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The original PRS Singlecut caused quite a bit of commotion when it was first introduced – Not least in the Gibson boardroom – Since then, PRS have pursued the vintage flavoured market and released a few variations with a 24.5″ scale length – SC58, Stripped 58, SC245 Sunburst Nitro for starters – All with a similar theme, but each with slightly different spec’s – Today I can offer for sale a used PRS McCarty SC594, which in this case features a traditional McCarty Sunburst finish –  I’ll list a few of my own comments and observations below regarding the 594, but for now, why not click here and read a SC594, courtesy of Guitarist/MusicRadar and Neville Marten – Then click here to view a video clip of the 594 in action

Playability :-  The neck, feel and frets are far more influenced by the R9 Custom Shop LP market, as against just been another PRS Custom 22/24 or McCarty based guitar – The differences maybe subtle, but to a traditional LP fan, they are more in line of what it is all about – Yet, the PRS set-up is far more slinky and feels far more easy to play – Only a light touch is required to show of a few cascading licks ‘n’ tricks – Yet you can still dig in and lay into a few big moody blues bends as required – Maybe a combination of a precision cut top nut,  quality fret work including the profile and impeccably polished, but the whole guitar sounds more in tune – Even when playing more complex’ jazz flavoured chords further up the fingerboard – Maybe PRS have not re-invented the classic feel of a 59 burst, but they have made it more slick

Tonal character :-   Again the influence is very much 59 burst influenced – Is it a DNA 59 replica ? – I’ll say no, but that is purely as in my opinion there is a 59 influence, but two, three or four 59’s, when compared side by side, are similar but never identical – To my ears the PRS has more definition and dynamics – As such more responsive  – The neck pick-up sings and puurrrs and sounds so lush and creamy smooth – The bridge pick-up delivers a tight low end that is full,with punchy mids and musical highs that are clear but not thin – It has more than enough character to enjoy working through the clean channel of an amp, be it for those Chic style funky chops, country pickin’ licks, or chilled and laid back jazz lines – Yet only a touch of overdrive is required for the 594 to show its character  – With this in mind, with the guitar’s volume pot on 10, you’ll hear the full on approach – So roll back the pot towards 6 or 7 for  a cleaner voice which you’ll find is ideal to set-up your base camp – ie The sweet spot  – Then roll back towards when you require that bit of extra gain and bite – The same approach works when you dial in more gain on the amp/pedal – Hence you and the guitar can find so much soul and emotion at your finger tips

On hi-gain amp settings I found it was a hard choice between do I prefer to play on the neck or bridge pick-up – I know you can select both as required, but on many guitars I don’t always like both options – But on the 594 I could fall in love with the tone from either pick-up  – Hard not to play an LP flavoured guitar and think Kossof, Green, Moore and Jo Bo and with that in mind, then PRS have certainly delivered a guitar that captures so much of this magic – Maybe it is  pity that such a guitar needs to capture and deliver the old school vibe, but if you want a more ‘modern’ vibe then PRS suggest the Custom 22 or 24 models – The 594 is old school influenced but it somehow feels more slick – Don’t forget the two partial coil tap options on each tone pot – Are they exact DNA replicas of a classic pre-CBS Strat ? – No – But they are far superior to the traditional thin nature that you hear on many humbuckers with a split/coil tap option – They are certainly useful for funky rhythm chops and at least allow a humbucker based guitar to deliver something towards the SRV style blues licks and Texas shuffle/walking bass lines – In my opionion they work far more effectively with less gain and/or no gain

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