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The S2 Custom 24 takes the original PRS guitar, the Custom 24, and reimagines it with stripped-down features and a new aesthetic. Retaining the classic maple top/mahogany back combination, with the cl... Click To Read More About This Product

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The S2 Custom 24 takes the original PRS guitar, the Custom 24, and reimagines it with stripped-down features and a new aesthetic. Retaining the classic maple top/mahogany back combination, with the classic body shape & a new asymmetrical beveled top, this guitar is resonant with a funky familiarity. Its versatility comes from its custom-wound pickups and 3-way blade switch. Familiar for PRS players of old, and a fresh take for players of all types.

The S2 Story
The PRS S2 Series offers the fit, finish, feel, and attention to detail of PRS craftsmanship in a straightforward design. Standing for "Stevensville 2," S2 Series instruments are made at the Maryland shop blending new design elements and manufacturing techniques with practiced quality control and workmanship to create reimagined, fresh guitars that reach a more affordable price for players.

The S2 Series is comprised of three models: the S2 Mira, S2 Starla, and S2 Custom 24. These models share several key features, including PRS S2 locking tuners, custom-wound pickups, PRS neck shapes, PRS S2 bridges as well as PRS fretwire, nuts, and double-action truss rods. The new asymmetrical, beveled body shape offers a vintage vibe, and the flatness of the top gives these guitars a big, resonant voice.

Whether the S2 Series means your first PRS or an addition to your arsenal, one thing is certain: each model in the PRS S2 Series is a solid American-made guitar that makes no sacrifice in playability or tone.

Features
The Woods
Wood is the foundation of a guitar's tone. If you sacrifice the foundation, there is little hope of achieving an exceptional instrument. Believing this, PRS have chosen the same traditional tonewoods that are used on PRS Core guitars, such as maple tops, mahogany backs and bodies, mahogany necks, and rosewood fretboards. While some of the design and construction methods used in the S2 Series (the neck blank's starting dimension across the Series and the S2 Custom's wood grade, for example) allowed PRS to use less expensive and more readily available woods, no compromise has been made to the tone or integrity of S2 instruments.

Necks
A guitar should be comfortable and feel familiar from the moment you pick it up, and the neck is paramount to that connection. PRS S2 instruments feature a 25" neck with scarf-joint construction and the Pattern Regular neck shape, which stems back to the PRS "Regular" neck shape found on guitars made in the late 1980s in the Virginia Avenue Annapolis shop.

On the PRS S2 series, the neck begins with a quartersawn mahogany neck blank. That blank is cut, the headstock is scarfed, and the heel is built up using a plain splice. (A scarf joint is made up of two pieces of wood that are cut at complementary angles and glued together. A plain splice is a joining of two pieces of wood in the same line). These construction methods allow us to start with a smaller amount of raw materials, and the increased glue surface area results in a very strong joint. This technique combined with a pre-radiused, pre-fretted fretboard result in a very efficient, cohesive manufacturing process that creates a durable, comfortable, playable neck.

Width of the fretboard at the nut: 1 21/32"
Width at the body: 2 1/4"
Neck depth at the nut: 27/32"

Finish
Finish should do three things: most importantly, it should enhance the tone of a guitar. It should also feel good to the player's touch, and it should look good. The finish used on the PRS S2 Series accomplishes these goals by featuring a polyester basecoat and an acrylic topcoat (reminiscent of the finish system used on PRS Core guitars for twenty years (before the introduction of V12)). PRS have updated the process of this finish system to allow S2 guitars to move through the finish hall smoothly and quickly while also requiring a thinner topcoat for optimal tone. This old-but-new finish maintains a hi-gloss, attractive aesthetic, and the translucent and opaque color options offer vintage and modern flavors that allow players to choose the look that fits them best.

Pickups & Electronics
PRS S2 Series proprietary pickups are built to exact specifications, including wire and coating materials, winds, and resistance. Whether harkening back to the original HFS and Vintage Bass pickups or designed to work with the unique tones of a Bigsby tailpiece, S2 pickups were designed to capture the distinct tonal character intended for each instrument in the series.

All of the models in the S2 Series feature a 3-way blade pickup switch with a master volume and a push/pull tone control. Coil-tap functionality adds versatility by allowing players to split the humbucking pickups into singlecoils, providing a vast array of tones. The jack assembly used on the S2 Series is the same jack as the Core line, providing a clean connection point to amplify your sound.

Tuners, Nuts & Bridges
The tone of a guitar is influenced by several factors: wood choice, body style, pickups, scale length, metals and other materials used, etc. Some of the most impactful components are those that directly affect the vibration of the strings: the tuners, the nut, and the bridge. This is because it is the strings' vibration that the pickups sense and that creates the sound wave the ear will ultimately hear.

The bridge is the anchor of the guitar. It is here that the vibration of the string is transferred into the body of the guitar, bringing out the inherent tone of the woods chosen. Each S2 instrument features a different bridge style. The S2 Mira features the same stoptail that is used on Core PRS instruments. PRS use an unplated bridge with brass studs. The S2 Starla features a time-tested Tune-o-matic bridge with a Bigsby B50 tailpiece. The S2 Custom features a PRS tremolo (the same bridge found on the SE line of guitars).

The nut also plays a critical part in the transfer of tone. The nut on S2 instruments is the same nut PRS use on the Core guitars. The nut is strong and long-lasting without "grabbing" the strings, and it is imbued with brass, a highly musical metal.

PRS S2 locking tuners are used across the S2 Series. These proprietary tuners are reminiscent of the "Phase II" tuners and follow many of Paul Smith's "tweaks," including a brass shaft and specially-configured internal construction. The locking mechanism itself is identical to the one used on the Core guitars, which helps the guitar stay in tune.

Whether using parts shared by the Core manufacturing line or newly-sourced proprietary parts, PRS always chose to use musical materials (such as brass) and avoid materials that deaden tone (like nylon washers), maximizing the guitars' overall resonance, musicality, and tone.

Other Appointments
The nut, jack assembly, fret wire, electronics knobs, and strings are all shared between Core and S2 instruments. It is long-lasting and is comfortable to play. The electronics' knobs are made in PRS' own proprietary mold, which results in a handsome and ergonomic design. As with all of solidbody guitars, PRS use 10-46 strings. S2 Series guitars come in a nylon gig bag to make heading out for your next show that much easier.

Features
  • Body Wood: Mahogany
  • Top Wood: Asymmetric Beveled, Bookmatched Figured Maple
  • Back Wood: Mahogany
  • Number of Frets: 24
  • Scale Length: 25"
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Fretboard Wood: Rosewood
  • Neck Shape: Pattern Regular
  • Fretboard Inlays: PRS S2 Birds
  • Bridge: PRS Tremolo
  • Tuners: PRS S2 Locking Tuners
  • Truss Rod Cover: Custom
  • Hardware Type: Nickel
  • Treble Pickup: S2 HFS Treble
  • Bass Pickups: S2 Vintage Bass
  • Pickup Switching: Volume and Push/Pull Tone Control with 3-Way Blade Pickup Switch
  • Includes gig bag
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PRSS2 Custom 24 Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (15)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good feel (15)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (13)
  • Recording (11)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Rock concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wonderful Instrument

I picked one of these up, in Black Cherry, about 3 months ago and I have absolutely fallen in love with this instrument. The neck is fast without being too thin and access...Read complete review

I picked one of these up, in Black Cherry, about 3 months ago and I have absolutely fallen in love with this instrument. The neck is fast without being too thin and access to the higher frets is completely unrestricted. The finish on this guitar is smooth and glistens in the light like a gem. I am in a few different bands that all play different styles of music. I used to have to lug around 3-4 guitars to get all the tones that I needed. With this guitar, and its coil-tapping (which is the best sounding tap I have ever heard...Paul must have done something special with the wiring or the pickups are designed to be tapped), I am able to get every tone I need with one guitar. The HFS bridge pickup lives up to its name as it is Hot, its Fat and its Screams. It also cleans up very nicely with the volume knob though. The Vintage Bass neck is warm and fuzzy, but never muddy. I can go from screaming leads to clean rhythm by rolling back the volume and tapping the Vintage Bass pickup. One of the biggest things I noticed about the quality construction of this guitar is just how solid the jack is and how nice the strap buttons are. The strap buttons are oversized so once you get your strap on, it will not ever fall off. The little things are what makes this guitar superior in constuction to a similarly priced Gibson or Fender. The only minor complaint I have is that the tremolo isn't great (stable enough, decent feel, but I personally just don't like it compared to a double locking floyd...I am not confident enough in the S2 tremolo to do dives on stage) and there is no option for a hardtail (unless you go with the 22 fret model). At the end of the day, you are getting a wonderful American made instrument, that plays almost as nice as a core Custom 24, for about half the price. I feel like this instrument defines the law of diminishing returns (the core Custom 24 is about a 5-10% better guitar for 50-75% more money). If you are looking for an all-around great guitar for under $1500, look no further and pick up a PRS S2.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pretty Decent Guitar

I have had this guitar for almost a year now, and when I first got it, I couldn't put it down. Things have changed since then. It plays quite well. The neck...Read complete review

I have had this guitar for almost a year now, and when I first got it, I couldn't put it down. Things have changed since then. It plays quite well. The neck is fast and the pickups sound alright. I like the tuners, but if you transport it, it will go out of tune with hardly a bump. I have other low end USA made guitars that play as well or better than this guitar at half the cost. If I had not traded old gear on this guitar, I do not think that I would have purchased it. The thing that bothers me the most about it is the finish. It dings and chips if you so much as look at it. I would be curious to know if any other owners have this problem. Don't drop it on a pillow from an inch in the air or scrape it on a nice soft chair or else you will end up with a relic'd guitar. Which I suppose is alright in some cases. If you are looking for a guitar like this, I would suggest going with the SE models since they are very similar except for price. Or you could save a bit and buy a real USA PRS.

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(1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

S2 custom 24 PRS

By jimmy

from Riverbank/Modesto area Calif.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about PRS S2 Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

I bought one of these a few weeks ago and was very pleased. I went to rehearsal and our lead guitar player liked it so much I said MERRY CHRISTMAS and gave it to him. I went back to the store and ordered another one just like it, however the finish is very poor; looks like it was masked off half way and has a straight line splitting the front of the guitar in half and it is a completely dark dark color. I would really like another guitar. I haven't taken it out of the gig bag or even played it. It looks like a SECOND or BLEM to me.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Top notch guitar for the money.

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about PRS S2 Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

The guitar is well designed and sharp looking. Excellent intonation across the two octaves on the fret board. Well designed for playing leads with low action.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar! Looks and sounds fantastic. Very versatile.

By Joe

from San Diego, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about PRS S2 Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

    I am an intermediate player who has restarted playing after 40 years. My comments are probably not for the "super-pro shredders", but rather for regular hobbyist players. I have a Gibson Studio, Fender MIM Strat and now this PRS in whale blue.

    The PRS is gorgeous and plainly of higher build quality than my Gibson or Fender. (Of course it costs twice as much so that is a factor.) The tone is generally better also and because it can play as single or with both coils it is versatile. It stays nicely in tune and if I could only have only one guitar, this would definitely be the one.

    However, I also enjoy the Gibson because, while the tone quality appears to be slightly lesser, it seems to sound more "soulful" and "gravelly". It has "personality" and you want to pick it up. It feels small and "intimate".

    Likewise, the Fender also seems to have "personality" and I am amazed at how great this Mexican Strat plays. It is an overachiever that never disappoints. For the money, you can't beat it. The Fender longer neck feels different but comfortable to me. While the sustain of the PRS is better, I prefer the Fender more as a single coil instrument.

    In sum, the PRS is a beautiful looking and sounding, versatile guitar that could be my only guitar. But I enjoy all three and each in it's own way is a fantastic instrument.

     
    5.0

    Buy it you willl not regret it

    By LB

    from Illiniois

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about PRS S2 Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

      I love this guitar I have a Gibson Les Paul Futura and this guitar puts it to shame. I hate saying that because I've been playing manly Gibson and Fender for years but always wanted a PRS and I have had my eye on the S2 series since it came out and so I finally bought one and could not be happier. Buy one you will not regret it.

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Feels amazing and sounds even better!

      By Deano

      from Chattanooga, tn

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Church band
        • Jamming
        • Small Venues

        Comments about PRS S2 Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

        Quick delivery, packaged well, plays like a dream, great sound! Highly recommend! Only reason I gave 4 stars is it should come with a hard case.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        love it! Plays and looks fantastic

        By MISTRP

        from VA

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about PRS S2 Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

            Jamming and learning new tricks in my office/ studio

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Speechless

            By Rendawg

            from Malden, MA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Amazing playability
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • everything
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about PRS S2 Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

              Just bought me one of these. I was waiting to get an SE due to its great quality for such an affordable price. However, I spotted this exact S2 Custom 24 in Whale Blue and immediately played it. It was a hefty price, but upon playing it, I had no doubts that I wanted to purchase this fine piece of musical art.
              First Impressions: The guitar was absolutely beautiful to start off with, so its very visually pleasing with its zebra pick ups and nice blue finish. The second I was able to plug it into an Orange Amplifier (Don't remember exactly) and it just had the most amazing tone I've ever heard. I played for another half an hour none stop and the guitar has a overall great feel, no cons about how its sits on your body, or how it feels. Absolutely loved it.
              Why I bought it?: PRS Guitars to me have always been not only the most beautiful guitars in the market but over all best playing and sound. It bridges between a Strat and a Gibson Les Paul. I own a Strat and love it as well, but I needed a beefier tone that comes from hum buckers. I looked at a bunch of Les Pauls and though loving its sound, I disliked the way it felt. So then I played the PRS and it has the best of both worlds. It combines great feel and tone. I was sold. I wish I could personally thank the Paul Reed Smith team for such an amazing instrument. If you have the money to get it, you won't regret it my friends.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Terrific Value

              By Keith

              from undisclosed

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Better Than The Se
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about PRS S2 Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

                Seriously, this is an excellent quality and playing guitar. I went in to GC to buy/try a PRS SE and and American Strat. I walked out with this PRS S2. Compared to the SE, the SE looks better, hands down, as they are modeled after the Core models. However, after playing both side by side, the fit, finish, and feel of the S2 won me over. It plays easier, and feels higher quality than the SE. As for the American Strat, I found chording on the S2 to be much easier than the Strat. The Strats' 25.5' scale felt sooo long after playing the PRS 25" scale. It's the perfect blend between the Gibson and Fender scale lengths. My only gripe is because the finish on the S@ is so thin - for best sound according to PRS, it does show fine scratches and small bumps easily. But, that's also my excuse for not spending $3000 on a Core model - it will get scratched and bumped. With the S2, it only hurts half as much. You can get any sound out of this guitar due to the tonal options - HH and split coils. Excellent value.

                (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                First guitar

                By Daniel

                from Salt Lake City, Ut

                Comments about PRS S2 Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

                So I may be crazy paying 1300+ for a guitar having never owned one before. However, after spending an entire day at Guitar Center, I kid you not open to close, it was clear to me that getting a guitar like this would not only be easier to learn on but also allow me to progress without having to purchase another guitar in the near future. I was very impressed with the overall quality of the instrument and the attention to even the smallest details. The neck is PERFECT! All of the frets are rounded and no sharp spots at all. I didn't find this quality even on the highest end Ibanez and ESP guitars that I looked at. I am very pleased with my purchase and know it will last me many years of learning and improving my playing.

                (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Pretty Decent Guitar

                By CT22

                from Somewhere in the backwoods

                About Me Experienced

                Comments about PRS S2 Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

                I have had this guitar for almost a year now, and when I first got it, I couldn't put it down. Things have changed since then. It plays quite well. The neck is fast and the pickups sound alright. I like the tuners, but if you transport it, it will go out of tune with hardly a bump. I have other low end USA made guitars that play as well or better than this guitar at half the cost. If I had not traded old gear on this guitar, I do not think that I would have purchased it. The thing that bothers me the most about it is the finish. It dings and chips if you so much as look at it. I would be curious to know if any other owners have this problem. Don't drop it on a pillow from an inch in the air or scrape it on a nice soft chair or else you will end up with a relic'd guitar. Which I suppose is alright in some cases. If you are looking for a guitar like this, I would suggest going with the SE models since they are very similar except for price. Or you could save a bit and buy a real USA PRS.

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