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PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst

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A mahogany body with a maple top, PRS designed pickups and tremolo bridge.

PRS-engineered quality for exceptional action and tone.Paul Reed Smith' SE Custom 24 sports a hot double-cutaway flattop body crafted from a mahogany back and maple top with a curly maple veneer. The comfortable 24-fret wide-thin maple neck is smooth and fast, and the PRS-designed tremolo allows for crazy note-bending and divebombs, while staying solidly in tune. The PRS humbuckers provide smooth tones, creamy sustain and crunchy distortion. Add the famous birds-in-flight fretboard inlays and natural maple binding, and you™ve got an axe that' as beautiful to behold as it is to hear. Built in Korea in a PRS-approved facility by gifted craftsmen, these are among the finest electric guitars in their class available today. Grab one and see why!Use the drop-down menu above to choose colors and other options.

FEATURES
Resonant mahogany body with classic PRS body shape
Maple top with flamed maple veneer
Set maple neck with wide-thin contour and rosewood fingerboard
PRS-designed humbuckers and tremolo bridge
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SPECIFICATIONS
Mahogany body
Maple top with flamed maple veneer
25" scale length
Maple 24-fret neck
Rosewood fretboard with bird inlays
Wide-thin neck contour
PRS-designed tremolo bridge
PRS-designed tuners PRS-designed Treble and Bass humbucking pickups with zebra bobbins
Volume and tone control with 3-way toggle pickup selector
Nickel hardware
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PRSSE Custom 24 Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 65 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (43)
  • Fun to play (41)
  • Good tone (37)
  • Good pick up (35)
  • Solid electronics (34)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (40)
  • Practicing (40)
  • Recording (33)
  • Small venues (25)
  • Rock concerts (23)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Guitar In Its Pricerange, Period!

While I'll classify myself as a "Semi-Professional Bassist" who's been playing that instrument for over 20 years and done Recording Session and Live "Backing Band" Gigging work and...Read complete review

While I'll classify myself as a "Semi-Professional Bassist" who's been playing that instrument for over 20 years and done Recording Session and Live "Backing Band" Gigging work and knows his way around how electric stringed instruments are made in general, I only had enough guitar skills to get the most basic of songwriting ideas out of my head and into the air. Thus my purchase of a PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar (a 2010 20th Anniversary Model) to attempt to increase those skills, both as a songwriting tool as well as to be able to cover on a "Second Instrument" and make myself more appealing on the "Hired Gun" scene.

Firstly, compared to when I started playing in 1989/90 (as well as my Younger Brother, who is a Guitarist a few years younger than myself) the PRS SE series absolutely SLAYS any "Beginner to Mid-Range" guitar that was at its level of both price and "Built In..." status (in the SEs case, Korea which is a positive compared to other instruments made in lesser Far East countries these days) as well as Playability & Usefulness. This quite easily feels, sounds and quality-wise is the better of the vast majority of guitars in its price-range such as Epiphone, Schecter, and low-to-midrange Ibanez. It's made of 3 pieces of Mahogany so well crafted it's extremely hard to find any joint lines through the transparent "Scarlet Red" finish, topped by a solid 1/3 inch of Plain Maple and then a veneer of Flame Maple of looks. But the difference with PRS is that while most companies would simply place the veneer on top of the body wood, PRS still uses a nicely-sized piece of non-figured Maple for tonal value between the two... which you can certainly hear the difference either plugged in or not: it resonates acoustically, and amplified falls into the "Les Paul" category of using different woods that effect different frequencies of the guitar. Mahogany is a nice "covers all bases" wood, but a Maple top brings out the high-end and adds "clarity" to the guitar in general, which is why both woods are teamed together in guitars. It's great to see that PRS was able to make this work at this price point by using non-figured Maple underneath its Flame Maple veneer and give the guitar a true sonic character of its own. And PRS are consistently improving the SE Line, carving the tops at the edges that give the newer models a feeling closer to the 2K+ USA-built guitars as opposed to the flat-topped SEs from 2010 and before.

Additional, all of the hardware is solid and feels of quality - the tuners are fine for the majority of Tremolo usage, and should you find yourself going crazy on it are easily and cheaply upgradable to Grover 406 Locking Tuners for under $50, along with an under-$10 TUSQ Black XL "43x6mm" which are both drop-in replacements listed on the PRS website FAQ as well the Pin-Type "Tremol-No" trem stabilizer (another great modification for under $50 which will allow blocked drop-trem use, completely locked-down and all-around better tremolo "handling" and the ability to use Drop-Tunings with a Floating Tremolo.) The Pickups are also better-than-average for a guitar of this price and can handle anything you'll play - Blues/R'n'B, Classic & Modern Rock, Metal and even Dream Theater-type "High Note Definition" Progressive Metal.

I found that I was enjoying playing my PRS SE Custom 24 so very much that I was able to keep my eyes open and buy a New-Old-Stock SE Singlecut as well - in the small part of me that isn't a Bassist, I'm more of a Les Paul/Singlecut type as well, and have been just as impressed with it as well. And with an SE Custom 24 7-String upcoming in the Spring of 2013 for all the non-metal players who asked for a 7-string guitar that wasn't Black and/or pointy metal-shaped, all we need now is an SE Bass and PRS will be even further on the path to Guitar Domination! ;-)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great guitar but, do not buy "Open Box"

First, the guitar is great. I have not seen a bad PRS yet. That being said, my advice is buy a new one. I did purchase a Level 3 Open box, and...Read complete review

First, the guitar is great. I have not seen a bad PRS yet. That being said, my advice is buy a new one. I did purchase a Level 3 Open box, and the actual condition did not show in the picture. The headstock tip was blown off, there was a crack starting on the high E side of the nut, ending 1.5 fret away, and the hit also blew the finish at both sides of thr neck/body joint. None of these were visible in the online pictures. Fortunately, I have been working with guitars for 30 years now and was able to fix it. Bottomline, if you are not familiar with repairs, DO NOT BUY open box items.

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(17 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Guitar In Its Pricerange, Period!

By Ian M. Perge

from Evansville, IN

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Pros

  • A Killer Deal
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great Tone Woods
  • High Build Quality
  • Solid Electronics
  • Solid hardware

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Alternative Tunings
    • Basis For Modification
    • Jamming
    • Low-cost Backup Guitar
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

    While I'll classify myself as a "Semi-Professional Bassist" who's been playing that instrument for over 20 years and done Recording Session and Live "Backing Band" Gigging work and knows his way around how electric stringed instruments are made in general, I only had enough guitar skills to get the most basic of songwriting ideas out of my head and into the air. Thus my purchase of a PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar (a 2010 20th Anniversary Model) to attempt to increase those skills, both as a songwriting tool as well as to be able to cover on a "Second Instrument" and make myself more appealing on the "Hired Gun" scene.

    Firstly, compared to when I started playing in 1989/90 (as well as my Younger Brother, who is a Guitarist a few years younger than myself) the PRS SE series absolutely SLAYS any "Beginner to Mid-Range" guitar that was at its level of both price and "Built In..." status (in the SEs case, Korea which is a positive compared to other instruments made in lesser Far East countries these days) as well as Playability & Usefulness. This quite easily feels, sounds and quality-wise is the better of the vast majority of guitars in its price-range such as Epiphone, Schecter, and low-to-midrange Ibanez. It's made of 3 pieces of Mahogany so well crafted it's extremely hard to find any joint lines through the transparent "Scarlet Red" finish, topped by a solid 1/3 inch of Plain Maple and then a veneer of Flame Maple of looks. But the difference with PRS is that while most companies would simply place the veneer on top of the body wood, PRS still uses a nicely-sized piece of non-figured Maple for tonal value between the two... which you can certainly hear the difference either plugged in or not: it resonates acoustically, and amplified falls into the "Les Paul" category of using different woods that effect different frequencies of the guitar. Mahogany is a nice "covers all bases" wood, but a Maple top brings out the high-end and adds "clarity" to the guitar in general, which is why both woods are teamed together in guitars. It's great to see that PRS was able to make this work at this price point by using non-figured Maple underneath its Flame Maple veneer and give the guitar a true sonic character of its own. And PRS are consistently improving the SE Line, carving the tops at the edges that give the newer models a feeling closer to the 2K+ USA-built guitars as opposed to the flat-topped SEs from 2010 and before.

    Additional, all of the hardware is solid and feels of quality - the tuners are fine for the majority of Tremolo usage, and should you find yourself going crazy on it are easily and cheaply upgradable to Grover 406 Locking Tuners for under $50, along with an under-$10 TUSQ Black XL "43x6mm" which are both drop-in replacements listed on the PRS website FAQ as well the Pin-Type "Tremol-No" trem stabilizer (another great modification for under $50 which will allow blocked drop-trem use, completely locked-down and all-around better tremolo "handling" and the ability to use Drop-Tunings with a Floating Tremolo.) The Pickups are also better-than-average for a guitar of this price and can handle anything you'll play - Blues/R'n'B, Classic & Modern Rock, Metal and even Dream Theater-type "High Note Definition" Progressive Metal.

    I found that I was enjoying playing my PRS SE Custom 24 so very much that I was able to keep my eyes open and buy a New-Old-Stock SE Singlecut as well - in the small part of me that isn't a Bassist, I'm more of a Les Paul/Singlecut type as well, and have been just as impressed with it as well. And with an SE Custom 24 7-String upcoming in the Spring of 2013 for all the non-metal players who asked for a 7-string guitar that wasn't Black and/or pointy metal-shaped, all we need now is an SE Bass and PRS will be even further on the path to Guitar Domination! ;-)

    (12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    PRS SE Custom 24 Goodness

    By Jerkowitz

    from St. Louis, Mo

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

      I currently own around 70 guitars including 6 other PRS SE's and two Maryland made PRS's, a McCarty and a CE-22, besides the usual Gibson's, Fender's, Gretsch's, and others. I will say the PRS guitars are in a class by themselves, hard to find a bad one. QC is top notch. I wanted the SE Custom 24 because of the recent upgrades that were made to them, the new body bevel, push pull coil splitter, and three way blade switch. I bought this particular guitar sight unseen, you can count on PRS quality even on their off-shore models. I got the tobacco burst. I was expecting a nice guitar but what I got exceeded my expectations. The top on mine is stunning, nice wide perfectly matched flame, if it was a USA model it would be a 10 top. I know it's a veneer but you can't tell it and the faux binding adds that USA class to it. Couldn't find any flaws, workmanship is top notch. Setup out of the box perfect. I did change strings to my prefered brand and had to make some minor tweaks. It has the thin wide neck, all my other PRS guitars are wide fat so it took a few minutes to adjust but plays perfectly as expected from PRS. Mine weighed in at 7 1/2 lbs so fairly light. Nicely balanced. Frets dressed very well. Intonation right on. The beveled edge adds the class that was missing from the pre 2012 models, I won't say not as nice as the USA contours, just different and 100 x's nicer than the previous version with the flat top. The control layout is perfect. The ability to split the coils adds single coil sounds, very handy to have, the same as my McCarty, they sound much different, the McCarty is more vintage sounding while the SE version of the HFS and vintage bass sound more modern, but I like both. Pickups sound good, a lot of people say to replace them along with the nut the stock stuff stock works for me, I think it sounds fantastic, I can get good Tele twang, reasonable Strat sounds, and Humbucker sounds that aren't at all muddy (neck) or shrill (bridge). The nuts on the older SE's were questionable but the newer ones seem to be better quality. Stays in tune with moderate tremolo use. It is nice to see PRS always looking for ways to make improvements even with the off-shore models. That is a sign of a very good business model, giving the customer what he wants. The SE line is within most budgets and simply great guitars even at twice the price.

      (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great guitar

      By Bruce Allen

      from Delaware

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      Comments about PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

      10
      Very impressed with this guitar. After using a stratocaster for many years I really appreciate the wide thin neck which is easier to play in my opinion. Though Korean made, the build quality is outstanding. The stock tuners seem to have a low gear ratio so I traded those out for some Grover mini rotomatic locking tuners (3/3) which dropped in perfectly with no modifications needed whatsoever. I highly recommend, as per the PRS set-up guide, adding a little lighweight machine oil under the head of each tremolo mounting screws (6 in total) on the top of the guitar. This made a huge difference in tuning stability. A PRS for this prcie? You can't go wrong.

      (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Definitely a must have

      By Sledman

      from Chicago, IL

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

        If you're like me, you own more guitars than you like to admit to. What can we say, guitars have personality - they help us express ourselves. The Gibsons, the Fenders - they sound and feel like good old friends. As my wife points out, I have all the "friends" that she can stand. Honestly didn't think there was anything left out there that I liked that I don't own.

        An acquaintance put the PRS bug in my ear a few months back, thought I'd give one a try. After reading and watching numerous reviews, decided to try an SE first before taking the plunge on a pricier model. They're a bit hard to find on the street, and I must admit that I was a bit iffy about buying a guitar online, but I've bought enough stuff from Musicians Friend over the years to know they wouldn't leave me high and dry if I wasn't satisfied with it. What could I lose?

        Am I happy that I took the plunge - I LOVE this thing. Whether you're a beginner or seasoned player, you won't believe what PRS gives you for the money. This guitar looks great, feels great, sounds great - if you don't have one, get one. Whether it's you're first guitar, last guitar, or another one in between, it's worth it. I still can't believe this thing, and it's been a long time since I've been able to say that.

        PRS makes a model you'll like and Musicians Friend has a deal you'll like - you can't go wrong.

        (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beautiful guitar!

        By AngryHeb

        from Chicopee MA

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

          I received my gray black SE custom 24 2 weeks ago and i must say i was impressed with its craftmenship and tone. I own many Gibsons and this imported guitar sounds just as good or better! I luv it and i recommend this guitar to any style guitar player.

          (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          good choice

          By mark meade

          from Florida

          Comments about PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

          Just a great guitar for the price. If you had a 24 and 22 you be covering a nice area in a gutar quiver
          If you have any interest in ths guitar do no hesitate to by it. I have a se 22 and it is excellent as well but the 24 is a little sleeker and has a faster feel to it. The 22 is a little tonier with a wider neck. Both are excellent guitars at a great price. Max
          Every thing is really top notch. The only thing I might change is the position on the cord jack. I would put it so it would be out of the way when playing when sitting, but that is really nit picking.
          I feel the gutar easily exceeds the price

          (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Really, really nice guitar

          By Vampiro4L

          from GA

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          Comments about PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

          Even though this model is made overseas, you can tell that the quality is still there. It came factory setup very well, and I have setup the action lower than i have ever played on another guitar, and still no fret buzz anywhere. Stock components seem to be good. I tried a lot of guitars before settling on this one, and 6 months later i have no regrets.
          The neck on this thing...wow I have never played a sub-$1000 guitar with such a thin, comfortable neck. I've had several guitar techs grab this thing and be really surprised with it as well. I got the grey-black model, and I absolutely love this finish. The orange looks nice too. Stock pickups are really nice, i can get a deep, heavy tone without being muddy, while still have the clarity of higher notes shine through.
          The nut at the top looks cheap and it has sharp corners...playing first position chords, your index finger has a tendency to brush against it and it will start to feel uncomfortable after doing that a few times. I'm thinking about rounding these edges off slightly with a dremel. The tuning knobs could be upgraded, but the stock ones have been ok for me.
          For the price, this has to be one of the best guitars you can buy. You get the beautiful aesthetics of PRS, with the bird inlays, nice finish, nice body, without the $2500 price tag. One of the smoothest, most comfortable guitars I have played.

          (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice guitar for the money

          By SeasonedPlayer

          from New England

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Tone Could Be Better

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

          This is one of my favorite guitars to play. It's very comfortable light and good access to high frets. I was not happy with the tone of the bridge pick-up, which is the one I use most. Tone is a very personal thing, but I found it a little flat and overwound. I usually prefer a more vintage pick-up (e.g. Gibson '57 classic), but I love the sound of the JB on my ESP EC1000 Amber sunburst (see my review), which is the guitar I gig with now. I have subsequently replaced the bridge pick-up with a Seymour Duncan '59. Now the guitar sounds great. I like the simplicity of one volume and one tone with the way I set up the guitar/pedals/amp. Although I don't use the Wammy bar, I got that version for more flexibility on string height and intonation, and I have fixed the tremolo in one position for less problems with tuning.

          (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Anyone Purchasing an SE Model!!

          By Back2Bassicz

          from NY

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

            Great Guitar. Make sure you call Musicians Friend and inquire about the PRS Gigbag. The order catalogue says that it is supposed to come with one. So MAKE SURE you get your gigbag

            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar!

            By Rocker_103

            from Mason, OH

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            Comments about PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

            From the high gloss gray/black finish, to the surprisingly good sounding pickups, fantastic neck action, & really nice tone - this guitar is worth every penny. The only thing they could improve on is the whammy. It's really stiff, & the bar's really thin which makes it a little uncomfortable to use. A little graphite on the nut though, & the guitar does stay in tune pretty well though. I'm very happy with this axe!
            All the features you really need, plus more!
            Exceeded my expectations with a great finish, great sounding pickups, & better action than most of the other one's I tried out at a local store. I was a little leary ordering a guitar online that I couldn't even hold or see in person first. Glad I took the chance!
            This guitar win's best in class for me. I tried a LOT of guitars over the last couple years in this price range, & this is the best out there for the $. All of my other guitars are Gibson USA high end models, & this is a good close second to them, & didn't cost anywhere near what the others did.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My new favorite

            By Lei

            from Albuquerque

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

              First, I got this "Used Condition 2" and it looked like perfect condition and had a good set-up. The padded case was included with the grey black. If it's not included, buy one. They're nice.

              I've never played an American Custom 24 but the SE sure doesn't suffer for being the cheaper version. The only issue is the tuners seem not as tight compared to my Tele/Les Paul for example and when I switch between 1/2 step down and standard I have to retune it a few times. But then it stays in tune while I'm playing.

              Anyway, it's awesome. The wide thin neck is incredibly comfortable and fast to play on and it sounds intense.

              (7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Absoutely Amazing!

              By Jimmy

              from California

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              Comments about PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

              An amazing guitar at an amazing price. It feels good, looks amazing, and sounds like nothing I've ever heard. I wouldn't change anything about it. But don't just take my word for it, try one out! I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a great yet affordable guitar.
              From the tip of the headstock to the back strap button, this guitar is drop-dead gorgeous! I just got mine in the mail today and I can't put it down. Mine has the orange finish, which is beautiful. The bird inlays are amazing. The bridge works great. I could go on and on about how this baby looks and plays.
              I have quite a collection. I have an Epiphone Les Paul Custom, 2 Epiphone Les Paul Standards, A Carvin V220, a Schecter S-1, and an Ovation acoustic. The quality of this PRS is far greater than any of them, and i paid $1,500 for the Carvin alone!
              This guitar is worth every penny. The only thing that can pass this up is the U.S. made Custom 24. This is definitely my new #1. I love it!

              (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great guitar

              By Strat-Thuei

              from Sylva, NC

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              Comments about PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

              I got the 25th Anniversary edition, used. I traded 3 Epiphone Guitars and a solid state Behringer amp for it. Best deal I've ever made! This guitar kicks the crap out of my Epi Les Paul standard that I traded. Feels better, SOUNDS INCREDIBLY BETTER, even stays in tune better, although it still doesnt stay in tune as good as it could with some Grover 406c's in it. Love the guitar though, really nails the Alex Lifeson tone I've wanted for years. Bridge pickup gets you that awesome hard rock sound you love, combined pickups sounds SUPERB on a clean channel, and neck pickup really gets some nice jazzy tones
              Great guitar, would really benefit from locking tuners though
              Amazing guitar for the price, for those people like me that cant afford a 3 grand Custom 24

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Guitar for the Money!!

              By Double D

              from Wellesley, USA

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

                I purchased a PRS Custom 24 SE about six months ago, and it has quickly become my go to guitar. I purchased it used, and it was already in great set up condition. A couple inexpensive things can be done w/ it to make it even better: Replace the tuners w/ Gover locking tuners (406c I believe - but check on that), file the nut so the strings fit better (this will help your tuning problem you've been having), and replace out the pickups w/ your pickup of choice (mine were the Seymour Duncan Alnico 2's - which sound amazing). You spend a little on these upgrades, and you're close to the USA made PRS's. I actually purchased a USA Custom 24, but am selling it because I prefer my SE w/ these modifications better - and for 1/3 of the price. I've played Fenders, Jacksons, Les Pauls, etc...and the PRS is my favorite so far. Very versatile for many different types of music and the wide-thin neck has an excellent feel. Try one out - you won't be disappointed.

                (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good Package

                By mdaugherty1988

                from Brighton, MI

                Comments about PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

                I have owned my Custom 24 SE for about a year now, and overall I am satisfied with it. I was looking for a "do-it-all" guitar, or the closest thing to it (for a musical spectrum that ranges from hard-rock to country/blues). Its hard to beat the features of this guitar: maple neck w/rosewood fingerboard(which I prefer over mahogany; in my experience maple is more stable & it sounds brighter), 24 frets that allow for two full octaves (although 22 fret guitars for some reason sound better to me), a tremolo arm (which is useless to me because I never use tremolos), & overall good quality hardware. That being said, there are still some things to be desired. I plan on installing a pair of Seymour Duncan pickups in it ASAP, and replacing the stock tuners with some 18.1 ratio models. My one serious gripe about the guitar is that the top is flat and not carved like the American model - the carved tops are more comfortable. My favorite part about the guitar is the neck - the frets are well made; the neck is fast and thin, and strings bend effortlessly. For those who want a solid platform to work off of (meaning changing out electronics and hardware as time goes on), this is a good buy as long as the 25" scale and the flat top are kosher for you. BTW this is a Korean made guitar, if your one of those "Made in the USA" types then you should prob look somewhere else.

                (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Paul Reed Smith Se 24 Custom Review

                By Maveric Matt

                from New York

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                Comments about PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

                Overall the guitar is awesome I'm happy I bought it its a little pricy but its well worth it. I say to anyone who isn't super sure about buying it i say play it first and try it out for yourself like I did.
                This Guitar is amazing. Paul Reed Smith guitars have always been my dream guitar ever since I watched Mark Tremonti play it in Creed music videos. The guitar has great features the sunburst color looks beautiful and the bird inlays really capture your eyes when you first glance at the guitar. Pretty simple to use weather your a beginner or advanced player two knobs one tone one volume is pretty much all you need and the pick- ups give great crunchy and clean sound.
                The sound is awesome it does take a couple of tries to get it perfectly in tune but once your all set it stays perfectly in tune. Its even better because you don't need bolt locks to keep it in tune it just stays in tune naturally and no matter what channel you play it (clean or with overdrive) it sounds awesome.
                I give this guitar 9 out of 10 and i definitly recommend this guitar to anyone that is thinking about purchasing it.

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great guitar for the money

                By Itzed

                from Maryland

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                Comments about PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

                Outstanding value.
                This guitar is very well put together and plays like a dream. The neck is fast and very thin, but the fretwork is quality and once you get used to the thin neck you will love it. The pickups are quality, although they put out with some distortion, they do clean up a little with the volume backed off somewhat. The body is light and the finish is absolutely gorgeous (I own the tri color sunburst). And believe it or not, the tremolo actually works and the guitar stays in tune very well. My only dislike is the completely flat body, which looks a little cheap, and is not as comfortable as a one with a few contours. But the bottom line is you will definitely be happy with this purchase.

                (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Incredible Guitar for the price

                By Max Peterson

                from Minnesota!

                Comments about PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

                Overall its an incredible guitar. I have played it for about a week now and cant explain how much Ilove this purchase. The quilted maple and the bird inlays are beautiful. Its extremely versatile and its pickups are very high quality. It holed its value very well too. Its high quality in all except those minor imperfections I mentioned. Now im only 17 and had I had a steady paying job don't get me wrong i probably would have tried moving up the spending scale a little but I am glad i stuck to it and got this one. PRS makes an incredible guitar.
                All around great guitar, incredible craftsmanship and a beautiful and versatile tone. The pickups are very versatile and can go from bang to twang very easily. The PRS made tremolo was exactly what i hoped for. Although it can't completely live up to the floyd rose it still feels better than most tremolos ive felt. It stays in tune over a long period of time and even after crazy dive bombs with the super sensitive trem. The quilted maple top is absolutely gorgeous with the tri color sunburst. I had to adjust the truss rod out of the box too because I had to have it shipped. Now I am glad to have read the manual first honestly because otherwise I may have over adjusted it. It has a double acting truss rod so it is quite sensitive and takes HALF the normal rotation of a truss rod. Beware of that. Now last the case that came with is not hardshell, but it is a very high quality gig bag. It is made out of the best materials and actually seems quite safe for your guitar. Wouldnt be a bad idea to get a road runner or something though.
                I love the guitar lets start with that. The craftsmanship that is put into it is incredible. The finish is beautiful and bridge is incredible. Now here is why i gave it a 4 star. The finish on the fretboard is very thin and has plenty of imperfections in it. Now i normally dont mind a little wood grain feelin through on my fingerboard but this is a little bit too much and sometimes makes bending a little bumpy if you get what I mean. Lastly the finish over where the fingerboard and neck itself connect is chipping out of the box. Very minor to say the most. It is just a minor cosmetic issue and is unnoticable unless you examined every square inch of the guitar like me.
                For the price, this guitar is well worth it. Paul Reed Smith anything is an incredible buy. I cannot explain enough how well this guitar is put together. Now it is an SE so its not the top of the line custom but it is still well worth the money. For the money its beyond worth it. Now dont shy away from the "Made in korea" label, it is still made by master craftsman and has a lot of effort put into it. For the price you definately get your moneys worth and more.

                (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                PRS SE Custom 24

                By Builder

                from Southern Pines, NC

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                Comments about PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

                Great sound, good tones from various selection of UPs, tone and volume settings. Great looks, from a very quality conscious manufacturer. Light wood (maybe basswood) contributes to big air, great sustain and warmth when you want it. Wann'a get loud just turn it up to 'nasty'.
                I have many instruments, so had pretty much rulled out a PRS as too pricey for my needs. I hadn't paid attention and learned about the SE line-up.I bought mine as a used grade 3 instrument. "great, no worries about cosmetics it is what it is" And, tobacco burst is my paint of choice. I really wanted a whammy bar too.
                Fit and finish superb. My grade 3 had not a single sign of prior use. The scallopped cut-a-way is kewl, the insturment is light. Mine played like I had set it up, right out of the box.Neck is primo and the inlay adds an added sense of value and customization.
                Wide tonal range, great playability, quiet beauty of flame top enhanced grain make this a stand-out guitar without being flash.

                (5 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Low quality do not purchase the SEs

                By GC's SoX man

                from Goleta

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                  Comments about PRS SE Custom 24 Electric Guitar:

                  Poor craftsmanship. Poorly crafted nut with rough edges. Weak neck and does not stay in tune. This is decent student guitar. Do not buy this guitar if you are a serious player accustomed to play high caliber instruments.

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