Custom 22 review by Paul Reed Smith

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.5 (94 votes)
Paul Reed Smith: Custom 22

Purchased from: Local shop

Sound — 10
I play all kinds of music, but mainly metal (the likes of John Petrucci, Yngwie, Children Of Bodom etc). The neck pickup is great, it keeps up no matter how fast you play, and it has a nice, warm sound. The bridge pickup (it's the same pickup only in bridge position), is fat and meaty but not a very metallish pickup. It's very unaggressive. It handles pinch harmonics pretty well but when you get to the lower strings for some Zakk Wylde-ish stuff it falls pretty short. But unless you play really heavy metal it's a very good pickup. The unplugged sound of the guitar is heavenly, and when played without distortion it sounds beautiful. Although it's a lot less wood than in a Les Paul, I don't see any loss of sustain or tone. This is a mahogany guitar as good as they come.

Overall Impression — 10
The only bad things about this guitar are the pickup Switch (although it's not entirely bad, it's very versatile), and the fact that the bridge pickup is a little mellow for metal. Other than that, it is indeed the perfect guitar. Unless you'd want a Floyd Rose bridge of course.

Reliability & Durability — 10
It was bought used and not a scratch on it. The strap buttons are extra big so your strap won't come off. It may take a little while to get the strap on though. It stays in tune extremely well, everything on it seems to be the best parts available so I would expect this to last a long time. If I'd forget a backup guitar, I would still feel pretty safe with this one.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar came with 0.009 strings and very low, shred-friendly action. Although it was bought used, it looks like it's barely been played on so I wouldn't be surprised if the idiot who sold this beauty hadn't adjusted it much. This is an expensive guitar, and PRS don't cheap out on the details. This is quality right through.

Features — 9
The locking tuners are heaven for someone (like me) who's got a Strat that's thrown out of tune whenever anything comes in contact with the tremolo, and an Ibanez with a Floyd that won't get in tune at all. These tuners are great, they're locking and steady but you can still tune on the fly without need for wrenches. The bridge has a tremolo bar, but it's very stiff and doesn't allow for divebombs. Although that can be adjusted by tooling with the springs in the back of the guitar. The two Humbuckers (Dragons) are probably the best stock pickups I've ever tried. You can roll the tone knob all the way back on the neck pickup and still be able to do these fast, Petrucci-altpicking stuff very cleanly. The finishes of PRS are always amazingly beautiful, just like the bird inlays. The only problem I see is the rotary pickup switch. The good thing about it is that it's a 5-way switch for two humbuckers, which is very nice to have. The bad thing is that you can't really do any rapid pickup changes. I made this a little easier by switching places between the selector and the volume knob. But it's still not quite there. You could of course change the selector to a 3-way, Les Paul style switch, if you don't feel the need for a 5-way switch.

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    Price paid: 0 Purchased from: PRS Through Guitar Center In Atlanta, GA Features: 2002 Paul Reed Smith Custom 22/22 Frets/5 Way Pickup Selector/3 Way Toggle With Coil Tap/10 Top Quilt Finish Whale Blue/Dragon II Pickups/Abalone Bird Inlays All The Works. // 10 Sound: Its a PRS Custom 22 It Sounds Beautiful! The Best Sounding Guitar I Have Ever Heard! // 10 Action, Fit & Finish: Not A Flaw Custom Ordered From PRS. The Action Is Smooth And Fast! // 10 Reliability & Durability: Best Quality Out There! It Will Last Forever! // 10 Impression: Been Playing For Over 13 Years And This Is By Far The Best Guitar I Have Ever Picked Up! // 10
    most useless, shortest review ever XD By the UG team too XD I love that XD