The PRS (SE) Custom 24 is a design that needs no induction, its easily accessible neck and iconic design has been inspiring guitarists for decades now and the new range of SE Custom 24’s are no different. Unlike other models in the past however this series comes with a bonus extra: their fretboard/necks are maple topped with a satin feel back, a unique combination. Tie that all together with some incredibly eye popping finishes and you have a contender for the perfect mid-price point electric guitar.
Throughout the course of the review both myself and Duncan were reflecting upon the niche spot in the market that PRS SE have secured, creating instruments of considerable quality and consistency at a price that is actually obtainable for musicians and students which the same cannot be said for some other historic brands that due to a host reasons are price hiking out of reach of their target market.
The novelty of having a maple fingerboard on a model that has traditionally stuck to darker neck designs (Rosewood, Ebony etc.) looks significantly better than initial photos and reactions would suggest and feels like an absolute dream under the fingers. The black bird inlays may not be to everyone’s taste but in this instance they provide a sense of dignity to the entire instrument. The Flame top on the body is of course as drool worthy as expected, my personal favorites being the Sapphire blue and deep purple finishes as both really accentuate the natural grain underneath whist sporting a one off style aesthetic.
Although my favorite PRS SE model of all time is the Custom 24 Exotic ebony this series of maple delights really add something special to the SE catalogue and look 100% better in person than either a screen or article can truly portray. This all rounds off as a very warm recommendation for anyone looking a humbucker equipped professional grade instrument at a mid level price point (£799).