The PRS Custom 22 is the same classic design as the revered Custom 24, just with two fewer frets. Despite its similarities, the Custom 22 is its own instrument with a distinctive sound.
The Custom 22 looks, feels, and sounds incredible. Thanks to PRS' decades' of experience and commitment to using to using high-quality materials and components, the guitars coming out of their factory in Maryland, USA are some of the best around.
Body & Neck
Let's start by addressing the elephant in the room: why should I buy a guitar with two fewer frets than the Custom 24? Well, the advantage of fewer frets is that the bridge gets moved back slightly and thus the pickups become further apart. This gives a wider tonal range and has the added benefit of slightly more warmth in the neck pickup due to its new position closer to the centre of the scale
The Custom 22 has a mahogany back and a glued-in mahogany neck. This classic combination famously provides guitars with a warm tonality and increased sustain. The addition of a maple top, which some say adds a brightness and snap to the tone, gives this guitar a striking appearance, especially in this dramatic Grey Black finish.
The neck profile on this Custom 22 is “Pattern” which emulates the necks Paul Reed Smith himself made for guitarists such as Carlos Santana and Peter Frampton before PRS became a factory operation. The Pattern neck feels wide and fat, fitting comfortably in the hand.
Rosewood is used for the fingerboard on this guitar which has a very smooth and natural playing feel and some say it adds a warmth to the tone of an instrument.
Electronics & Hardware
The pickups are truly the engine of a guitar and the dual 85/15 humbuckers inside this Custom 22 do not disappoint. The 85/15s are appropriately named as they take the design of PRS’ original humbuckers from 1985 and update them with the 30 years of experience PRS have accumulated since. These pickups have a clear and emphasised high-midrange and low end with a thick tone that makes these humbuckers impressively versatile.
Straightforward controls make this guitar a breeze to play: one volume knob, one tone knob, and a 5-way selector switch. That’s it. But don’t mistake simplicity for limitation; there are plenty of tones at your fingertips, especially thanks to the switching options. The 5-way switch gives you your full humbucker tones in positions 1, 3, and 5; however, positions 2 and 4 will pair a coil split with the chosen humbucker for some extra brightness and articulation.
The PRS-designed Gen III tremolo system has a resonant brass bridge which beautifully balances sustain, stability, and tone and gives you the option to throw subtle-to-mid-level pitch bending into your playing. The addition of Phase 3 locking tuners is the perfect complement to the Gen III trem as they give the Custom 22 that extra stability that you'll appreciate if you're a fan of soaring bends.
Top Wood: Carved Figured Maple
Body Wood: Mahogany
Number of Frets: 22
Scale Length: 25"
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Neck Shape: Pattern
Neck Depth At The Nut: 28/32”
Width of Fretboard at the Body: 2 1/4”
Width of Fretboard at the Nut: 1 11/16”
Fretboard Wood: Rosewood
Fretboard Inlay: Birds
Fretboard Radius: 10"
Bridge: PRS Patented Tremolo, Gen III
Tuners: PRS Phase III Locking
Hardware Type: Nickel
Treble Pickup: 85/15 Treble
Bass Pickup: 85/15 Bass
Controls: Volume and Tone Control with 5-Way Blade Switch