When US guitar maker Paul Reed Smith launched his Korean-made SE Series guitars back in 2001, it wasn’t exactly a groundbreaking move. Although the medium output humbucker does shine when playing in the realm of classic rock, it falls short when playing metal or jazz styles. PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo PB. We provide insight and opinion about gear, artists, technique and the guitar industry for all genres and skill levels. The Santana sounds a little ‘flappy’ and less distinct than the 22. Ceramic to get you started! The PRS Custom has been the flagship instrument of the Paul Reed Smith company since the 1980’s. • SCALE LENGTH 622mm/24.5” If it was our guitar, we’d beef up the string gauge to .011s. Based on his 1985 Standard Treble and Bass pickups, these units are wired through a master volume, master tone and a three-way switch. PRS SE Custom 22 SH Trem G B-Stock. 11.5-inch ’board. Continuing our journey through the guitar styles of the legendary Three Kings, this time it’s the turn of Flying V-toting blue icon Albert. PRS PS-ACC-4255 Multi-Fit B-Stock. Not everyone gets the appeal of PRS guitars, but that’s not for the want of effort on the part of Mr Reed Smith and his cohorts. • DESCRIPTION Solidbody six-string guitar, made in Korea The PRS SE Custom 22 manages to deliver the feel and look of a high-end PRS guitar at an affordable price. The December 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! The October 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! Stay tuned to find out. Something that separates PRS Korean models with a lot of other outsourced models is the quality of the top wood. All in all, at $749, the PRS SE Custom 22 is a killer guitar for the price. While it doesn’t offer the same stability as maple, the mahogany neck paired with a mahogany body brings a warm, mellow sound with a greater presence in the mids. 1.799 € 5 . PRS SE Mark Holcomb HB. He’s famously driven and single-minded, constantly seeking out great instruments and unique sounds to build a unique catalogue of stellar guitar music. It might be the maple neck talking, as well as the slightly longer scale length, but the Custom 22 is a ‘snappier’ and brighter-sounding guitar than the Santana. 553 € PRS SE Mark Holcomb SVN HB B-Stock. Obviously, this isn’t a price point that every guitarist can manage. 743 € PRS SE Custom 24 VS B-Stock. • NECK WIDTH 43mm at nut, 51mm at 12th fret • CONTACT PRS Europe 01223 874301 www.prsguitars.com, Key Features PRS SE Custom 22 While the neck profile is described as Wide Fat, it feels less beefy than the name would suggest, more ’64 SG than ’58 Les Paul. 777 € PRS SE Starla AW Antique W B-Stock. PRS SE Custom 22 VS. 869 € 1 . As you might expect, the shorter scale length makes string bending a tad easier on the Santana guitar, and you really feel that when noodling above the 12th fret. (If you need help picking out some pickups, we have a sweet article on Alnico vs. “When we started, we weren't reinventing the wheel.”. This textbook timber partnership is crowned with flame maple veneer to add some eye candy to the translucent finishes. The guitar’s price point approximately averages between $2000-$3000. The DC-based musician on struggling to fit in, finding his tribe with the goth kids, and chasing the guitar sound in his head. • STRING SPACING 36mm at nut, 53mm at bridge (If you’re looking for a metal tone, maybe check out the PRS Holcomb SE!). • CONTROLS Master volume, master tone, three-way toggle The guitar is very comfortable to hold and the neck will feel at home in the hands of modern or classic players. It’s nice to see that even on their cheaper instruments that they don’t cheap out. The guitar is a rare example of a 1954 Stratocaster with a hardtail bridge. Looking at these guitars side by side, you’d be forgiven for assuming that they’re both working with the same scale length. Both feature a mahogany chassis with ribcage contouring, paired with a maple top with the edges exposed to create the illusion of binding. The Custom 22 also features a PRS patented Gen III trem and comfortable solid mahogany pattern neck. It has been built for speed and has an almost 80s hot rod vibe. • NECK WIDTH 43mm at nut, 51mm at 12th fret What difference does that half inch make to the playing experience on offer here? The guitar is very comfortable to hold and the neck will feel at home in the hands of modern or classic players. We take a look back at Elephant – the duo’s heavy-hitting 2003 garage-rock masterpiece that unleashed rock’s last truly world-conquering riff. You’ll still enjoy comfortable string bending, but you’ll get more authority in your bottom-string riffs. 1.066 € 3 . Guitar.com is the world’s leading authority and resource for all things guitar. In the hardware dept, you’ll find chunky PRS vibrato units, built like a vintage Fender vibrato on steroids, and good-quality sealed tuners. In our final part of our look at the stylings of the legendary Three Kings, we tackle the searing style of Freddie King. From upstart beginnings in the early 60s, Eric Clapton soon established himself as one of the decades’ most lauded players. The PRS SE Custom 22 adds a more vintage tone and feel to the traditional Custom platform. The wonderful people at Paul Reed Smith created the PRS SE Custom 22 (and 24) to bring the PRS Custom look and feel to the hands of guitarists on a tighter budget. 598 € 4 . Instead of just throwing a veneer on, PRS actually uses a thick piece of maple as a top and then adds a flamed maple veneer to that. In part two of our look at the chord shapes and sequences which define Paul Simon’s sound, we focus on his early years as a solo artist. © 2020 Wired Guitarist, All rights reserved, The PRS Custom has been the flagship instrument of the Paul Reed Smith company since the 1980’s. Okay, the price tags are still pretty hefty, but you’re getting pretty damn close to the performance of Smith’s US gear without having to earn like your bank manager… or beg them for a loan. The clarity persists on the Custom 22’s neck pickup with great note separation, but it’s in this position that the SE Santana’s ’bucker comes into its own. Playability, tone, hardware, pickups, it’s all good news. -Mahogany Body-Maple Top w/ Flamed Maple Veneer, -1xVolume, 1xTone with 3-Way Toggle Pickup Switch. In the first of a series looking at the chord shapes and sequences used by the Beatles, we get inside the head of John Lennon and find a solid rhythm guitarist with an ear for original chord changes. Maybe a few small scratches, but no sharp ends or dings to be found. • WEIGHT 3.2kg/7.1lbs The wonderful people at Paul Reed Smith created the PRS SE Custom 22 (and 24) to bring the PRS Custom look and feel to the hands of guitarists on a tighter budget. While the neck profile is described as Wide Fat, it feels less beefy than the name would suggest, more ’64 SG than ’58 Les Paul. The fretboard features the famous bird inlays, and the flamed maple veneer top has some nice overall figuring. The PRS SE Custom 22 adds a more vintage tone and feel to the traditional Custom platform. This guitar has a pronounced mid-range and clarity that provides a sweet, full tonal base, allowing it to easily sit in the mix of your band or recording. • BUILD Mahogany back with maple top and flame maple veneer; glued-in Wide Fat profile mahogany neck with gloss finish; rosewood fingerboard with 11.5-inch radius, bird inlays and 24 medium jumbo frets; nickel PRS vibrato and enclosed tuners • WEIGHT 3.6kg/8.1lbs. The suitably named Custom 24 model is, though, available to those looking for a full two-octave ’board. PRS S2 Custom 22 AS. (We actually did a review on the 24-fret “Floyd” model a while back!). By checking the boxes you agree to receive the following from us via e-mail.
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