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Thread: Pros and Cons of late model Custom 24

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    Pros and Cons of late model Custom 24

    Gonna buy a 2013 PRS Custom 24

    What are some of the things I should be aware of with the later models?

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    Senior Member Whitecat's Avatar
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    Pickup variation is one...

    Whereas many moons ago (pun intended) you would only get whatever pickups PRS said you could have, there is now a choice between VB/HFS and 59/09s I believe. Make sure you know what you're getting.

    There is a choice in neck carve as well - Pattern Thin or Pattern Regular.

    Otherwise the 2013 models are nice - birds filled with MOP-esque material rather than the brass 'dirt' from the previous couple years.

    The 2014s are even nicer with a rosewood headstock veneer, but obviously the tonal effect of that is zero.
    PS Starla (burnt orange smokeburst), Starla (vintage cherry, IRW neck, birds), S2 Starla (McCTS), HB12 (black gold), 25th ann. Mira 245 (frost blue metallic), 2011 'Stripped' 58 (goldtop)

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    Blade switching vs. 5 way rotary/3 way push pull coil tap!
    Silver Holoflake CE24.
    Black "20th" Custom 24.
    White "Experience" Custom 24
    Royal Blue "25th" SE Custom 24.
    Mesa Roadster.

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    I think the V12 finish on the recent models really gives the guitars a nice vibe (looks just like PRS' nitro finishes, too, based on what I have seen on my acoustics). Whether it sounds better or not I can't say, because there have been other tweaks, but I think the newer guitars really do sound a little more to my liking.
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    Senior Member gush's Avatar
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    PRO- you buy it it's yours CON-you don't buy it somebody else will

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    Junior Member WSchaferJR's Avatar
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    I really like the late models as well as the new ones, either would be great.

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    Occasionally Onery Member CantankerousCarl's Avatar
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    I have a 1991 with HFS/VB and a 2011 Throwback with 59/09s. I think the older Customs give more strat-like single coil tones, if you can put up with the love/hate rotary. The newer ones definitely are less nasal, and the notes more defined with gain.

    Love them both.
    1990, 91, 92 & 97 CE24s | 1991 CU24 | 2000 CU22 Semi-Hollow | 2003 & 04 SE EG
    2008 SE Semi-Hollow Soapbar | 2011 CU24 GC Throwback | 2012 Signature Limited x2
    2012 NF3 | 2013 408 Brazilian | 2013 Paul's Guitar | 2013 Hollowbody II | 2013 CU24
    2013 CU24 Swamp Ash Limited | 2013 XPRS 408 Semi-Hollow | 2014 CU24 Semi-Hollow

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    DEEPER STRIATIONS markie's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by gush View Post
    PRO- you buy it it's yours CON-you don't buy it somebody else will

    Fanboy of the Jester (AKA) James (Previously known as 11top)

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    I was severely impressed Herr Squid's Avatar
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    The new phase III tuners kick butt! Make sure you're comfortable with the position of the new blade switch.

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