PRS Custom 24
Paul Reed Smith guitars are some of the finest guitars available. I personally have a PRS SE custom 24, and a PRS McCarty Soapbar (22 frets). Today, I'm going to review the SE and let you know how amazing this guitar actually is.
The PRS SE Custom 24 is the Korean-made Paul Reed Smith guitar. It's more affordable than all the other PRS guitars and you really get the most bang for your buck. That's why they are such a hot selling guitar.
When I first purchased the SE, it played beautifully right out of the store. I bought it new and the only thing that I had to do was stretch the strings, which is obvious because they were brand new. Once the strings were broke in, the guitar did not go out of tune at all... even after some serious playing.
With the low price, you would probably expect that the pickups wouldn't be very good at all. I found this to be completely untrue with this guitar. They sounded great and had a very warm tone to them. With the 24 frets, the pickups had to be placed in a slightly different place (a bit closer to the bridge) so there is a little less twang than you would get if it only had 22 frets.
I actually can't find anything wrong with the guitar at all... especially for the money. It is an absolutely fantastic playing guitar. The only thing that I had to adjust was the wammy bar. It was a little loose and I like to have them pretty tight so they stay where I leave them. That was a really easy fix, and besides, a lot people actually like to have them loose. I guess it's just a matter of preference. In fact, you might not even like using wammy bars and can easily take it off. It all depends on your style of playing.
The PRS SE Custom 24 is approximately one third of the price as the regular Custom 24. You can probably find one to your liking in the $500-$800 range. My SE also came with a really nice gig bag that is very durable. I've had the SE for two and a half years now and it is almost like new. I can't think of a higher quality guitar in this price range. I suggest you go test one out at your local guitar shop before purchasing anything else. You won't be dissapointed!