Vintage Heart, Modern Playability From McCarty 594

Combining the best of the old and the new is something of a holy grail in guitar building.

Vintage tone, worn-in feel, classic looks – we want them all. But we also want modern playability, super-stable tuning and versatility.

Enter the new McCarty 594, a PRS model created specifically to tick all the above boxes. Its 58/15 LT (low turn) pickups and push/pull coil taps provide an abundance of rich, old-school humbucking and nuanced sweet single-coil tones, while the new Pattern Vintage neck carve lends an immediately familiar, “years-old” playability. But typically precise PRS craftsmanship also means class-leading modern levels of intonation along the entire length of its 24.594″ neck (see where the name comes from?) – and tweaked Phase III tuners with a new ‘set screw’ ensure excellent tuning stability and maximum transfer of energy from string to guitar.

Add in a sumptuous spec list that includes figured maple top, mahogany back, bound rosewood fingerboard, Bird inlays, PRS 2-piece stop tailpiece and a choice of Blood Orange, Black Gold Burst, Charcoal Burst, Fire Red Burst, Faded Whale Blue, Gray Black, Honey, Jade, McCarty Sunburst colours and you’ve got another PRS model well worthy of the McCarty name.

So it’s easy to see why John Mayer says, “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.”


The PRS McCarty 594 carries a recommended retail price of £4260 / €6659 in the UK/Europe