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1987 Paul Reed Smith Custom 24 10 Top Black Cherry One-Owner, Collector-Grade w/ Case, Tags, Receipt


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Up for sale, a 1987 Paul Reed Smith Custom 24 “10 Top” in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original case and factory paperwork. A one-owner instrument with the original sales receipt and swag from the Swissvale Music Store in Pittsburg, PA, this PRS has been stunningly well-kept for decades.

Hailing from the third year of PRS production (often called the "pre-factory" days, but more accurately when production totals were notably small), this model was simply dubbed the "PRS Custom" in early factory advertisements, as the Custom 24 model name had yet to be minted. Featuring a Black Cherry finish over the handcarved bookmatched "10 Top" paired with a one-piece mahogany body and mahogany neck, this PRS boasts all the hallmarks of their flagship model's early design including a slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard complete with Birds in Flight abalone inlay. A tremolo-equipped model with Standard Treble and Standard Bass humbuckers, the pickups are essentially a slightly overwound PAF-style design, delivering great harmonic content, tight lows, treble sweetness, and a clear, articulate midrange. The five-position Rotary-Hybrid pickup selector knob yields humbucker muscle, slinky out-of-phase sounds, and single coil sparkle and shimmer. This Custom 24 weighs 8lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and accurate intonation.

The mahogany neck has a profile carve that most closely aligns with the current Regular profile, shy of a "Wide Fat" shape but only modestly, offering lightly rolled fretboard edges and ideal heft, measuring .855” deep at the 1st fret and .935” at the 12th. The slab genuine Brazilian rosewood fretboard has a 10" radius, featuring Birds In Flight abalone inlay and stock medium jumbo fretwire that shows virtually no wear. The neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, and the guitar plays cleanly up the 25" scale. The nut measures 1.650” in width. The headstock features the original locking tuning machines and the inked serial number (only seen on early PRS examples).

All of the electronics function as intended, and the CentraLab Master Volume pot is dated to the 38th week of '87. The five-way rotary pickup selector switch is wired as follows:

Position 1: Humbucking Treble (bridge) pickup alone
Position 2: Outside coils of both pickups (Out-of-Phase), cocked wah-style sound
Position 3: Series single coils (described by PRS as the “warm version” of a Strat’s in-between sound)
Position 4: Parallel single coils (described by PRS as the “crisp version” of a Strat’s in-between sound)
Position 5: Humbucking Bass (neck) pickup alone

The two-way “Sweet Switch” mini-toggle adds a touch of smoothness and compression in the midrange when engaged. The pickup routes retain the factory model info and 10 Top markings, which would later be relocated to the back of the headstock. The original black speed knobs are present, and the patented vibrato actuates smoothly and bounces quickly back to pitch from quick trills and deeper expressions, complete with the original arm.

The custom color Black Cherry gloss finish highlights the tight, bookmatched flame figuring on the 10 top. There's barely a scratch on the body, and the smooth gloss on the neck profile is similarly immaculate.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included, along with the original factory paperwork, the 1987 dated sales receipt, and swag from the PRS dealer, Swissvale Music, matching the receipt.