PRS Paul Reed Smith Wood Library McCarty 594 Guitar, Roasted Maple & Brazilian Rosewood, Violet

$ 6010.00


As one of PRS’s top independent dealers, we often have the privilege of heading out to their factory in Maryland to pick out all of the woods and specifications for a unique and exclusive run of guitars that can only be purchased through our shop! Here’s another drop-dead gorgeous offering from our Wood Library vault – the venerable McCarty 594, this time with an absolutely striking Violet finish, and an absolute all-star pairing of special tonewoods: a stunning roasted flame maple neck and a coveted Brazilian rosewood fretboard and headstock veneer!

Brazilian rosewood is the holy grail of all tonewoods. Now extremely rare and expensive due to CITES regulations, it is one of the most legendary woods in guitar-building due to its warm, resonant tone and unmistakable grain. Paired with an absolutely phenomenal roasted flame maple neck, this dream combination offers both looks, tone, and stability to the guitar. This combination is almost unheard of outside of something like a Private Stock, and we’re stoked to bring it to you at a more accessible Wood Library level.

Being the ever-ingenuitive designer that he is, Paul Reed Smith has hit the nail on the head with the 594 model. The tone is very reminiscent of the older McCarty or Custom 22, but the scale length is 24.594″ long and the strings sing out with sustain for days. The 58/15LT pickups retain all of that wonderful PAF goodness of the standard LTs along with a little more presence and a little extra punch to them that gives them a bit more versatility, especially if you start to add some gain to your tone. They sound absolutely rockin’ and are full and lush!

Every vibration is efficiently and effectively transferred from headstock to strap button and everything in between. While this is certainly a guitar that’s easy on the eyes, the playability, the tone, and the comfort match the looks in every way. This is an instrument that leaves nothing to be desired.


The McCarty 594 is a versatile, vintage-inspired instrument that is effortlessly playable. Featuring a bound 22-fret Pattern Vintage neck and slightly thicker back for more enhanced tone and sustain, the McCarty 594 plays in tune, is intonated the entire length of the neck, and feels like a guitar you’ve been playing forever. Whether you are looking for rich, authentic humbucking tones or nuanced, sweet single-coil sounds, the McCarty 594 can seamlessly master both sonic territories thanks to its 58/15 LT pickups, which have now been through the TCI (tuned capacitance and inductance) process, and dual volume and push/pull tone controls. A zinc two-piece bridge and vintage-style tuners anchor this guitar and stay true to the promise of the McCarty family.

Pattern Neck Shapes

Neck shapes have always been a high priority for PRS and a hallmark of our quality. A guitar should feel comfortable, like “home,” as soon as you pick it up, and the neck is paramount to that connection. These new neck shapes reflect modern tooling and programming that allows us to even more preciously shape and consistently reproduce our necks. The Pattern Vintage neck has the same width measurements as PRS’s Pattern neck but is slightly thicker front to back and features an asymmetrical carve with a little less meat on the bass side of the neck toward the nut end and a little less meat on the treble side of the neck from the twelfth fret to the heel.

It’s All in the Details: TCI-Tuned Pickups and Nitro Finish

Paul Reed Smith is known as a man who studies history, scrutinizes the details, and never stops applying what he learns to his own instruments. It is that passion, care, and tenacity that has permeated PRS Guitars’ culture and led to the constant evolution of PRS products. Last year, PRS announced TCI (tuned capacitance and inductance) pickups on the Paul’s Guitar. But, TCI is more than a pickup, it’s a process. That process has now been applied to all PRS pickups offered on our Core line of instruments, with the exception of a few artist Signature models.

“TCI stands for Tuned Capacitance Inductance. When you wind a pickup, the coils are capacitors, resistors, and inductors simultaneously. Our more refined ability to be able to tune those factors is what we have incorporated into TCI pickups,” said Paul Reed Smith. “To our ears, the results are very musical. We are very proud of how far we’ve come in the understanding and making of pickups. It’s been a fun process.”

PRS is also updating the finish system in their Maryland factory. PRS has been known to tweak its finish formulations and processes, always looking to provide a great sounding, feeling, and looking guitar while maintaining a repeatable, quality-driven manufacturing process. This new nitro finish is a variation of PRS’s Private Stock high-gloss nitro with a cellulose CAB basecoat. The resulting finish is thin, hard, and clear – all qualities that help make a resonant, musical instrument that feels great.

“When you pick up a guitar with this finish, you can immediately feel that it’s not taking away from the guitar’s energy. It’s feels organic – like a classic, vintage guitar; it’s clear and does not hinder the figure or color of the instrument, and it sinks very little over time.” said Paul Reed Smith.

There are several appointments on this guitar that make this truly an exclusive piece:

  • Hand-Selected Flame Maple 10-Top
  • Violet Finish
  • Torrefied (Roasted) Figured Maple Neck
  • Brazilian Rosewood Fretboard
  • Brazilian Rosewood Headstock Veneer
  • Smoked Black Hardware
  • 58/15LT Pickups



  • Model: Wood Library McCarty 594
  • Color: Violet
  • Top: Flame Maple 10-Top 
  • Back: Mahogany
  • Binding: Natural


  • Construction: Set Neck
  • Fretboard: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Neck: Torrefied (Roasted) Figured Maple Neck
  • Scale Length: 24.594″
  • Fretboard Radius: 10″
  • Neck Profile: Pattern Vintage
  • Frets: 22
  • Inlays: Birds
  • Headstock Veneer: Brazilian Rosewood


  • Pickups: 58/15LT Bass and Treble
  • Control Knobs: 2x Volume, 2x Tone (push/pull)
  • Pickup Selector: 3-Way Toggle Switch


  • Bridge: PRS Two-Piece with Stopbar Tailpiece
  • Tuners: PRS Vintage Style Locking w/ Faux Bone Buttons
  • Finish: Smoked Black


  • Case: Brown Paisley Deluxe Hardshell
  • Instrument Weight: 7.7 lbs
  • Serial #: 0370535


Music Store Live is proud to be an authorized Signature Dealer for Paul Reed Smith. This Wood Library McCarty 594 is 100% brand new and is being sold with a full manufacturer’s warranty. Photos are of the exact guitar you’ll receive.

Our in-house guitar tech will inspect, test, set up, and clean all of our instruments on site prior to shipping. All of our instruments are guaranteed to be fully functional upon arrival.

Music Store Live is one of PRS’s top independent dealers and is one of only a select few PRS Signature Dealers. If you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, we are more than happy to help you custom order your next Paul Reed Smith instrument. Our PRS experts can help guide you in purchasing a new SE, S2, CORE, Wood Library or even your very own Private Stock guitar or bass. Message us for details!