PTC Guitar Overhaul - "Floyd" Custom 24!

Posted Dec 14, 2015

Behind The Gear / Tech Tips

The Paul Reed Smith Tech Center (PTC) is in the business of making your guitar dreams a reality. In addition to standard PRS repairs and maintenance, the PTC specializes in making unique modifications to your guitar to meet your needs as a musician. The PTC job we are exploring today features our “Floyd” Custom 24 model with some creative electronics mods. Check out the work done by the PTC below!

This guitar originally came out of our factory as a stock “Floyd” Custom 24. Released in 2014, this model adds a Floyd Rose “Original” Tremolo and Locking Nut to our popular Custom 24 platform. It comes with nickel hardware, our uncovered \m/ Treble & Bass pickups, and a volume and tone control accompanied by a 5-way blade switch.


Here’s a look at the possible tones and switching positions on the stock model:

Position One: Bridge humbucker
Position Two: Bridge humbucker with neck singlecoil, in parallel
Position Three: Bridge and neck humbuckers
Position Four: Neck singlecoil with bridge singlecoil, in parallel
Position Five: Neck humbucker

While the stock model features a nice tonal spectrum, this PTC customer wanted to take things a step further. First, all the nickel hardware was stripped off and replaced with gold hardware. The hardware swap included changing out the nickel Floyd for a gold one and replacing the uncovered \m/ pickups with gold 59/09’s.


The PTC then made some electronics configuration changes. Instead of the normal 5-way blade switch, this guitar received a 3-way blade switch and added two mini-toggle switches. The mini-toggles were set up to split the coils in the pickups. The customer was now able to have everything the 5-way blade would have offered, plus the addition of three more tones: bridge singlecoil only, neck singlecoil only, and neck humbucker with bridge singlecoil!

Another satisfied musician and a job well done by our talented folks in the PTC. If you would like to make some modifications made to your PRS, get in touch with our PTC here!