Paul Reed Smith CE24 Alder Cherry Sunburst 1988
PRS CE-24, cherry sunburst, made in Maryland USA 1988. The CE-24 was launched in 1988; the name stood for 'classic electric' and the 24 pertained to the number of frets. The design borrowed elements from both the Strat and Les Paul, and it's one of the most convincing 'hybrids' going around. This one hails from the very first year of production, when they still had an alder body. The original 'classic electric' headstock logo had to be changed after a stoush with Peavey, so this one got the 'PRS Electric' decal used briefly before the switch to the more familiar signature logo seen on guitars from 1989 onwards; apparently only 250 of these exist with this decal. This one has had a neck refinish from the original gloss down to a smooth satin, which feels amazing, but cost the guitar it's original serial number, as they were only lightly stamped on the back of the headstock. This has all the original parts including the famed one-piece tremolo bridge, which is brilliantly stable and smooth to use. The top at first appears to be maple, but it's actually alder with some natural flame; very unusual and very pretty. The humbuckers dial out a thick, rich tone with heaps of clarity and definition. This is a brilliantly playable guitar that gives and gives, and being a first-year example, it's certainly quite collectable. Lovely!
Model: Paul Reed Smith CE24
Made: 1988, USA (serial removed in a neck refinish, dated by model and logo)
Finish: cherry sunburst over flamed alder
Neck: maple, original profile, rosewood board
Weight: 3.2kg approx
Mods: neck refinished to satin
Pickups: original PRS humbuckers
Case: original deluxe PRS hard case
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. There's some minor play scratches and a few dimples here and there. There's some minor discolouration on the chrome parts. Really nothing major at all. Overall: excellent condition (9/10)
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, intonation is good, action is very low, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Wearing fresh 10/46s and playing superbly.