Custom 24

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The One That Started It All

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. Played by internationally touring artists, gigging musicians, and aspiring players, the Custom 24 features PRS’s patented Gen IIII tremolo system and PRS 85/15 pickups with volume and tone controls and a 5-way blade switch. 85/15 pickups were personally designed by Paul Reed Smith to offer remarkable clarity and extended high and low end.

The Custom 24 is the original PRS. Since its introduction, it has offered a unique tonal option for serious players and defined PRS tone and playability.

Featured Specifications

Specifications

Body
Body Construction Solidbody
Top Wood Maple
Back Wood Mahogany
Top Carve Violin
Neck
Number of Frets 24
Scale Length 25"
Neck Wood Mahogany
Neck Construction One-Piece
Truss Rod PRS Double-Acting
Neck Shape Pattern Thin
Neck Depth At The Nut 53/64"
Width Of Fretboard At The Nut 1 11/16"
Width Of Fretboard At The Body 2 1/4"
Fretboard Wood Rosewood
Fretboard Radius 10"
Fretboard Inlay Birds
Headstock Logo Signature, Inlaid
Neck/Body Assembly
Neck/Body Assembly Type Set
Hardware
Bridge PRS Patented Tremolo, Gen III
Tuners PRS Phase III Locking
Hardware Type Nickel
Nut PRS
Truss Rod Cover "Custom"
Electronics
Treble Pickup 85/15
Bass Pickup 85/15
Controls Volume and Tone Control with 5-Way Blade Switch
Additional Info
Strings PRS Signature 10-46
Tuning Standard (6 String): E, A, D, G, B, E
Case Hardshell Case
Options 10 Top with Hybrid Hardware

Controls

Infographic showing switching positions for Custom 24

Custom 24 - Controls Description

5-way blade pickup switch

Position 1 (down) - treble pickup

Position 2 - treble humbucking pickup and bass single coil Position 3 - treble and bass humbucking pickups

Position 4 - treble single coil and bass single coil

Position 5 (up) - bass pickup

Colors

Antique White

Antique White

Black

Black

Black Gold Burst

Black Gold Burst

Charcoal

Charcoal

Charcoal Burst

Charcoal Burst

Charcoal Cherry Burst

Charcoal Cherry Burst

Dark Cherry Sunburst

Dark Cherry Sunburst

Eriza Verde

Eriza Verde

Faded Whale Blue

Faded Whale Blue

Fire Red Burst

Fire Red Burst

McCarty Sunburst

McCarty Sunburst

Orange Tiger

Orange Tiger

Purple Iris

Purple Iris

Yellow Tiger

Yellow Tiger

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Accolades

"The Custom 24 is my main guitar live and probably the one we’ve had in the rack the longest. It gives us that consistent tone we’re looking for and it’s a really nice looking guitar.”

- Brad Delson, Linkin Park

"If you want to play a guitar that feels great, is very versatile and has an amazing tone, a Custom 24 fits that bill!”

- Orianthi

"I’ve been playing PRS Custom 24’s since 1985 and they’ve been a workhorse on the road and in the studio. They play great, look and sound great and they’re dependable. The balance and weight from the neck to the body is perfect.”

- Tom Johnston, The Doobie Brothers

“It’s like they were in my head when they designed the Custom 24… it’s everything I’ve EVER wanted out of a guitar.”

- Anthony Armstrong, RED

“Looove my Custom 24, it looks great, it’s dependable, and is just overall a real joy to play.”

- Ryan Knight, The Black Dahlia Murder

“I love my Custom 24 and take it to every gig. It sounds great, looks great, and has survived the road life so I really couldn't ask for a better guitar!”

- Cheska Zaide, A+ Dropouts

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