PRS S2 35th Anniversary Custom 24 review

PRS celebrates a landmark year with an S2 that promises expanded sounds for half the price of the Core Custom

PRS S2 35th Anniversary Custom 24
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Guitar World Verdict

An anniversary special model that perfectly executes the PRS hybrid feel, with clever pickup switching and unparalleled playability. Does production guitar making get any better at this price?


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    Cost-effective build.

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    Versatile sounds.

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    In-tune vibrato.

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    Superb playability.


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    No opaque colours to really flatter the body contours.

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    No lefties available.

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As the original PRS guitar, the 24-fret Custom has certainly earned its place in guitar history. For this milestone year there are three celebratory models – all Custom 24s – starting at the SE level then moving to the USA for the S2 and topped off with the ultimate Core version.

While the Custom itself has constantly evolved over three-and-a-half decades and been the start point for the majority of subsequent PRS designs, it remains very much a halfway house between a Les Paul and a Stratocaster. 

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.