PRS ES Custom 24
A couple weeks before my birthday I received a call from Desi Serna, author of Guitar Theory For Dummies. He wanted my address. It seemed I had won a PRS guitar in a drawing to promote the release of his book, which I had purchased. Seriously? I never win anything.
When the guitar arrived, I opened it to find a really solid, red, heavy canvas gig bag. Inside, sure enough, was a PRS Custom 24 SE Tobacco Burst. WOW! This guitar really looked special.
Looking closely I saw that the SE was very well detailed, without a mark, and every detail well done. The frets were polished and smooth as glass. The finish was amazing.
The letter with it from PRS suggested all adjustments be checked and gave the set up specs to go with. It all checked out.
Ok, letís see what this guitar can do! I had just gotten a new Mogami Platinum cable. I use a Fender Custom Shop Vibrolux Reverb. A couple minor tweaks and it sounded pretty darn good.
The guitar came with a set of 9s. They sounded good to me. The pickups give a nice crisp, clean sound. I noticed the pickups seemed a bit closer together than many other guitars. I like this because the bridge is a bit deeper sounding. The tone control knob offers a nice single coil sound when lifted. Nice! Not quite like the sound of my strat or tele, but clean and clear.
I found nothing on this guitar that was overdone. Strings, settings, features, finish, even the tremolo bar is nicely finished and works smoothly without getting off tune. Amazing indeed!
After a week I decided to go through several sets of strings and look for my sound. I like Jazz and blues. I attend USM at Gorham University and study jazz. So a somewhat deeper and darker sound seems in order for my taste.
While changing strings I gave the finish a few coats of wax. Desi had signed the back covers and that was a really nice touch. I finally settled on a set of half round 10s. I did replace the 10 with an 11 later. I also lowered the pickups just a touch and the smooth sound of a nice jazz recording was coming out nicely. I play it through a Fender Princeton at school and, WOW, itís sweet.
Taking it to class was a trip. The bag alone turns heads. Take it out and it is all ooos and ahhhs.
I did look up this guitar and at the price it is hard to believe it sounds as good as it does. It is not the top of the PRS models. Nonetheless, it is one very nice guitar. Excellent detail, it plays very easily and looks wonderful. And it holds tune amazingly well. I find the neck quite nice. For 7-8 hundred dollars it amazes me that this plays so well. I would buy one tomorrow if I did not own this one! It plays well, crisp and clean from top to bottom.
Kudos to PRS. A wonderful guitar for a price students and occasional players can afford that can really hold its own on any stage. I think I will keep this one! Thanks Desi!