Custom 24

  • 85/15 Pickups
  • 24 Frets
  • PRS Patented Tremolo, Gen III
Custom 24

The One That Started It All

Custom 24

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 III 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.

Pickup Switching 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

Photos

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Videos

  • Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers on PRS Guitars Custom 24

    Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers on PRS Guitars Custom 24

  • Custom 24 Demo w/ Bryan Ewald

    Custom 24 Demo w/ Bryan Ewald

  • Custom 22 vs. Custom 24

    Custom 22 vs. Custom 24

Gen III Tremolo

Rest assured, the Gen III trem functions in all the same ways as the PRS patented tremolo system always has. As always, the bridge is machined brass, a metal that rings beautifully. The block, intonation screws, height-adjustment screws, and the string slots on the saddles are all left un-plated for increased sustain and fidelity of tone.

PRS Gen III Trem
  • A. The mounting screw holes are countersunk from underneath, creating a knife-edge set-up that ensures the bridge will return to pitch after use.
  • B. The bridge’s sidewalls create a pocket that keeps the six individually adjustable saddles from moving sideways, thereby eliminating another traditional cause of tuning instability.
  • C. The saddles feature a compound radius so that the string breaks across the saddle at the optimum angle for contact and vibration transfer through the bridge. The Private Stock Gen III Trem also features locking saddles. These saddles hold the ball ends in place preventing any movement in the block and further ensuring the guitar returns to pitch after use.
  • D. The tremolo arm is unthreaded and features a small set screw that allows the player to customize the feel of the arm and find a comfortable playing position.

    The Gen III trem also has a few notable updates that further support the fidelity of the guitar’s tone and maximize sustain.
  • E. The mounting screws have been redesigned with larger thread and a larger custom head. This added mass creates more contact from the screw to the bridge and the guitar’s body, resulting in greater sustain.
  • F. Grooves have been added to the bridge plate. The grooves are radiused to match the radius of the height adjustment screws, again so there is more contact and a better fit.

Specifications

Body

Top Wood Carved Figured Maple
Back Wood Mahogany

Neck

Number of Frets 24
Scale Length 25"
Neck Wood Mahogany
Neck Shape Pattern Regular or Pattern Thin
Fretboard Wood Rosewood
Fretboard Inlay Birds

Hardware

Bridge PRS Patented Tremolo, Gen III
Tuners PRS Phase III Locking
Hardware Type Nickel

Electronics

Treble Pickup 85/15 Treble
Bass Pickup 85/15 Bass
Controls Volume and Tone Control with 5-Way Blade Switch
Strings 10's

Options

Option 10-Top Maple (Defaults To Hybrid Hardware)

Available Colors

  • Antique White

    Antique White

  • Black

    Black

  • Black Gold Wrap Burst

    Black Gold Burst

  • Blood Orange

    Blood Orange

  • Champagne Gold Metallic

    Champagne Gold Metallic

  • Charcoal Burst

    Charcoal Burst

  • Emerald

    Emerald

  • Faded Whale Blue

    Faded Whale Blue

  • Fire Red Burst

    Fire Red Burst

  • Frost Green Metallic

    Frost Green Metallic

  • Gold Top

    Gold Top

  • Gray Black

    Gray Black

  • McCarty Sunburst

    McCarty Sunburst

  • McCarty Tobacco Sunburst

    McCarty Tobacco Sunburst

  • Orange Tiger

    Orange Tiger

  • Trampas Green

    Trampas Green

  • Violet

    Violet

Artist Package

The Custom 24 is available with the PRS Artist Package.

The PRS Artist Package program is an exclusive platform for PRS Core guitars that offers upgraded and expanded options to enhance and further personalize your instrument. Artist Package instruments represent the most distinctive pieces available from the PRS Core production line.

Top Wood Artist Grade Flame Maple
Back Wood Select Mahogany
Neck Wood Select Mahogany
Neck Profile Pattern Regular or Pattern Thin
Optional Neck Wood Artist Grade Figured Maple or East Indian Rosewood
Fretboard Wood Artist Grade Gaboon Ebony
Fretboard Inlays Green Ripple Outline/Green Abalone Center Artist Bird Inlays
Headstock Gaboon Ebony Headstock Veneer with Inlaid Green Abalone Signature
Optional Artist Grade Fretboard & Veneer Figured Maple (Maple Neck Only) or Brazilian Rosewood (USA only)
Bridge PRS Patented Gen III Piezo Tremolo
Hardware Type Gold, Hybrid or Nickel
Pickups 57/08 Covered or Uncovered, 59/09 Uncovered, \ m / Uncovered, HFS & Vintage Bass, 58/15 or 85/15

Available Artist Package Colors

  • Aquamarine
  • Autumn Sky
  • Black Cherry*
  • Black Gold Burst
  • Blood Orange
  • Blue Crab Blue
  • Blue Fade
  • Blue Green
  • Blue Matteo
  • Bonnie Pink*
  • Burnt Maple Leaf
  • Burnt Orange
  • Charcoal
  • Charcoal Burst
  • Copperhead
  • Dark Cherry Burst
  • Eriza Verde
  • Faded Blue Burst
  • Faded Blue Jean
  • Faded Evergreen
  • Faded Gray Black
  • Faded Vintage Yellow
  • Faded Whale Blue*
  • Fire Red Burst
  • Gray Black
  • Jade
  • Livingston Lemondrop
  • Leprechaun Tooth
  • Makena Blue
  • Mash Green
  • McCarty Tobacco Sunburst
  • Natural
  • Obsidian
  • Orange Tiger
  • Purple Mist
  • River Blue
  • Santana Yellow
  • Slate Blue
  • Tortoise Shell
  • Trampas Green
  • Vintage Sunburst
  • Violet
  • Violin Amber Sunburst
  • Whale Blue
  • Yellow Tiger

*Also available with natural back

Design & Build Philosophies

  • Wood is the foundation of every PRS instrument, so great care is taken in sourcing, cutting, drying, and grading each species of timber used.

  • Neck shapes are paramount to the connection a player feels the moment he or she picks up a guitar. PRS neck shapes are designed for comfort, playability, and stability, so that feeling lasts a lifetime.

  • Stain and finish should do more than help a guitar look good; they should feel good and maximize tone as well. So while PRS is synonymous with beautiful, richly detailed stains, paints, and finishes, the goal is always to use a thin, clear, and hard finish that is durable and does not deaden the instrument’s natural tone and resonance.

  • The bridge is the anchor of the guitar. All PRS bridges are designed to maximize the transfer of the strings’ vibration into the guitar body while providing excellent intonation and functionality.

  • PRS Phase III tuners are designed to maximize the transfer of the strings’ vibration into the guitar while providing excellent tuning precision and stability via the easy to use locking system.

  • As one of the three main contact points of the strings, the nut is essential to the guitar’s tone. PRS uses a proprietary nut material, designed to maximize the guitar’s tonal resonance. PRS nut placement is compensated to provide accurate intonation across the fretboard. All PRS nuts are hand-filed for precise fit and superior playability.

  • A pickup is a transducer that captures the mechanical vibration of a string and converts it into an electrical current. Every component (wire, magnet, bobbin, slugs, etc) affects the sound and interacts differently with instruments and amps, which is why we design and build many distinct pickup models. Nearly all Private Stock and Core pickups are designed and built in our Stevensville, Maryland factory.

  • PRS uses nickel silver fret material for durability and tone. In general, PRS fret wire height has been specified to provide a good platform for both chord/rhythm playing and string bends/lead techniques. PRS fret wire width and hardness is specified to minimize wear, maximize fret life, and support the tone of the instrument. All PRS frets are glued in place to avoid raised or popped frets and are leveled, radiused, and crowned giving the guitar amazing comfort and playability.

  • The final instrument reflects all of the thought, work, and passion that are put into every step of the building process. If all the details are cared for, a guitar can be much more than the sum of its parts.

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

Signature Dealers

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