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1986 Paul Reed Smith

Pre-Factory Custom 24

Honey Amber

Custom One-of-a-kind color ordered personally from Paul in 1986 by the original owner

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Pre-Factory PRS guitars are getting more scarce and more valuable every day.  They are an investment and you’ll ALWAYS have the option to re-sell it for as much or more than you paid.

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A raging rock-n-roll machine with a three digit serial number.  I bought it last year from the original owner!  He worked for a music store in Albuquerque at the time and ordered it personally from Paul at the 1986 NAMM show in this custom one-off color…. Honey Amber with a clear coat natural mahogany back.  He ordered two customs from Paul that day.  The other was Seafoam green.  He was a great guy to talk to.  He had largely stopped playing many years ago and sold the seafoam guitar back then but held on to this one until 2013.  I have a Youtube link that he sent me of a video made by his “hair band” (his words not mine) back in 1987.  Both this guitar and the seafoam guitar are present throughout the entire video in various scenes.  HOW COOL IS THAT!!!???   The video link will be provided upon e-mail request from serious shoppers.

Under the bright photographic light the finish looks patchy in some photographs but it is actually quite even with a little bit of classic vintage fade.  Here are some things to think about as you look through them.  Read much more about the history and specifics of this classic PRS guitar below the photo spread.

  • Serial number under 1000
  • One prior owner
  • Original T&B pick-ups
  • Original sweet switch
  • Small neck heel
  • One-piece Mil-Com bridge
  • Low action and crunching tone
  • Custom color ordered personally from Paul by the original owner.  No other like it.
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This guitar has been played but very well cared for over the years.  More about the cosmetics below.  I talked to the original owner on the phone at length both before and after buying the guitar.  As you can see in the pictures above, the sweet switch is on a washer.  The washer has been tinted, apparently to make it invisible from anything more than a few feet away and it’s rather effective at accomplishing that.  Almost as fast as he got the guitar in his hands he had the original T&B pick-ups taken out and replaced with a set of VanZandt pick-ups.  He simply hated the T&B’s from the start.  To each his own I guess.  He also had a simple 3 position toggle installed and set it up for volume / volume / toggle (no tone pot).  You can see the VanZandt zebra bobbin pick-up and standard toggle in the 1987 music video.  As a condition of buying the guitar I made sure it would be set up with original T&B’s which you see in it now.  By the date code on the volume pot it appears to be the original 1986 component.  The early wafer-style rotary appears to be late 80’s but based on my experience and understanding of these early PRS,  it does not appear to be quite as old as the guitar is.  In essence, this guitar has entirely authentic early PRS pre-factory electronics on board but as a result of the initial change out in 1987, the rotary may not be original to the guitar. 

The guy I bought it from was an early shredder (see the video).  Not a lot of string bending an certainly not a lot of open first position chords;   Therefore, very little fret ware on these original frets anyplace on the neck.  Difficult to capture in the photo’s but the back of the mahogany neck has a flame quality present.  Up close the mahogany grain looks like the fine African Sapele that PRS makes the signature 1980 West Santana tops out of.  The neck carve appears to be regular.  This is a rock solid piece coming in at approximately 9 pounds 4 ounces which gives it incredible vintage tone.  These original T&B pick-ups scream and the action is very low with feather touch playability.

The cosmetics aspects of this classic are very good.  It has a beautifully flamed maple top in excellent condition for its age with deep changing flame effect.  It was difficult to capture the essence of this color in the photographs.  It may appear orange or as patchy due to the intense lighting.  The wells around the pots are darker in contrast with the general light vintage fade of the top around it but you can see in the pick-up photographs that there is very little evidence of hard fade as commonly indicated when you see dark rings of color around the cavity under the pick-up rings on some guitars.  The original owner was very specific with Paul at the time he ordered it that he did not like the cherry stained backs on the vintage yellow guitars Paul brought to the show.  He asked if Paul could create a Honey Amber color and insisted that the back should be clear-coat over the natural mahogany.  Honey Amber is not and never has been an official PRS color.  It is written in the cavity of this one-of-a-kind Custom 24.  The finish has just enough fade to give the guitar a fabulous vintage look and feel.  There are no major scratches dings or chips in the top, sides, edges, back or neck.  There are some common small nicks in the tip of the head stock and what looks like a hangar mark clearly photographed near the high-e tuner peg.  There is a patch of button hazing in the clear coat above the back plate as seen in the pictures.  This is the worst that I could get it to look by tipping it in the light for the photograph.  Refer to the full view pictures of the back for a better sense of how inconsequential this area of play wear is.  Review all of the photographs above and judge for yourself.  All things considered, I’ll give this guitar a 9.0 cosmetic rating. 

Over-all, it has just enough play wear to make it playable.  Stuff it in a closet if you want to but please, don’t be afraid to take it out every now and then or even to a gig.  Too many of these vintage pieces sit lifeless in closets.  An excellent strategy for vintage care but not what these beauties do best.  Though I rely on one early (1988) CE-24 as my primary player 90% of the time, I often take one of my vintage PRS customs out to a bar and put in a set on them.  These guitars have vintage magic in them and they should be played!  It can be done carefully and responsibly.  I have clear plastic static covers cut for the pick area and across the entire back of any guitar I take out to a club.  Invisible.  Inexpensive.  Easy to use.  Easy to care for.  Provides thorough protection from surface scratches in the key area’s applied.  You can’t go bumping your guitar off mic stands or drum risers but I highly recommend these protectors for total prevention of common play wear.  Whether you play this particular guitar or not, it will ALWAYS be worth more than you paid for it.

This is a beautiful, rock solid, vintage, collectable, playable classic with a serial number under 1000 in Very good+ condition.  Comes with original PRS hard case, the original tremolo bar.

Please be sure to take a moment and click here to look at my ABOUT page or access it from the top menu bar.  You can click HERE to access my e-Bay feedback profile ( e-Bay seller dm-2 ) directly as well.  I encourage even the smallest of questions so always feel free to e-mail me any time.  Over 140 of my e-Bay feedback ratings are from PRS guitar sales.  The sequential serial numbers of set neck guitars coming out of the factory are well over 200,000 today.  The number on this guitar is under 1,000, putting it in the top 0.5% of all PRS guitars ever made.

This guitar is also listed on e-Bay with a starting price sharply higher than what I’m asking here at my home page.  I won’t put this one out on consignment as I’ve done with others but I’m getting a lot of activity on it so it may very well be gone soon. Why pay more than you have to?  Check my feedback and buy it here.  Send me an e-mail and we’ll talk.  If you’ve come to this page directly through an organic Google search, click this link to see a list of all the vintage guitars I currently have for sale before leaving this page. 

 

$5400.00 Includes Ground shipping to the lower 48

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