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TYPE: Double-cutaway, solidbody electric
BODY: One-piece mahogany with ‘asymmetric bevelled’ figured maple top
NECK: Mahogany, ‘pattern regular’ profile, glued-in
SCALE LENGTH: 635mm (25-inch)
HARDWARE: PRS S2 vibrato, S2 locking tuners (w/brass posts)
ELECTRICS: PRS Custom S2 Treble (bridge) and Bass (neck) humbuckers, 3-way lever pickup selector switch, master volume and master tone with pull/push coil-split
The S2 Custom is an all-mahogany guitar with a figured maple top but that top is not carved with a violin-like contour, unlike core-line Custom models. Instead the top has an asymmetric bevelled edge: think SG as opposed to as Les Paul Standard. The all-gloss finish doesn’t have quite the crisp mirror-like reflection of the core line but it doesn’t let the side down. Its SE vibrato is a close cousin to the vibrato found on the core line guitars. The S2 Custom’s pickups are based on long-running PRS designs, the HFS and Vintage Bass.
The S2 Custom’s ceramic-loaded bridge humbucker seems to centre on a rockier, classic metal tone. The slightly lower-output neck ‘bucker gets us into more classic rock/blues territory: adding gain drops us into that Gary Moore-like vocal voice with ease. Splitting the ‘buckers voices adds clarity, percussion and a volume drop that cleans up your amp tone nicely.
The most affordable USA Custom yet looks like a lot of guitar for the money. It might lack some bling but sounds and playability are great.