The Custom 24 is the instrument that started PRS back in 1985, so of course the Guitar of the Month program would not be complete without celebrating this model. Since its introduction, the Custom 24 has been a favorite of internationally-touring artists, gigging musicians, and aspiring players who demand quality, reliability, and versatility. The Custom 24 features PRS’s patented tremolo system, PRS Phase III locking tuners, and dual humbuckers with volume and tone controls and a 5-way blade switch.
Some unique appointments for the Guitar of the Month include a wenge neck with ebony fingerboard, paua heart, green ripple abalone, and mother of pearl Lotus Knot fingerboard inlays, green ripple abalone Private Stock Eagle with mother of pearl outlines and “October” engraved banner on the headstock veneer, mother of pearl side dots, Sage Glow Smoked Burst high gloss nitro finish, and 58/15 LT treble and bass pickups.
Only twenty of these instruments will be made for October 2016, commemorating Private Stock’s 20th Anniversary.
The original Guitars of the Month were cased between December 1994 and March 1996. They provided the opportunity to experiment with new ideas and led directly to the Private Stock to the creation of the Private Stock program with the first “official” Private Stock instrument casing on April 19, 1996.
“At the time, the original Guitars of the Month program was a way for us to experiment with new designs and features. To this day, that innovation and specialization is still at the heart of the Private Stock program, and we are very excited to try out some new ideas for our 20th Anniversary year.” – Paul Reed Smith
January 2016 Hollowbody Bass 4
February 2016 McCarty 594
March 2016 Maple Top Singlecut Archtop
April 2016 DGT Birds of a Feather Semi-Hollow
May 2016 509
June 2016 Paul's Guitar
July 2016 Grainger 5 Fretless Bass
August 2016 Custom 24 8-String
September 2016 24 Fret McCarty Singlecut Trem
October 2016 Lotus Knot Custom 24
November 2016 Singlecut McCarty 594
December 2016 Hollowbody II
|Top Wood||Curly Maple|
|Back Wood||African Ribbon Mahogany|
|Neck Shape||Pattern Regular|
|Number of Frets||24|
|Inlays||Paua Heart, Green Ripple Abalone and Mother of Pearl Lotus Knot Inlays|
|Headstock Inlay||Green Ripple Abalone Private Stock Eagle with a Mother of Pearl Outlines and “October” Engraved Banner|
|Side Dots||Mother of Pearl|
|Controls||Volume, Tone with 5-Way Bladeswitch|
|Bridge||PRS Gen III Tremolo with Locking Saddles|
|Tuners||Phase III Locking Tuners with Ebony Buttons|
|Finish||High Gloss Nitro|
|Color||Sage Glow Smoked Burst|
|Case||Private Stock 20th Anniversary Saxon Crimson|
The Private Stock Guitar of the Month October 2016 - Lotus Knot Custom 24 is available at the following PRS Dealers: