This 2012 PRS SE Custom 24 follows in the footsteps of the tried and true Custom 24.
The guitar that Paul Smith took to his first trade show in 1985, the Custom 24 is the model that brought PRS to the party.
Offered here in one of the original colours from 1985 - Whale Blue - and one of the new SE's that feature old school PRS birds, PRS are proud to offer this amazing guitar through their 'Student Edition' line.
The headstock of the Custom 24 is that familiar one on all PRS guitars, small and compact, the top and sides smoothly tapered, with a large black truss rod cover and SE Custom in silver script on the front.
The back of the headstock has 2 rows of 3-a-side machine heads, PRS designed and branded, they work every bit as well as Grovers. The back also has the manufacturers details and the guitars serial number printed on.
The Maple neck of this model has PRS's 'wide thin' profile, certainly thinner than on some PRS guitars, it feels extremely comfortable, a D profile (maybe a bit of C as well). The top nut is Graphite, and has a width of 43mm.
The neck has a gloss finish, whilst the Rosewood fingerboard is unbound, with 24 well polished and rounded frets. One of the most striking features of this new Custom 24 model is the beautiful pearloid bird inlays, these get smaller towards the treble end of the neck, and feature, amongst others, Hawks, Falcons, Sparrows and Kite's.
Superbly set up by the Korean factory, the intonation is spot on and action about 2mm across the strings at the 12th fret. The fingerboard is a players dream, super smooth and great for solo work, fast runs and inspiring play.
The neck joins the Mahogany body at the 22nd fret on both sides, and the treble side cutaway has a good bit of chamfering, giving comfortable access to all 22 frets.
The back of the body is plain, some rib cage chamfering giving a more comfortable playing position, a black plate to access the back of the tremolo bridge, and another for the electronics.
The front of the body is flat, with a striking flame Maple top showing off a stripy wood grain underneath the beautiful deep blue coloured finish.
We have 2 amber speed knobs for master volume and tone, and 3 way selector switch, all straight forward stuff. The 2 humbuckers are Zebra open coil types with cream surrounds, and the PRS designed tremolo bridge and trem arm are finished in shiny Chrome, with 6 satin steel saddles.
Playing the Custom 24 is great fun, it's just so easy to get going and play fast - a shredders delight. The fingerboard is just finished so well, smooth and polished to a high standard, bends and runs are a breeze.
The pickups are responsive as well, a good tonal range, plenty of clarity on the clean channel for brightly tones jingle jangle and pop, but the guitar comes alive on the drive channel, loads of power for ripping rhythm work or piercing solo's alike.
A wonderful addition to the SE range, high specs, superb finishes, great playing and all round, the best far eastern guitar we've played here at Guitarbitz.
Picked up one of these at a great price as the 2012 models take up shop space. For those of you who don't know, the only real difference between these and the 2012 models is that the Far Eastern SE series has a modest bevel around the edge of the body. Already have a 20th anniversary Custom 24, but with the usual wide-thick PRS neck; the more recent wide-thin necks on the SE series are a complete revelation. Despite poor dexterity and reduced strength in both hands, following a car accident, this guitar enables me to turn into a shred monster at will. Equally, the quality of the pickups mean that I can get back to my usual blues and country/folk, to say nothing of some embarrassingly played jazz. Lots of people will tell you that these Far Eastern sourced PRS's are a pale reflection of those made in the USA. If so, why are so many PRS endorsees playing their signature SE models stock? If you can't sound good with this guitar, spare your money, because an American PRS will not make you sound any better.
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All Guitars are Checked Before Dispatch
All Guitars go through our 12 point checking procedure to make sure that it passes our standards before shipping. This helps ensure your guitar will reach you in perfect condition. All guitars are checked against our 12 point check list and once passed, have a Guitarbitz quality control sticker attached. In addition to this we want to ensure that no harm can come to your guitar on the journey between us and you and so we have a rigorous packing procedure involving multiple protective layers. If you notice that this packaging is damaged when delivered by our courier, it is important to check the goods and if damaged, refuse the delivery and call us immediately. For your peace of mind, we have outlined the 12 point check below to show how we are passionate about your instrument.
|1) Finish checked for imperfections or damage
||2) Strings tuned up and tested for tone and playability
|| 3) Neck checked for bending or humps
|4) Truss rod adjusted for correct positioning
||5) Frets examined for playability||6) Bridge checked for position and hold on strings
|7) Strap buttons tested for secure fitting
||8) Neck joint examined
||9) Machine heads turned and tested for secure grip on strings|
|10) Nut tested for secure fitting and correct string height
||11) Switches, volume and tone controls tested for faulty connections||12) Pickups checked for responsiveness|
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