Since 1985 PRS USA has established itself as a high end brand offering guitars with “an elegant, modern, vintage-inspired design – the kind of guitar one might have expected Fenders and Gibsons to evolve into”.
In fact one of Paul Reed Smith’s earliest inspirations was to create a guitar that combined the best features of a classic Strat and a vintage Les Paul – a challenge well realised.
The Paul Reed Smith Custom 24 is the core of the PRS family. Along with the Custom 22, the Custom 24 was one of the first, and remains one of the favourites in the PRS line.
This particular CU24 model has the Artist Model Package, and it is the PRS 20th Anniversary Model, which makes a great guitar even more special.
The CU24 is the quintessential PRS guitar. This iconic instrument was the first model that Paul Reed Smith brought to the public at PRS Guitars’ first Winter NAMM show in 1985 and has been a top seller ever since. Played by internationally touring artists and pro musicians worldwide, the Custom 24 features PRS’s patented tremolo system and PRS HFS treble and Vintage Bass pickups with volume and tone controls and a 5-way rotary switch.
One piece mahogany body
One piece maple neck
Ebony Fret Board
24 medium jumbo frets
Scale Length 25″
Regular Carve Neck Profile
PRS super stable tremolo
Tuners PRS low mass locking tuners
Volume and tone control with 5-way rotary switch
Pickup Switching Positions –
Position One: Bridge humbucker
Position Two: Bridge humbucker with neck singlecoil, in parallel
Position Three: Bridge and neck humbuckers
Position Four: Neck singlecoil with bridge singlecoil, in parallel
Position Five: Neck humbucker
The Artist Upgrades include –
Rosewood overlay on headstock with abalone PRS signature logo
Artist grade bookmatched quilted maple top
Translucent toned back
The 20th Anniversary Model features include –
One piece mahogany neck
Standard neck profile
Abalone 20th Anniversary “Birds in Flight” inlays – exclusive to these models
Locking PRS / Schaller tuners
Anodised “20th” truss rod cover
All PRS instruments feature impeccable craftsmanship and innovative designs, exemplified in some of the most sonically versatile instruments of the past few decades. The Custom 24 is the original PRS. Since its introduction, it has offered a unique tonal option for serious players and defined PRS tone and playability.
In 1997 John from PREMIER GUITARS was given a factory tour of the current PRS facility in Maryland USA by the then marketing manager (whose name I have forgotten …) The experience was notable in the attention to detail given to every phase of assembly, from the super high tech machinery to the hand finishing of every component, fit and finish. The whole tour was so impressive I had to have one of these great guitars, so the purchase of a PRS CU22 took place that day. I still have that 1997 guitar & and I still love it.
The PRS guitars are super versatile, with a wide variety of great sounds, and a build quality second to none. They are rock solid, stay in tune, travel well and cover every style of music.
The kicker is that this one is in virtually new condition, not a mark or scratch on it anywhere.
It has spent its life as an object of beauty, either in its case or hanging on a home studio wall.
There are no scratches under the strings between the pickups. There are no scratches or buckle rash on the back. The frets are 100%. There is no tarnishing of the gold hardware. The original finish in Royal Blue is perfect.
An extra huge bonus is that it comes with an as new “I Series” USA made SKB flight case, worth over $500 on its own. If you ever need a lightweight, waterproof and virtually indestructible flight case with its own wheels, this is the one.