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For starters, the “594” in the guitar’s name refers to its 24.594" scale length, which is just a hair shorter than the standard Mc Carty’s 25" scale length, but the same as that of a 1959 Les Paul Standard.
Other fresh nods to Gibson’s Golden Era instruments include a slightly deeper body with a slightly thicker maple top, and a new Pattern Vintage neck carve that is a tad thicker front to back than the original Mc Carty’s Pattern carve, and also very slightly asymmetrical, with just a bit less thickness on the treble side.
Learning from that exclusive wire, we were able to make really great recreations of those early pickups with what we felt were some improvements in consistency, clarity, and tone,” says Paul Reed Smith.“57/08’s were embraced by our artists and our customers right away, and we have always been so appreciative of that.
Until now, you have only been able to get 57/08’s in a guitar.
For example, with both pickups engaged, you can roll back the Tone control on just the neck pickup and adjust the two Volumes to get quite a few nice variations on the classic “woman tone.” Then, pulling up the switches on one or both of the Tone controls gives you even more tonal territory to take advantage of.
I could go on and on about how fabulous this thing sounds, how beautifully it plays and intonates, the exquisite workmanship, etc.
I don’t have a ’59 Les Paul Standard to compare this guitar to, but I do have a ’69 Custom with ’59 PAFs (removed from an ES-355), which is at least in the ballpark.
And the same pickup is used in both positions, which is a major departure from Smith’s previous modus operandi.
The guitar also has separate Volume and Tone controls for each pickup, aligned so that they can be turned up or down two at a time—and the Tone controls also function as push/pull coil-tap switches.
Played through several good tube amps and my custom presets in a Fractal Audio Axe-Fx, the tonal resemblances are striking.
Beyond that, the 594 has a range of tones that are all its own, thanks in large part to having two sets of Volume and Tone controls in addition to coiltap switches.