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A PRS salute to vintage virtues.
The PRS Guitars CE 22 Maple Top Electric Guitar is pretty close to perfection for players who like it like that. Here's a first-rate guitar with carved maple top on one-piece mahogany back and dual humbuckers with covers. PRS variations on this theme are Dragon II pickups, PRS tremolo, wide-fat neck carve with 10" radius, 14:1 locking low-mass tuners, 5-way rotary pickup selector, one volume and one tone control. Bolt-on maple neck with rosewood fretboard. American-made PRS quality stands out in the look, feel, and sound of the CE 22.
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Reviewed by 29 customers
Don't dismiss this as a cheap PRS : it's an inexpensive PRS which plays as well as my PRS 513 Brazilian but cost about 1/3rd of the price ! The sustain, tone and feel of an expensive guitar are all there and, if I were to go to my island in the sun, I would be happy to take this guitar as my only companion.It's quite a bright sounding guitar (I have the maple topped version) but you can always use the tone control to dampen this as the tone control actually works. Set the volume flat out and all the aggression you could need is present : back off and the roar becomes a purr. I don't like the rotary pickup selector switch as it's not easy to change mid performance but it does give access to 5 sounds : positions 1, 3 and 5 give humbucker sounds and the positions 2 and 4 give a pseudo single coil sound. All positions are useable but this isn't a Strat : if you're looking for a Strat, buy one but, if you want a muscular single coil sound, this guitar will provide it. The distributor in the UK (when I enquired) was prepared to change the rotary switch for a three way selector with coil tap which may be a better bet for live work.
If you have ever placed your hands on a responsive work of art, then look no further. If your ears can detect the slightest variation of perfect tone, then may they ring with happiness. if the pride of workmanship and quality have value, then look in your hands for you have found a work of art that sounds and responds to what your inner musician desires to sound like. What ever tones you can muster this guitar will sound out with reverence and pleasure. Advise to listen to what this work of art will do for your creative spirit plus how happy your hands will be !!!!
This guitar just sound amazing!!! I was amazed when I hear the clean sound. This guitar also sound great with distortion. Even though this guitar a little bit heavy for me, it still worth it :D
I have 18 electric guitars and this one is a classic. Every single thing you could want except pricey. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Unlike other guitars this thing is just a solid playing, sounding piece of PRS quality, and the versatility of the pickups give you anything from a LP to strat sound. Plus it's playability is way better than a strat. Great for shredding also. My indigo color is awesome and the workmanship is as good as a Gibson. I also have a PRS custom 24/but except for the awesome wood finish and bird inlays on the 24 the CE 22 is cheaper and plays just as well. I would be much more likely to take my ce 22 out to a gig than risking my Custom out of my house. Go for the ce 22-and by the way I read the review in Guitarist UK several years ago and this was probably the best review they ever gave a guitar period. Thats why I added it to my collection 2 years ago and still keep reaching for it now.
GREAT guitar. I own the 22 and the 24 fretter. I notcied the 22 fretter has brighter pickups and the 24s pickups are a little hotter. These guitars are light, have low action, high quality electronics and hardware and this guitar can be used for all different styles with the pickup combinations. I wouldnt trade mine for anything. I can see myself buying another one just because they are soo versatile. I just with they had the bird inlays.
I've been playing guitar for roughly 8 years. Own 4 of varying price ranges from cheap to expensive all with extensive work to set them up proper. My buddy owns this guitar. I, like many others, decided not to buy into the PRS hype. What a mistake. This guitar feels like no other I've played. The comfort level is through the rough and the tone just sounds..better. This guitar is worth checking out at the very least if you're considering spending your hard earned dime on your new #1 guitar. Chances are you'll take this over that Les Paul you've always wanted.
I just bolt this guitar one week ago , and i trully have to say , this is a great guitar , and its very versatle for any music stile . But the neck its a little bit larger than i toth , its awesome for chors but i think that would be better if this guitar comes with a thinner neck ! Incredible Sustain , and its a very heavy guitar either!
I purchased a PRS CE22 back in 199 of my collection, it is the only guitar I will not sell. I have/had numerous nice guitars, but this one is special; when I'm recording and a part just doesn't work on another guitar, I reach for the PRS - she never fails me. If they make them as good as they did in 1995 or dare I say - better, then you won't regret this buy.
Been playing guitars for over 20 years and this is the best instrument I've ever owned or played. Everything about it is quality and I love the versatility. It used to frustrate me that I couldn't make a Fender strat or tele sound like a Gibson Les Paul or SG and visa versa, which meant bringing tons of guitars to gigs and lots of guitar changes when playing live shows. But with the PRS CE 22 I've basically got it all. Beautiful, warm rhythm tones yet it will still cut when you rip into solos. Nice brightness when you need it but big, fat bottom end when you need that too. Plus, it just feels comfortable onstage and looks great.For years I thought PRS guitars were too clinical or that I'd be pigeon-holed to that one great Santana type sound, but I saw Alex Lifeson kicking major butt with one in the Rush R30 DVD and decided to check it out myself. Now I wish I had discovered these guitars years ago. Strats and Les Pauls actually feel cheap to me now after playing a PRS.
I've been playing since 1967, and this is the best guitar I have EVER played. Fenders, Gibsons, Jacksons all feel like sticks compared to this guitar. The pick-ups are so responsive, and the 5 way selector gives a huge variety of sounds. It feels balanced when I play standing up. The part I love best is the volume control. Very easy to reach and adjust while playing. Has a loose feel, but let's you dial in quickly. The neck is outstanding. All my other guitars are in the closet.