Category: 2014 Paul Reed Smith Guitars
The Custom 24 is the original guitar Paul Reed Smith took to his first tradeshow in 1985. A perennial favorite with musicians, this model features a V12 finish, your choice of a Pattern Thin or Pattern Regular mahogany neck (with a rosewood neck option), and uncovered 59/09 pickups wired for our redesigned 5-way blade switch, which offers a dual humbucker option for the first time (see switching positions below).
For 2012, the Custom 24’s revered uncovered 59/09 pickups are being updated with new, contoured bobbins that arc with the strings for a more spread out, open tone. First seen on PRS Collection instruments, these bobbins are a continuation of Paul Reed Smith’s quest to continually tweak and refine the company’s instruments in subtle ways with the goal of culminating in a more musical instrument always in mind.
“Originally, humbucking pickups were covered to combat electrostatic and electromagnetic hum. As the years passed and the covers came off, there was a gap between the pickup and the pickup ring. These new bobbins not only provide extended low and high end, they look like they were meant to be uncovered and in a ring.” – Paul Reed Smith.
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
PRS Custom 24 Electric Guitar Features:
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 Neck Shape
Neck shapes have always been a high priority for us and a hallmark of our 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 us to even more precisely shape and consistently reproduce our necks.
Pattern Thin Neck Shape
Neck shapes have always been a high priority for PRS and a hallmark of our quality. A guitar should feel comfortable, like “home,” as soon as you pick it up, and the neck is paramount to that connection. The “Pattern Thin” neck is an updated version of PRS’s traditional Wide Thin neck. This new neck shape reflects modern tooling and programming that allows us to even more precisely shape and consistently reproduce our necks.
Top Wood: Carved Figured Maple
Back Wood: Mahogany
Number of Frets: 24
Scale Length: 25″
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Fretboard Wood: Rosewood
Neck Shape: Pattern Thin or Pattern Regular
Fretboard Inlays: Birds
Bridge: PRS Tremolo
Tuners: PRS Phase III Locking Tuners
Truss Rod Cover: “Custom”
Hardware Type: Nickel
Treble Pickup: Uncovered 59/09 Treble
Bass Pickup: Uncovered 59/09 Bass
Pickup Switching: Volume and Tone Control with Redesigned 5-Way Blade Switch
Top Option: Flame or Quilt – 10-Top Flame or Quilt
Neck Option: East Indian Rosewood
Hardware Option: Gold or Hybrid
Finish Option: Special Order Finish