Product Review: PRS SE Custom 24 (updated model for 2021)

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As seen in Guitar Girl Magazine Issue 15 – Spring 2021 – Electrified!

The PRS SE Custom 24 is the kind of guitar I wish I had twenty years ago growing up as a player exploring different bands and styles and learning various songs from different artists. Upon checking out this guitar, I love the versatility and simplicity the SE Custom 24 provides because you can play anything from Hendrix to Metallica.

Updated for 2021, the PRS SE Custom 24 features a new shallow violin-curved body shape, making this guitar extremely comfortable and easy to play. The pickup configuration of the PRS-designed 85/15 “S” humbucking pickups can do humbuckers or single-coil and everything in between with its push-pull capability. It’s as simple as pulling on the knob to get a single coil, then pushing it back down to get the humbuckers. You can even have one humbucker and one single-coil configuration engaged, making for some great tonal variations and giving you Strat sounds with more body and depth.

The amount of twang from this guitar is unreal—it’s snappy and has some bite to it. I don’t think I’ve ever heard that much twang come out of a guitar that isn’t a Tele. These pickups seem pretty hot to me—you can get a lot of different sounds just by using the volume knob. At ten, it has a lot of grit but roll it back to eight or nine, and there is a huge difference. Keep this in mind if you are trying one out, and make sure you take advantage of the sensitive volume knob.

The SE Custom 24 also offers three new beautiful bold colors for 2021: Black Gold Burst, Faded Blue Burst, and the Bonnie Pink finish, which looks absolutely remarkable. I fell in love with it as soon as I laid eyes on it. The body is made out of mahogany with a maple top and flame maple veneer finish. The maple neck provides a smooth and comfortable grip with its Wide Thin shape and rosewood fingerboard with the PRS old school “bird” inlays. Keep in mind this is the guitar that started it all for Paul Reed Smith back in 1985, so it has the nostalgia factor going for it too.

PRS is known for merging different types of guitars and combining them into one multifunctional tool. So, if you are looking for an eye-catching, roadworthy, versatile guitar that will grow with you and give you a wide range of options for tones and playability, pick up a PRS SE Custom 24 and try it out for yourself. It can be whatever you make of it—Strat, Tele, even a Les Paul—it offers many tonal options and is made with the exceptional quality PRS is known for. This guitar is perfect for the intermediate player who wants to play many styles but doesn’t want to invest in three or four different guitars.

Price:  $829.00
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