Price paid: $ 1700
Purchased from: Ebay
Sound — 9
I use a Bogner Ecstasy head with Bogner open back 2x12 oversized cabinet one Vintage 30 and one Greenback; also a 98 Fender Twin Amp, and '99 Marshall DSL 50. This guitar covers all ground easily from slow rock/country to heavy modern rock. I will say the Custom 24 covers more ground for me in the modern rock world but is not as versatile at the 22. The Dragon II's are a brighter than the Custom 24 HFS pickups.
Overall Impression — 10
PRS is expensive, but I would buy again in a heartbeat if stolen! Buy a 22 for covering a lot of ground; look at the 24 for music leaning more toward modern rock; look at the McCarty for good ground in between. I have also found the Mira to be a super guitar at a great price point although not my kind of look for a guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Have two PRS and not one problem yet since 2001. Guitar was designed to play live and holds up nicely. Just keep a good wax on it and wipe it down after each use. I never understood "collectors" of PRS guitars; these babies are meant to be played! Peace.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Guitar is flawless and always in tune, perfect finish, and action stays true. Only negative to me is that the guitar case will easily scratch and show wear if you actually use the guitar live. I have two PRS' and just one case stacked on top of the other is enough for some light scratching when moving this in and out of a van/car. Other than that, the guitars are top notch!
Features — 10
This is a USA made 2001 Custom 22 purple 10 top with tremolo and birds. This is a highly figured maple top with mahogany back and side and rosewood fretboard. This one has the 5-way selector Switch which gives five pickup configurations: 1) Neck pickup, 2) Outside coils - deep and clear - parallel, 3) Series single coils Warm version of the "in between the treble and middle pickups", 4)Parallel single coils Crisp version of the "in between the treble and middle pickups", 5) Bridge pickup. Also has the older winged tuners which are ok, but I also own a 2005 Custom 24 with the newer design which is MUCH better. Pickups are stock Dragon II's.