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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.


You should add one to your arsenal

By Guitar4hire

from New York

I have been playing guitar for over 35 years. I was fairly sure that I had played most of the quality axes out there and I didn't believe a lot of the PRS hype. I had heard this kinda thing before about Travis beans and Kramers w/ steel necks in the 80's and about Charvels and Jacksons and the hype always turned out to be just that...hype. I bought a PRS 22 yesterday and took it into the studio to record. My hands are killing me and my fingertips raw from playing 3 hourd and forty minutes w/o a break. Needless to say, was the only one left awake when I stopped. Comparitively speaking, it's a good value. This is the finest instrument I've played when everything is considered. Buy it... It's good for your tone it's good for your soul!~



By tytremonti101

from reidsville, nc

I've had this guitar a total of a month and it's by far my favorite guitar ever. Theres nothing better than a Paul Reed Smith.


Amazing Instrument

By SolidSnake3035

from Undisclosed

One of the greatest guitars ever made. Great feel, stunning playability.


The Finest Guitar Ever Made.

By CxA

from NYC

A few years ago I bought a CE 22 instead of a car, and it was worth every cent. This is an incredibly high quality instrument, the craftmanship and feel are absolutely perfect. PRS really lives up to its reputation. Since I bought the CE 22, I've bought a few other guitars that don't even come close. The tone and feel are unsurpassed. I use this guitar live and in the studio, and its ideal for both.


Outstanding Guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have been a life long Gibson Les Paul enthusiast, until now. This is a great guitar. Tons of tone, Tons of sustain and it holds tune like no other guitar I have ever owned, even when I wail on the tremolo. I am selling my Les Paul and buying another PRS.


awesome guitar

By PRSGuitarist004

from Couer d' Alene, ID

This guitar is awesome...ive played many guitars from ibanez to fender to gibson to jackson...but this guitar has tone and sustain like no other this guitar can rip out the metal or give you totally crisp cleans its very matter what kind of music you play this guitar can do it all.enjoy



By ofbrokenguitar

from Baltimore, MD

This guitar plays like a dream and the neck is just fat enough where I dont feel like I am messing around with some toy. It has enough weight to keep me happy, though I am would love to have a little more. The guitar has incredible cleans and full distortions. A very good purchase.


Beautiful sound, beautiful guitar

By The Don-O2UKA

from Chattanooga, TN

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This is an amazing guitar. If you play lead, this is what you need. You can get so many sounds. I play the single coil setting through a Ibanez TS-9 Turbo and the turbo setting is like a thick bass boost. The Dragon II bass humbucker sound is great by itself. I use the the 10 and 9 setting for most of my stuff (The 9 and 7 single coil settings sound very similiar). I haven't been able to get the rythm sound I want. I had a Les Paul and the PRS doesn't sound as good on rythm licks. But the quality is so much better. I did have a problem at first getting the action low without buzzing, but that was all fixed in time. The maple bolt on neck gives it a snappy, livelier sound compared to set mahogany, which is why I chose this one. The quality is just as good as a Custom. Be aware that the Whale Blue and the Black Cherry both have opaque black backs, as opposed to trans backs on Black Cherry Customs. Buy it!


Outstanding guitar!

By NCRocker

from Raleigh, N.C.

Very impressed with this guitar. I own 16 guitars (Strats, Pauls, Teles, Charvels, Hamers, etc.)and would rate this at the top of all of them. Killer tone, great feel, massive sustain. Sounds like a blend between a Les Paul and a hot rodded strat but capable of getting a nice, sweet clean strat tone. Professional piece for a professional musician. If you can afford it, buy it!


Wonderful Guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

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.

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