Played some SE McCarty 594s today

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Well, in a follow-up to my veneer thread, I finally found some SE 594s to play locally - store had 4 in. 2 Singlecut Standards, a Singlecut, and a double cut. In person, the veneer looks reasonable, but it's still a veneer. Wouldn't be the dealbreaker for me that I was thinking it might be.

The neck, on the other hand, is a dealbreaker. Felt OK for soloing, but my hand really didn't like it when playing power chord riffs - it's just too meaty for my taste.

They sounded great, were set up well, and the fit and finish is good. If you can get along with the neck, you should check one out. Me, I'm back to the drawing board...
 
Well, in a follow-up to my veneer thread, I finally found some SE 594s to play locally - store had 4 in. 2 Singlecut Standards, a Singlecut, and a double cut. In person, the veneer looks reasonable, but it's still a veneer. Wouldn't be the dealbreaker for me that I was thinking it might be.

The neck, on the other hand, is a dealbreaker. Felt OK for soloing, but my hand really didn't like it when playing power chord riffs - it's just too meaty for my taste.

They sounded great, were set up well, and the fit and finish is good. If you can get along with the neck, you should check one out. Me, I'm back to the drawing board...
The Hunt continues!
 
Have you considered an SE Hollowbody II? I have the piezo model and since purchasing it gets a good 80% of the playing time and same pups as the 594 and perhaps the neck profile is more to your taste. There is the standard which doesn’t have the maple veneer (seen you other post) and as it’s laminate construction you don’t get the joins you don’t like either. Also seems to be some good deals knocking on these around at the moment. And for those knocking laminate construction, it’s plenty good enough for a 335 and Casino.
 
I just bought my first PRS and it is an SE594. I like the guitar and the veneer doesn’t bother me. The electronics and QC did. I bought the SC to try the brand but it has had its issues. I am an older guy and play mainly Gibson on six strings, one strat and different for acoustic and basses.

I have seen my share of issues with other brands.

To the above, I actually have a casino and it looks perfect. Redid the electronics in it and
Love the guitar.

Not sure how to post a pic here but will try soon.
 
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Well, in a follow-up to my veneer thread, I finally found some SE 594s to play locally - store had 4 in. 2 Singlecut Standards, a Singlecut, and a double cut. In person, the veneer looks reasonable, but it's still a veneer. Wouldn't be the dealbreaker for me that I was thinking it might be.

The neck, on the other hand, is a dealbreaker. Felt OK for soloing, but my hand really didn't like it when playing power chord riffs - it's just too meaty for my taste.

They sounded great, were set up well, and the fit and finish is good. If you can get along with the neck, you should check one out. Me, I'm back to the drawing board...
I’m going to take a guess that the pattern regular neck found on a Vela is going to feel just right. The pattern vintage on the 594 is definitely thicker, although I would stop short of calling it “clubby”. Just so you know, the Epiphone 59 LP reissue feels at least as thick as the 594. So if you want to stick with PRS I would find models with a pattern regular neck. There are Gibson models with thinner necks as well.
 
I’m going to take a guess that the pattern regular neck found on a Vela is going to feel just right. The pattern vintage on the 594 is definitely thicker, although I would stop short of calling it “clubby”. Just so you know, the Epiphone 59 LP reissue feels at least as thick as the 594. So if you want to stick with PRS I would find models with a pattern regular neck. There are Gibson models with thinner necks as well.

I do indeed love the Pattern Regular. I also get along well with the Pattern, and the Wide Fat.
 
On my 594 SE DC I did two things that really improved the feel of the neck...
1. I rolled the fingerboard edges with a file
2. I took a red scotchbrite pad and knocked the shine off of the back of the neck

I liked the shape of the neck to begin with but it was a little cruder (is that a word?) than what I like and these two things made it more comfortable to play for me.

Now when I am working on songs for a gig or whatever I always pick up this guitar because I get less fatigue from a larger neck. I have had 3 hand surgeries to deal with carpal tunnel and some other stuff and this is very important to me. Hope this helps some of you that are not jiving with it initially.
 
Not a fan of big necks and my favorite is the PRS Pattern Regular on my S2’s. But I sure play my SE 245 quite often. And they can be had for a bargain at times .
 
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