what's the story with Standard 24 models? (Not SE - US made)

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One day I stumbled upon this used model called Standard 24. From my research (not a whole lot of information out there about this one), it was a stripped down version of US core models at that time, which was very short lived on and off even though it was around since the beginning of PRS.

I think the model I am looking at is from 2008; it looks to be in a decent shape although I am not a big fan of pattern regular. I am wondering if it's worth to give it a shot and buy it. With shipping and tax it would probably come down to around $1650. I was thinking that I would refinish it with gloss black and modify a neck width a tiny bit to make it more like pattern thin.

Can anyone tell me more about this model and whether it's worth the purchase and modding it? Thanks!
 
If I were in your shoes, I would consider the S2 Standard 24, since it comes with a wide thin neck. You'd have to be okay with the pickguard though. If you get this year's model, you'll get core pickups, and be close to that 2008 model core price. If you get a model from the last few years, it'll have import pickups, but will be at a good discount if you were planning on upgrading the pickups anyways.
 
The core standard 24s rock! Standsrd is where I'd start my PRS journey over today knowing what I know now. Older CE is a tied 2nd. 3rd choice would be a s2 standard. I'd personally take the 08 without hesitation over the s2. I also prefer the pattern regular over wide thin bit neither would be a deal breaker. Before I think about mods to a guitar I don't have I've learned to get the guitar first and live with it for a bit first before going down the tweakers spiral.
 
If I were in your shoes, I would consider the S2 Standard 24, since it comes with a wide thin neck. You'd have to be okay with the pickguard though. If you get this year's model, you'll get core pickups, and be close to that 2008 model core price. If you get a model from the last few years, it'll have import pickups, but will be at a good discount if you were planning on upgrading the pickups anyways.
I did have S2 before and I liked it a lot. So this is a kind of an upgrade without breaking the bank. I already have 85/15 core pickups which I intend to use, but I wonder if these are significantly better than HFS treble and vintage bass which are already in the guitar?
 
The core standard 24s rock! Standsrd is where I'd start my PRS journey over today knowing what I know now. Older CE is a tied 2nd. 3rd choice would be a s2 standard. I'd personally take the 08 without hesitation over the s2. I also prefer the pattern regular over wide thin bit neither would be a deal breaker. Before I think about mods to a guitar I don't have I've learned to get the guitar first and live with it for a bit first before going down the tweakers spiral.
Hey that's great to hear! I did have two S2s so far - pattern regular custom 24 and pattern thin 24-08. I did feel that pattern thin was a bit better for me but yeah I wouldn't mind pattern regular if I have no choice.

I think this one just says "regular"...I wonder if these are identical to pattern regular that's available these days?
 
I did have S2 before and I liked it a lot. So this is a kind of an upgrade without breaking the bank. I already have 85/15 core pickups which I intend to use, but I wonder if these are significantly better than HFS treble and vintage bass which are already in the guitar?
Depends on what you are playing. Heavy stuff: HFS works OK there. Arguably better than the 85/15, which are a bit more generic. Less heavy stuff: 85/15 would be my pick
 
Hey that's great to hear! I did have two S2s so far - pattern regular custom 24 and pattern thin 24-08. I did feel that pattern thin was a bit better for me but yeah I wouldn't mind pattern regular if I have no choice.

I think this one just says "regular"...I wonder if these are identical to pattern regular that's available these days?
Standard regular, and pattern regular are all basically the same. You can tell by the narrower nut width. Which got me thanking maybe you prefer the nut with on the pattern thin?
 
I love standards more than customs!

I wouldn’t mess with the neck profile only because as I age, W/T has become unbearable.

Edit: by the time you pay for a refin (and tank the guitars resale value) it won’t be inexpensive, even if you do it yourself. I’d wait for a black one if you can’t deal with the color it already is.
 
I have one, and I love it with all my heart. Mine got some upgrades, but its an amazing, well resonant instrument at its core. Always was. Stipped down? Maybe, if that is what the one piece body means to you...






My god that is one beautiful guitar. What color is this?

Also are core customs not one piece body?
 
My god that is one beautiful guitar. What color is this?

The color, according to PRS Customer Service, is Trans Orange. It's difficult to photograph and appears as a blend of cherry to bright orange, depending on the light source. In person, it looks fantastic with the swirling wood pattern.
Also are core customs not one piece body?
The Customs are indeed one-piece mahogany back, with two two-piece maple top, so... three pieces, innit? ;)
 
Pure trash……






Please dibs!!! lol!
Haha, I'll keep you in mind when I decide to eliminate this trash. But I don't think I will ever sell it.

I only paid £1100 for this guitar; it came unmolested with only two minor dings on the body. Since then, I have only seen standards with moons and in the £1500-1700 range, so I scored big time. The only problem when I got it was the fretboard; it was covered in a shiny layer of stuff the previous owner had put on. I had to scrape it off literally with a razor. I hate buying used guitars, but I couldn't pass it on. The price and that swirl on the top called my name.

Since then, it had three sets of pickups before I settled on a TCI \M/s, which IMO are made for this guitar. It roars, sings and purrs.

Since I have changed the tuners and pickups, I have trashed its value, and I will never get anything near what it's worth, so I may as well keep it forever. This guitar is 20 years older than my Custom, and so much in the same league
 
Haha, I'll keep you in mind when I decide to eliminate this trash. But I don't think I will ever sell it.

I only paid £1100 for this guitar; it came unmolested with only two minor dings on the body. Since then, I have only seen standards with moons and in the £1500-1700 range, so I scored big time. The only problem when I got it was the fretboard; it was covered in a shiny layer of stuff the previous owner had put on. I had to scrape it off literally with a razor. I hate buying used guitars, but I couldn't pass it on. The price and that swirl on the top called my name.

Since then, it had three sets of pickups before I settled on a TCI \M/s, which IMO are made for this guitar. It roars, sings and purrs.

Since I have changed the tuners and pickups, I have trashed its value, and I will never get anything near what it's worth, so I may as well keep it forever. This guitar is 20 years older than my Custom, and so much in the same league

Hahha! Sounds fantastic. Can’t let this new generation know the greatness of the Standard models.

I’ve had a few in the past and loved each and every one of them.
 
The color, according to PRS Customer Service, is Trans Orange. It's difficult to photograph and appears as a blend of cherry to bright orange, depending on the light source. In person, it looks fantastic with the swirling wood pattern.

The Customs are indeed one-piece mahogany back, with two two-piece maple top, so... three pieces, innit? ;)
Pulled the trigger and it's on the way! so excited. Looks like you did some major upgrades. Are they 85/15 TCI? I have a set of 85/15 TCI and hybrid mann bridge which I am thinking about installing them once it gets here.

Were original parts not good? I am assuming it's a gen ii tremolo bridge?
 
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