'97 Custom 24 - First PRS!

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  1. Kalamazuu

    Kalamazuu '97 Custom 24

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    Just got my first PRS! A 1997 Custom 24

    After looking at a bunch I was going to get an S2, then came across this and it was quite a bit less expensive than most others I had seen so I jumped on it. I was quite nervous about the Wide Thin neck since there were no PRSs in town to try out, but I don't find it to be all that wide at all, or too thin.

    Bridge pickup has been replaced with a SD '59. So far it's doing okay, I may look at swapping it, I usually play metal or hard rock.

    The different switching options sound very good clean, and I'm still experimenting with them with gain. I have very little single coil experience and was surprised to see the switch positions weren't just a split coil by themselves like on a coil tapped Les Paul.

    I am also wondering if you guys would know what the neck pickup would be. I believe it's original.

    I'm also wondering what the official color name is, the seller called it purple, and it looks kind of wine red.

    Well I feel like I'm rambling but so far I am thrilled with it. It's very comfortable and 2lbs lighter than my Heritage H-157 (Les Paul Custom style.)

    I didn't get bird inlays like I wanted but the moons are a very nice touch.

    And I like the trem, I've never had one with with springs.

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  2. DISTORT6

    DISTORT6 NJ Devil

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    Congrats! Nice looking Cu24.
    Neck pickup should be a Vintage Bass if it’s stock.
     
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  3. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid Other Alan!

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    Congrats on that find! A classic!

    The color probably was purple at one point, but the blue dyes tended to fade in sunlight it seems.
     
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  4. Kalamazuu

    Kalamazuu '97 Custom 24

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    Thanks for the info guys. I'm a little surprised how different it sounds from my LP style guitar. I knew it would be different and I'm glad it is. Granted there's a lot of factors, different pickups and everything too.
     
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  5. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Congratulations and welcome. Bonnie guitar!
     
  6. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Greta looking guitar. Congrats and welcome to the forum.
     
  7. Audie

    Audie a.k.a. Charlie

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    Great find. Love me some moons. PS. You have a Brazzy fingerboard. Finish appears to be Black Cherry. Beautiful Guitar!
     
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    SinSir Mad Scientist

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    Congrats!
     
  9. DISTORT6

    DISTORT6 NJ Devil

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    Not too sure about that BRW fingerboard. Not on a 1997.
     
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    Triptones New Member

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    Congrats!! I almost purchased that one. Great price and Beautiful guitar!!
     
  11. jak3af3r

    jak3af3r Jake

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    There's a good chance that used to be purple. I have a McCarty from the same year (with moons too) that has lost most of the blue in the purple so now it's more red/pink.

    If you really want to know the color, pull the pickups out and it should be listed under one of them and if it has faded, you'll see the original color under the pickup rings.


    Here's what mine looks like.
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  12. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    Great guitar. Welcome
     
  13. BrianC

    BrianC more toys than talent

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    mojo!!!
     
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  14. Kalamazuu

    Kalamazuu '97 Custom 24

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    Thanks for the info, that's awesome if it has a Braz board!
     
  15. DISTORT6

    DISTORT6 NJ Devil

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    I don’t think so. They stopped using BRW boards on production guitars @1990/1991.
     
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    Outbackjeffs New Member

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    What do these run price wise?
     
  17. Kalamazuu

    Kalamazuu '97 Custom 24

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    Gotcha, I would've been surprised on a guitar like this, I usually only see them on higher tier models. I didn't reload the page before my last reply so I didn't see your earlier comment
     
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  18. Kalamazuu

    Kalamazuu '97 Custom 24

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    Awesome thanks for sharing! I'll check when it needs new strings for sure. Purple would've been cool but I like the red too
     
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    Kalamazuu '97 Custom 24

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    This was the lowest priced Custom 24 I saw when I was looking. I paid $1600 plus shipping and tax which brought it to almost $1800
     
  20. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Zombie Zero

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    Welcome to the PRS community. Hold on to your wallet. :)
     
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