absolutely unique one-off, rare 1986 Paul Reed Smith Custom 24 with the very low serial number: 6 0454, meaning this was the 454th guitar made by Paul Reed himself (working together with John Ingram) in his small workshop in Stevensville, Maryland. 1985 was the first year these guitars were made and this is the 454th guitar made in the now vitually endless line of thousands of guitars that PRS has since produced. This particular guitar was made for an employee of PRS in 1986. It is unique in a lot of different ways
Paul made his first guitar while a student at St. Mary's College of Maryland, and continued to build guitars after he finished college, making them one at a time, one a month. Together with another local, John ""Orkie"" Ingram, they formed the nucleus of what would become Paul Reed Smith Guitars.
Smith would often take his guitars backstage at concerts, and eventually got his break when Derek St. Holmes, of the Ted Nugent Band, agreed to try out #2, the second guitar Smith had ever made. St. Holmes played the guitar for the first few songs of his set, and Smith told him that after he showed it to some other musicians, he would fly out to Detroit and give it to him. Another artist who grew loyal to him through this method of salesmanship was Carlos Santana. Santana now has several signature guitars with PRS and endorses them as his only supplier.
Back angled 3 on-a-side non-veneered headstock
One-piece mahogany glued in neck, regular shape
One piece flamed maple top
One off color burst finish
One off Moon inlay on headstock
25” scale length, 24-fret
Single-action truss rod
10” radiused rosewood fretboard.
Mother-of-pearl/Abalone moon inlays (birds optional).
One-piece mahogany body or back.
Pickups Standard Treble and Standard Bass.
PRS Tremolo System, Schaller/PRS locking tuners, low friction nut.
comes with original case.