NGD: Custom 24


New Member
Oct 31, 2015
I have to start by thanking Andy, from Sound Affects in Ormskirk and my wife, for their patience and good humour.
I'd been hankering for a new guitar, with humbuckers, for playing the heavier end of blues. Really fancied a Les Paul but also have a preference for a tremolo on my guitars.
As you only tend to get Bigsbys on LPs, I was coming round to the idea of doing without a trem or perhaps retro-fitting a Stetsbar.
So a visit to Sound Affects came about and I arrived around 9:15 am.
Over the next 4 hours or so, I tried out a multitude of guitars, through a Roland Blues Cube, on clean and crunchy. 4 hours!! I wondered why my fingers started to feel slightly sore and by the end, my evaluation faculties were getting a little frazzled.
I tried a couple of semis. A Gibson ES339 and a Yamaha SA2200. Both fine guitars and the less expensive model, the Yammy, was far superior. Total quality, in build, woods, hardware, sound and playability. It was only the large body size that put me off.
I tried a couple of Music Mans. A Luke III and a JP6. Both wonderful guitars but neither had that "bluesy" feel. I only played them, because I love MM guitars.
A Duesenberg Starplayer found it's way into my hands. These are getting very popular with pro & celeb musicians. I didn't take to it. They've managed to make a Bigsby style trem that works brilliantly but I don't like their feel or looks. I mean, I love art deco but these just don't work visually and I don't think their quality of finish is anywhere near as high as a Music Man or PRS, which is something they are lorded for.

I also played 4 PRS models. All pre-owned.
An S2 singlecut, no frills guitar, I really liked. Very playable, chunky neck and loads of musical, body resonance. Very low cost, for a US made PRS, this was leading the pack for a while. The only gripe was fairly low output pickups.
A Swamp Ash Special, with 3 Narrowfield humbuckers. Very nice looking, with a charcoal body and all maple, neck/fretboard. The pickups had a P90ish sound, which were very strong but I was after a more HB sound and I also found the neck a little narrow.
Next came a 408 Standard Vintage Mahogany, 2014 Model. A very cool looking PRS, with a wide range of tones. Love it's looks and it sounded pretty damn good, too.
Nothing about this baby to not like. So why didn't I get it? Well, another model just pipped it to the post.

The guitar that came home with me was a 2011, PRS Custom 24, with a top 10, Matteo Mist finish. Which to non PRS officianados, is a a quilted maple, dark orange, with a light burst. That, with black pickups, with white surrounds, really works for me.
And those 59 pickups are very rich and pokey. Plenty of cut and body. The 5-way pickup selector gives some nice single-coil options, on top of the those excellent HBs
Lots of natural sustain on this beauty, which comes just as much from the quality of woods, design and finish, as from those tasty pickups. Coming in mint condition, with a nice PRS hard case. It's hard not to smile at this guitar.

I'd gone out looking for a singlecut, with a chunky Gibsonesque neck and came back with a doublecut, with a slim, fast neck. Well, that's just how it goes, some times. And to top it all, the Custom 24 has a lovely, smooth tremolo system. Big grin.





New Member
Jan 4, 2014
Congratulations! That guitar would make me smile too. Enjoy it and welcome!


Occasionally Onery Member
Apr 29, 2012
Gorgeous...good guitars are like cats...they choose their owners! Congratulations, sounds like you had a very fun time choosing as well...


Zombie 10, DFZ
Apr 1, 2013
Enjoy it...that's the right way to pick out a guitar for sure.


She said "huge bag of dibs".
Nov 4, 2012
washington iowa
Very nice guitar. I have a 2011 cu24 too. I love it. I recently put a mann one piece trem on it and it made a pretty significant difference. 5909s have magic. Mine had ivory pickup rings but I switched to rosewood. Enjoy that fine machine.


New Member
Oct 31, 2015
Thanks folks.
The more I play it, the more it really feels like mine.
Those 59 pickups sound amazing, with a little, bluesy crunch.

I always worry about getting a new guitar, 'cause you don't really hear it until you get it home, through your own gear.
Needn't have worried, with this beauty.