This year is the 35th anniversary of the launch of PRS, a company that has gone from strength to strength on the guitar market. To celebrate its birthday, PRS has launched a series of Custom 24 models along with some tweaks to the McCarty lineup as well. Already this week, PRS issued a limited re-release of the popular SE One, and now we have even more new guitars to look forward to.
PRS’ 35th Birthday
The three new Custom 24 models cover the Core, S2 and SE lines, with one new instrument in each series. PRS is covering all budgets, so there’s something for everyone. All three Custom 24 models feature a unique “35th anniversary” truss rod cover and they come in a wide variety of finishes.
The TCI was a process PRS introduced last year to tune the capacitance and inductance of the pickups on Paul’s Guitar and will be used throughout models released in 2020.
35th Anniversary SE Custom 24
First up is the new 35th Anniversary SE Custom 24. This guitar packs in a lot for its budget price point. Apart from the standard PRS tuners as opposed to locking tuners, this guitar is all Custom 24, just on a budget. You get the standard mahogany body, rosewood fretboard and PRS Tremolo.
The 35th Anniversary SE Custom 24 has TCI “S” treble and bass pickups with two mini-toggle switches that select humbucking or single-coil modes for either or both pickups. Only 3,500 of this SE model will be made.
RRP – GBP 899
35th Anniversary S2 Custom 24
Next up is the American-built 35th Anniversary S2 Custom 24. This comes loaded with two 85/15 “S” pickups. It’s not quite as expensive as the full core model, but has most of the features and attention to detail as the ‘full fat’ version.
RRP – GBP 1799
35th Anniversary Custom 24
Last up is the full-on 35th Anniversary Custom 24. These American-made guitars are the model that everyone associates with PRS. It comes with a pair of 85/15 Treble and Bass pickups, controlled by master volume and tone controls, as well as the two mini-toggle switches that allow you to split the humbuckers into single coils.
It has the traditional mahogany body topped with figured maple and the mahogany neck features a rosewood fingerboard with bird inlays.
RRP – GBP 3799
If you were in the market for a PRS Custom 24 anyway, then these models all make perfect sense. But if you were just looking for a great all-round instrument you should also consider these models as well. I own two US Core Custom 24 models myself and I think they are great guitar for the money.
In addition to the 35th Anniversary Custom 24 models, PRS is also releasing special McCarty models with one-piece stop tails. You can, however, order them with adjustable bridges if you prefer. This covers theMcCarty 594, McCarty 594 Singlecut andMcCarty 594 Hollowbody II models. These guitars will also have vintage-style tuners and a bone nut. All the guitars are built in Maryland, USA and will come in a new nitro finish, a variation of PRS’s Private Stock high-gloss nitro with a cellulose CAB base coat.
You can read the full specifications on all three Custom 24 models over at the special 35th Anniversary page below and watch the videos of each guitar at the bottom of this article. It looks like 2020 will be a big release year for PRS, so expect more news from the US guitar company over the coming months.