PRS Custom 24 2001 authenticity

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  1. Fole

    Fole New Member

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    Hi! I'm about to buy my first PRS and I wanted to check if it's all right with some experts! Here's the guitar:

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    Do you think it's all right? All original?
     
  2. WEDGE

    WEDGE Zombie five, DFZ

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    Looks good but did those come with locking tuners?
     
  3. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    It looks right to me.
    Did you check the serial on the headstock? I would expect to see 1 54234
     
  4. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    Replacement tuners? Don't recall any coming with the black tuning buttons.
     
  5. garrett

    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    Looks good and original for the era. They used the ebony buttons 99-02 ish. Also during that time, Stoptail Customs got the non-locking tuners.

    Nice score.
     
  6. Fole

    Fole New Member

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    Yeah, me and my friends were a little unsure about the tuners, but if you say they're correct it's all good.
     
  7. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    Was going by memory - should have looked it up first. Even if they were replacement tuners, I wouldn't have let that sway me if I liked the guitar.
     
  8. Stoptail22

    Stoptail22 El PRSidente

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    The 2001 PRS catalog says that the Custom 24 has locking tuners. There was no option for non-locking or vintage tuners. The catalog photo shows a Custom 24 with winged Phase I locking tuners and trem. A stoptail was optional.
     
  9. Fole

    Fole New Member

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    So you're saying they're not original?
     
  10. garrett

    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    I remember because that's when my love for PRS guitars first hit full bloom. I tried out every one I could get my hands on. They were transitioning away from the winged tuners at the time. I assume Paul realized he was on to something by reducing the tuner mass and they only kept the wings on the trem guitars for the functionality. Even the winged keys had the ebony buttons at the time. By 2002, they were putting Phase II locking keys on everything but Singlecuts and McCartys.
     
  11. garrett

    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    I can say with a very high degree of confidence they are original.
     
  12. Fole

    Fole New Member

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    As I said I asked about it because the owner assured me the guitar is completely original and he seemed sincere, but some of my friends pointed me that Customs didn't have this kind of tuners. But if you're saying it was a transitional period I tend to believe it too.
     
  13. garrett

    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    Fole New Member

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    Ok, I'm all good now, pulling the trigger on my first PRS!
     
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  15. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    Garrett has it right. My 2002 CU24 stoptail also has non locking tuners and bony buttons. Congrats, great guitar!
     
  16. bodia

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

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    Nice! Congrats!
     
  17. Alan Manning

    Alan Manning Well Love a Duck Mary Poppins.!!!

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    Congrats and Welcome Onboard.!!!
     
  18. daveyisgreat

    daveyisgreat Incompetent Hack

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    Nice! Welcome to the CU24 Stoptail Club!
     
  19. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    Yeah, buddy...24 stop-tails are kinda-sorta rare birds...play and enjoy.,. Congrats!!!!!
    And in one of the previously mentioned articles, I think I argued about there not being original non-locking tuners, but these guys are smart around here. Great place to hang out.
     
  20. iounothing

    iounothing New Member

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    According the the PRS model history "...non-locking tuners on stoptail outfitted guitars from March 2001 - January 2002," This refers to the CU22 but I suspect would also apply to stoptail CU24s as well.
     

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