PRS adds David Grissom signature, three McCarty 594 models to affordable SE line

PRS's four new SE line guitars
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PRS has added four models to the SE line, the Maryland company's most affordable line of electric guitars.

The new additions include the SE DGT – a lower-cost version of David Grissom's DGT signature guitar that was first announced in December – and three SE McCarty models, bringing some of PRS's most acclaimed designs to a lower price point.

You can learn more about each of the new models – and see them in action – below.

SE DGT

Though we've known for a month now that the model was coming, we now finally have the SE DGT's specs. 

The top-of-the-line DGT – first introduced to the PRS lineup in 2007 (opens in new tab) – was based on the McCarty platform, with a few tweaks. Among these were custom-engineered DGT pickups, "moon" inlays (as opposed to PRS's usual "bird" inlays), a tremolo bridge, and an ever-so-slightly adjusted, custom-profile neck.

Indeed, as we predicted a few weeks back, the SE DGT model is powered by fit-for-the-SE-line "S" versions of the aforementioned DGT pickups, and features a DGT-profile neck and moon inlays (though those are finish-dependent, more on that in a minute...)

Elsewhere, the Grissom signature model boasts a maple top and mahogany back, with a 25" mahogany neck sporting a 22-fret, 10" radius rosewood fretboard. The output of its two humbuckers, meanwhile, can be adjusted by a pair of volume knobs and a master tone knob outfitted with push/pull coil-tapping capabilities.

In terms of hardware – which is finished in nickel – there's PRS-designed tuners, a "DGT" logo on the truss rod cover and, of course, a tremolo bridge. 

The PRS SE DGT guitar will be available starting in February – in Tobacco Sunburst (with bird inlays) and Gold Top (moon inlays) finishes – for $899 and $849, respectively.

SE McCarty 594

Similar in a number of ways to the SE DGT, the SE McCarty 594 also has a maple top and mahogany back.

Its 24.59" (to be exact) bound mahogany neck features a 10" radius, 22-fret rosewood fretboard with bird inlays and a PRS Double-Acting truss rod.

Powering the SE McCarty 594 are SE line "S" versions of its Core series older sibling's 58/15 LT humbuckers, with – like the Core McCarty 594 – volume and push/pull (coil-tapping) tone controls for each pickup, and a three-way toggle pickup switch on the upper bout.

Hardware on the SE McCarty 594 is also modeled after that found on its Core line predecessor, with a PRS two-piece bridge, vintage-style tuners and a nickel finish coming standard. 

The PRS SE McCarty 594 will be available beginning in February – in Black Gold Burst, Faded Blue, and McCarty Sunburst finishes – with a MAP of $949.

SE McCarty 594 Singlecut

But for its single-cut design, the SE McCarty 594 Singlecut is essentially identical to its standard sibling. 

Available starting in February, the PRS SE McCarty 594 Singlecut will be sold in Black Gold Burst, Faded Blue and Vintage Sunburst finishes, with a MAP of $949.

SE McCarty 594 Singlecut Standard

The SE McCarty 594 Singlecut Standard, meanwhile, is an all-mahogany – in the body and neck – counterpart to the SE McCarty 594, with the same hardware and electronics.

Available in February, in Tobacco Sunburst and Vintage Cherry finishes, it carries an MAP of $829.

For more info on all of PRS's new releases, visit PRS Guitars (opens in new tab).

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.