Paul Reed Smith

PRS McCarty 594 Charcoal

SKU: 1-0347155

Special PRS McCarty 594 upgrades: TCI pickups and nitro Charcoal finish!

First of all, the Charcoal finish is of course noticeable, which may look even more beautiful due to the updated CAB (nitro) finish formula. Since its introduction a few years ago, the McCarty 594 has become an outright classic within the PRS line-up. The guitar owes the second part of its name to the scale length of 24.594 inches, and is inspired by vintage LP-style guitars from the 1950s. However - as befits PRS - this traditional formula has been given a new, more reliable and innovative look. Consider, for example, the 58/15 LT pickups that can be switched from humbucker to single coil using push/pull pots, for a wide range of beautiful, vintage-oriented tones. These Low Turn humbuckers have a milder output than most double-coil pickups, which produces an incredibly warm sound with just enough definition. These pickups have always been fantastic, but thanks to the new TCI tuning, the split-coil modes sound even more convincing. In addition, the McCarty 594 is equipped with the special "pattern vintage" neck profile. This profile is a combination of the finest '50s necks, but has the unique feature that it slopes asymmetrically. This means that the neck is slightly thicker on the bass side than on the treble side at the higher frets, so that the neck will fit comfortably in the hand over its entire length. And also underestimate the effect of the PRS Two-Piece Cast Zinc bridge. This bridge sounds a lot fuller than many TOM bridges, and therefore has a huge impact on the overall sound. The traditional combination of a mahogany body and neck, maple top and rosewood fingerboard completes the whole. As for the adjustments for 2020: the latest 594 models are equipped with Vintage-Style tuners (no more locking tuners), the aforementioned CAB finish and the TCI-tuned pickups. In our opinion, these upgrades give the guitar an even more traditional feel, without sacrificing the modern and reliable character of PRS. Totally awesome!

What is TCI?

TCI is an abbreviation for Tuned Capacitance and Inductance treatment . This way of fine-tuning pickups arose during the design process of the Silver Sky, in collaboration with John Mayer. Both Paul Reed Smith and John Mayer were obsessed with recreating the Stratocaster single coils from '63 to '65 as accurately as possible, with just the right balance of highs and lows. When a pickup is wound, the coils are also capacitors (capacitance), resistors and inductors (inductance). Until now, these three elements could not be influenced independently of each other, but Paul Reed Smith has cracked the code to isolate these factors and fine-tune them precisely. Thanks to the TCI treatment, the pickups are now even better matched to the guitar to produce the purest guitar sound to date. TCI is more than just a new type of pick-up, it is a completely innovative process. That process is now applied to all PRS pickups offered in the Core line, with the exception of some Signature models.

Top Wood: Carved Figured Maple
Finish: Charcoal
Body Wood: Mahogany
Number of Frets: 22
Scale Length: 24.594"
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Fretboard Wood: Rosewood, Faux Bone Binding
Fretboard Inlays: Birds
Neck Shape: Pattern Vintage
Bridge: PRS Two-Piece, Cast Zinc
Tuners: Vintage Style
Hardware Type: Nickel
Treble Pickup: 58/15 LT Treble TCI
Bass Pickup: 58/15 LT Bass TCI
Controls: Two Volume and Two Push/Pull Tone Controls with 3-Way Toggle Pickup Switch on Upper Bout
Case: Case Included