The PRS CE 24 Bolt-on guitars are double-cut, 24 fret guitars with an alder/mahogany body and a 25 inch scale maple neck with Rosewood fretboard.
The original CEs where known simply as the "PRS Electric" but by 1995 these models were labelled PRS CE. PRS couldn't use the model name "Classic Electric" due to trademark issues with Peavey so they used the abbreviation CE instead.
Through the years
- The first version (1988-1989) had an option for a maple fretboard and still had the maple headstock with the text "PRS Electric", it also had the volume knob, tone knob and 3-way toggle. Some guitars still had the Vintage Treble humbucker instead of the HFS Humbucker.
- The second version (1990-1994) dropped the maple fretboard option, offered the option for the "Wide-thin" neck and came with a 5 way-rotary knob instead of the 3-way toggle. The headstock changed to black with the "Paul Reed Smith" signature.
- The third version (1995-2000) dropped the alder body and only offered a mahogany one and also an option for the PRS Stoptail bridge.
As of 2001 the CE Bolt-On series were only available with maple tops.