Top quality guitars and builds at very respectable prices. The lampshade knobs are pure PRS, though. The wiring is modern-style. Paul Reed Smith underlined the point, adding that it was “a way of getting someone who grew up in that world to be very, very happy”. We like the Les Paul heft of the Singlecut. The 58/15 ‘S’ humbuckers were originally intended for the SE Hollowbody range but we should celebrate their wider release as they are among the best PRS has designed. Having reviewed the SE Hollowbodies for which these 58/15 ‘S’ pickups were originally conceived, they are fast becoming one of this writer’s favourites. Starting at £1,649 for the S2 594 Thinline, with the S2 594 Singlecut and double-cut McCarty S2 584 priced £1,849, these are not guitars for beginners, but they are genuine US-built PRS guitars costing around half the price of the Core models, and similar to other US production line instruments from the likes of Fender and Gibson. Tom Quayle explains. The McCarty S2 594s were our best guitars of the show on the rationale that they brought PRS's boutique, top-end quality within the reach of more players, exemplifying "PRS strengths in building, with its commitment to delivering those qualities at accessible prices for more players than ever.". This more simplistic build is all a part of the S2 ethos: maximum quality, minimal labour cost. The all-new S2 McCarty 594 Thinline features a thinner, one-piece, all-mahogany body and a Pattern Thin neck shape. Sign up below to get the latest from Guitarist, plus exclusive special offers, direct to your inbox! Whether you are looking for authentic humbucking tones or nuanced, sweet single-coil sounds, the S2 McCarty 594 Singlecut can seamlessly master both sonic territories thanks to its 58/15 “S” pickups and dual volume and push/pull tone controls. You also have the ability to mix neck humbucker with bridge single coil, and vice versa. Fit and finish is typically sharp, but the S2 models have a distinctly different chamfered edge top-carve with no inset control ‘dishes’ – or recessed rear control covers. As ever, PRS’s quality proposition is to the fore, just here it’s tempered by a bang-on price point. The double-cut and Singlecut are very good, but this Thinline really kicks – vibrant, alive and an effortless player. That additional depth increases the ratio of mahogany to maple, too – the maple top is the same thickness on both models at just over 13mm. The Thinline is considerably lighter and almost acoustic-like in its unplugged response, which is hugely vibrant. As it transpires, yes. BA1 1UA. The one-piece wrapover bridge, with its preset intonation ridge, dates back to the first Dragon guitar PRS produced in 1991. Well the S is for Stevensville, the location of PRS’s USA factory; and it is S2 because this is the more affordable second production line. These S2 models all share a nitro-over-celluse (CAB) finish that PRS has rolled out across its US-line (only the DGT and Private Stock models will be finished with regular nitro). On all three, the fingerboards are edge-bound and although the fretwire gauge is pretty much identical to that used on the Core McCarty in terms of width, it is marginally lower in height, again subtly altering the playing feel. Maybe that is part of its appeal; it wears the metallic blue finish well. Buyers' guides to all the best music gear, Bidding starts at $1 million, as Eric Clapton's 1954 Fender Stratocaster ”Slowhand” is up for auction, Free music samples: download loops, hits and multis from SampleRadar, 8 best keyboards for beginners and kids 2020: Start playing today with these top beginner keyboards, The best DAWs 2020: the best digital audio workstations for PC and Mac, Black Friday music deals 2020: everything musicians need to know and all the latest offers on music gear. S2 Thinline The switching options make for happy tone-hunting. Visit our corporate site. The 594 recipe certainly sweetens the pill for those of us who either grew up with or are long-time owners of Gibsons and the like. All three guitars here use the same circuitry, although the parts are of a slightly lower grade than you’ll find on the Core guitars with either Alpha or Jin Sung 500kohms audio taper pots. These guitars cover a lot of sonic ground, true to the McCarty 594 platform, whether played straight through an amplifier or run through a pedal board. In keeping with the vintage vibe – and without a vibrato in sight – the tuners are non-locking vintage Kluson style in the appearance of their rear covers with cream-coloured ‘faux-bone’ tulip buttons, but the string posts are unplated and we’d wager there are no plastic washers inside. Thoroughly addictive to play, the S2 McCarty 594 models feel right at home. But, as ever, PRS’s quality proposition is to the fore, just here it’s tempered by a bang-on price point. PRS’s bird inlays grace the majority of guitars the company has built. Well, how about a quick explainer as to the name. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. Sure, the Singlecut turns the clock back to the Les Paul stylistically, and it's raw humbucking voice has that thick, warm voice, and that fundamental integrity in the sustain. If I were to purchase a nicer singlecut guitar, this would probably be it. Introduced back in 2016 in PRS’s Core range, the £3.5k-plus guitars remain out of reach for many of us.. The third element of difference to the 594 concerns the controls and their layout, which follow Gibson’s classic positioning – not the four-control layout of the original and subsequent PRS Singlecut models. Usually we’d see a PRS Stoptail or vibrato, but here we have a separate bridge, with wide-topped brass saddles and open-slotted tailpiece: PRS’s update on Gibson’s tune-o-matic bridge and stud tailpiece combination. The Thinline's circuit and controls are the same as on the other S2 McCarty 594s but the three-way toggle switch is moved down by the tone and volume controls. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer. But let’s backtrack a little… The guitars are named after their scale lengths of 24.594 inches (625mm), the slightly-shorter-than-24.75-inch (629mm) scale actually used by Gibson in its golden days. © Guitar World is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. Private Stock or limited runs aside, you’ll only see this combo on the Core 594 models or these S2s. The single-coil tones are a little less treble-forward than the Core model but have a lovely musical clarity. The S2 necks, then, are three-piece (not one-piece like the Core models) with a heel stack and spliced-on headstock. As the Thinline illustrates with its metallic blue finish, it’s quite the looker and stylistically further distances the S2 from the Core models. BA1 1UA. Measuring some 43mm deep, the Thinline is – as the name suggests – the thinnest build here. This, as we'll get to soon, is no big deal; they sound exceptional. Production of some parts is outsourced to Asia. All are wired modern-style, too, with no treble-bleed caps on the volume controls, and the tone caps are still the same .033 microfarad value, though different from the Core caps. So, while the double-cut 594 is a real hybrid of PRS and Gibson style, the Singlecut is noticeably thicker in depth at 51mm (two inches) compared with the 48mm (1.89 inches) of the double-cut, and is clearly aimed at the classic Les Paul. Each of the tone controls have a pull-switch to independently split the pickups. Like the SG, the three-way toggle switch is billeted close by its quartet of controls (two volume, two tone with coil-splits). The double-cut 594 sits between the two in terms of weight and, to a certain extent, style. You will receive a verification email shortly. Some solid finishes would be a nice option for the McCarty 594 and Singlecut. Introduced back in 2016 in PRS’s Core range, the £3.5k-plus guitars remain out of reach for many of us. Instead we have these vintage-style tuners with faux-bone keys. We really don’t think any of this trio play or sound ‘cheap’, and in these challenging times a saving of around £1.5k might prove to be very important. As with all the S2 (and SE) guitars, the ‘S’ pickups are PRS-designed and made offshore. “The bridge is zinc, not an alloy,” PRS tells us. No vibrato, no locking tuners. Although locking tuners are synonymous with PRS guitars (both vibrato and hardtail), all these S2 594 models go for vintage-style non-locking tuners.
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