New for 2012, the P22 is PRS Guitars’ first piezo-equipped solidbody guitar.
The P22 comes standard with a figured maple top, mahogany back, mahogany neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard and a redesigned PRS/LR Baggs piezo system.
PRS and LR Baggs partnered more than a decade ago to design the piezo system found in PRS’s popular hollowbody models. This new system retains the same circuit design as the original, giving the P22 the same tonal authenticity and real world practicality as PRS hollowbody guitars. The redesign of the board itself yielded a version that is more than 60 percent smaller than the original PRS/LR Baggs system, allowing it to comfortably inhabit a solid-body guitar. Uncovered 53/10 pickups round out this guitar’s specifications and help define the P22’s voice.
"I have recorded and mixed hundreds and hundreds of acoustic guitars, including mixing both live and studio cuts, and I have never heard a more musical, more natural sound from an acoustic pickup system. If that had been the only thing special about the guitar I would have been excited, but then to hear the electric tones it creates - I was blown away," said Grammy Award-winning producer and engineer Don McCollister after a recording session with the P22.
Piezo systems have long allowed guitarists the versatility of wielding acoustic and electric guitar tones in one instrument. The PRS Hollowbody II and Singlecut Hollowbody II both come standard with a PRS/LR Baggs piezo and have achieved a great level of popularity in PRS Guitars’ product line. The addition of a solidbody model will give musicians a new and unique tool to add to their own lineup.
MSRP: $5,230, Streets around: $3,100
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Check out Paul Riario's review of the P22 below. For more about the guitar, pick up the new August 2012 issue of Guitar World. It's available now at the Guitar World Online Store.