PRS reveal Private Stock Custom 24 8-string made with Periphery guitarist

PRS Private Stock Custom 24 8-string Periphery Mark Holcomb header
PRS Private Stock Custom 24 8-string Periphery Mark Holcomb header

PRS have introduced a Custom 24 8-string guitar to their Private Stock range. The guitar was designed in collaboration with Periphery’s Mark Holcomb. It’s an interesting direction for the company to take. The first 8-string the company ever built – a one-off Custom 8-string McCarty – was given to Tosin Abasi in February.

Holcomb’s signature Seymour Duncan Alpha and Omega pickups are in the Custom 24 bridge and neck respectively. The pick-ups offer:

“a snarling and aggressive tone that is also glassy and articulate.”

PRS Private Stock Custom 24 8-string goes down to F#

PRS Private Stock Custom 24 8-string Periphery Mark Holcomb studio shot
The PRS Private Stock Custom 24 8-string.

The Custom 24 has a 26.5″ scale length and is tuned to F#, B, E, A, D, G, B, E. Only eight instruments will be made for sale in August. Private Stock is a PRS workshop that makes high-end, limited edition guitars. The Custom 24 marks the 20th anniversary of the Private Stock program. PRS often use Private Stock guitars to experiment with new ideas. So, this very well could be a lead-up to PRS introducing an 8-string production model.

The 24-fret guitar has a Curly Maple top and neck, thin neck profile, Swamp Ash back, and an African Blackwood fretboard with Curly Maple Binding. The control set-up is volume and tone with a five-way pick-up selector. The neck shape is wide-thin and the guitar has Phase III Locking Tuners. PRS are shipping it with a Private Stock 20th Anniversary Black Comet Tolex case.

There’s no word on pricing yet, but rest assured it’s unlikely to be cheap. PRS list the relevant dealerships on the Custom 24 8-string’s page.

Winner of PRS Solo Contest takes out SE Mark Holcomb axe

Holcolm already has the SE Mark Holcomb six-string custom model with PRS. The 24-fret guitar also has Seymour Duncan Alpha and Omega pick-ups.

A talented Periphery fan just got his hands on one of the SE signatures after winning the PRS Guitars Mark Holcomb Guitar Solo Contest. New York guitarist Sime Stampar played a stunning yet tasteful shred over Periphery jam “The Price is Wrong” to take out the contest. Holcolm personally listened to the 140+ entries and Stampar’s solo is certainly a great choice. Have a listen at the SoundCloud link above.

The song is cut from the fifth Periphery studio album Periphery III: Select  Difficulty. The 11-track album was released last month and it’s the progressive metal act’s highest charting effort yet.

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