With a cool faded whale blue finish, on a figured maple top that is loaded with character, this PRS Custom 24 certainly has a lot going for it – Despite it having a 2018 serial number, it is in fact a new guitar, yet an ex-PRS exhibition display model, which I can offer for sale at a more favourable price – Never previously sold and only recently acquired from PRS – Includes the appropriate deluxe PRS case and swing tag – Look carefully on the rear of the body, to the gloss black finish and you’ll find a small blemish, but we are talking about a ‘minor hint’ of a graze, that is barely skin deep – It has recently paid a visit to my work bench for a new set of 10-46 gauge strings and to ensure that the slick ‘n’ easy PRS action is still present and correct
Listed below are a whole load of valid notes that are applicable to this PRS Custom 24 :-
- Whole guitar weighs 7lbs and 3oz
- Highly figured maple top
- Faded whale blue gloss finish
- One piece mahogany body
- One piece mahogany neck with pattern regular profile – measures .864″ around the top nut end and .935″ around the 12th fret
- 24 jumbo frets on a rosewood fingerboard that is smooth and dark
- Bird inlays
- Nickel hardware inc PRS Phase 111 locking tuners plus the legendary PRS tremelo
- PRS 85/15 humbuckers – measures 7.67K neck + 8.11K bridge
- 5 way blade switch with the following options :- position 1 – bridge humbucker position 2 – bridge humbucker + neck single coil wired in parallel position 3 – bridge and neck humbuckers position 4 – neck humbucker with bridge single coil wired in parallel position 5 – neck humbucker
- Set-up with 10-46 strings
More Details are as follows :- PRS have made a few changes to its best selling model , to ensure that the Custom 24 retains is well earned reputation – First up is a slight tweak to the neck profile, now tagged as ‘pattern regular” – A touch less width to the fingerboard at the top nut end, compared to a pattern or pattern thin profile – Yet it still retains the depth of the best selling ‘Pattern’ profile – As such nice and easy to wrap your hands around – Effectively a half way house, as it is a tad fuller than a 60’s vintage based Strat neck, yet a tad slimmer than a Les Paul 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, in order to enhance the technique of any player – The PRS tremelo feels smooth and positive, so in-conjunction with the top nut, plus a set of 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, plus the quality of fret work, ensures excellent intonation, so much so that even complex chords, above the 12th fret, still ring true, plus sound in tune, to allow each note of the chord to be clearly heard
Now onto the final upgrade, regarding the pick-ups and switching arrangement – This 2018 Custom 24’s features a pair of custom wound PRS 58/15 pick-ups, to ensure a versatile tonal package , that is loaded with soul and emotion, coupled with excellent dynamics and articulation – Previously the Custom 24 was equipped with a Vintage Bass in the neck position and the HFS in the bridge – As an overview the 58/15 pick-ups are less hot – But more clarity and definition and in my opinion a warmer voice – Yet remember the likes of EVH utilise a vintage flavoured paf pick-up, so no shortage of gain/sustain as required, but somehow more warmth and more musical – From warm, vintage flavoured tones that emit from the neck pick-up, to crunch rhythm, power chord/riffs, to scorching lead breaks, that can pour out of the bridge pick-up the Custom 24 is at home – The volume and tone controls work well over the whole 1-10 range, to further enhance the soul and emotion that is available to you – Treble bleed cap on the volume pot to preserve the highs as you roll it off – 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 deliver the goods on clean/blues based amp settings, but as you add more gain on the amp/pedal, from bone crunching riffs and power chord work, to scorching lead breaks, a Custom 24 is on home turf – On any overdriven amp settings, don’t forget the extra emotion and control that is available to you from the volume and tone pots – Allowing you to ‘soften up’ the tone and reduce the level of gain as required – 3 humbucking voices are found on position 1, 3 and 5 of the ‘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 chord passages – Yes the best selling Custom 24 has now just moved up another notch in all areas
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