The Custom 24 is the original PRS…the guitar Paul Reed Smith took to his first tradeshow in 1985. A perennial favorite with musicians, this 10-Top model has been updated for 2011 with V12 finish, a Pa... Read More
The Custom 24 is the original PRS…the guitar Paul Reed Smith took to his first tradeshow in 1985. A perennial favorite with musicians, this 10-Top model has been updated for 2011 with V12 finish, a Pattern Regular mahogany neck, and uncovered 59/09 pickups wired for the redesigned 5-way blade switch, which offers a dual humbucker option for the first time.
Finish should enhance the look, sound, and feel of a guitar by accentuating the wood's inherent beauty and feel without hindering its natural resonance. And PRS Guitars' new "V12" finish does just that. Introduced at Experience PRS 2010, "V12" is a very thin, hard, and clear finish that will not crack or react with thinners. After roughly 12 years in development, it is halfway between acrylic and nitro but with a classic feel all its own. "PRS models with this new finish feel like old instruments," said Paul Reed Smith.
Pattern Regular Shape
Neck shapes have always been a high priority for PRS and a hallmark of PRS quality. A guitar should feel comfortable, like "home," as soon as you pick it up, and the neck is paramount to that connection. The new "Pattern Regular" neck shape is similar to the traditional PRS regular neck found on guitars made in the late 80's at PRS's former Virginia Avenue location.
This new neck shape reflects modern tooling and programming that allows PRS to even more preciously shape and consistently reproduce their necks.
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Comments about PRS Custom 24 10-Top Electric Guitar:
I bought this exact guitar, in this exact color... and let me tell you it is absolutely amazing. The picture provided doesn't do it justice. It's not what the guitar actually looks like (if you get the 10-top finish). Instead of the lines throughout the finish- like in the photo- it's more like a spotted-patterned leopard of Brown, Gold, and Black. It has a very antique feel, yet the guitar itself plays and sounds very "New school" More about the sound: Of course it's downright epic. This guitar gives you that ultimate sound that you've been hearing in your head all this time. It seems to know when it's supposed to get louder- especially when changing your pick attack at high gain levels. Also noteworthy: the tone and volume controls that are on the guitar are the best I have ever used on any guitar. The volume control actually WORKS! For example, if you drop it to 5 of 10, the volume is actually around 50% (other than most guitars that only tend to get quieter around 2 or 3) My other guitar is a Les Paul. I'm a fan of big sound, with sustain that goes on for days. But my Les Paul is too heavy, and it's uncomfortable to play sitting down. The 2011 PRS 24 feels fantastic to play sitting down. Also, it is lightweight- like a well made weapon- that can be wielded to send out some serious music. Soloing on it feels like paradise- as if some one turned on the "Easy" mode for guitar- especially with the wide-thin neck. Go ahead and get this guitar. It gave me chills the very first time I played it, such happiness...