PRS SE Custom 24 Review
The SE Custom 24 brings an original PRS design to a high quality, more affordable line up. One look at this guitar would make you think it was worth a lot more than it is. For beginners, this is a great upgrade to go into the next part of your journey.
For experienced players, this is a great addition to your collection. It is one workhorse of an instrument and with a name like PRS, you know the quality comes standard.
PRS SE Custom 24 Features
Lets take a look at some of the key features of the PRS SE Custom 24.
- Mahogany Body with Maple Top
- Gloss Acylic Urethane Finish
- Wide Thin Neck Shape
- Rosewood Finger Board
- 25 inch scale with 24 Jumbo Frets
- PRS Custom Wound 85/15 “S” Pickups
- Perfect Rich Midrange and Bright Snap
- Materials and Design
- Many Great Sounds Obtainable
- Awesome to play
- Hardware is robust
- Body color options available
- Initial set up might be required
- Whammy bar seems a bit flimsy
PRS SE Custom 24 Body
The body on the SE Custom 24 just feels robust but is very comfortable on the lap thanks to the ergonomic well-thought-out design.
The beautiful maple top on this mahogany body makes this elegant guitar prove to be a quality instrument. The selection of tone woods here are similar to their Maryland made models.
The combination of the two materials really give this guitar a great mid-range sound. One of the things about a PRS is that the attention to detail is never lacking, and this is true on the SE Custom 24.
The double cut away on this body is a very nice feature, especially considering the neck shape.
Sustain from this guitar is awesome, and it has a lot to do with the body and neck construction. Very impressed with the quality offered in this price range.
Body Colors Available
The PRS Custom 24 SE is available in 3 beautiful colors.
- Charcoal Burst
- Black Gold Burst
- Faded Blue Burst
- Bonnie Pink
All 3 options are translucent and show off the beautiful wood grain of the maple top. They are great finishes, very durable, and easy to maintain.
Custom 24 SE Weight
The Custom 24 SE weighs in at roughly 8 pounds. This makes it slightly lighter than the USA-made custom 24 guitars.
With either option, the guitar is light enough to wear from your shoulder for hours on end. This also makes it an easy carry and not so much of a burden if traveling with the guitar.
PRS SE Custom 24 Neck
The SE Custom 24 has a PRS pattern neck. The necks are Paul’s designs that have been tried and tested and are great profiles.
The neck on the SE Custom 24 is a set maple and is a WIDE-THIN pattern.
The neck features a 25-inch scale and thanks to the cutaways, it’s easy to play around on the 24 jumbo fret, rosewood finger board.
This wide thin pattern neck has been designed for very fast playing and is indeed easy to use.
The years of prototyping that have been done have truly paid off in this pattern style PRS neck, it is very comfortable and feels great!
Another thing to note is the beautiful headstock! The wood grain and finish on this great shape make this guitar “pop”.
- Number of frets: 24
- Scale: 25″
- Fretboard width (Body): 2.25″
- Fretboard width (nut): 1.69″
- Neck shape: Wide, Thin
- Rosewood fretboard
- Bird Inlays
- Maple neck
Benefits Of A Set Neck
Because of the design, the vibrations from the guitar body also transfer through the neck. This can be great when it comes to a fuller, warmer sound.
The way the instrument resonates is also felt in your hands and can heighten your experience when playing.
It also helps with keeping tuning as there are no changes in the body-to-neck mounting like with a bolt-on.
PRS SE Custom 24 Hardware
The SE Custom 24 comes with PRS designed and wound humbucker pick-ups. These pick-ups capture the resonance of the body and produce a great mid-range yet bright snap!
The guitar is also loaded with a volume and push-pull tone knob. This switch accesses great single-coil type tones, making this one workhorse of a guitar!
There is also a 3 way switch to choose your favorite pick-up or combo of pick-ups to get a tone for any flavor.
The bridge is a PRS molded tremolo design that held tune decently well under heavy bends.
The nut is made from synthetic material and the tuners are a PRS designed chrome die-cast set that feel pretty good and hold tune well.
Custom 24 Pickups
The PRS Custom 24 comes equipped with 85/15 “S” pickups. They are made for more modern applications that require great clarity and an extended high and low end. They are loaded with Alnico magnets and do not have a cover.
- Neck resistance: 7.83K
- Bridge resistance: 8.64K
When used with a clean amplifier, they are well-rounded and sound great! A high gain sound might be a bit muddy, but that also depends on the amplifier and your settings.
Electronics And Strings
- Volume And Tone resistance: 500K Alpha Potentiometers
- Tone capacitor: .022uF
- Tremolo System: PRS Patented Custom
- Strings: D’Addario Nickel – 10-46
PRS SE Custom 24 Sound
Wow, what a guitar! I have played many PRS guitars, some worth thousands of dollars, and have always enjoyed them a great deal. Paul and his team truly know how to make some great-sounding guitars.
The Custom 24 is no different. It sounds great, has a fantastic mid-range growl to it, but is still very balanced throughout its tonal options. The range of musical genres that this guitar can cover is truly broad.
Because of the set-in neck, the guitar has an incredible resonant to it. Even used acoustically, the sound is very pronounced right from the instrument itself. Plug it into an amp and its rich sound, thanks to the 85/15 “S” humbuckers, is very pleasing.
The coil tap system works great and does sound good no matter the setting. The snappy and bright single-coil sounds are a lot of fun thanks to the natural mid-range.
Run it in full humbucker mode and the instrument becomes full, wide, and fat with a very present upper mid-range. High gain sounds and responses are beautiful but not overpowering thanks to the output of the pickups.
With a tight amplifier like the Revv Generator MK3, which is what I used for this demo, the guitar produced some great modern rock and metal tones, and the sustain was right on point.
The PRS SE Custom is a real treat to play and has a clarity to it that will have others asking how you got that tone!
PRS Custom 24 Feel
But how does the PRS SE Custom 24 feel? The neck on this guitar is a PRS custom design. It’s very thin and wide but as a result of this, it’s fast and comfortable.
The frets are a nice height and don’t require you to press hard. A good set-up guitar with a nice string height. I would suspect that this neck will fit most hand sizes thanks to the profile.
If I had to compare this neck to others, I would say that this is a cross between a Stratocaster and an Ibanez. The width is great for solid rhythm playing yet flat enough for solo and shredding. It’s a neck that won’t tire you out and feels great!
Conclusion And Final Thoughts
The PRS SE Custom 24 is a steal for the money and is a great all-around instrument! The quality of the overall guitar is very noticeable. The sound and feel are incredibly good and will truly become your first choice when grabbing a guitar.
PRS has been making a huge impression on players because of their quality, and even in the Custom 24 SE, we find it comes up as a winner, and so will you once you own it! I am a fan of PRS and the innovation they offer, and this was another really fun guitar to review.
They make some great guitars worth a few thousand, but to get into one for under a grand is an amazing opportunity! You just can’t go wrong for what is an amazing guitar and an even better deal.
If you’re just getting started, this is a great guitar to learn on and will be one you keep around for a long time. It has something for everyone, so even very experienced players will be impressed!