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Evaluation report and info regarding a highly spec’d, yet slightly unusual, used PRS Custom 24 10 top maple neck guitar from 2013 – Note the bird inlays that sit on a smooth and dark Gaboon ebony fingerboard and yes I said ebony, so a rare example from PRS with such a fingerboard – Then check out the scrumptious  figured maple ’10’ top, that is loaded with character and looks mighty appetizing with its classic flavoured violin amber sunburst finish, that wraps over to the mahogany body, so no ‘maple edged body binding’  – Complete with the deluxe PRS case, a pair of PRS 57/08 pick-ups, as well as the highly figured maple neck with a pattern thin  profile – Note the figured maple headstock facia that blends in with the maple neck – So all I need to add is a) the weight at 7lbs and 12oz and b) yes it has been on my bench for a new set of 10’s along with a check up, plus set-up, so already to go with an easy playing slick action that responds to a light touch

Condition wise and it might be fair to say this PRS will attract more interest from players, rather than collectors – It is not worn, wrecked or abused, but it has been played – After all, the only reason we fit strings to a guitar is so you can play them – No serious nicks or grazes, but look on the front or rear of the body and you will find a few signs of use – In fact the pictures are not doing a great job of picking up such blemishes – Frets are fine so no issues on that score – At least you can buy it, then play it without having to give it the kids glove treatment

For around 10 years, Guitars4You were one of the leading UK PRS Dealers – Always appearing in the Top 5 sales figures and even once hitting the top spot, so for a one man business I can vouch for a fair number of sold PRS Guitars – So yes it was a sad day when I pulled the plug on our business relationship – Now I just handle a fine selection of used PRS Guitars as and when I can acquire them 

Next up is a slight tweak to the neck profile, which is now tagged as ‘pattern thin” – At 43mm the nut width is on a par with most Gibson/PRS guitars, whilst a slimmer depth provides you with a profile that is easy to handle and feels so natural to play, the moment you touch it – Note a satin ‘played in’ character to the figured maple neck – A fast and fluid action from top to bottom, awaits any test drive, whilst 24 medium/jumbo frets ensures easy string bending, so much so that a set of 10’s feel very slinky – Add to this a 10″ fingerboard radius and you’ll see why the playing performance of a PRS guitar is so slick, and as such will enhance the technique of any player – The PRS tremelo feels smooth and positive, so in conjunction with the top nut, plus PRS Phase 111 locking tuners, it will ensure trouble free tuning stability for all styles, unless you are into serious dive bombing – The trem block and saddles both incorporate milled brass saddles to enrich the tone and sustain, so no monkey metal here – Again, the top nut and quality of fret work ensures excellent intonation, so much so that even complex chords, above the 12th fret, still ring true and in tune and allow each note of the chord to be clearly heard

Now onto the final upgrade, regarding the pick-ups and switching arrangement – This Custom 24’s now feature a pair of PRS 57/08 uncovered pick-ups, to ensure a versatile tonal package , that is loaded with soul and emotion, coupled with excellent dynamics and articulation – Neck pick-up measures 7.90K whilst the bridge pick-up is a touch hotter at 8.67K, so both in the vintage paf territory  – From warm, vintage flavoured tones from the neck pick-up, to crunch rhythm, power chord or riffs, to whaillllling lead breaks from the bridge pick-up and the Custom 24 is at home – The volume and tone controls work so well over the whole 1-10 range to further enhance the soul and emotion that is available to you – On crunch/overdriven amp settings, the volume control will allow you to back off from 10 and obtain a cleaner voice, or indeed, if you wish to, obtain a softer, dark voice, then roll off the tone pot until you hit that sweet spot – You can make a clear and crisp guitar tone, sound more dark, as is the case with a PRS, but you can’t make a dull sounding guitar sound bright, so this is why the tonal package of a PRS works so well

The neck pick-up sounds warm, fat and full bodied on clean or overdriven amp settings – The bridge pick-up has enough warmth and body to work well on clean/blues based settings, but as you add some amp/pedal overdrive, from bone crunching riffs and chord work, to whaillllling lead breaks, a Custom 24 has few equals – Again, on an overdriven bridge pick-up setting, don’t forget the extra emotion and control that is available to you on the volume and tone pots to ‘soften up’ the tone – Three conventional humbucking voices are found on position 1, 3 and 5, via the easy to use ‘Strat style’ blade switch, whilst position 2 and 4 offer two excellent single coil flavoured tones, that work well for those “Knopfler’ style licks or indeed funky ‘Chic’ chord passages – Yes the best selling Custom 24 has now just moved up another notch in all areas

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Every guitar in stock at Guitars4You has been personally selected, inspected and approved by me, with particular attention paid to the set-up and playing performance – Every sale, phone call, mail order transaction or e-mail is handled my me – Mark Hopkin, the owner, Managing Director, cleaner and coffee maker (Jo, my wife helps with the coffee) – A 35 year journey has fuelled my knowledge, experience, love, devotion and passion for exceptionally fine guitars – This reflects in every aspect of our business.

I have no desire to run an Amazon style 'click to buy' guitar shop, that lacks any soul or passion, or indeed to fill a showroom with a selection of dirty, shop soiled or dusty guitars that are in need of a set-up.

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