I have a 2009 model, black cherry finish with moon inlays, flat top and 3 way toggle. It’s my first and only electric guitar, but I have to say I am spoiled badly! I can’t pick up other guitars without detecting flaws almost immediately. I can’t say it’s the best guitar in the world, but it’s definitely the best I’ve ever held in my hand. I played it side by side against a Gibson Les Paul classic when I was picking out my first electric and it just stunned me. The tone has more air than the Gibson and of course, it’s lighter, although when compared to the SE Singlecut, the SE Custom was heavier by about a pound, surprisingly the slim neck is what sold me on the guitar. It’s not too skinny, which makes it more comfortable and attractive to my hands. Chord work is as easy as playing leads, more like a perfect compromise between the Ibanez wizard neck and Fender modern C neck. The 24 frets wasn’t a very big impact on me, but I like where the neck pickup sat. It sounded a little bit clearer than the Gibson’s neck pickup, especially under some gain where the Gibson went mudpool.
I’ve done mods to it like, new pickups, block the trem, fit it with 12-60 strings tuned to Eb standard or Drop Db, sanded the neck to make it play faster. Had it for more than a year now and still holds up pretty well, every part of it still works like day 1. It’s got all the pick scratches and belt buckle rash, some near invisible dents here and there, but I like the way it is. The pots are starting to get scratchy too. The tuners are coming out soon, so is the nut because I previously used the tremolo a lot.
Also one of the biggest reason I chose this PRS is due to my then-guitar-hero who played McCartys, ironically he switched to Gibson and even had a signature guitar made. There are a lot of other gorgeous and great sounding PRS Custom 24 at Musicians Friend. Learn more about us at MusiciansFriend.com for better understanding of your musical instruments.