GAS advice - McCarty 594 WL

Freetz

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I've been thinking about getting a wood library 594, but I already have a wood library HBII. Other than the obvious hollow body aspect, I'm wondering if there's enough difference to make it worth it.

I can only assume this crowd will be more than supportive of MORE PRS, but some honest reflection on 594 vs HBII would be appreciated.
 

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Completely different, assuming you’re talking about the solid body version of the 594. I don’t own an HB anymore, but I do have a couple of 594s, one of which is semi hollow. Think the difference between a 335 and a Les Paul.
 

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Yep, I'm thinking solid body 594. I love my HBII and it's been my main guitar for well over a year now, but I can't stop looking at the 594 for some reason...

I do wish the HBII didn't have the plastic jack plate. For what those things fetch I'd hope they had steel plates like the rest of the lineup.
 

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Yep, I'm thinking solid body 594. I love my HBII and it's been my main guitar for well over a year now, but I can't stop looking at the 594 for some reason...

I do wish the HBII didn't have the plastic jack plate. For what those things fetch I'd hope they had steel plates like the rest of the lineup.
I think the plastic is just much better to form the battery compartment. Mine without a piezo has a metal jack plate.

I agree with Bodia: a hollowbody, particularly with piezo, has a very different tonal range. It won’t be duplicating what you have.
 

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Let's not forget--different neck profiles, too. Your HBII would almost certainly have the Pattern neck profile, whereas the 594 would have a Pattern Vintage neck profile. Despite the fact that the names seem really close, I find the Pattern Vintage to be a much more chunky-feeling neck than the medium-C-ish Pattern.

I concur with the above. These would be very different guitars.
 

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The width at the nut and body are the same on the pattern and pattern vintage - the only difference is the asymmetric cut and the vintage is only .05” thicker - can you really tell the difference in thickness? My pattern neck is about as big as I’d like - similarly my AVRI jazzmaster has the 60s C shape and while it’s comfy, much bigger and I’d be hurting.
 

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I know that the measurements are just fractionally different; but my left hand--specifically, the way that the slightly asymmetrical Pattern Vintage neck fills into that crook between my thumb and index finger--tells me otherwise. I've owned/played the older Pattern Regular (pretty close to Pattern, maybe a hair narrower), and currently have some Pattern necks and an SE Wide-Fat (very similar neck feels). My one Pattern Vintage is the "baseball bat" feeling one... at least to my small-ish hands.
 

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I'm only 5'9" and have what I assume are proportionally sized hands (that's some good joke foundation for the forum trolls), so that's exactly my main concern.

Additional question - do all of the 594s have the tummy cut? It seems subtle and from a lot of photos on Daves, eddies, wildwood, etc., it's not clear if the tummy cut is there - though some of those photos aren't the best.
 
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