McCarty vs McCarty 594

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  1. Andy80

    Andy80 New Member

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    So I just want to get people's ideas if you have played both, (or not, whatever), is there an appreciable difference between these 2 guitars? In terms of tone and feel erc. The differences as far as I can tell are:

    Scale length
    Bridge
    Control layout
    Neck carve

    Are the bodies different thicknesses? Weight?

    I am having a tough time deciding between these 2. I love the 25" scale but how well does the bridge intonate?
     
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  2. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    I would not worry a bit about intonation with a 25” scale PRS.
    Body thickness and weight are pretty much the same.
    I would choose based to the degree to which I had a scale bias (I have a bit of a preference for the tone of the shorter scale, but that is personal) and then how much I cared about controls for each pickup (I don’t much, but there are times I appreciate two volumes - like the DGT).
     
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  3. Bob Hundemer

    Bob Hundemer New Member

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    I'm curious to know too because I already have a 98 McCarty I bought new. This time around I'm thinking of a SC 594 with the TCI Pickups.
     
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  4. WA Paul

    WA Paul It’s ok...I’m with Manny dog

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    I find the Pattern Vintage neck carve on the 594 is more comfortable than the Pattern carve on the standard McCarty. I also prefer shorter scale length for playability and tone.
     
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  5. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Im in this camp, too. I’m not a huge fan of the four knobs. I prefer two. Not a deal breaker, though.
     
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  6. Basauri

    Basauri Diamonds x Guitars deal with Paul

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    Main differences I find between these two are the neck carve, and control layout. I'm a big fan of the pattern carve, finding the pattern vintage thicker for my tastes but not uncomfortable. I prefer the McCarty control layout too, and the sound, more "PRS" imo
     
  7. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    I have an older 2001 McRosie, and a 594 Soapy, so not quite what you're looking at.
    That being said they both play and feel wonderful.
    Like others I find the PV carve on the 594 a little more comfy.
    I like the simplicity of the control layout on the McRosie a bit more, but as already stated, the 594 is more versatile.

    I think at this point, my choice between the two new guitars would go to the 594. But... you could not lose with either.
     
  8. ViperDoc

    ViperDoc Plugged In.

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    The Pattern Vintage neck is incredibly comfortable. I'm also a Wide Fat fan. Pattern not so much. It's amazing how much difference a neck carve makes. The two-piece bridge is designed for more vintage tones, and it delivers. I love the wraparound bridge, also. The 594 is the total package and no other PRS or other guitar for that matter will give you the same recipe. The 594 rocks. I've got four of them and am drooling over a fifth. Play one and you're doomed. You've been warned.
     
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  9. Andy80

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    I have haha, it's an amazing guitar, and I'm strongly leaning toward the 594 at the moment. I thought Pattern was the new wide fat? I guess not
     
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    I’ve heard that, too, but they don’t feel interchangeable to me. This may be sacrilege, but I can play any of my 594’s comfortably up and down the neck, but my Special Semihollow? Nope. It’s very uncomfortable to me, so I’m going to let it go. It’s an amazing guitar, but it just isn’t playable for me.
     
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  11. Andy80

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    Agreed, I too tried the Special SH a few different times, and while it sounds incredible, I found the neck a bit weird to play. You won't have trouble finding a new home for that one!
     
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  12. WA Paul

    WA Paul It’s ok...I’m with Manny dog

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    Pattern feels a bit thicker than the old wide fat. Subtle though. I like them both, but pattern vintage is king!
     
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  13. HANGAR18

    HANGAR18 What Would Evel Knievel Do?

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    The McCarty models were my first favorite PRS model. But now I much prefer the 594 version due to the Pattern Vintage neck carve. The second most important thing to me is the shorter scale length.

    (Note: I'm talking about the doublecut version of the 594's which are thicker than a Custom 24 but thinner than a McCarty 594 Singlecut. I prefer the thinner 594 doublecut over the thicker 594 singlecut.)
     
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  14. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I have a couple of 594s (traded a recent McCarty in on one of them), and I love them, but the McCarty is different sounding enough that I miss mine and recently ordered a 2020 McCarty. So I’ll have two 594s as well as a McCarty.
     
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    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    A nice 594 would give me a McCarty trifecta.:cool:
     
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  16. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    The 594s, McCarty Singlecut and the upcoming McCarty will be a tetrarchy. The other guitars may resent this, stage a revolution, and put together a politburo of equals who share, and share alike.

    Of course, what they share is a guitar slave, namely, me.

    “Slave, change my strings.”

    “Slave, it’s time for me to be cleaned and shined up.”

    “Slave, buy me a different amp, I’m bored with this one.”

    “Slave, it’s time for a new humidipak and also start humidifying the room I sleep in.” Etc.

    It’s really a lot of work for one slave to do.
     
  17. toothace

    toothace Zombie Thirteen, DFZ

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    What? These things need replacing??:eek:
     
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  18. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Mine keeps insisting I learn new positions.
    I mean it's not that I don't like change and stuff, but sometimes it kinda hurts!:rolleyes:
     
  19. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    They last longer in summer, but in winter, they dry out after a few months, at least here in Michigan. I’ve read that they can be re-energized somehow, but it’s hardly worth the effort, for me, anyway.
     
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    toothace Zombie Thirteen, DFZ

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    (types "humidipak" into Amazon search bar)
     
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