The PRS CE 24 was originally introduced all the way back in 1988 as a way of delivering the traditional bolt-on snap on a PRS guitar. Now it's been given the semi-hollow treatment, combining trademark PRS playability with beautifully resonant semi-hollow qualities.
PRS have stuck to their go-to tonewood combination of Mahogany and Maple. In the case of this CE24 model, however, the Mahogany is chambered, letting the Maple resonate more freely. Your sound will simultaneously adopt a more pronounced midrange sparkle and some extra-weighty sustain.
Bolt On Neck
From the front this guitar still looks like any other core PRS. Flamed Maple top, bird inlays and a set of powerful PRS hardware; all of the features you would expect on a Custom 24 or similar.
Under the hood and round the back you can see quite a few changes though, that make this a completely different tone machine. It still has the curved Mahogany body topped with a Flamed Maple top, something that PRS are well known for, but the neck is made out of Maple instead of the usual Mahogany. This works along with the bolt-on design, adding brightness and snap to the tone.
Unlike some of the other PRS year-based designs, the 85/15 is based on the pickup Paul Reed Smith would have ideally had back when he started the company in 1985. These are highly-versatile, especially in the CE24, where they gain extra high-end bite that works perfectly for hard rock and metal.
- Body: Mahogany
- Top: Flamed Maple
- Build: semi-hollow with a single F-hole
- Neck: Maple
- Fretboard: East Indian Rosewood
- No. of frets: 24
- Scale length: 25"
- Neck shape: Pattern Thin
- Inlays: Birds
- Pickups: 85/15 bass/treble in the neck/bridge respectively
- Bridge: PRS Designed Tremolo
- Tuners: PRS Low Mass Locking Tuners
- Hardware: Nickel
- Controls: Volume and Push/Pull Tone Control with 3-Way Toggle