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A 22-fret Santana with a stoptail.
The DC 22 combines Paul Reed Smith's original Santana body shape, a 22-fret neck length, and a stoptail for a beautiful and distinctive guitar.
PRS DC 22 guitar appointments include a bookmatched maple top, lightweight mahogany back, 24-1/2" scale, mahogany neck, East Indian rosewood fretboard, moon inlays, a Modified Santana neck carve, and the thin, hard, clear V12 finish.
PRS Stoptail bridge
Designed to take full advantage of the resonant properties of its guitars, the PRS Stoptail Bridge provides direct transmission of string vibration to the guitar body and makes set-up a breeze. This bridge features slots that recess the strings comfortably as they pass over the top, in a gentle curve. Although it is pre-compensated for modern string gauges, further fine-tuning is possible by adjusting the set screws at each end of the bridge. Action height is adjustable by raising or lowering the studs the bridge sits on.
PRS 59/09 pickups
Originally added to Paul Reed Smith Guitars' 1957/2008 series line of pickups, the PRS 59/09s offer a slightly darker and more powerful sound in the bridge with a touch more clarity and brightness in the neck. PRS wanted to provide the same vibe as the revered 1957/2008, but with additional output for players wanting to drive the amp's front end a little earlier, while providing a wider spread of tone between the neck and bridge pickups.
These pickups are made from PRS' exclusive wire produced on the original machine used to make classic '50s era pickups. They incorporate proprietary winding and magnet innovations to produce iconic sounds with unique tonality.
The finish should enhance the look, sound, and feel of a guitar by accentuating the wood's inherent beauty and feel without hindering its natural resonance. And PRS Guitars' new "V12" finish does just that. Introduced at Experience PRS 2010, "V12" is a very thin, hard, and clear finish that will not crack or react with thinners. After roughly 12 years in development, it is halfway between acrylic and nitro but with a classic feel all its own. "PRS models with this new finish feel like old instruments," said Paul Reed Smith.
Sublime look, superb playability and that great PRS tone. Call or click to order now!
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Comments about PRS DC 22 Figured Top with Moon Inlays Electric Guitar:
If you have been looking for a unique guitar, as I was, this is it.The design of this instrument is incomparable to others out there.The combined design and features of this instrument offer up nearly endless sustain and BOLD tone. The DC22 controls, features as well as its ease of use are definite chracteristics that any seasoned veteran or beginning adventure seeker will appreciate. The only other way to get these unique appointments on a guitar is to visit the PRS Private Stock team in Maryland with a large amount of money. Do yourself a favor and check in with Scott at Private RESERVE about this exclusive model. You will not be disappointed.
I recieved this guitar as a holiday gift from my wife(I'm one of the lucky guys you occasionally hear about). This guitar is built very similar to the 2006 Santana III model. The DC22 has the same Santana body, "bone" headstock and control layout (volume, tone & toggle are positioned to the rear of the body). The differences from the 2006 model: 59/09 engraved covered pickups, wraparound stoptail bridge and 22 frets. The 59/09's send out a bold vintage voice resulting in an attention grabbing GROWL or a sultry SINGING sustain...an arsenal of tones are readily available from strategically located, no nonsense controls. The wraparound bridge and shorter string length noticeably contributes to the sustain of the guitar. This guitar allows for much easier note bending and extended vibratos... more so than its 25" neck scale PRS cousins(I own some and I have played several). After spending numerous hours getting accquainted with this guitar, I am discovering that I really like where the controls are located: not out of reach , but "out of the way". The strings are extremely responsive to subtle or aggressive pick attacks, more so than any guitar I own. While researching, I have read that this guitar design is somewhat similar to the first guitars Paul was hand crafting for Carlos back in the day. TOO COOL!!
I was fortunate to pick out a "crazy" solid (no seam) maple top from several private reserve models via emailed photos from Scott at Private Reserve. The new V12 finish is flawless. The moon inlays (becoming rare on current PRS guitars) are immacculate. The guitar bridge and locking tuners are engineered with the updated brass hardware, which I believe support a stonger design and supply a subtle boost to the tone. The engraved pickups add class and style to the appearance of the guitar. I would like to have seen current lampshade knobs, a scalloped nut and better quality rosewood- similar to what is being installed on current PRS models. For these reasons I'm giving quality a 9. Those small issues aside, there is no doubt that this guitar is of heirloom quality.
If you are familiar with Maryland/US made PRS guitars, then you will immediately appreciate the value of this guitar and welcome its arrival to your collection. If you have yet to take the plunge...by all means, dive in head first! The DC22 is a sleek, lightweight work of art. Vintage feel and tone without the vintage weight of a "log".