Tone Report Weekly Issue 115 - Page 60

PAUL REED SMITH CE24 REVIEW BY PHILLIP DODGE STREET PRICE $1,999.00 Today, we’re exploring a recently reintroduced classic from PRS Guitars. The CE24 was first released in 1988 as the first “affordable” PRS. The price in 1988 was $1,099—not exactly a cheap price 28 years ago. The new CE24 retails for $1,999. Affordable or not, it was one of the first (if not the first) guitars to successfully blend the best of the two most important electric guitars ever—one that “casts for the sky” and one named after a guy who is “more than a big deal.” If you’re still wondering what these two classics are, just ponder the CE24’s bolt-on maple neck and its maple60 GEAR REVIEW // capped mahogany body (the original had an alder body for the first few years of production). That should clear any confusion you might have. Back in the day, the name CE24 stood for “classic electric” and “24 frets.” It’s still an accurate name given that the CE24 can cover so many classic sounds, and well, it still has 24 frets. Bonus points: all 24-fret PRS guitars with bird inlays have an adorable little screech owl at the 24th fret. The new CE24 is built on PRS’s main line in Stevensville, Maryland and it shows the meticulous attention to detail one would expect from a PRS. Paul Reed Smith CE24 The nut is cut precisely, the frets are smooth and wellpolished, the intonation is precise, and the finish is impeccable. It’s a beauty to play or to just stare at. It’s light weight, well-balanced, and generally just really comfortable to play. When it comes to tremolos, I’m a Bigsby man. I’ve always had too heavy of a hand to really use a Stratstyle tremolo but the PRSdesigned trem on the CE24 responds remarkably well to both heavy and light use. And paired with the locking tuners, it stays in tune even with some pretty heavy dive-bombs and pull-ups. The CE24 features the