An exhilarating and highly figured maple top, decked out with a traditional amber gloss finish, certainly has you licking your lips and yearning to find out more about this PRS Custom 24 Artist Pack – Quick and easy to determine that it is a 2002 model, that is complete with a deluxe PRS hard-shell case, as well as the appropriate eagle swing tag – The whole guitar only weighs 8lbs and 8oz – Just a quick re-cap on those artist pack features :- Gold hardware, rosewood headstock facia + truss rod cover, colourful and exotic paua bird inlays, paua inlayed signature logo and of course that spectacular ‘artist pack’ graded maple top – Normally you’d expect the deluxe leather bound case with an Artist Pack model, but somewhere in the past, for whatever reason, this has been replaced with the regular PRS case – Somewhat slightly unusual on this Custom 24 is the choice of pick-ups – Normally you’d find a pair of uncovered PRS humbuckers, with a Vintage Bass in the neck position and the HFS in the bridge position – In this instance we have a pair of PRS Dragon 11 humbuckers, with gold plated covers – Both are factory fitted and this is supported via info on the eagle swing tag – So either its a one off custom order, or part of a special run
Of course PRS Guitars aren’t just about great looks, as that impeccable build quality, coupled with a legendary playing performance, ensures that this guitar possesses all the qualities that will inspire your own playing – The one piece mahogany neck has the popular wide/thin profile, that measures .844″ at the top nut end and gently tapers to .894″ around the 12th fret – The neck is easy and comfortable to handle, which along with the 10″ fingerboard radius, plus 24 chunky frets, ensures a fluid playing action, coupled with effortless string bending – I have polished the frets, applied lemon oil to the dark + smooth rosewood fingerboard, re-strung with a set of 10-46 gauge strings, then adjusted the set-up to ensure that a slick and easy action is waiting to greet any prospective buyer – The gold plated hardware includes a set of 14:1 ratio locking tuners, which along with the PRS designed modern fulcrum tremelo system, ensures a trouble free tuning package – You’ll have to undertake some serious trem work to undermine the tuning stability of a PRS system – It feels smooth and positive, plus very responsive to a light touch
Condition wise :- An initial quick view will reveal a very clean instrument, with the gold plated hardware only showing light signs of any wear, or fade – Look closely and on the high E side, you’ll notice a slight ‘misty’ vibe to the gloss finish in the cutaway – My pics don’t really pick up on this – It is not instantly noticeable, but it is there – Certainly not a big deal and I feel it is actually more of a finish blemish, that is below the top coat of the gloss lacquer, rather than signs of actual wear from use – The actual gloss finish on the body, only shows very light signs of use and you’d need to be eagle eyed to hunt these down – No nicks, dings or dints of any consequence – Look on the side of the fingerboard, on the low E side and where it meets the mahogany neck, you’ll find a couple of minor blemishes to the gloss finish – So maybe not 100% perfect for any potential customer looking for that perfect case Queen – But if you require a clean instrument, to play, then does it get any better ?
Sitting at the heart of the engine room, or should I say the tone department and you’ll find a pair of PRS Dragon 11 humbuckers – A few minutes into your test drive and you’ll soon appreciate its tonal character and versatility – The taper of the volume and tone controls ensures that they work smoothly across the full 1-10 range – Subtle tweaks produce effective variations, that ensures this PRS is loaded with expression and soul – On overdriven amp settings, as you roll off the volume pot a touch, you can control the level of gain that you require, from a blazing full on approach, to a more subtle setting – Roll off the volume pot a touch more and it will clean up to deliver a chilled out blues tone – So play around and adjust as required, yet either way, you’ll still retain the guitars tonal quality, so as not to go all mushy on you – On clean or overdriven amp settings, the tone is rich, warm and smooth, with plenty of depth and articulation – The bridge pick-up is voiced and wound a little hotter for increased bite and sustain, yet still retains those velvet smooth highs, with tight lows – The neck pick-up possesses more than enough musical warmth to please jazz and blues fans – At first glance it may appear as though you have access to the 3 regular humbucking options, but thanks to the 5 way rotary switch, those 3 humbucker voices are complimented with 2 very useful single coil flavoured settings, that are ideal for those funky disco ‘Chic’ style chops
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