PRS SE Custom 22 Guitar, Tobacco Sunburst with Stoptail Bridge Review

Posted by Sherrie Kearney on Monday, November 7, 2011

PRS SE Custom 22 Guitar, Tobacco Sunburst with Stoptail Bridge
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Ok first of all, if this were NOT a Paul Reed Smith I would have to say NO WAY is this an entry level guitar!
It has it all! Tone, feel, tremendous intonation out of the box!
I am not the type of person to gush so much but the moment I opened this thing up I was amazed. When I plugged it in I could not tell whether I was the Korean model or the American (if it weren't for the fact that this is a "flat top")
I only purchased this because it was a "Gold Deal" and I was able to pick up a PRS for under $400. Man am I glad I did. I have owned them all.. Les Paul, many Ibanez RG's, Strats... You can have them! I will put this against a American Strat ALL DAY!!! Not to mention if you gig with this thing it sure is nice to walk into your show with a PRS staring at the crowd :-)
One of the best things about this guitar is it is the ULTIMATE Hybrid! The sustain, tone, and neck of a Les Paul. It has the look of a Les Paul and Strat all in one, and the stock pickups that have the output of 500 and/or 700 (series) Ibanez RG's! For $400???

You can definitely get a better price than Amazon's normal price of $619. If you see this as a Gold Box Deal BUY IT!!! I Promise you will NOT regret it! The only reason I didn't give this guitar 5 stars is the American PRS have the beveled top which is stunning. However I have played them and this flat top is a little more consistent (especially if you are like me and play a lot of harmonic pinches. Oh and don't forget it DOES comes with a gig bag to the the PRS Silkscreen :-)

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Product Description:
The SE Custom is a flat-top double cutaway with a mahogany back, maple top, a curly maple veneer and a natural maple binding.

A double cutaway beauty. Click to enlarge.

The SE Custom 22

Playability That Won't Break the Bank
Featuring a mahogany body with maple top and flamed maple veneer, a three-piece wide-fat neck with rosewood fingerboard and moon inlays, PRS-designed pickups and chrome hardware, the SE Custom 22 provides utility and quality at a reasonable price.
HFS Pickups
Originally meaning Hot, Fat and Screams, the HFS features a powerful ceramic magnet and hot coils for an aggressive tone when cranked, clear highs, searing midrange and thumping bass.
The SE Custom produces a wide range of tonal possibilities enhanced by a variety of switching options including master volume, master tone, and 3-way toggle pickup selector.
Wide Fat Neck
The Wide Fat neck has the same nut width as the Wide Thin neck but has a big comfortable profile, similar to PRS's Regular neck. Because of its strength and longer "heel," the Wide Fat neck produces warm tones with lots of sustain.
PRS Stoptail Bridge
Designed to take full advantage of the resonant properties of their guitars, PRS's Stoptail Bridge provides direct transmission of string vibration to the guitar body and makes set-up a breeze. First used in 1991 on the PRS Dragon I guitar, it now appears on almost half of all PRS guitars sold. 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, fine-tuning is possible by adjusting the set screws at each end of the bridge.
SE Custom Available Colors
The SE Custom is available in Cherry Sunburst, Gray Black, and Tobacco Sunburst finishes.
PRS finishes their instruments with a polyester basecoat and acrylic urethane topcoat. Acrylic urethane looks and feels the closest to the old nitro-cellulose finishes but without the finish checking.
The PRS Mission Statement
Guitar building is an ongoing process of discovery. We are devoted to the guitar's rich heritage while committed to new technologies that will enrich our products with uncompromised tone, playability and beauty. Our success depends on our ability to listen, implement positive change and continually refine our craft.
Believing this, we strive to build the best guitars and guitar products possible and to serve our employees, customers, suppliers and community with distinction.

SE Custom 22 Model Specs


    Back Wood: Mahogany
    Top Wood: Maple Top with Flame Maple Veneer


    Number of Frets: 22
    Scale Length: 25"
    Neck Wood: Mahogany
    Fretboard Wood: Rosewood
    Neck Shape: Wide Fat
    Inlays: Moons


    Bridge: PRS Designed Stoptail
    Tuners: PRS Designed Tuners
    Hardware Type: Nickel
    Treble Pickup: PRS Designed Treble Humbucker with Zebra Bobbins
    Bass Pickup: PRS Designed Bass Humbucker with Zebra Bobbins
    Pickup Switching: Volume and Tone Control with 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector

What's in the Box
PRS SE Custom 22 (Tobacco Sunburst with Stoptail Bridge)

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