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Average Score:4.45000( 4.5/5 based on 20 reviews )
 15 reviews75 %
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King Loudness12/31/2011

King Loudness's review"Flamey..."

PRS Custom 24
The PRS Custom 24 is one of the flagship guitars from the company and it was introduced back in the eighties as a blend between the Fender and Gibson camps. It features a mahogany body and neck with set neck construction like the Gibson guitars, a rosewood fretboard with 24 frets and really classy bird inlays, locking tuners, a custom design PRS tremolo system (non locking) and a pair of PRS humbuckers (usually the HFS/Vintage Bass combo). It's basically like a high class superstrat meets a Les Paul, and as a result it's quite versatile and can cover lots of sounds from clean through dirty with ease.

UTILIZATION

The design of the Custom 24 is pretty amazing. The shape is excellent and the weight is a great balance between light and heavy. It's got a beautiful carved top that not only looks killer, but offers nice support for your arm to rest on. The only real issue I have with the design is the neck heel, which can get in the way of the upper fret access a bit (though I'm no stranger to that, having played Gibsons that had the same issue). Getting a good sound out of this guitar is pretty easy. The woods and pickups used are top quality, so the tones are just excellent. Whether you are playing clean or distorted, rhythm or lead, this guitar will respond very well to whatever you are playing.

SOUNDS

The tones out of this guitar are excellent. I'm a big fan of the PRS pickups in general. They're pretty high output, yet they retain the feel of being like a vintage pickup like a PAF. The result is a very thick and sweet sounding guitar that has excellent sustain and oozes harmonics, especially when played through a distorted tube amp. The neck pickup is syrupy smooth, perfect for any kinds of smooth jazz comping or overdriven fusion leads, and the bridge pickup is biting and clear, yet very thick - a perfect mate for hard rock riffage and shredding lead work. The in between positions on the selector offer some very Fender-esque Strat/Tele type tones that really cap off the instrument and prove its versatility in a variety of settings.

OVERALL OPINION

All in all I think the PRS Custom 24 is truly a fantastic instrument. It looks killer, feels like an old friend, is very highly crafted and the tones are to die for. At about $2,800 new this guitar isn't cheap, but if you're willing to pay the price for a real instrument that blends the gap between Gibson and Fender and offers just a great guitar, do yourself a favour and try the PRS Custom 24. You won't leave disappointed.
tjon90112/15/2011

tjon901's review"The new PRS Custom 24 in a classic PRS finish"

PRS Custom 24
The PRS Custom 24 is the flagship of the regular PRS line. This is pretty much a custom guitar you can go out and buy in most guitar shops. PRS is a smart company in that they do not sit on a successful model without ever trying to improve it they constantly strive to make it better and better. This is the new PRS Custom 24 model. You can get it in a variety of finishes and you can also pick the one of the two PRS neck shapes. They use to be called Wide-Fat and Wide-Thin but they are now called Pattern Regular and Pattern Thin respectively. This example had the thinner neck. The guitar has a mahogany body and a mahogany neck. The neck has an Indian rosewood fretboard with ivory bird inlays. Up top you get a set of the PRS winged locking tuners. The bridge is the PRS Fender style Tremolo. I would prefer a hardtail version but they do not make many hardtail Custom 24's. This example had the stock 59/09 pickups still in it. The control layout has pretty unique placement with a volume and tone with a 5 way blade switch that splits coils. The blade switch replaces the old rotary switch that use to come on these models.

UTILIZATION

PRS is like the Apple computers of the guitar world. They are always looking to improve their models and they dont really care if you have grown attached to a certain feature. If the feature can be improve they are going to improve it. They do not sit on a model for 20 years while the rest of the world moves on around it. The tuners on these guitars are some futuristic locking tuners that PRS has come up with. They do the job and also prevent the string from slipping on the peg which some tuners do not prevent. The pattern thin neck is nice and thin. It is wide as well so it has the old super strat feel to it. The pattern regular neck isnt that fat itself but it has more of a traditional Gibson 50s feel to it while this is more 60s. The tremolo unit even if it looks like something off a 50s Fender it is a really modern design and holds tuning well. It is very stable so you can do double stops on it without going out of tune, something you cannot do on a lot of tremolos.

SOUNDS

The 59/09 pickups in this guitar are PRS's take on the old school PAF design. They have a bit more of a modern feel to them and PRS's guitars are modern overall so the feeling fits. Both of the pickups are very smooth. Usually just the neck pickup has a smooth tone to it but on this guitar both pickups have a very smooth classy feeling to it. The switching on this guitar is slightly different. Position 1 gives you the bridge humbucker like you expect. Position 2 gives you the bridge humbucker with a single coil split tone from the neck. The middle position gives you both the neck and the bridge in humbucker and position 4 gives both pickups in single coil mode. The last position gives you the full on neck position sound.

OVERALL OPINION

If you own a PRS Custom 24 it is most likely the flagship of your collection. These guitars are works of art as much as they are instruments. The craftmanship on these guitars is amazing to behold. You havent seen a flamed top until you see a PRS 10 top. The quality on these guitars rivals something you would get out of a custom shop. PRS being on the market and growing in popularity has made other companies advance their designs and overall game in the guitar industry. Competition betters the breed and if more guitar makers adopted a more modernized approach to guitar designs we the player would benefit greatly.
iamqman09/03/2011

iamqman's review"Nice player's guitar"

PRS Custom 24
Paul Reed Smith guitar is the boutique guitar and build quality and materials used. The also specialize in their own version of humbucker pickups and sound fantastic and my opinion. These are some very exotic looking guitars as well as a very cosmetically appealing guitars. This is going to be for a guitar player who likes the look of the guitar as well as the versatility and sound of the guitar.

This guitars pretty easy to use like any Paul Reed Smith guitar can be. The humbucker pick ups and a nice mahogany body would connect and neck with a cool flamed maple top. Give your normal volume and tone controls and pick up selector and that is pretty much about it there is it too much to figure out about this guitar there's no midi switches or anything that you push pool to get different sounds are phasing in and out it's pretty standard rock 'n roll guitar.

UTILIZATION

Paul Reed Smith Custom 24 Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:

* Color: Smoked Orange
* Body: Mahogany back, carved flame maple top
* Neck: Mahogany
* 24 frets
* Pattern Regular neck carve
* Abalone Bird inlays
* Fingerboard: Rosewood
* Hardware: PRS Tremolo bridge, PRS low-mass locking tuners
* Treble pickup: Uncovered 59/09 Treble humbucker
* Bass pickup: Uncovered 59/09 Bass pickup
* Pickup selector: 5-way blade
* Controls: Volume and tone
* Case: Hardshell case included

SOUNDS


The tone of this guitar is very fantastic if you like the sound of the Mahogany guitar and you will enjoy the sound of this guitar. The top maple will level out and balance out the guitar a lot better and add some necessary highest to the frequencies. It allows the guitar to breeds better and give it a lot more versatility then just the standard mahogany guitar.

These guitars are extremely versatile for pretty much any style of music. I see many country guitar players uses guitars as well as drop tuned players. These are around the county guitar that is able to be a great digging guitar and recording guitar. They sound fantastic although they are a little bit expensive compared to a couple version of a shifter or a guitar like that.

OVERALL OPINION


At new these guitars come in right around $2600 which is a pretty good chunk of change for a guitar. I'd love big fan of the Paul Reed Smith guitar next as they are a little bit chunkier and they just don't seem to fit my hand correctly. So I would recommend playing the guitar first if you get the opportunity to see if you even like it or not. If you are used to Fender Stratocaster or Fender telecaster's then this guitar will seem a little out of place for you but if you have played a Gibson Les Paul you probably be a little bit more comfortable with this guitar.
iamqman08/15/2011

iamqman's review"Exotic look and feel"

PRS Custom 24
The Paul Reeds missed guitars are a very elegant guitars that are built with extremely high build standards and very high-quality wood components. These are some of the most beautiful guitars that you can find in any guitar shop or any studio. They use some of the most premium woods and precise build standards.

Paul Reed Smith guitars have been featured by thousands upon thousands of musicians around the world. So the most prolific guitar players and professional guitar players have used these guitars on their recordings and on touring stages.

UTILIZATION

Specifications

Body
- Back Wood: Mahogany
- Top Wood: Maple
- Top Wood: 10 Top Flame 10 Top Quilt

Neck
- Number of Frets 24
- Scale Length: 25 inches
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard Wood: Rosewood
- Neck Shape: Wide Thin or Regular
- Inlays: Abalone Birds

Hardware
- Bridge: Tremolo
- Tuners: PRS 14:1 Phase II low mass locking tuners
- Hardware Type: Nickel
- Treble Pickup: HRS Treble
- Bass Pickup: Vintage Bass
- Pickup Switching: Volume and tone control with 5-way rotary pickup selector

Includes PRS guitar case.

SOUNDS

This is one of the best sounding guitars that you can buy. It has a great sick beautifully rich sound with its mahogany neck in mahogany body. Features a rosewood fretboard and a cool birds pearl inlay. They have unique feel to the neck and I don't really know how to describe them other then there not the normal Fender or Gibson They have just the most beautiful top you've ever seen on a guitar. I'm not really a fan all that much of Paul Reed Smith guitars because of their overpriced price points that they have on these guitars. However they have the most exotic look to them how to any other guitar manufacture that I've seen. The tops of them with their quilt in maple top in their flame tops are some of the most beautiful guitars that are in production.

These guitar sound excellent with their own Paul Reed Smith guitar amps. They sound great for country guitar players all the way up to modern metal guitarists. You can find the guitars on just about any stage of any genre of music. They are very good with clean amps as well as high gain amplifiers. There really isn't much that these guitars cannot do as far as being able to match most music. I think that is one of the big selling points to these guitars is that you can play him in virtually just about any music imaginable.

OVERALL OPINION

This guitar is priced rider round $3000 which is a little high for most people but this is the kind of guitar for a professional or someone who's bitterer playing a long time knows exactly what they want. I would recommend this guitar to someone who knows exactly what they want and has been playing for probably a long time to discover that. These are great guitars to look at their great guitars to play, but I prefer a slimmer neck so these guitars to me don't fit my style. It's a very chunky thick neck which I personally like the fender style neck, so this one doesn't suit my standards. They're beautiful guitars and a lot of people will like them if they can afford them.
MGR/John Palmer12/09/2002

MGR/John Palmer's review"Vox Custom 24"

PRS Custom 24
Its a long story... I responded to an ad in the St Albans chronicle, a regional north london newspaper regarding a Gibson les paul firebrand! Not knowing what this strange animal was, I called the ad and got the address. The juvenile voice on the line had me suspicious, but my hunger for the elusive guitar deal of a life time made me overlook this disturbing detail. Arriving after speeding all the 12 miles through Watford to St Albans in a 69 Triumph spitfire I could hardly contain my excitement, but as with all deals I had to gain composure and pretend not to be excited. Perhaps this guy was a syd barrett that lived in his bedroom for 20 years? After knocking, a neanderthal looking mono sylabbic speaking youth with the greasiest hair i'd ever seen ushered me up to his bedroom. The thought of some scene from deliverence crossed my mind, but the smell of a guitar find powered me onward. He opened a wardrobe, removed what seemed to be dozens of pairs of shoes to reveal the unmistakeble shape of a fitted gibson case. Like a coffin being exhumed from a grave he wiped off the dust and laid the precious sarcophigus on the bed. OPening the case there was what appeared to be a les paul that had been scratched to death by the buried alive victim you see in movies. It was a les paul no doubt. I asked the cro magnon about its history and the like, but alas details were sketchy. He said he had to sell. I asked the all important question, how much? Expecting a four digit reply, he simply grunted make me an offer. This is the moment whan all the cool in the world is needed, and all the yoga in the world wouldnt have brought my heart rate down. I took a gamble, based on my suspected IQ assessment, and offered him 250 quid. He immediately said yes, and I began counting out the faces of queen elizabeth into his sweaty palm, trying not to appear excited, half expecting him to turn into the punk pithicus he looked like. I finished dealing out the wad, and closed the case, thanking him, got down the stairs and out the door. I was in the spitfire and down the road, glancing at the black gibson case wondering if the thing was for real or a fake or what!. Once home we , my brother and I thoroughly researched the strange gibson and found it be official. The bridge pickup was working intermittently so I took it to a guitar shop in St Albans for repair. Whilst there the owner asked me to try this new vox 24 fret guitar he had just received. Remember this was 1983 and Carlos Santana was using the Yamaha sg2000. I guess this vox was a challenger to this genre of axe...... he traded the gibson even up for the vox which was 699 pounds in the store with a hardshell case

The 24 frets was special, it was weird to be able to solo in B above the 12 fret easily. The action was incredible and the screaming response from the semour duncan double humbuckers was twice the output compared to my 74 strat. It has single coil switching and out of phase switching too, which gives versatility to the sounds available.

The guitar is heavy! Its made from a number of gorgeous looking dark woods laminated, but I was suffering from "les paul neck" by the end of the first jam with the boys.

Construction is excellent and the finish superb

Ive had this guitar 20 years now and the only change I made was to replace the neck double humbucker pickup with a fender lace sensor double pickup, the blue/ gold combo. This now allows me to have amazing fenderesque tones and the screaming seamour at the flick of a switch.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Adam12/04/2001

MGR/Adam's review"Paul Reed Smith Custom 24"

PRS Custom 24
It was an aniversery gift from my Wife. It was purchaced from C&M music center in Baton Rouge, LA. The Cost was 2189.

I love everything about the guitar. The finish is beautifull. Its not a 10 top, but I like it better than a 10 top, I think 10 tops are too perfect with not enough character. Its Black Cherry stain. I got it with the 3 way toggle and the push/pull tone for coil tapping. This guitar sings. Its best when distorted, but the clean channel is beautiful.

There is nothing I don't like. The only thing I wish it had was seperate coil tapping for each bucker.

This guitar is built wonderfully. Feels great, looks great. All around great guitar.

This is a wonderful guitar. I would suggest to anyone thinking of buying a Les Paul to try a PRS. They play great and can sound like a Paul, but is also more diverse.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Anonymous06/26/2001

MGR/Anonymous's review"Paul Reed Smith Custom 24"

PRS Custom 24
I bought this guitar second hand about two monthes ago. It set me back $2900 Australian dollars, but thats OK, as with our current exchange rate, they are completly worthless anyway.


After day dreaming about owning a PRS for ages, I finally found one that was affordable, and was completely blown away. This is the best guitar I have ever played.



The second you plug in a set neck PRS, you are absolutely blown away by the tone. It makes you amp sound ao much more alive than any other guitar before.


When playing my Les Paul after getting my PRS, it sounded very muddy. The PRS has a much clearer tone, but it is not as fat. The main difference between the two guitars, is that the PRS sings, and has a very smooth sound, where a Les Paul screams, and can sound very rough in comparison.


The main reason I prefer the PRS to a Les Paul is that it is capable of sweet clean sounds as well as awesome overdrive courtesy of coil taps. This is definately the most versatile guitar I have owned. You will no longer have to switch between your Les Paul and strat.


My PRS plays like a dream. This is definately the best neck I have ever played. It is similar to a Les Paul, but slightly wider, not as thick, and with a much flatter fretboard. I find it feels lovely, and is even faster than the neck on my Ibanez Universe.



The only thing I really do not like about this guitar is the rotary pick up selector. At first it can be a bit daughnting, as you can not look down and imediately see which pick-up you are using. Although after you have had the guitar for a while it is not a problem.


A continual problem with the selector though, is when your hands get sweaty, it can be very hard to turn. I think a standard switch would be much better.


I also do not think the case is acceptable on guitar that cots as much as a PRS.


The only complaint I have about the sound is that it can be a bit mid rangey. It is not a good match for high end biased amps such as marshalls. It sounds much better through a bassy amp. This is just not picking though.



I am lucky in that my guitar is a pre 1995 model. It was hand built in the Virginia street factory. It absolutely flawless, and looks like it is brand new, even though it is approximatey 12 years old. After moving to a larger factory in 95, the quality went down hill, as happens with mass production. The guitars are no longer hand made, and the grade of woods used is lower. Try and find a pre 95 model if possible.


This is definately the best sounding, best playing and best qualits guitar I have ever owned. Every other guitar feels like a plank of wood and sounds dead in comparison. A woderful guitar.


This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
arnosolo06/17/2014

arnosolo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Swiss Army Knife"

PRS Custom 24
Specifications Custom 24 classic finish Charcoal 10 top beautiful.

Strat 5-way switch, so much more convenient than the previous versions rotary switches types.

Locking tuners, bridge and vibrato owners, very effective (no problem keeping agree).

UTILIZATION

Handle "pattern" flat enough radius, profile very, very comfortable, close enough (comparable to a modern Fender C profile).
Quite heavy anyway, but very comfortable guitar (thoughtful chamfers, access to acute relatively easy).

SOUNDS

Typed sounds rather modern for my taste. 5 positions allow go of his fat good for double handle sound very sharp rock on the double bridge, through the more typical sounds "Tele" and "Strat" ​​in positions 2 and 4. Beware, it remains Anyway its a pretty typical.

Perhaps a slight lack of character, which I play more readily since my TV.

OVERALL OPINION

Archi versatile guitar, flawless finish, ultra reliable.
Perhaps a slight lack of character, which I play on my TV more readily when the chips and context are appropriate.
Pucelle_Dabidjan07/28/2008

Pucelle_Dabidjan's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

PRS Custom 24
Objective approach:

Prs guitar shape
Industrially manufactured in the U.S.
Hand over
Mahogany body
Table in Saddle sculptbr /> Manche 24 cases with rosewood fingerboard
2 pickups prs: hfs in vintage bridge bass in the Channel
A 5-position rotary slecteur
1 potentiomtre of tonalitbr /> 1 potentiomtre volume
Vibrato tremolo springs

subjective approach:

The PRS does not hit me specially in the eye. The wood of the table and body are standard in appearance. CONTRL missing to help the artist sculpt his sound. However, the phase splits and dual mode Submitted and trs are effective. I note the good finish work at all levels. The masking plates and springs of the tremolo are electronic plastic ugly. Too bad!

[7] A good guitar is a guitar dmarque standard design Features and finish. Too bad the wood is not just the most beautiful (take care, they are fine dj), for CHF 5'290 .00 for when it would be nice-even.

Complment of 07/28/08: APRS test various prs custom 22 and 24 is the only PRS that were as ugly wooden tables.

UTILIZATION

The guitar is, to my great surprise, made of a high density wood. I just grabbed a Gibson Les Paul Custom APRS and the difference in weight is not striking. The PRS Seems light but it is not. A kind of ballet of combat. Mfiance so.

Comfort is, however, the appointment and the handle, a trs good handle also fits perfectly between your fingers. It gives an impression of solidity reassuring and allows multiple game styles and a high speed. The slip coating well on this instrument, but as for the Les Paul, I have not had a chance to sweat on this dernire.

Note that Access in acute might be better if PRS had not built a heel slightly XL, even if it remains excellent.

As nuncio above, one of potentiomtre Tone and volume is a bit short. But it's OK thanks to five positions slecteur trs effective.

[8] Let us not be deceived, the prs is accommodating for intensive use. A good tool.

SOUNDS

Operate this guitar is empty is a surprise. I get sounds from a power and a remarkable rgularit. The spectrum is TRS balanced and the grain and depth are commendable.

In dlivre clean guitar sounds a whole lot of warm and round with a nice slam on the attack and air resell (read by an Arian clean and warm). They are certainly a little less beautiful than the prs dragonII can offer, but it is still in the magnificence.

In crunch as saturated guitar excels. The sound can take a little dnominations all of what needs to be a crunch and saturated to give us the best of his woodwork. Palme d'Or in the saturation or sound, modern, Dfine is a power and an attack phnomnale.

[10] we will not twist the ass ch ... right, this guitar is to block the ball in the area. If you make of modern music, you may love this guitar sound really possde hell.

OVERALL OPINION

In a Manner of speaking,if this guitar was not so expensive, it would be absolutely perfect. Indeed, charging a customer for the price of the guitar SERIES. It's a bit all of us take for hay ties.

It must also fight against many competitors in its srieuses sgment, dean hardtail since the United States, through the Rievax Xavier Petit Soldier Warrior and other higher quality still. Note also the appartition rcemment of Fame with Forums couraging in custom shop and are almost consistent with copies prs. But it is worth sre, even if the hill should not increase over time (dteint problem of varnish on some models).

The wood is not from a prestigious but did not notice the ear. If you can, privilgiez of pre-1989 MODELS. C'tait millsines the good of prs trs.

[8] a must
lucky200405/06/2007

lucky2004's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

PRS Custom 24
Mine is a custom 24 Black Birds with Chery. It has the config 'standard' that is with 5-way switch and vibrato.

Little reminder for the 5-way switch, PRS offers two types of selectors microphones
- The 5-position rotary switch: allows you to choose between the following configurations: double neck pickup, neck pickup in single, 2 double pickups, bridge pickup in single, double pickup.
- A selector 3 positions (Les Paul type) + a volume control with push-pull. In this case, we choose the selector from: neck pickup, the two pickups, bridge pickup. The push-pull on the volume knob can then choose from the microphones in single or double coil.
3x2 = 6! And yes, this was a config option as well: the two microphones in singles. In addition, this configuration is more intuitive. Known or easy it is, which is not the case with the 5-way switch, but it's a matter of habit.

Of course made in the US (you can find on the site of the black box, video all the various stages of manufacture of the device! It's great to see!)

The violin is wonderful. The table of mine in flamed maple is beautiful, but frankly I have never seen a failure! Yet I look at these guitars for years ... The color of mine is 'Black Cherry' is a very dark red. The neck and head are also varnished in the same color.

Even the box is beautiful. Simple and beautiful, high quality. A real jewel to jewel!

UTILIZATION

The handle is very pleasant. This is the first guitar I painted with a handle. At first it is a little confusing, but you get done.
Access to acute is perfect, the balancing of the guitar also. It is not too heavy, which is appreciable.
As for sound, just plug it to get a good sound ;-)

The 5-way switch is not very intuitive. Not easy to know where we are when we take the guitar. Likewise for those who change their sound in the middle of songs, not easy to find! But I think it's a matter of habit. On the other hand, with a Les Paul, it often changes at the beginning of grazing the microphone selector ... it's still a matter of habit!

SOUNDS

This is really the highlight of this guitar! Sounds that are out are really fabulous. The pickups are really powerful and precise all at once. Being able to switch to single coil gives crystal clear sound beautiful ...

I play a little bit of everything in the style of music, pop, some rock, blues ...
I'm not a great guitarist and yet I go out sounds extras!

The only problem is then to play again with his other guitars ;-)

OVERALL OPINION

I dream about this guitar for years! I take the plunge a few months ago at Christmas. I can not be objective! When we realized a lifelong dream, how to be disappointed!
I will not go into the debate: PRS / Les Paul, everyone to choose according to their tastes. For my part, I love everything about this guitar: design, finish, sound, ... everything is exactly what I was looking for. I wanted a guitar that polivalente also have a soul, I found it. To those who say that this guitar has no sound to it, they try, they look at the Loan and they can judge on piece.

I love the sound of microphones simple, they are precise, critallins, slamming ... The sounds are powerful double ...

Congratulations to PRS to offer us these quality instruments. For lovers of this brand, I recommend a book that is found on the website of PRS which traces the history of the brand with lots of pictures and history of all models. A must!