel. Remarkable Playability.

The McCarty family of guitars are born from passion and precision: built passionately to embody vintage appointments and tone while utilizing the precision of PRS’s modern manufacturing techniques. Whether you are looking for rich, authentic humbucking tones or nuanced, sweet single-coil sounds, the McCarty Singlecut 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 Singlecut 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.

The McCarty Singlecut 594 has been meticulously spec’d to deliver a familiar feel and warm, vintage tone, featuring a bound, 22-fret, 24.594” scale length Pattern Vintage neck, a slightly thicker back for enhanced tone and sustain, and 58/15 LT+ treble and bass pickups, which have now been through the TCI (tuned capacitance and inductance) process. 58/15 LT+ pickups offer exceptional clarity, focused midrange, and vintage character. The McCarty Singlecut 594 model is anchored by a zinc two-piece stoptail bridge with brass saddles and studs for added resonance and vintage-style tuners.

“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


Top Wood Carved Figured Maple
Back Wood Mahogany
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 24.594”
Neck Wood Mahogany
Neck Shape Pattern Vintage
Fretboard Wood Rosewood w/ Faux Bone Binding
Fretboard Inlay "Old School" Birds
Neck/Body Assembly
Neck/Body Assembly Type Set
Bridge PRS Two-Piece, Cast Zinc
Tuners Vintage-Style
Hardware Type Nickel
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
Additional Info
Options 10 Top with Hybrid Hardware
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"The SC594 is literally the finest guitar I've ever played in my life. I can't even put it in words. I haven't put it down. There is a 'cut' and character in this guitar that I've been needing. It has a chime! Toby's music so 'complex' with so many things going on, I need CUT in my tones. Need to be able to rip a head off once in a while, but still have the warmth and character is guitarist and tone junkys need."

- Tim Rosenau, Toby Mac

"In conclusion, I like this guitar–a lot! I appreciate all the attention to detail that goes into a PRS before it leaves the factory. Fit, finish and playability are fantastic right there out of the box. For a traditional dual humbucker guitar, it offers up all the classic tones you expect and the coil-tap switches are a quite functional addition. This guitar exudes quality–quality of parts and quality of build. I highly recommend an audition if you are at all curious about what PRS achieved when they put their experience and quest for excellence towards updating a tried and true design."

- Jazz Guitar Today

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