Understanding The Custom 24 Control Layout

Posted Oct 21, 2014

Tech Tips

The Custom 24 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.

This guitar is so popular because it gives a musician so many different tonal options in just one guitar. A player doesn’t need to mess with his or her amp in the middle of a gig to pull a different tone. When a new tone is needed, we’ve made it as simple as a flick of a finger.

Using our 5-way blade switch, you can utilize these different pickup 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


From a full and powerful humbucking tone to a sweet single-coil, you’ll love what this guitar can do on stage and in the studio. The uncovered Treble & Bass pickups work so well with the volume and tone controls that you can choose to clean up your tone immensely just by rolling the volume back.

Check out this video of Paul Smith talking about his renowned Custom 24: