PRS SE McCarty 594 Singlecut and SE McCarty 594 Singlecut Standard review

PRS’s advance on the SE front continues with a pair of Singlecuts, with or without a maple top, and plenty of vintage references. We take ’em for a spin

PRS SE McCarty 594 Singlecut
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

This is a cracking pair of Singlecuts. From the classic ‘right’ weight to the well-balanced, not over-egged ’buckers and the useful single-coil voices, it’s hard to find fault. The craft is excellent, there’s not a hair out of place and both play exceedingly well.


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    Great weight, build and playability.

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    Superb bridge/tailpiece.

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    Very balanced low-ish output humbucker voices.

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    Very usable partial single-coil sounds.


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    The Standard's plain top does look a little utilitarian.

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It’s just over two decades since PRS introduced its Singlecut, the first electric guitar of its style for the then 15-year-old guitar company. The release achieved notoriety when Gibson objected. 

The Singlecut was suspended from production until the lengthy legal wranglings resulted in a clean sheet for PRS; it didn’t infringe any legally protected aspects of the Les Paul

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.