Limited Run of PRS Custom 24s at Washington Music Center

Neal October 19, 2010 88

One of LeftyFretz‘s eagle-eyed readers has spotted a tasty morsel of news for all of you left handed PRS fans.  I had previously reported that PRS had recently introduced a limited run of lefty McCarty and Custom 22 models for 2010, but now it would seem that we can also get our grubby paws on a left handed Custom 24.  The lovely chaps over at Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Centre have commissioned a very limited run of Custom 24s which are due for completion sometime in November.

The guitars are $3995 including case and can be reserved with a 10% deposit.

Specifications are:

  • Artist Curly Maple Tops
  • Dark Peruvian Mahogany Necks
  • South American Mahogany Backs
  • Private Stock Grade East Indian Rosewood Fingerboards
  • New “J-Bird” Inlays in Abalone
  • Nickel Hardware
  • PRS Tremolo
  • Phase II Locking Tuners
  • Uncovered 59/09 Pickups wired for 5-Way Rotary switch electronics

Models Available:

  • Amber with Regular Neck
  • Amber with Wide Thin Neck
  • Sapphire Smokeburst with Regular Neck
  • Sapphire Smokeburst with Wide Thin Neck

PRS Left Handed Custom 24 Lefty

A running theme with left handed PRS guitars seems to be the almost impossible task of finding out about them.  I spent 10 minutes trying to find this limited run on the Washington Music Center website and eventually gave up, it seems the only way to find the page that talks about them is through a google search…  All it takes is a ‘left handed’ button somewhere on the site guys! ;)

For more information:
Chuck Levins Website


  1. Frustrated Lefty October 19, 2010 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    For a guitar brand that said way back in 2004 it wasn't worth it to make left handed guitars and then stopped making them all together, here they are 6 years later being more than a little obligatory to the lefty crowd. I wonder what has got into them? Why the change of heart, and why now? Anyone know?

    Isn't that a a bit like "whose calling the kettle black?"

    • Neal October 19, 2010 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      For this latest batch I'm guessing that the store made an order big enough for PRS to deem the operation worthwhile. If you check the Chuck Levins page linked above you'll see that they've done it once before so it must have been a success.

      As for the McCartys and Custom22s I would suggest that those were an exercise to test out the waters. They're really really nice guitars but far too expensive for most, that's why my local store still has 13 of them unsold… Do a run of lefty SE models PRS – those WILL sell…

  2. Alessio October 20, 2010 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    "it wasn't worth it to make left handed guitars"
    Really at PRS they said that?
    Even Left handed players do have the right to play such great guitars.
    I wonder if I evr will due to the astronomic cost for a custom 24 :Q…. sigh.

    • Neal October 20, 2010 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      If you can't justify a Custom24 you could consider a Carvin CT624 – they are very similar and are regularly compared against each other. If you have a friend in the USA they are only $1400 and you can customise it to your specs. I'm definitely planning on trying one.

      • Alessio October 22, 2010 at 10:45 am - Reply

        Nice suggestion!
        I checked the guitar and it really seems to look and sound great.
        I'll look forward to hear a ct624! ^^

  3. Matthew webster October 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    They are doing these small runs for individual stores to get rid of the lefty parts they have left. They are digging in the bottom of the barrel. Get em while you can!! They really are the last ones!!

  4. Lefty57 November 27, 2010 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    I would think a run in the SE line would sell out pretty fast in lefty. It's not like there aren't enough other places -Tokai, Etc.
    Making them.

    • Neal November 28, 2010 at 9:51 am - Reply

      Absolutely, I'd struggle not to buy more than one of them.

  5. Paul Brenner January 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    I posted a comment on PRS's facebook site yesterday giving them some grief for neglecting us. Go there and check it out and spread the word to all lefty guitarists. Let's use the social networks to show them we care, want a production model and deserve to be served. The tool is out there for us all to use and have a voice. First you click on "like" on their site, then you can make a comment on the PRS and Others wall.

    • David Kong January 15, 2011 at 10:15 am - Reply

      Good advice. I was so annoyed at the PRS attitude towards us lefties, the idea of owning one became a no-go. If I'm going to spend a fortune on a custom guitar, I'll get one from the Fender Custom Shop instead.

  6. Dr.Gonzo June 10, 2011 at 2:56 am - Reply

    I just blasted PRS on Facebook for alienating the LH contingent. I bought a Custom 22 (24 was not available…Apparently LH players don't need those 2 xtra frets) back in 99, and still have it. I would love to get a LH single cutaway and the new acoustic. But oh well….I've been offered 5 grand for mine, and I wouldn't even think about selling it. It was one of the 1st LH models made.

  7. Ted October 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    PRS have nice guitars but the guy himself is a conceded SOB. Just as those on the Official site. on the official forum

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