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McCarty 594 10-Top
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2017
Condition: Near Mint
Price: $3,299
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Their new Strat-style guitar notwithstanding, offered here is an instrument which continues to be one of the most popular models PRS has released in quite a while, the McCarty 594. The 594 is named for it's unique string scale, 24.594", making the scale length of this model just under a 10th of an inch longer than the McCarty's typical 24.5". It's still a short scale, 22-fret design, but that tiny bit of added scale length generates a bit more clarity and brightness in the guitar's tone and is just one of the many little details that makes this model special.

Another key detail to this design are the electronics. The PRS 58/15 LT pickups are a lower wound humbuckers with a vintage output that again makes for a cleaner tone. PRS then added coil splitting, along with separate volume and tone controls for each pickup in order to provide nearly unlimited tone adjustment capabilities. Further, they put the three-way toggle in the upper bout of the guitar for purposes of player comfort.

The neck shape is called "Pattern Vintage." It's a chunky neck shape that is slightly asymmetrical with a little more mass on the bass side of the neck versus the treble side. This example has depth measurements of .89" at the first fret and .99" at the twelfth. 

Finally, PRS gave the 594 their own version of the familiar Tune-O-Matic two-piece bridge and tail piece setup. This design allows for maximum adjustment of string height and intonation. This design, along with the very effective PRS locking tuners, makes for extremely easy string changes.

Play this guitar and you immediately feel comfortable with the design. It feels very LP-like, but with a precision and physical beauty of a high-end PRS guitar. The tone is lovely clean, but has fabulous character and bite when gain is added. You can move between thick humbucker tones and single-coil clarity at will. All the cool details PRS put into this design result in a guitar that is so much more than just the sum of the components. This guitar seems to be able to do it all. 

This particular 594 has been given a "10-Top" and one of PRS' best finish colors, McCarty Sunburst. It has a total weight of just 7.8 pounds and is perfectly balanced. 

This guitar is in near mint condition and could likely pass for new. It has no real flaws and the frets show no observable wear. It comes in it's original PRS tolex case in similarly nice condition, along with the original hang tag, tools and all the other paperwork included when new.

This guitar was completed just this past December and cost the original owner $4,200. Get this barely played 2017 "10 Top" model for less the price of a new non "10 Top" example. What a great guitar!


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