Price paid: $ 3000
Purchased from: Local Music Store in South Louisiana
Features — 10
- I'm unsure of the year (2012-2014) but it was made in the USA.
- The guitar has 22 frets and the neck is classified as "Pattern" which i find to be much thinner than my Les Paul and even a little thinner than my Fender Strat. Frets are medium/jumbo size. I'm sure there is a classification for it but my Schecter C-1 Classic is Jumbo and these are slightly smaller than those.
- Solid flamed maple 10 top with natural binding.
- body and neck are both mahogany
- Finish - V12 flamed maple top. Beautiful finish and sounds spectacular
- Body Style - the classic double cutaway PRS body
- Bridge Style - Hardtail with integrated Piezo system
- Passive Electronics aside from the Piezo system which is powered by a 9v battery (side note, always unplug the 1/4" cable or it will run the battery down very quickly)
- 3 Knobs: 1 volume, 1 tone, 1 piezo blend and a 5-way selector
- Pickup configuration: 2 humbuckers
- Tuners: PRS Phase III Locking tuners
- Accessories: guitar came with hard case and all case candy included (polish, allen wrench, cleaning cloth, itemized order tag)
Sound — 10
This guitar suits my music style very well. I play everything from blues, to country, to hard rock and this guitar handles it all like a champ. The beauty of the Piezo system is that I can handle songs with electric and acoustic segments (i.e. Crossfade - Cold) without requiring 2 guitarists or an instrument change. Swapping between the "acoustic guitar" and electric guitar really brings new versatility to your music. Sure the piezo sound is not going to sound like a dreadnought martin or full bodied Gibson, but it certainly brings a new dimension to the table if you're looking for it.
I play the guitar through a POD xt (yeah it's dated but still gets the job done) and a set of decent computer speakers in my home office. When played out I would look into getting a nice PA system for it.
The guitar itself is not noisy in the least, in fact it's virtually silent when on clean just sitting there. The sound is a whole section by itself:
Pickup Switching Positions
- Position One: Bridge humbucker
- Position Two: Bridge humbucker with neck singlecoil, in parallel
- Position Three: Bridge and neck humbuckers
- Position Four: Neck singlecoil with bridge singlecoil, in parallel
- Position Five: Neck humbucker
- Position 1 - Piezo off with complete electric
- Position 2 - Mixes Piezo with electric, the level of mixture is controlled by a 3rd knob and can be anywere from 100% peizo/0% electric to 0% piezo/100% electric.
To be honest one of my favorite acoustic sounds is found at 50% mix with the 5 way blade in position 5. I have found this to provide the most full sounding acoustic sound.
The guitar is only limited by your ability and imagination, if there's a sound you're looking for - it's in this guitar. This portion of the review gets a 10 only because I can't rate the guitar any higher.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action was perfect right out of the box. I'm sure it was adjusted by the store before hitting the floor. Spotless set-up for 10's (which thankfully is what I play, others might need an additional set up). The top is beautifully bookmatched, it is a 10 top and while there is a flame that is slightly larger and darker than it's bookmatched brother, it is certainly nothing to be upset about. In the end it's a PRS and even some of their non 10-tops can be mistaken. The guitar has no flaws. As with anything from PRS the quality control department is on a whole new level. This was a wedding gift from my wife and I have gone through the guitar with extreme scrutiny, all while finding nothing wrong with the guitar in the least.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar will most definitely stand up to live playing, I upgraded all my other guitars to locking strap buttons but have yet to do so on thing one. That's not to say I won't do it in the future but for now the strap holds on very well and is actually quite a pain to remove. The finish seems like it will last a lifetime, which is great since I think a Fender Strat or Tele looks great a little beat up, but in my opinion a PRS is made to look great and needs to stay that way. The entire guitar is of highest quality, right down to the natural binding. It has a ton of hours played on it and there's not even any rust appearing on the bridge.
Overall Impression — 10
In closing: I play everything: blues, country, hard rock, metal, jazz... The list goes on, and this little beauty will handle it all. A few tweaks on my POD xt and the sound just fills the room. I have been playing for 16 years and have been in everything from small church bands, garage bands, open mic nights, large church bands and more. While I've never played professionally I have spent a ton of time on stage, sitting around a campfire, or jamming in a friend's man cave/garage. I own 12 guitars and this is the one that I reach for every time.
I own a POD xt which is all I've found I ever need and other electrics. I play this one over: American Standard Fender Strat with Gold Lace sensors, Epiphone Les Paul, Schecter C-1 classic, LTD EC-1000, Ibanez hollowbody, and a few other cheaper toy projects. Each of the other guitars have their place, but there's just nothing like playing the P22 and getting all you need. I also play the P22 through a tube amp and it's so warm you can practically feel it in your chest. If you're even on the fence, go buy it. You won't be sorry.