PRS CE 24 - Amber

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Maple Top, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Amber
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The Return of the CE

The new-and-improved PRS CE 24 brings you the snappy attack, woody tones, and American twang of a bolt-on maple neck at an appealing PRS price point. The CE 24's 85/15 pickup set and updated switching system let you blaze through its versatile tone options onstage, which range from hard-rock humbucker overdrive to sensuous single-coil leads. The CE 24's fast maple neck glides through the hand for seamless transitions between upper and lower frets, and its rosewood fingerboard provides the kind of balanced articulation veteran PRS players are sure to love.

PRS CE 24 Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Irresistible looks and playability
  • Bolt-on maple neck captures the excitement of the original
  • Versatile 85/15 pickups for 6 humbucker/single-coil sounds
Irresistible looks and playability

Time-tested PRS tonewoods - a balanced mahogany body, designer maple top, and velvety rosewood fingerboard - with a fast new maple neck give the CE 24 a warm and balanced sound with a look you won't be able to keep your hands off. Sweetwater guitarists are big on the CE 24's thinner body and more comfortable top carve, which feel great against the wrist and forearm for strumming.

Bolt-on maple neck captures the excitement of the original

Fans of the original CE series from the 1980s to the 2000s will feel right at home playing the updated PRS CE 24's bolt-on maple neck. The CE 24 plays a lot like a Custom 24, but has a woodier attack and sharper bite you can really dig into. Whether you play blues leads or rock 'n' roll rhythms, Sweetwater guitarists are sure the PRS CE 24 has a sound for you.

Versatile 85/15 pickups for 6 humbucker/single-coil sounds

Modern-voiced with vintage characteristics, the CE 24's coil tapped humbuckers sound great for rock and pop, indie, metal, or punk. A push-pull pot lets you transition from scorching metal leads to sweet California twang on the fly.

PRS CE 24 Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • An update to the classic PRS CE 24
  • Bolt-on Pattern Thin maple neck - woody attack, quick response
  • Matching maple headstock veneer gives this PRS a distinct look
  • Lightweight mahogany body provides warm, balanced sustain
  • Stunning figured maple top adds killer looks and clarity
  • Articulate East Indian rosewood fingerboard suits shredders to chordists
  • Signature bird inlays for classic PRS looks
  • 85/15 pickup configuration delivers 6 versatile humbucker/single-coil sounds
  • Push-pull coil tapping
  • Tremolo bridge adds texture to chords and leads
  • Locking tuners keep you stage and studio ready
  • Nickel hardware resists fingerprints
  • Proprietary PRS pot taper delivers smooth volume swells
  • 25" scale length
Get the snap and twang of a bolt-on maple neck in the PRS CE 24 electric guitar!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Doublecut
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Top Material Figured maple
Body Finish Acrylic Urethane Gloss
Color Amber
Neck Material Maple with Satin Nitro
Neck Shape Pattern Thin profile
Fingerboard Material East Indian Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Bird inlays
Number of Frets 24
Scale Length 25.0"
Nut Width 1.6875"
Bridge/Tailpiece PRS designed tremolo with nickel hardware
Tuners PRS locking tuners
Neck Pickup 85/15 Bass humbucker
Bridge Pickup 85/15 Treble humbucker
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone (push-pull coil tap), 3-way toggle switch
Strings 10-46
Case Included Padded gig bag
Manufacturer Part Number E4TBC3_AM

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Last guitar

I've owned a lot custom shop guitars, this one knocks it out of the park. Every detail is purposefully achieved.
Music background: Classically trained
5/5

PRS CE 24

Got my new Paul Reed Smith 2016 CE 24 Amber color this morning. Love it !This is a really great guitar for my needs. Sweetwater is my most favorite store to buy from.Have purchased a lot of equipment from them over the years Sweetwater has good deals know their products and good support. My main man to go to is Kent Salas always helpful on my questions.Be assured the people at Sweetwater will not "jack you around" like some others do. So if you are looking for a good playing guitar that can give you Humbucker and single coil sounds that are really good consider a PRS CE 24 from SWEETWATER.
Music background: Been playing Guitar, Bass & keyboards in bands for a lot of years.
4.5/5

tonal chameleon that feels great in the hands

The color I purchased was actually Amber Violin Sunburst, which isn't listed any more. It is gorgeous. I chose it for the character of the color and the fact that the back was stained and not painted. Seems a shame to paint over that gorgeous wood!This guitar is a gigging musician's dream. It is lightweight, great feel, and delivers great single coil tones as well as humbucker tones. The coil splits on this guitar are very useful and give you a nice bite rather than just making the tone wimpy. It doesn't quite sound like a strat and not quite like an LP, but it approaches them. This makes it very useful in a cover band where one guitar can cover both tonal areas.I'm not a big fan of floating bridges, but this one is quite impressive. When playing a double stop that incorporates a bent note and a non bent note, the non bent note is only slightly detuned...it is barely noticeable. The bridge is comfortable to palm mute. Great bridge!Another huge plus for this guitar is it holds tune like you would not believe. Even after playing a song with bent notes all throughout, the guitar remains in tune. The "binding" is quite clever...they leave the side edges of the maple cap natural. Because of the end grain, it gives it an pearloid appearance which looks very cool. A great cosmetic touch!The frets and fretboard feel great in my hands. The fretboard feels a little wider and flatter than I'm used to...this may be an illusion due to the thin neck. I find I like it very much. The clear and easy access to the upper frets is wonderful also. That's partly due to the 24 fret geometry and the cutaway and heel design. This guitar is ridiculously playable all the way up the neck!This guitar complements the strat and LPs I have in my collection quite well. The different feel and tone give it a different voice from my other guitars, which is what I was looking for.The ONLY nitpick I have which kept me from giving it 5 stars is that the location of the volume knob could be better IMO. I find myself hitting it accidentally and changing my volume setting. I'm sure I'll get used to it as I play it more, but this is something I noticed. The gig bag is also less than impressive...it is very awkward to get the guitar in it. It seems to me they could have come up with a better gig bag design. I do applaud them for putting money into the guitar and not the case :). I have played the Cu24 S2 and I find this guitar to be a worthy upgrade. Both are finely made guitars, but the fit an finish on the CE 24 seems to be a notch above...details like the pickup contour to match the fretboard radius and the perfectly fitting pickup rings with no gaps. This one is a keeper for sure!
Music background: Gigging guitarist, playing for 30 years
4/5

Great Guitar

The guitar came set up nicely from Sweetwater, but after having my luthier tweak some very minor things to my liking, I can just about guarantee you, the feel of this silky smooth satin nitro neck combined with the incredible highs and lows of these 85/15 pickups are very, very nice. Also great midrange grunt from these pickups but the most noticeable thing is the crazy crisp highs and booming lows. In humbucking mode these pickups have way more highs than typical which is really nice. The split single coil tones are great, it's not at all Fender type sound but it's different in a good way and actually more cutting that a typical Fender single coil. I think the most pertinent thing I can say in the review of this new CE24 is this, I have played several core custom 24's and I honestly think I would take this guitar over the core models if only for the silky wonderful satin nitro neck. It feels amazing, it's not sticky at all like most nitro necks. Just smooth and comfortable, wide thin. Be sure you like the PRS wide thin, or pattern thin neck as they call it these days. Think Gibson 60's slim but a little slimmer in a good way. In terms of value, quality, bang for the buck, fit and finish, you can't beat this new CE24. I love mine ! Finally, I will add this.. These come with .010-.046 strings, I play .009-.042, the guitar sounded and felt good with the .010's, but after my luthier set it up with .009's it's equally as good. Even stays in tune fine with the tremolo and .009's and feels nice and slinky with this smooth neck. Buy this guitar you will be glad you did.
Music background: Rock, blues, worship.
2/5

Beautiful, but….

No question, this is a beautiful and well made guitar. Neck feels great. Tuners work smoothly. Fine workmanship throughout. Folks at Sweetwater a pleasure to work with. Had the guitar one day and shipped it back the next. Here's why. Tone was muddy and dull. I know Prs or Sweetwater would never consider shipping a guitar with old strings, but that's what the tone reminded me of. Tried all 6 pickup settings and nothing came alive with the clarity and sonic range of my Tele. Didn't really hear the "snappy" thing that is supposedly characteristic of this bolt on neck, either. Also, the location of the volume control knob was too close to strings for my particular playing style. Kept bumping it when picking the high E string. Since the CE-24 is a new model, I had a hard time finding any store that had one to test drive. I took a chance and ordered it. All it did was make me appreciate and play my Telecaster even more! I would advise anyone to wait and try one of these out first….and avoid the $146 to ship (UPS) it back if you don't like it.
Music background: Guitarist for over 45 years.
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