PRS Custom 24. 30th Anniversary 10 Top Pattern Regular in Scarlet Red
PRS Guitars: Celebrating 30 Years
In 1985 a long, curly-haired Paul Reed Smith took a selection of PRS Custom and PRS Guitars (later known as the Custom 24 and Standard 24) to a tradeshow and PRS Guitars was born. Unbeknownst to everyone at the time, Paul was becoming “arguably the first ‘little guy’ to give guitar making giants…a run for their money. By upping the ante on quality, PRS compelled big American companies to improve their game, resulting in a full-blown American guitar renaissance,” (Guitar World). From two electric guitar models, to a full line up of electric guitars and basses, acoustic guitars, and amplifiers, PRS has kept that quality standard and has grown into a major industry presence.
In celebration of the last three decades, PRS will be creating a series of blog stories recounting moments from the last 30 years as well as inviting and presenting testimonials from artists and players on their experiences with Paul and PRS guitars.
The 30th Anniversary Custom 24 is specially appointed with a unique inlay pattern and commemorative truss rod cover to celebrate 30 years of PRS Guitars and the Custom 24 model. In addition to the specifications that have remained unchanged on the Custom 24 since its inception (the woods, scale length…), this 30th Anniversary edition features the new 85/15 treble and bass pickups.
Designed personally by Paul Reed Smith in conjunction with the new 58/15 pickups for PRS’s 30th Anniversary year, 85/15’s are uncovered pickups with remarkable clarity and extended high and low end perfect for more modern applications. This blend of tradition and innovation mirrors the culture that PRS developed over the last three decades.
The Custom 24 is the original PRS. When this guitar was introduced in 1985, the combination of a 24-fret, 25” scale length, dual humbucking, tremolo guitar was a distinctive configuration, offering players a new tonal option. Pairing this with a more traditional combination of maple top, mahogany back, and rosewood fretboard helped give the Custom 24 its signature look, feel, and tone. For three decades, the Custom 24 has been a perennial favorite of musicians, defining the playability and tone that PRS guitars are known for.
|Top Wood||Carved Figured Maple|
|Number of Frets||24|
|Fretboard Wood||Rosewood with Purfling|
|Neck Shape||Pattern Regular|
|Fretboard Inlays||Mother of Pearl 30th Anniversary Birds|
|Headstock Inlay||Rosewood Veneer with Inlaid Signature and Purfling|
|Tuners||PRS Phase III Locking Tuners|
|Truss Rod Cover||"30th Anniversary"|
|Treble Pickup||85/15 Treble|
|Bass Pickup||85/15 Bass|
|Pickup Switching||Volume and Tone Control with 5-Way Blade Pickups Selector|
|Top Option||10-Top Flame|