The Singlecut has never excited the market as much as the PRS’s double-cut, but if you’re in the market for a sub-£2k single-cut you’d be silly not to audition this one. A more obvious change to the PRS design concerns the bridge and tailpiece. It took me a while to realize that the Singlecut, If you are still interested in the current S2 take, be informed that. Bridge pickup to bridge pickup, well, it’s very close, both sounding less honky or spiky than the Seth Lovers or Burstbuckers of our Knaggs and Gibson references, a little more refined. S2 Thinline With an understated, refined appearance, instant comfort and playability, and a voice that is familiar and captivating, the vintage-inspired S2 Singlecut is a guitar you won’t want to put down.. Its mahogany body and asymmetrical, beveled maple top give the S2 Singlecut much of its explosive tone. PRS S2 McCarty 594, S2 McCarty 594 Singlecut & S2 McCarty 594 Thinline review PRS’s trio of S2 594 models were a big hit at this year’s NAMM Show. Spendi... We're still in Chinese territory. The double-cut 594 sits between the two in terms of weight and, to a certain extent, style. Not everyone will love the Singlecut's weight. Obviously the double-cut comes closest to our Core McCarty, for example, and purely on a sonic level it offers really wide stylistic versatility with the single-coil voices impressing from the off; they’re slightly less strident than the Core McCarty, a little snappier. S2 Standard 22 Satin. Talk guitar, amp & everything in between. I'm down in the mean time, was diagnosed with blood complications with a high chance of it being cancerous. In general terms, there’s quite a sweetness to the voicing of all three; they reference an older played-in-quality electric. 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. 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. It’s all about the details. The Thinline is considerably lighter and almost acoustic-like in its unplugged response, which is hugely vibrant. Next, however, we plug in the Thinline and its more focused voice trims the bass a little and slightly rounds the highs; it’s that midrange character that shifts again. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, That said, as of 2020, all USA PRS guitars (with the exception of Private Stock and the DGT) use the new nitro-over-cellulose finish as Paul Reed Smith discusses in our 2020 McCarty review elsewhere in this issue. As you’d expect, there’s a fair amount of similarity here, certainly in terms of the neck shape of the maple-topped models, but the three 594s have distinctly different characters. Choose one of our Private Stock models or let us build your dream instrument. Which leaves the Thinline as the runaway success: a more rock ’n’ roll vision that (bird inlays aside) ditches the ‘posh maple’ aesthetic and offers a slightly lighter and more vibrant sound, particularly to those of us who find the SG hugely appealing but can’t get on with its ‘long neck’ geometry. They were in use before Paul Reed Smith started his first factory in 1985 and first appeared on a guitar he built in 1976 for Peter Frampton. The Singlecut might aim at the Les Paul, but the single-coil voicings open up way more subtle shades hinting at pre-humbucker P-90-like voices that are underpinned by a very solid tonal foundation: for older, snappier classic electric blues, it’s a combination that’s really appealing. You will receive a verification email shortly. Please refresh the page and try again. This year, the company is celebrating their 25th anniversary, and is releasing 11 new 25th anniversary models. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. Instant Vibe. PRS fans will also know of its shortest scale of 24.5 inches (622mm), currently used on the Santana Core and SE models and the SE 245s. 35 years on, the PRS headstock remains instantly recognisable and offers near-straight string-pull over the friction-reducing nut: one of many subtle reasons for the guitars’ renowned tuning stability. As ever, PRS’s quality proposition is to the fore, just here it’s tempered by a bang-on price point. PRS S2 McCarty Singlecut 594 – MusicRadar rating 9/10 (Image credit: Future / Neil Godwin) The S2 McCarty Singlecut 594 is the big beast of the 2020 S2 McCarty models. This later two-piece setup references a Gibson tune-o-matic/stud tailpiece but with different ingredients. S2 Vela. The pinnacle of PRS design, materials, and execution. The tailpiece is cast aluminium, but the studs and stud wells are machined – raw brass/raw steel respectively.”. It’s classic mahogany SG-ish grind and one of those planet-aligning combinations. Don’t let that put you off – originally designed for the SE Hollowbodies, these 58/15 ‘S’ humbuckers sound great. S2 Vela Satin. © The neck shape on our maple-topped models is the same Pattern Vintage profile; the Thinline differs with its Pattern Thin neck, slightly wider at the nut but slimmer in depth (see the Dimensions chart). PRS’s bird inlays grace the majority of guitars the company has built. We like the Les Paul heft of the Singlecut. So if you wish for one next year, you either eat sand & save up for the PRS Core McCarty SC 594 or settle for an SE Starla/ 245 … They’re slightly different from the tuners on the Core 2020 McCarty, which have shorter string posts. The addition of a semi-hollow body and single f-hole gives this vintage-style guitar lush harmonic richness. You can have fun listening to the difference! There is far from a chasm between these and the USA-made pickups, and listening here – to the whole package, of course, not just the pickups – we don’t feel short-changed. Discontinued: PRS S2 Singlecut It took me a while to realize that the Singlecut will not be offered in the S2 Series for 2020. Effortless Playability. You also have the ability to mix neck humbucker with bridge single coil, and vice versa. This more simplistic build is all a part of the S2 ethos: maximum quality, minimal labour cost in terms of things such as hand-sanding compared with the Core guitars. Greetings, everyone. Very well… By Dave Burrluck 26 June 2020 The saddles, saddle screws, studs, and thumbwheels are all raw [unplated] brass. S2 McCarty 594 Thinline. 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. Stevensville, MD (September 30, 2009) -- In a surprising announcement at Experience PRS, PRS Guitars discontinued 13 models and a number of finish options in their product line. This time it's Fender 's... 2018 saw the critical move by Ibanez in the introduction of a new series of guitars; the AZ line. While the controls and circuits are the same for all three S2 594s, the toggle switch on the Thinline moves from the bass-side shoulder to the control area. Like the new 2020 S2 Standard 24, the 58/15 ‘S’ pickups are coupled with a push/pull tone control to … It’s pretty similar on the neck pickup in both modes: the split sounds a little mellower on the 594 and quite beautiful; the Core McCarty has a little more treble push. PRS’s proprietary tweaks, such as these pickup rings, include recesses for the height-adjustment screws.