Has My Love Of The PRS SE McCarty 594 Standard Held Up?

I gave this guitar a glowing review back in February, but almost 3 months later what do I think?

Despite our best efforts as guitar gear reviewers we sometimes can get caught up in the moment. I try not to review stuff too quickly, to avoid being overly effusive with praise that will wear off in a week. However, this website kind of gives me a chance to always revisit my subjective reviews from Ultimate-Guitar and “fact check” myself.

So to do just that, let’s take a look at the PRS SE McCarty 594 Standard that I absolutely loved back in February. You may remember it earning high marks for the rich humbuckers (great coil splits too!), and a really cozy neck and setup. Featuring 22 frets on the 25.594″ neck, it’s a slightly smaller feeling singlecut body with a violin carve, vintage style tuners, and a zinc two piece bridge, it’s a compelling spec sheet and playing experience for about $850 USD.

But here’s the deal, three months later I still love it. This SE McCarty 594 seems to be living up to the standard set by my original review. In fact, I’ve been picking up this PRS SE more and more. Which is pretty strange given my general anti-LP bias in guitar choices. But that’s really why this specific LP was dubbed the best LP-style I’ve played in years.

This guitar has been a bit of a godsend for the Bad Religion phase I’ve been in. It’s taken the place of the Les Paul Junior, and makes me feel a bit like Brian Baker. I think the issue is I always needed the LP specs, dual humbucker, 3-way selector on the top horn (for stuttering), but needed this lighter, more punk-adjacent package. This PRS SE is not a particularly heavy guitar, and plays like a dream.

This is a short, sort of informal review follow up. But three months later, everything I felt about this PRS SE McCarty 594 Standard is still true, making it a must try guitar for all LP enthusiasts on a budget.

Grab your own on Sweetwater or Reverb!


Published by Matt Dunn

Guitar and music journalist for Ultimate-Guitar.com and Guitarsforidiots.com as well as a contributor for Guitarniche.com and Stringjoy.com. Reach out to talk about guitars, commission a partscaster, or ask for a review.

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