1989 PRS Vintage Yellow Custom 24 #9 5XXX

 

1989 Vintage Yellow Custom 24 Paul Reed Smith electric Guitar

Another eye-popping Vintage Yellow masterpiece! This one’s a classic “tweener” — started in the factory in late ’88 and checked out in early ’89 — which explains the “8″ serial number in the pickup cavity vs. the “9″ on the headstock. Rule of thumb in dating these guitars is to go by the number on the headstock — making this officially a 1989 Custom 24, Serial Number 9 5XXX.

The owner originally purchased her from Progressive Music in Salt Lake City in March ’89. Brand new the price was $1540 US — which at that time was a fair amount of money for a new guitar.

She came stock with unstickered “blank-back” Standard Treble and Bass pickups which were good and hot — 11K in the bridge and 8.5K in the neck. The treble pickup had the modified high E and B slugs to counter the brightness of some first generation T&B’s. (You can identify this production change by seeing if the E and B slugs have a trademark circular milling which gives them a different look and texture than the other pole pieces.)

1989 Vintage Yellow Custom 24 Paul Reed Smith electric Guitar1989 Vintage Yellow Custom 24 Paul Reed Smith electric Guitar1989 Vintage Yellow Custom 24 Paul Reed Smith electric Guitar1989 Vintage Yellow Custom 24 Paul Reed Smith electric Guitar
1989 Vintage Yellow Custom 24 Paul Reed Smith electric Guitar1989 Vintage Yellow Custom 24 Paul Reed Smith electric Guitar1989 Vintage Yellow Custom 24 Paul Reed Smith electric Guitar1989 Vintage Yellow Custom 24 Paul Reed Smith electric Guitar1989 Vintage Yellow Custom 24 Paul Reed Smith electric Guitar

Of course she has the classic early PRS rotisserie of sounds. The rotary is factory-wired in line with the second-generation schematic — so you have Treble Pickup only (Position 10), power-out-of phase/a.k.a the “cocked-wah” tone (9), inner (slug) coils of both humbucker pickups in series (8), “Strat” tone (7), Bass pickup only (6).

The “10” denoting a Ten-Top was impressed very faintly on the back of the headstock. The owner believes the smiley face in the bass pickup cavity is a modified question mark — meaning the guys in the factory may have been of two minds about her quality at one point — if you can believe that!?!?! Talk about high standards. Today she’s unquestionably a Ten-Top by even the most conservative standards.

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