The 1985 Paul Reed Smith Custom 24 guitar name  'Barracuda' (number #0156, so the 156th ever made), holds a storied history as a testament to both exceptional craftsmanship and its association with renowned guitarist Howard Leese of Heart. Leese played this guitar in his years with the famed US rock group and particularly during the 1987-1988 Wild Animals Tour! 

Crafted with precision and attention to detail, this guitar features a striking combination of a select mahogany body, made from 200+ year old mahogany (so currently now 240 year old tone wood) and a stunning one piece, figured maple top, which was original a double stained transparant blue but has faded to a nice green. It is showcasing PRS's commitment to quality tonewoods. Its iconic double-cutaway design provides unparalleled access to the upper frets, while the comfortable mahogany neck with a special rosewood fingerboard ensures effortless playability. The bridge is a special fixed design 2Tek brass bridge (factory original) enriching the sound and supplying endless sustain. the instrument is equipped with the two original T and B humbucking pickups, the Custom 24 delivers a versatile range of tones, from warm and creamy to crisp and articulate, due to its five way rotary switch. making it a go-to choice for both rhythm and lead playing. All electronics are 100% original including the cocked wah, the T and B pickups and original sweet switch. The '85 PRS Customs have been sought after by collectors and players for some time. this guitar is a rare opportunity to own one. 

As Howard Leese's instrument of choice during his tenure with Heart, the 1985 Paul Reed Smith Custom 24 guitar became synonymous with his dynamic playing style and iconic sound. Whether he was unleashing searing leads or laying down lush, textured rhythms, Leese's mastery of the instrument showcased the versatility and sonic prowess of the Custom 24. From the band's arena-rock anthems to their intimate acoustic ballads, this guitar served as a trusted companion, delivering the perfect blend of tone, playability, and reliability night after night. Today, this vintage PRS Custom 24 remains not only a cherished artifact of rock history but also a testament to the enduring legacy of both Howard Leese and Paul Reed Smith guitars in the world of music.

serial 5 0156 faded blue incl original case

1985 Custom 24 ex-Howard Leese (Heart)
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Brand PRS
Condition Pre-owned
Orientation Right-handed

1985 PRS Custom 24 ex-Howard Leese (Heart)

€ 19,990

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