2021 PRS USA Custom 24 Artist Pack in Purple Charcoal Burst
Opening the case, you are greeted with a smell that has non been typical of PRS’s, the sweet vanilla of nitro. Every guitar smells different but Nitro guitars smell the best and different manufacturer’s nitro smell different. Gibson has always had a soft spot for me in that respect but I am happy to say the 2020 core Nitro smells every bit as good and in fact reminds me of the nitro smell on my Private stocks. This already makes a massive positive impression before I even pick up the guitar.
Beyond the smell, I wouldn’t say that the Nitro looks any different from the poly before. PRS’s strive for a dipped in glass look and our guitar in Purple Black Burst (the exact opposite of Charcoal Purple Burst) is a stunning example because of the tight Artist graded maple top. For your own purchase decision, note that all core PRS’s get beautiful tops, graded at 3 levels (Regular, 10 top and Artist) but curly maple varies greatly so always insist on as many photos of the guitar as you can.