As a premier PRS Signature dealer, we are honored to bring you another unique and beautiful creation from our friends over at the Paul Reed Smith Private Stock workshop! There’s never any question as to the quality of the instrument you’re getting when you get any PRS guitar, but there’s something magical with these Private Stock instruments. They’re simply unlike any other PRS guitar out there.
For this one, we started with a Custom 24 model, the original and most iconic PRS guitar, and outfitted it with some exotic tonewoods and an absolutely gorgeous Midnight Violet Dragon’s Breath stain, one of the most beautiful PRS colors we’ve seen yet!
The distinct wood choices include a swamp ash body, which not only looks great – check out the Midnight Violet grain fill on the back! – but also imparts a bright and clear midrange to the natural resonance of the instrument as well as a lighter weight. The top is a gorgeous two-piece quilt-maple top that looks mesmerizing with the vivid colors. The grain has a lot going on, so much so that you may find yourself spending just as much time staring at it as playing it. We wouldn’t blame you! The back of the neck is equally vivacious, featuring another highly-figured piece of stained curly maple that gives you something real nice to look at while you play.
The real star of the show here visually is the fretboard. Using exquisite pieces of ebony and curly maple, PRS pulled off one of their signature Private Stock fingerboard looks by transitioning the fretboard from one wood type to another using intricate inlay work for an incredibly cohesive, striking and flowing look. They also stained the curly maple part of the fretboard and headstock inlay (as well as the tuner buttons and truss rod cover!) a matching Midnight Violet to truly bring it over the top. The overall painting and finishing work on this guitar is simply masterful.
For this one-of-a-kind build, we selected PRS’s “Metal” pickups for the ultimate combination of beauty and power. As the name might imply, they are certainly a bit overwound, but they are far from being one-trick ponies. They obviously sound incredible with higher gain settings, but can also handle clean tones with ease – rather than thinking of them as strictly “metal” pickups, they’re really just a bit more overwound than the 85/15 pickups that come stock on Core PRS guitars. The two pickup sets share a lot of the same voicing.
PRS’s Private Stock guitars are the cream of the crop, and this one is a true masterpiece in every way.
Private Stock represents the highest quality of materials, the most personally crafted instruments, and the greatest level of customization available from PRS. Whether you choose one of our Private Stock models or spec a Built to Order instrument, every Private Stock is carefully conceived and built with a “one-off” mentality. Through this program, we strive to deliver heirloom-quality, musical instruments. All woods for this guitar were hand-selected by the dealer during a trip to our Private Stock vault in Maryland.
“I have never seen anyone playing guitar in a bad mood. There’s something magic about guitars because they are simultaneously art, musical instruments, treasured possessions, and tools to joyfully spend time with. If you get an extraordinary instrument from Private Stock that is equally as good as a family heirloom and a musician’s tool to make a living on, we have done our job.” – Paul Reed Smith
Unique features to this PRS Private Stock guitar are:
- Satin Nitro finish
- Curly Maple top
- Curly Maple neck stained to match
- Curly Maple/Ebony fingerboard, tuner buttons, truss rod cover & headstock veneer stained to match
- Swamp Ash back grain-filled to match
- Ebony pickup rings
- ‘Birds of a Feather’ inlays
- Smoked Black hardware
- PRS Metal pickups
The Custom 24 is the quintessential PRS guitar. This iconic instrument was the first model that Paul Reed Smith brought to the public at PRS Guitars’ first Winter NAMM show in 1985 and has been a top seller ever since. Played by internationally touring artists, gigging musicians, and aspiring players, the Custom 24 features PRS’s patented Gen III tremolo system and PRS pickups with volume and tone controls and a 5-way blade switch.
The Custom 24 is the original PRS. Since its introduction, it has offered a unique tonal option for serious players and defined PRS tone and playability.
- Model: Custom 24
- Color: Midnight Violet Dragon’s Breath
- Top: Quilted Maple
- Binding: Natural (Curly Maple)
- Back: Swamp Ash
- Finish: Satin Nitro
- Fretboard: Ebony/Curly Maple (Stained)
- Neck Wood: Curly Maple
- Neck Stain: Midnight Violet Dragon’s Breath
- Scale Length: 25″
- Fretboard Radius: 10″
- Frets: 24
- Inlays: ‘Birds of a Feather’
- Neck Shape: Pattern Thin
- Headstock Veneer: Ebony/Curly Maple
- Pickups: m/ (Metal) Bass & Treble Humbuckers
- Controls: Volume, Tone, 5-Way Switch
- Bridge: PRS Gen III Tremolo
- Tuners: Phase III Locking w/ Curly Maple buttons stained to match
- Hardware Finish: Smoked Black
- Swamp Ash backplates
- Ebony pickup rings
- Curly Maple truss rod cover stained to match
- Case: Private Stock Black Comet Hard Case
- Certificate of Authenticity
- Instrument Weight: 7.1 lbs