Brad Delson's main live guitar is a PRS Custom 24. This quote is from the PRS website. "The Custom 24 is my main guitar live and probably the one we’ve had in the rack the longest. It gives us that consistent tone we’re looking for and it’s a really nice looking guitar.” -Brad Delsonmore
in the early days of the band he used PRS custom 24's as his main guitar. he had a silver one mainly in standard tuning, a few green ones in drop d tuning, and a red one in standard tuning as well. in 1995 in a few shows he used a sunburst colored one in standard tuning. he did occasionally use his gibson firebird, gibson sg, his gibson les paul, or very rarely his 1972 fender telecaster custom. used sometimes in modern concerts.more
May as well get the basics out the way; What's your setup, hardware & software? Fair first question! Hardware: Event TR8XL Monitors, Shitty Midiman style 2 Octave Keyboard, Presonus Firebox, Focusrite Compounder, Borrowed Nord Lead 2, Korg MS2000, Waldorf XT, Vermona DRM1 mk2, Presonus TubePre, JSH Drum Synth, Line6 Pod, and amongst various instruments my pride and joy is a PRS Custom 24. Software: Cubase 5, Audiomulch, Granulab. My softsynth folder is a bit of a mess, but like the sound of Rob Papen stuff, but mainly seem to be into multi-samples and resampling at the moment! At the moment it's all running off a £166 barebones PC from novatech, but hoping I can invest in a decent machine next year! Hope that that answers the question! :)more
Kevin has several PRS Custom 24s in his live rig. They are all in custom colors. One of which has a pokedot design modled after the guitar used by Randy Rhodes. All of his PRS Custom 24s are fitted with PRS 58/15 Humbuckers. Kevin switched to PRS after the PRS team contatcted ADTR's managment. He chose the Custom 24 because it was light enough for his liking. He prefered a lighter guitar due to back problems he has from playing heavy guitars for years.more
After playing an SE Tremonti for years, I finally took the plunge and purchased a USA Custom 24 in blue matteo. The SE was great to play, but this is on another level. Versatility in tone, action & feel of the neck, clear brilliance from the pickups, locking tuners, 5 way rotary toggle (a volume pot that is your pickup selector) I just want more now! I love this guitar to pieces. I'll surely get another and set it up for my low tuning songs, as switching between tuning can be difficult with the tremolo. I play it through a Blackstar 50 watt valve amp, with a simple pedal board including a Cry Baby, Tube Screamer, Wampler Ego Compression, Boss EQ and a GT6 in my FX Loop for the time and delay effects. It really can play any style. It has awesome sustain. I can't believe i didn't get one sooner.
Yeah they look pretty, but that's just a perk. These guitars - especially the "10 top" issues like the one I had - are of the highest craftsmanship. Recommended to any player of any style who is serious about their craft. If you plan to display it as artwork, and never play it, do us all a favor and buy a poster instead. These are instruments which deserve to be used and loved. That is why I ended up selling mine after many gigs and studio sessions... I stopped playing my PRS after I got my endorsement from Holland Guitars, and received one-of-a-kind customs made specifically for me. Otherwise I would have never let my PRS go. It was definitely not inferior by any means.
The PRS custom 24 is an incredible guitar, I have owned mine for about 15 months now, and it is brilliant. It gets the really great Les Paul sound, but without the ridiculous weight. The body shape reminds me of the Fender Strat, which is great as I love the strat for it's comfort. The coil split that you can do on it with the unique five way blade switch means that you can get a wide range of tones. It sounds really great plugged into my dads old Marshall JCM 2000 for blues rock.