This week’s featured piece of gear is the Paul Reed Smith Custom 24! The original PRS model that debuted in 1985, this is the guitar that made PRS famous. The Custom 24 offers clear, focused humbucking sounds as well as Strat style ‘in-between’ chimey single coil sounds. The 24-fret extended fingerboard moves the neck pickup closer to the bridge, giving this position a nice vocal upper-mid emphasis not found on 22 fret guitars – great for high-gain leads. This model comes exclusively with the PRS tremolo bridge, which when set up properly, stays in tune as well or better than a double locking system, but without the hassles. 

Upon its debut the guitar represented influences from both old and new, making a mark in an industry that was producing “high tech” guitars. On the Custom 24, creator Paul Reed Smith said: “I saw Adrian Belew on King Crimson’s Beat tour in 1982, and the sound he was getting out of his guitar was on another planet somewhere. He let me rebuild his Ibanez Blazer. I put in our whole tuning-peg/bridge system and a new electronic system with an Alembic Stratoblaster pre-amp. It sounded unbelievable. Right then I decided that I wanted to put those sounds on a humbucking guitar, which is when I went back to the rotary switch and redesigned it for humbuckers.” 

Check below for a video demo of the Custom 24, right from the PRS headquarters!  

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