Paul Reed Smith has long become an established, premium guitar brand. PRS has come to define the modern luxury instrument and are many players ultimate dream machines. Paul’s latest offering is the Sunburst 22, which is based on his long-standing Custom 22 model. The new Sunburst model takes the heritage of the Custom and covers it in a nitrocellulose finish (sunburst, of course), which is well known as the finest finish an instrument can have. The finish gives the Sunburst a vintage quality that just can’t be obtained any other way.
Underneath the paint, the ‘Burst features a solid mahogany body with a spectacular maple top, a 22-fret mahogany neck with a wide-fat carve and 25-inch scale, and a rosewood fingerboard with bird inlays. The Sunburst also comes complete with a pair of Paul’s new 57/08 pickups, which are causing quite a stir, as they are made on the same machine that made pickups back in Kalamazoo in the old days. Other features include a tremolo bridge, PRS locking tuners, a volume and a push/pull tone control, and a three-way pickup selector.
PRS uses the most modern guitar finishing technology available to craft instruments with cosmetics that have won legions of fans and the Sunburst 22 will no doubt continue this legacy. The nitrocellulose finish on the 22 really highlights the natural beauty of the woods while allowing the guitar to resonate and produce great tone at the same time. Paul Reed Smith guitars are especially gorgeous from the stage, where the lights bring out every detail of the woods and colors.
The Sunburst 22 is one for the real PRS fans who just might want something with bit of old-school flavor to it. In a career of highlights, this may be one of the best guitars ever made by our boys in Maryland. How does the Sunburst 22 compare to the PRS Sunburst 245 Guitar?
PRS Sunburst 22 Guitar: Street Price $3788.00 / MRSP $5566.00
Paul Reed Smith Sunburst 22