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A very small percent of the maple trees cut in North America are actually figured. To make "10-Top" status, a PRS top must have clearly defined figure across its entire top with no "dead" spots. A guitar designated as a 10-Top will usually have a small "10" written on the back of the headstock in the upper right corner. Some of our earlier guitars have the "10" stamped into the finish in the same position.
The PRS Custom 24 is the guitar that established the PRS legend, the model with which Paul Reed Smith launched his guitar-making business in 1985, and which today continues to be a favorite among players and pros around the world. Paul Reed Smith began building guitars while still in college, road-testing them himself at gigs, and using that experience and feedback from other musicians to continually improve his craft. Eventually, he started hanging out at his local concert venues, befriending the roadies, and gaining backstage access to show his guitars to the stars of the day. Early prominent PRS players include jazz master Al DiMeola, Howard Leese of Heart, and, most famously, Carlos Santana. As Carlos puts it, ...having the right guitar in your hands gives you clarity of certainty and confidence, and makes playing fun - and for Carlos, the right guitar is a PRS. While he now plays a variety of PRS Santana signature axes, he first became smitten with a borrowed PRS guitar while recording his 1981 release Zebop! and ordered one of his own, which, over time, has evolved into the current PRS Custom 24 line.
This lovely, rare guitar is available today at MusicStreet UK.
More PRS Custom 24 Wood Library guitars available at MusicStreet UK.