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About PRS McCarty 594

The PRS McCarty 594 is one of the models in the range of tribute guitars to the late Ted McCarty, ex-president of Gibson guitars and mentor to Paul Reed Smith. The McCarty 594 is available in two styles: a singlecut model and a doublecut. The 594 models feature a modified scale length of 24.594", unique to this model. Another unique feature is the movement of the pickup selector from the normal control area to the upper horn.

This, along with the McCarty range choice for 4 control knobs make for a distinctly vintage instrument. Mixed with the precision and know how that PRS are revered for, this makes the PRS McCarty 594 models special indeed. Browse our selection of hand picked McCarty 594 models online or visit us at one of our UK based guitarguitar stores to try one out for yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions about PRS McCarty 594

Question: Do any of the PRS McCarty models come fitted with a tremolo?
No they don't: all of the McCartys are hard tail guitars. PRS do make plenty of tremolo equipped models, though and for something similar to a McCarty (though not the same, to be clear), we would recommend checking out the DGM Dave Grisson models.
Question: How does the altered scale length of the McCarty 594 affect the feel of the guitar?
PRS normally use a scale length of 25"" which is already sitting somewhere between the two traditional values of 24.75" and 25.5". Some of their models like the Santana guitars use a smaller `scale length again with 24.5". This is almost 'short scale' and the benefit for the player is a much easier, less tight feel on the strings as the tension is less great. You can bend notes easier, perform vibrato with less effort and generally feel more confident and comfortable on the fretboard. The McCarty 594 is a little longer in scale than the Santana and still a little shorter than the traditional 24.75. This, according to Paul Reed Smith, is a real sweet spot in terms of getting the best feel and tone from the shorter scale guitars. Intonation is reportedly much more precise too and is in fact the main motivating reason for making these minute differences in measurement across the fingerboard.