I own a Yamaha Pacifica 312II which does an okay
imitation of the one or two Strats I've messed around
with. I also have an Epi Les Paul Gold Top which
compares well with the Gibsons I've had the fortune
of being able to play. The PRS Standard 22 does
both these jobs - and more. I'd happily replace both
my existing guitars with this one if it came down to it.
I would definitely buy it again. Hopefully, I'd be able to
get the massive discount I did. But, hey. That's what
insurance companies are for.
I love the way this guitar plays. I can't think of a single
fault. It looks great, too, which doesn't hurt. It's a
dream under my fingers.
If anything, the price might put some people off. I
know I would never have bought it at its original
price. But take 5 grand (South African) off, and it
becomes a viable option.
Go get one if you can.
Model Year: 2000
Where Obtained: Andy McGibbon's Guitar World
*CORRECTION* Made a mistake - the fretboard
rosewood, not mahogany. What was I thinking?
Made in the US by Paul Reed Smith, the Std 22
sports many of the innovations that make PRS
guitars stand out. Body, neck and headstock are
mahogany, fretboard is rosewood with pearl and
abalone half-moon inlays. (PRS bird inlays are
available as an option.)
This is a 22-fret 6-string electric guitar. PRS guitars
(generally) come strung with PRS-brand .009-guage
strings, and the guitars are set up for this tension. I
had some adjustments made and it now sports DR
.010 electric strings. I think I'll soon go back to my
favourites - Ernie Ball Super Slinky.
The guitar has 1 tone and 1 volume control, plus a
five-way rotary pickup selector. Obviously - back,
both and front pickups, but then also the
inbetween settings. The pickups are PRS Dragon II
pickups with nickel covers. (There is an option to
have all the hardware in gold, and also another
hardware config - 3way toggle selector with
push-pull modified coil tap on the tone control. I tried
this option on another STD22 with a stop-tail instead
of the trem unit, but preferred the rotary, expecially
since I'm not a big fan of toggle selectors anyway.)
The finish is a varnish over the natural mahogany
which seems to be holding up well to the
punishment I'm delivering. It's a double cut-away
body in the trademarked PRS shape with a
string-through body trem unit going through to PRS
low mass locking tuners with a 14-1 ratio. The PRS
tuners are very interesting. The string goes into a
groove, you give it a little twist and fasten the
ebonised buttons and away you go. Changing a
string takes about 10 seconds.
I normally like my action relatively low, but the
intense playability of this guitar means I can avoid
my usual bugbear - fretbuzz. The neck is a 10-inch
radius wide-fat carved marvel of modern
engineering. Quite simply, I've never played anything
like it. Well, almost never. A pal of mine has a PRS
Custom 22 with the same neck.
I've yet to venture into the big bad world of the
recording studio or stage. I play, mostly for my own
enjoyment, through a Marshall G-50 RCD amp,
either clean or using the amp's distortion and reverb.
Otherwise I play through my GFX-707 and the amp.
Mainly pop, rock and blues and, lately, a little jazz too.
All you need to do is fiddle a bit with the pickup
selector and you can get a Srat, a Tele, or a Les Paul
sound out of this guitar. It's got the kind of sustain
you'd expect out of a stop tail guitar, despite the
Two of South Africa's most respected guitarists -
jazzer Johnny Fourie and rock/blues/instrumental
player Mauritz Lotz play PRS guitars. They both use
them live and in the studio and as far as I know
they're both very happy with the performance of these
I'm not going to comment too much on its durability -
I've only had it for four weeks! Andy's shop set the
guitar up for me when I bought it. As a rule, I take my
guitars in there every 18 months or so for a "service".
They check everything. I think I'll do the same with
this one, but I don't foresee any problems.
I'm gonna give it a five with the proviso that it's
subject to change!!!