Quality Time

With a total of 13 models covering some diverse styles, pickups and colours, the S2 line-up is quite the self-contained range

- Words Dave Burrluck


The Semi-Hollow Satin variant of our reviewed Vela will no doubt be another lightweigh­t guitar. Aside from the di erent body constructi­on, though, everything else is the same, including the bridge and pickups. If satin’s not your bag, there are “ve ‘Standard’ nitro gloss colours at £2,259.

CUSTOM 24 £2,465

Sticking to PRS history, the Custom 24 adds a maple top but keeps the same asymmetric bevel carve. We also get the USA 85/15 humbuckers, but otherwise the specs and controls are the same as our reviewed Standard 24. This is a gloss-only model and comes with six ‘Custom’ colours.

MCCARTY 594 £2,675

E ectively the more vintage-style strand of the line-up, the 594 uses the same maple-topped constructi­on as the S2 Custom 24 but with two fewer frets, a slightly shorter scale, four controls and the twopiece bridge array from the £4k-plus Core models. The slightly thinnerbod­ied McCarty 594 Thinline (£2,359) is all-mahogany, and all the S2 594s employ the new ‘wing’ buttons on the non-locking tuners.

STANDARD 22 £2,050

A subtly di erent ride from the 24 we have on review, this Standard 22 model otherwise sticks to the same speci“cations and is also available in “ve Standard gloss colours (including this Antique White) and, of course, four satin nitro hues (at £1,925). The gloss “nish Standard 24 is the same price, too.

CUSTOM 24-08 £2,575

This maple-topped model, with mahogany back and neck, tweaks the Custom 24 recipe by adding the narrower TCI humbuckers – as used on the Core level 24-08 and the Paul’s Guitar – which are selected by a three-way toggle. Each TCI pickup is switchable by its own mini-switch to voice ‘true single coil’ mode.


The single-cutaway version of the 594 recipe is otherwise the same spec as the double-cut model, including the Pattern Vintage neck pro“le and bound “ngerboard. In terms of hardware, pickups and electronic­s, it’s a dead ringer for the Core-level Singlecut, which is priced from £4,620. Again, there’s a choice of six gloss speci“c colours for the maple-topped 594s.

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