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PRS CE 22 Maple Top Electric Guitar

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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 carv...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

  • Body:
  • Carved maple top
  • Mahogany back
  • Neck:
  • Bolt-on rock maple
  • 22 frets
  • 10" radius
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Abalone dot inlays
  • Wide-fat neck carve
  • Headstock:
  • Satin black
  • Hardware:
  • PRS tremolo
  • 14:1 low-mass locking tuners
  • Electronics:
  • Dragon II pickups with covers
  • 5-way rotary pickup selector
  • Volume and tone control

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Great guitar that suits a lot of styles

By jbolton5150

from Elizabethtown, KY

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If your looking for the guitar to nail the "Woman tone", this is your baby. Sweet fat sounds come out this guitar along with the bite. It can also sweeten up an sound beautiful, one of my favorite settings is "in-between" the 2 pick-ups coil tapped... simply awesome!

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A real PRS at a budget price


from UK

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.


great guitar

By Ravin

from Indonesia

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



By PRSFanForLife

from Mechinicville, NY

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WOW!!!This guitar is one of the best I've ever played. This is my first PRS. I've been playing Les Pauls and SG's and I fell in love with this as soon as i played it in the store. Action is perfect right out of the box, Very Well made. nice flamed maple top with great finish. And it plays better then any gibson that i've had. (I never thought I'd say that.) The Wide Fat neck feels right at home in your hand. I would say I like the tone of the LP a bit better, but this thing still sounds great. Good for all styles of music.


It is real!...not a dream

By Robert R.

from Crescent City

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 !!!!


Most Versitile Guitar Ever

By Fretman777

from Orange County, CA

Plays like a dream and has the looks to match. The 5 different pickup selection is a huge plus. I highly recommend this PRS as well as all the others to any player who loves a big, clear, defined sound and who wants an axe that will last a lifetime.


My Dream Come True Guitar!!

By Jeff-VWQkd

from Westport, CT

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I got this guitar for Christmas, and it is the best gift a person could ever receive. The tone that this is capable of is amazing. This guitar is so versatile. I play many different styles of music, from reggae to grunge to classic rock, and this is perfect for eerything. I play this through a cheap 15 watt MArshall practice amp, imagine how great it will sound through something stronger. This guitar definately is not cheap, but if you have the money, don't think twice, buy this guitar. If you don't have the money, save up!


One of the best guitars out there

By Deflection Guitarist

from grafton, wisconsin

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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.


Excellent Guitar

By Glenzhere2

from Victorville, CA

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I received my whale blue ce22 on this past Friday. It sounds excellent, close to a Les Paul, but not quite the crunch... beautiful tone, excellent craftsmanship.


prs ce 22

By progmd

from pa

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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.

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