1986 PRS Vintage Yellow Custom 24 Serial #6 04XX
This absolutely dead-mint, museum-quality ’86 came out of the factory with all the trademark ’85 electronics and appointments — copper-topped sweet switch, an ’85 coded volume pot and unshielded electronics cavity (SEE PICS BELOW). As a general rule most ’85′s don’t have stock shielding from the factory.
When it comes to the SOUND of this beauty, it’s simply outrageous. Position 9 — the “cocked wah” tone — with Sweet Switch “on” could serve as a Smithsonian exhibit for this unique vintage PRS sound. This guitar showcases Paul’s new-fangled Stamped T&B’s at their very best IMHO, and the guitar itself sounds outstanding acoustically, even without plugging in.
Pretty much you add the ’85 electronics to a dark, rich Brazilian board and beautifully ornate Birds and you end up with a Vintage PRS Dream Machine.
Know one of the best things about this guitar? You get to play an immaculate ’85 at ’86 prices. This same guitar, in exactly this condition, could command more than three times the price if it had a “5″ on the headstock. Thank God it doesn’t — because I’d never been able to acquire her.
Serial Number 400 is loosely considered the cut-off between ’85′s and ’86′s. That said, here’s an ’85 from top to bottom that, for whatever reasons, didn’t get inked and sent out until early ’86.
In the early days of Paul’s shop, getting guitars finished and shipped out to meet orders was a priority. Different guitars took different amounts of time to complete, so they did not begin and end production in any strict order. Holding up production for any one guitar just didn’t make any sense. This explains many of the anomalies regarding serial numbers, pickup selection, etc. during the ’80′s. Guitars were sent out whenever they were ready, and often carrying whatever parts were at hand.
Further, an ’85 VY Custom with a Serial Number in the 420′s has been confirmed out there. Like so many things in the days of Paul’s earliest guitars, there are no absolutes and wonderful idiosyncrasies appear over the years forever tantalizing PRS aficionados.