Paul Reed Smith Standard 22

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Paul Reed Smith

Description Available in different finishes with 2 PRS Dragon II pickups, mahogany fretboard with abalone inlays (half-moon or optional seagull), this guitar rocks.
Posted By Dominic Hatchuel (4861)
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On 10/10/2001, Dominic Hatchuel (4861) posted:
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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 is 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.
Sound Quality:
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 tremolo unit.

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 guitars.
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!!!