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Addictive Bolt-on Feel

Since the dawn of rock and roll, the snap and response that comes from a bolt-on neck guitar has been an essential part of the mix. These attributes have, in turn, become essential to many players trying to tell their story through music. The CE 24 pairs PRS’s traditional body combination of the mahogany back and maple top with a bolt-on maple neck and rosewood fretboard. The neck sports a Pattern Thin carve and satin nitro finish for a natural, addictive feel. To further maximize the guitar’s inherent tone and clarity, the CE 24 features PRS 85/15 pickups, which Paul designed to have remarkable clarity as well as extended high and low end. The electronics consist of a volume and push/pull tone control with 3-way toggle switch for a total of six classic sounds.

The original CE was introduced in 1988 and offered players PRS design and quality with the added snap and sparkle of traditional bolt-on guitars.

Featured Specifications


Body Construction Solidbody
Top Wood Maple
Back Wood Mahogany
Top Carve Violin
Number of Frets 24
Scale Length 25"
Neck Wood Maple
Neck Construction Scarfed
Truss Rod PRS Double-Acting
Neck Shape Pattern Thin
Neck Depth at the 1/2 Fret 53/64"
Neck Depth at the 12 1/2 Fret 57/64"
Neck Width at the Nut 1 11/16"
Neck Width at the Body 2 1/4"
Fretboard Wood Rosewood
Fretboard Radius 10"
Fretboard Inlay Birds
Headstock Logo Signature, Decal
Neck/Body Assembly
Neck/Body Assembly Type Bolt-On
Finish Type High-Gloss Nitro
Neck Finish Type Satin Nitro
Bridge PRS Patented Tremolo
Tuners PRS Low Mass Locking
Hardware Type Nickel
Truss Rod Cover "CE"
Treble Pickup 85/15
Bass Pickup 85/15
Controls Volume and Push/Pull Tone Control w/ 3-Way Toggle Pickup Switch
Additional Info
Strings PRS Signature 10-46
Tuning Standard (6 String): E, A, D, G, B, E
Case Premium Gig Bag


Infographic showing switching positions for CE 24

CE 24 - Controls Description

PRS 85/15 treble and bass pickups

Master volume and push/pull tone, 3-way toggle pickup switch

3-way toggle pickup switch

Position 1 (down) - treble pickup

Position 2 - treble and bass pickups

Position 3 (up) - bass pickup

Push/pull tone pot

Down - humbucker mode

Up - single coil mode


Black Top (Opaque Top with Natural Back)

Black Top (Opaque Top with Natural Back)

Black Amber

Black Amber

Dark Cherry Sunburst

Dark Cherry Sunburst

Faded Blue Smokeburst

Faded Blue Smokeburst

Faded Gray Black

Faded Gray Black

Faded Gray Black Purple Burst

Faded Gray Black Purple Burst

Fire Red Burst

Fire Red Burst

Find A Dealer


"Ultimately, the CE 24 begs for a test drive, especially by skeptics. This isn’t the first PRS that’s forged a bridge between differing solidbody designs, but it’s also its own animal – a serious professional instrument that can cover all the bases...a formidable piece of American guitar-making.”

- Vintage Guitar

"...there’s a character here that leans just a little towards a good Fender, a percussive edge or subtle flavor that is what attracted so many of us to those original CEs..."

- Guitarist

"If you're looking for something a little different but still want a high-quality US-built guitar with a lot of versatility, excellent ergonomics and playability and great looks too, but want it all at a reasonably realistic price that's low enough that you'll actually use the guitar instead of putting it into a glass case and just staring at it, check out the return of the Paul Reed Smith CE 24."

- Harmony Central

"Sonically, the CE 24 hit all of the marks...Exploring all the options would probably have taken me days (or weeks), and I doubt I’d find a tone that the CE 24 couldn’t emulate effectively.”

- Guitar Player

"If I were the type to limit myself to just one guitar (hint: I’m not), I could easily do an entire gig with just the CE24 running from classic rock, to indie rock, to alt-country, and on."

- Tone Report

“If you are on the hunt for endless tone options and value beautiful design, look no further; the CE 24 might just be your new favorite axe.”

- She Shreds

"The CE24 was a total game changer for me. Its sleek design allows me to reach every note and chord with ease, while the 85/15 pickups allow me to truly express the tone I'm after whether it's clean or crunchy."

- Dylan Bowman, I Prevail

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