"So often we hear about 'classic guitars with modern appointments' and sometimes they fall a little short of what they're trying to achieve. Rest assured the PRS McCarty 594 doesn't. There's an old school character about the feel and the sound. Fitted with a pair of 58/15 LT pickups, the PRS 594 achieves that late 50s PAF tone that so many players are after. As the name of the pickups suggest, they're a 2015 version of a 1958 pickup, with lower turns for a slightly lower output - perfect for nailing that classic rock and blues tone you've heard on countless classic albums. They're clear, warm and articulate, plus you can coil tap them to get single coil sounds (hence the modern features).
The neck on this guitar is my favourite PRS neck so far - Pattern Vintage. It's pretty chunky, a bit more like a late 50s Gibson neck than what you might find on a Custom 22 or 24. It's a little thicker on the bass side than it is on the treble side to make playing lead work a touch more comfortable. Also, the guitar gets its name from its scale length - 24.594". Though this is only a small change from the usual 24.5", the guitar will yeild a slightly different feel and produce harmonics and overtones a little differently.
As we've become accustomed to now from PRS, the McCarty 594 is built incredibly well using high quality materials, comes with a hard case, and looks incredible too. The scale length and pickups give you chunky, PAF-like tones, with the ability to change to single coil sounds. The 2 x volume and 2 x tone knob layout is familiar and easy to navigate, and the feel of the guitar is outstanding. I do tend to like old style guitars so this is really up my street, plus all the modern features make it a little more up to date for a wider range of players."
Richard Blenkinsop, Reidys Expert
Vintage Heart with Modern Playability
The McCarty 594 is a vintage-inspired instrument that is at once incredibly familiar and effortlessly playable. Whether you are looking for rich, authentic, vintage humbucking tones or nuanced, sweet singlecoil sounds, the McCarty 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 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.
A few key specifications that contribute to the McCarty 594’s tone and feel are:
“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
“I think a lot of people know PRS as a company that is looking to history, innovating, and improving all at the same time. The McCarty 594 is a great example of that culture. I believe it to be a great musical instrument… quality, playability and tone. It is also, as the ad says, subtly very different. When we were developing the 594, we examined everything: the scale length, the tuners, the bridge materials, the nut material, the pickups, the neck shape…... every piece of this instrument was designed to be exactly what we thought it needed to be to add up to the best instrument we could make. The final guitar, in my experience, is more than the sum of its parts. My hope is it is a source of joy and real musicality for everyone who picks one up. So far, it seems to be doing its job in that regard” – Paul Reed Smith
Top Wood: Carved Figured Maple
Back Wood: Mahogany
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
Bridge: PRS Two-Piece
Tuners: Tweaked Phase III Locking Tuners
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 on Upper Bout
Our chosen courier, DPD is currently operating as normal and all orders should be delivered on time. DPD are also now operating a "contact-free" service as a standard process and customers will not be asked to sign handheld units.
Mainland UK Delivery Services
Order before 2pm, Monday to Friday, for same-day dispatch of in-stock orders. Very heavy items such as pianos may take longer to deliver. In-stock orders placed over the weekend will be dispatched on Monday. Estimated delivery times for out of stock items are to be used as a guide only, these items may take longer than estimated to arrive. While we try our best to ensure rapid delivery of your order, delays may occur which are outside our control, and delivery of large or bulky items, or to remote or non-mainland addresses may take longer than estimated.
Most UK deliveries are shipped by our trusted courier, DPD. You'll receive an email with a delivery day, tracking and a one hour estimated delivery window on the morning of delivery. While we can't specify the time of the delivery, if it's not convenient, you can arrange directly with DPD for an alternative delivery date or request the parcel be left with a neighbour.
For heavier items, we usually ship UK deliveries by TNT. You will receive an email with tracking details when we ship your order.
Delivery to mainland UK addresses is free on all orders over £99. Delivery charges are based on the size and weight of your order and, in some cases, your location. A standard next working day carriage charge for UK mainland addresses is shown on the shopping basket page, but you can change delivery service later in the checkout.
We use a few different delivery couriers, depending on the items being sent, your location, and the delivery service you've chosen:
Most orders will need to be signed for and we advise you make sure to check your parcel/s for any damage before signing. If no-one is available at your address, a card will be left so you can arrange a re-delivery directly with the courier. Redirection of an order after it's been dispatched may incur an extra charge from the courier.
Delivery charges displayed apply to most UK mainland addresses. Deliveries to Northern Ireland, UK non-mainland, and European addresses will cost more, and carriage charges will be shown at the checkout before you place your order. Free delivery offers may not apply to some remote/Scottish Highlands addresses.
Replacement process for items damaged in transit or faulty
It doesn't happen often, but occasionally an item does get damaged on it's way to you. Don't worry! If your order is received either damaged or faulty, just let us know, preferably using the returns request form within 30 days of receiving the item, and we'll arrange for it its return and for a replacement or refund.
Returning an undamaged item
You can return most items bought online or by phone within 14 days for a refund (provided that it is unused and returned to us in New Condition – including packaging). You will need to return the item at your own expense. When we receive the goods back undamaged and with the correct packaging we will refund the cost of the goods.
Software or products that include software that needs to be registered are not eligible for this 14 day return period if opened and installed, and due to hygiene reasons we can't accept certain used in-ear headphones, microphones or harmonicas.
Faulty items under guarantee
The repair procedure for items which are under guarantee varies from manufacturer to manufacturer - please refer to the documentation which accompanied your purchase or complete the returns request form and we will advise you of the appropriate process.