How many pickups does a PRS SE Custom 24 have?
Two humbuckers (HH pickup configuration)
Most PRS guitars, including the more affordable PRS SE Custom 24 (and the SE series models in general) come with two humbucker pickups at the bridge and neck positions - also called a dual humbucker configuration.
The PRS SE Custom 24 is a vastly more affordable version of the mainline PRS Custom 24, which hovers around a $4000 price point. The SE version is less than $900 in most cases.
Check out our PRS SE Custom 24 price guide for updated retail numbers.
Despite the cheaper price tag, the SE Custom 24 also has a dual pickup configuration with two humbuckers. This is the default for most PRS guitars, placing one pickup at the neck and another at the bridge position.
The PRS SE Custom 24 has two humbucking pickups at the bridge and neck positions.
Source: PRS SE Custom 24 product page
About the Two Pickups
The two pickups on the SE Custom 24 are the following:
- 85/15 "S" neck
- 85/15 "S" bridge
These are a sort of branded pickup by PRS, where the mainline Custom 24 has a similar, though nicer set of humbuckers.
- 85/15 TCI-tuned neck
- 85/15 TCI-tuned bridge
PRS has their own pickup line, just like Fender and Gibson.
In most cases these guitars have two humbuckers with a three-way toggle switch to control them. These are the positions you can choose:
- Bridge only
- Engage both bridge and neck
- Neck only
There are some PRS guitars that employ a "coil splitting" technique which means you can use half of one humbucker for some additional tone variety. On the PRS SE Custom 24, you can do this by using the push/pull mechanism on the tone knob.
About dual humbuckers in general
The dual humbucker design was originally created to deal with noise and hum issues in single coil pickups. Today, humbuckers are known for being much heavier and smoother than single coil pickups. In fact, humbuckers are used in the bulk of guitars manufactured today.
On the PRS SE Custom 24 they help create a heavier and more percussive tone that has long characterized the PRS brand.
While there are other factors that play into the tone of a guitar, having two humbuckers is where almost all heavy guitars start.
Questions and Additional Resources
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