“The SE range is leading the charge in terms of new PRS model additions”: PRS SE CE 24, SE Swamp Ash Special and SE Custom 24 Quilt review

With no signature artists involved, the first wave of new PRS SE guitars for 2024 includes a couple of old favorites and a posh makeover for the classic Custom 24

PRS's new-for-2024 SE line guitars
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

We all hear things differently, but to sum up, the Custom 24 is your classic-to-modern rock friend with some clear single-coil options. If you need more ‘single coil’ but are still after the rock, it’d be the CE 24 we’d suggest. And if you want more of a Fender-y bolt on with some kick then the Swamp Ash Special might be your best option. There’s no shortage of choice… in fact, perhaps there’s too much!


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    Three well-built takes on PRS classics.

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    CE 24 is moddable and super versatile.

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    Swamp Ash Special has a great satin-smooth neck.

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    Exceptional and versatile tones.

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    Custom 24 Quilt hard to fault.


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    Are the quilt finishes a little Las Vegas?

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    Swamp Ash Special is a little heavy.

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    The Special's three-way toggle limits switching options.

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    We'd like more rolled edges on the CE 24 fingerboard.

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    And more classic colors too.

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For the past couple of years, we’ve been treated to milestone additions to the PRS SE line in the form of John Mayer’s Silver Sky and David Grissom’s DGT. For 2024, there’s not a signature artist in sight, but three new additions will certainly be of interest, especially to players who have followed PRS’s near 40-year history.

Two of our Indonesian-made trio are bolt-ons – the CE 24 and Swamp Ash Special – which join the Silver Sky, the first SE bolt-on. If you know your PRSes, you’ll remember that the CE (originally the Classic Electric) was the first bolt-on PRS electric guitar and also the most affordable on its launch in 1988. 

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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.