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.

For 2020, PRS has updated this model with TCI-tuned pickups and nitro over celluose (CAB) finish. 

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

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  • 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

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
Neck Depth At The Nut
Pattern Regular 27/32"
Pattern Thin 26/32"
Width of Fretboard at the Body
Pattern Regular 2 1/4"
Pattern Thin 2 1/4"
Width of Fretboard at the Nut
Pattern Regular 1 21/32"
Pattern Thin 1 11/16"
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
Bass Pickup 85/15
Controls Volume and Tone Control with 5-Way Blade Switch
Strings 10's

Upgrade Options

  • 10-Top Grade Maple Top
  • Hybrid Hardware

Artist Package Option

  • Artist Grade Maple Top
  • Artist Grade Gaboon Ebony Fretboard & Headstock Veneer with Inlaid Green Abalone Signature
  • Paua Outline / Green Select Abalone Center Artist Bird Inlays
  • Gold Hardware (default)
  • Black Paisley Artist Case
  • Expanded “Artist Package” Finish Selections* (see below)

Available Colors

  • Antique White

    Antique White

  • Aquamarine

    Aquamarine

  • Black

    Black

  • Black Gold Wrap Burst

    Black Gold Wrap Burst

  • Charcoal Burst

    Charcoal Burst

  • Charcoal Cherry Burst

    Charcoal Cherry Burst

  • Dark Cherry Sunburst

    Dark Cherry Sunburst

  • Emerald

    Emerald

  • Faded Whale Blue

    Faded Whale Blue

  • Fire Red Burst

    Fire Red Burst

  • 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

  • Violet Blue Burst

    Violet Blue Burst

  • Yellow Tiger

    Yellow Tiger

  • Autumn Sky

    Autumn Sky Artist Package Only

  • Blue Fade

    Blue Fade Artist Package Only

  • Copperhead

    Copperhead Artist Package Only

  • Copperhead Burst

    Copperhead Burst Artist Package Only

  • Faded Blue Burst

    Faded Blue Burst Artist Package Only

  • Faded Blue Jean

    Faded Blue Jean Artist Package Only

  • Natural

    Natural Artist Package Only

  • Purple Mist

    Purple Mist Artist Package Only

  • River Blue

    River Blue Artist Package Only

  • Whale Blue

    Whale Blue Artist Package Only

Design & Build Philosophies

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

  • American Musical Supply
    Oakland, NJ
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  • Bizarre Guitar
    Reno, NV
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  • Brian's Guitars
    Cheshire, CT
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  • Chicago Music Exchange
    Chicago, IL
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  • Chuck Levin's
    Wheaton, MD
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  • Cosmo Music Company
    Ontario, Canada
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  • Dave's Guitar Shop
    LaCrosse, WI
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  • Eddie's Guitars
    St Louis, MO
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  • Guitar Center
    Westlake Village, CA
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  • Guitar Maverick
    Keller, TX
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  • The Guitar Sanctuary
    McKinney, TX
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  • The Guitar Shop - Canada
    Ontario, Canada
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  • The Guitar Store
    Seattle, WA
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  • Ish Guitars
    Syracuse, NY
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  • John Mann’s Guitar Vault
    Bedford, NH
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  • Lark Guitars
    San Antonio, TX
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  • Moore Guitars
    Evansville, IN
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  • Musician's Friend
    Westlake Village, CA
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  • Music Gallery
    Highland Park, IL
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  • Music Store Live
    National City, CA
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  • The Music Zoo
    Roslyn, NY
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  • Northeast Music Center
    Dickson City, PA
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  • Palen Music
    Springfield, MO
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  • Rainbow Guitars
    Tuscon, AZ
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  • Righteous Guitars
    Roswell, GA
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  • Sam Ash Music
    New York, NY
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  • Sweetwater Sound
    Fort Wayne, IN
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  • Wild West Guitars
    Pasadena, CA
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  • Wildwood Guitars
    Louisville, CO
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  • Willcutt Guitar Shop
    Lexington, KY
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  • zZounds
    Oakland, NJ
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