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The PRS McCarty 594 Black Sunburst s#0346799 is a luxurious addition to any guitar collection. Its elegant design incorporates a carved maple top and black sunburst finish, a mahogany body and neck, a rosewood fretboard with faux bone binding, and classic Birds inlays. Equipped with a PRS Two-Piece cast zinc bridge and Vintage-style tuners, this model features hybrid hardware and 58/15 LT Treble and Bass TCI pickups controlled by two volume and two push/pull tone controls with a 3-way toggle pickup switch. Striking and sophisticated.
The McCarty is well-known for being a bit bigger than a standard PRS, with a thicker back and a fatter, more vintage-inspired neck profile. This altered version of the PRS McCarty 594 is a little bit different, with a new "Pattern Vintage" neck profile that is as wide as PRS' regular Pattern neck but slightly thicker with an asymmetrical carve. This means that up at the treble side you'll have less material in the way, while on the bass end you're provided with a chunkier and more supportive feel.
The modified scale length is actually the biggest change to the neck. Previous McCarty models used more typical PRS scale lengths, such as 25" or 24.5". The McCarty 594 is a little bit different at 24.594" - hence its name. Increasing string tension ever so slightly over the 24.5" scale for improved note clarity, the McCarty 594 still offers a '50s single-cut kind of response.
PRS's 58/15 pickups are a great choice for guitarists who want all of that classic PAF tone, but with a bit of extra heat. In the PRS McCarty 594, there's a pair of the new LT ("Low Turn") versions which have fewer pickup winds, resulting in a lower output level better-suited to clean and mid-gain blues/rock styles. The added versatility of push/pull coil taps for each pickup gives you even more tonal options too!
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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.
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