PRS S2 Standard 24 review

A standard electric in name only

  • £1317
  • €1390
  • $1399
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Our Verdict

The Standard 24 would make a great workhorse for covers-band guitarists who need sonic versatility - or just about any player of any style.


  • Superb build quality - it's hard to tell where costs have been cut. Flexible range of tones. Great 'one guitar' workhorse.


  • Not much.

Other than the solid-colour finish, pickguard-mounted electronics and missing maple top, the PRS S2 Standard is spec'd the same as the 'regular' S2 Custom 24, right down to the S2 locking tuners. And while it can't quite be considered affordable, the price quoted includes bird inlays; regular dots see the SRP drop by a significant amount.

As we've noted with past S2 models, it's hard to see where cost-cutting has taken place: there wasn't a spot of lacquer out of place on our review model, and while the Seafoam Green won't be to all tastes, there's no denying it's a sharp contrast to the PRSes of yore.

"The bridge humbucker has everything you need for distorted solos, with a weighty girth and sustain"

The playability, however, is universal: as with the 635mm (25-inch) scale length, the Gibson-meets-Fender Pattern Regular neck feels good in the hand.

You can't argue with the Standard 24's tones, either: the rounded neck humbucker works for everything from open chords to jazz vamping, while activating the coil-split brings in a cutting single-coil vibe.

The bridge humbucker has everything you need for distorted solos, with a weighty girth and sustain. The tones are a little darker than their maple-topped PRS brethren, but they're no less satisfying.

Throw in the middle-position coil-split funk, super-stable tuning and liquid-smooth vibrato, and you've got one very versatile instrument.

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Tech Specs

Circuitry Type1x volume, 1x tone, 3-way pickup selector
Fingerboard MaterialRosewood
Scale Length (mm)635
No. of Frets24
HardwarePRS S2 vibrato, PRS S2 locking tuners
Available FinishAntique White, Black, McCarty Tobacco, Sienna, Vintage Cherry, Seafoam Green (shown)
Scale Length (Inches)25
Guitar Body MaterialMahogany
Pickup Type1x PRS S2 HFS (bridge), 1x PRS S2 Vintage Bass (neck)
Country of OriginUSA
Neck MaterialMahogany