The cream binding doesn’t alter the feel, the top edges are nicely rounded, and the fretwork – as it should be – is superb with slightly more height than the S2 wire (see our S2 round-up review later in this issue). While Ted had no direct involvement in the McCarty Model that launched in 1994, at the time it was the most ‘vintage-style’ PRS, with the changes Paul had already made to his Custom recipe – for example, a 22-fret version, the development of the pre-intonated Stoptail wrapover bridge, plus suggestions that early PRS-user David Grissom had requested. It feels nice, looks nice and plays nice. “The weight of the tuning pegs makes a difference,” states Paul Reed Smith today. A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on Using your volume and tone isn’t essential, but it’s the key to a treasure trove of voices. Heat up any performance with this S2 McCarty 594. There is no neck drop on this guitar (I know some peeps have asked about this). 3 of 3 people (100%) people found this review helpful. #12 Pizzaking, Chicago Slim and gulliver like this. It’s crystal clear and acts a lot like nitro – it makes a wonderful base coat and we spray nitro over it. The weight of the tuning pegs makes a difference. The S2 McCarty 594 Thinline has a 24.594" scale Pattern Thin neck, and the other 2 S2 McCarty 594s have the 24.594" scale/Pattern Vintage neck like the Core McCarty 594s (which is thicker than the Pattern/Wide Fat neck, more like a Gibson Historic Les Paul neck in depth). Whether or not you want to go down that road is, of course, up to you. The tension between the gear and the worm makes a difference. Here, the ‘LT’ suffix means ‘low turns’ – effectively both are neck pickups and have the same output. Pots are 500k audio, the volume has the standard 180 picofarads treble-bleed cap, the tone capacitor is .033 microfarads, and the controls are wired modern-style. PRS Paul Reed Smith S2 McCarty 594 Electric Guitar (with Gig Bag). Ted McCarty looms large in the early history of PRS Guitars: he was the Gibson president during its halcyon days who, in the words of Paul Reed Smith, “downloaded the hard disk” on how they made guitars back then. But this new refreshed version keeps it very up to date, while the direct, simple drive, surprisingly versatile vintage-referenced voices, particularly the coil-splits, and a very grown-up vibe still have considerable appeal. “It’s simple,” says Paul to clarify. The S2 McCarty 594 family can seamlessly master authentic humbucking tones and nuanced, sweet single-coil sounds, thanks to their 58/15 “S” pickups and dual volume and push/pull tone controls. It works great, looks great and sounds great. BA1 1UA. Bath “The tension between the gear and the worm makes a difference. No clarity, they're just "there". It’s not quite as deep as the 594’s Pattern Vintage profile and feels a little more V’d thanks to the tapered shoulders, especially noticeable in lower positions. These guitars cover a lot of sonic ground, true to the McCarty 594 platform, whether played straight through an amplifier or run through a pedal board. I’ve played many guitars in the last 60 years and found this one to be great. The versatility from its pickup switching alone is fairly dramatic in that the single-coil voices combine an almost Tele-like nasality at the bridge with a clear, defined but not over-sharp neck pickup and a crisp hollowed mix that alone would get you through a huge swathe of styles. Guitar World is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. Jan 19, 2020 #13 The guitar's maple top and mahogany body offer searing tones powered by a pair of 58/15 "S" humbuckers. It’s always been a Guitarist favourite and unquestionably still is. Despite the treble-bleed cap here, the volume still pulls down the crispness a little when reduced, while the tone works just as you need to pull back those highs. But let’s backtrack a little… We don’t have the additional humbucker/single-coil blends of the four-control 594, but this is a very direct PRS-style drive and we can certainly say from gigging experience that it’s fast in use, allowing you to really coax out stellar sounds. Over the years, the player’s favourite dropped in and out of production, but it returned recently in 2016, and for 2020 it has a subtle refresh that brings it bang up to date. You will receive a verification email shortly. While the 2016 model used the latest-spec Phase III locking tuners with their unplated string posts, the 2020 reverts to the vintage Kluson-style tuners of the original model, a change back then from the rather clunky cam-lock tuners of Paul’s original vision. With the ever-present Custom on one side and the trending 594 on the other – not to mention Paul’s Guitar, the DGT and even the 509 or the new S2 594s – the McCarty would seem to outsiders like us to have considerable competition within PRS’s own catalogue, let alone in-store. Using your volume and tone isn’t essential, but it’s the key to a treasure trove of voices. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. The 594 is the closest PRS veers towards the classic ‘vintage-aimed’ Gibson recipe. Another abbreviation, TCI (Tuned Capacitance Inductance) refers to a relatively new way in which PRS has been able to ‘see’ the response of the pickup and, where necessary, ‘tune’ it, as well as the actual control circuit. Thoroughly addictive to play, the S2 McCarty 594 models feel right at home. I find the pickups to be ok and the action set up more for rhythm playing so added some 9’s and oh baby. “It’s that simple: it’s a nitro-ish base coat with a topcoat of nitrocellulose lacquer. The top nut here is bone. Back in 1994 this was a new circuit for PRS. PRS S2 McCarty Thinline 594 – MusicRadar rating 9/10 (Image credit: Future / Neil Godwin) Measuring some 43mm deep, the Thinline is – as the name suggests – the thinnest build here.