Specially appointed to commemorate the 2016 Experience PRS event, the Experience PRS 2016 Custom 24-08 adds a new control layout to the company’s most classic model. The Custom 24 first officially debuted at PRS Guitars’ first NAMM show in 1985 and has been played by internationally touring artists, gigging musicians, and aspiring players ever since.
The Experience PRS 2016 Custom 24-08 features a 3-way blade switch and two mini-toggle coil split switches. This simple and intuitive switching system, also featured on the PRS 408 model, allows for eight distinct pickup combinations that offer players additional tonal possibilities. The 85/15 Multi-Tap pickups, paired with this control layout, provide a full array of humbucker tones and single-coil sounds unlike any other PRS.
“As you might guess, we gather for a “listening test” for each new instrument. My team can attest to my enthusiasm after the Custom 24-08 test. I like how usable all of the pickup settings sound, but I love the crisp clarity of the single coil mode. There is something about the recipe of pickups, switching, and the guitar itself that really stands out,” said Jack Higginbotham, President, PRS Guitars.
Additional special appointments include a Gaboon ebony fretboard with “old school” green abalone bird inlays and a Gaboon ebony headstock veneer with a “pre-factory” small eagle inlay (uniquely featured on Experience PRS limited runs). The Experience PRS 2016 Custom 24-08 is officially offered in five finish options: Aquamarine, Charcoal, Copperhead Burst, Trampas Green, and Slate Blue. Only 50 instruments will be available worldwide. For full specifications and images, see http://www.prsguitars.com/experiencelimited2016.
This is the eighth Experience PRS event held by the company at their Stevensville, Maryland headquarters. With just under 800 people in attendance its first year, Experience PRS is expected to draw nearly 3,000 guitar and music aficionados in 2016. The two-day event is free and open to the public with advanced registration (a door charge applies for “day-of” walkups) and includes several concert performances, factory tours, interactive areas to play PRS gear on and off stage, interactive staining exhibits, as well as a charity prize wheel benefiting Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center (Baltimore, Maryland) and guitar and accessory sales opportunities. Artists performing at this year’s event include: the Boscoe France Band, Black Stone Cherry, John Hiatt, and Living Colour, as well as The Paul Reed Smith Band with special guests, Lovebettie, RDGLDGRN, The Kelly Bell Band, Hot Tub Limo, David Grissom, Emil Werstler, and Simon McBride.