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Sekunda
10-25-2012, 09:40 AM
Anyone out there have any Custom 22's and what are you playing them through? GO... :flute:

Dirty Bob
10-25-2012, 10:07 AM
I have a few Custom 22's....I think I've converted them to different versions of 57/08's...most of my PRS are 22 fret models....

as to what I'm playing them through...ummm...Marshall, Bogner, Rivera, Mesa, Supro, Zinky......and lot's of pedals.


Although what I'm finding lately is I seem to prefer plugging right into whichever amp I'm using directly when playing with the band...(last night I used a Marshall 2466 through a Bogner closed back 2X12...I love KT66 based amps!!!...the other guitarist has a gorgeous vintage Park in his collection [among many other Marshalls]that I would seriously kill for)... When not using pedals I stare at the floor less...and focus on playing more and whats going on with other band members....rather than tap dancing and twiddling knobs.

Pedals although awesome....seem to be such a pain in a live setting...especially trying to get all of the levels right....I think I need to simplifiy my board...currently my signal chain is as follows...

either

PRS---->Cord---->Amp (sometimes I'll throw in either the JHS Klone or the EP Booster as a one off boost)

or

PRS---->Dirty Boy Afro Fuzz---->TCE Polytune--->EP Booster---->JHS Klon Klone---->Keeley Comp----->Hermida Zendrive---->Boss OC-2---->J. Everman Octave X----->Dunlop JH Wah---->amp (if amp has a useable effects loop) then in loop ----> send---->MXR 108 EQ---->Effectrode Tube Vibe---->MXR Carbon Copy---->Line6 Verbzilla---->Return (if no effects loop I run a cable from the wah to the eq and put it all in through the front...although then I typically avoid the delay and reverb pedals).

Although not a Custom 22...I have been favoring a 22 fret guitar lately with my band...a plain jane black McCarty Hollowbody Sprucetop birds with McCarty Archtops....
It's a tone monster.

Seriously considering springing for an HXDA.

Scriptor
10-25-2012, 10:57 AM
I have a 2006 CU22 ... it sounds great direct to the amp ... I only have a Fender DRRI and Super Champ XD ... my pedal board is very minimal and I am predominantly a clean tone player ... just as the first responder, I have found I enjoy playing more with less "clutter" b/t guitar and amp ... less to fiddle with and more concentration on enjoying the tones from the guitar ... PRS pickups have the quality to produce pleasing tone w/o much "interferance" or enhancement ... these days, I find myself using just a little delay and/or reverb and that's about it ... I don't think the DRRI is the best choice of amps for PRS guitars, but it works for me ... the Super Champ has a little less "bite" and brightness but also less "umph" and volume ... but at low volumes, it is very satisfying to me ...

Sekunda
10-25-2012, 11:05 AM
Awesome... I have an HXDA in layaway. Can't wait to get it...

I use a Custom 22 and a Stripped 58 through my Mesa Boogie Roadster head and 1/2 back 4x12 Mesa cab. I use an RJM RG-16 switching unit to control the Roadster and a T.C. Electronics G-Major from a RJM Mastermind. It's great for switching up channels and sounds. My life has still become a tap dance as I change sounds so many times in each song.

But that will be coming to an end shortly... I am leaving the modern rock band I am in and taking a break to get back to where I started... That's why I'm picking up the HXDA with the $ from the Boogie setup. Back to basics, an amp, a guitar, a volume knob and a cable. One of the points in the HXDA demo video is that it really shows the true voice of your guitar. My Custom 22 really sings through this amp... all pickup configs are beautiful though it.

I keep a watch out for used 22's... I really want a few more. I need to try out the new P22's as well. I've played 22 frets all my life, except for the '93 Jackson Soloist Pro I have that doesn't get much love anymore...

Rectifier_22
10-26-2012, 08:12 AM
Hi, new to the forum. I've a Custom 22 10 Top Birds 1990s. Mesa Rectifier and Fender Blues Deluxe. Digital delay & Cry Baby, keep it simple. I play classic rock. Love my CU 22 easy to play, and by far the best built guitar I've ever played.

RB

Sekunda
10-26-2012, 10:14 AM
Welcome Rectifier_22, I'm new too, just joined this week. I feel the same about my 22, I always come back to it... it just has that feel that's hard to get away from.

Dirty Bob
10-26-2012, 11:08 AM
I always run an eq in the loop with my Rec....it does wonders for tightening it up...

veinbuster
10-26-2012, 11:38 AM
I mostly play my CU22 through my Boogie Mark V with channel 2 set to dirty blues.

Hopeful Sinner
10-26-2012, 07:01 PM
I have a 1996 Custom 22 that I am currently playing through a PRS 2 Channel H head with a Deep Back Stealth cabinet using the Clean channel as my primary dirt sound and my volume knob to clean it up...

I have heard 1996 is a particularly fine vintage for the Custom 22 and my guitar gives me no reason to doubt the statement...

Dragon I pickups, converted to McSwitching and it has a stop-tail. Looks great, plays great and sounds great! Just an all around superb specimen...

Kelly
10-27-2012, 09:04 PM
Here's mine.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v260/chasebeavers/rigpics015.jpg

andy474x
10-27-2012, 10:26 PM
The CU22 is an axe that I wish was still in production... Love the sound of the neck PU. Got my eyes set on a stripped 58 for now, or a Mc58 if I win the lottery!

Tim
10-28-2012, 03:47 AM
Couple of CU22s...

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/timmyleewalls/Group%20Shots/IMG_4308.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/timmyleewalls/Group%20Shots/IMG_4334.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/timmyleewalls/Group%20Shots/IMG_4305.jpg

Currently splitting time between these...
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/timmyleewalls/IMG_5528.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/timmyleewalls/IMG_5525.jpg

Stormin
10-28-2012, 07:37 AM
Anyone out there have any Custom 22's and what are you playing them through? GO... :flute:

I do...

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j7/Stormin70/PRSRig.jpg

JumpinJackFlash
11-01-2012, 07:20 PM
Love mine, Custom-22 w/Trem, w/f neck, 7.5lbs. On Fire.......

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f67/guitargary335/Snapshot_20121101.jpg

Fender amps, big and small combos/pedalboard.

TDPRS1
11-01-2012, 09:05 PM
Mesa Mini-25 with 2 1-12 cabs

JumpinJackFlash
11-02-2012, 10:24 AM
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/timmyleewalls/IMG_5525.jpg

Hows the Gold Hardware holding up? Nice color tops btw.

John Beef
11-02-2012, 01:30 PM
Six years and counting. My 1st PRS.

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee251/johnmfer/CurrentGuitars/IMG_20120518_195843.jpg

RedGuitars
11-02-2012, 02:39 PM
thru a CAD Dallas...

http://web.qx.net/mcantrell/gear/CU22semihollow/RedGear2.JPG

Sekunda
11-02-2012, 10:00 PM
Hows the Gold Hardware holding up? Nice color tops btw.

Ha! I know mine looks like someone poured acid on it... hope to get some pics up on here soon. You guys have some beautiful axes...

Sekunda
11-02-2012, 10:59 PM
Here is a shot of my CU22 from our outside gig last weekend... It's an HDR shot so it's a little more freaky than normal.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g86/sekunda2003/Gear/custom22.jpg

Here is the Stripped 58 in Angry Larry

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g86/sekunda2003/Gear/stripped58.jpg

JumpinJackFlash
11-04-2012, 04:28 AM
It's an HDR shot so it's a little more freaky than normal.

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g86/sekunda2003/Gear/custom22.jpg

lol.......Ya its art though. Nice guitars btw.

JumpinJackFlash
11-04-2012, 05:28 AM
Check out Jimmy Johnson w/PRS on playing through amp's. Back in the day he played ES-335s. He played a 22 on the below CD. he plays a 24 on the road. Straight into a Fender Vibrolux at times. You can see both

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&sqi=2&ved=0CB4QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chicagobluesguide.com%2Frevie ws%2Flive-reviews%2Fspecter-johnson-space-10%2Fspecter-johnson-page.html&ei=t02WULDuBuL50gH81YCwBw&usg=AFQjCNHem-KkuEuhyEu3TpMEFGFP63o2oQ&sig2=R176lyAaVwJaFRN2iLtXHw


http://youtu.be/2Y9_M2XwHmk

Straight up Chicago Blues thing though. I use to catch these guys in Chicago when I was in college and would travel through O'Hara on my way to Kansas State. Jimmy was in a bad accident on the road and lost most of his band, he started playing again after years on the above CD. Highly regarded Blues guitarist and by large unknown.

Course I was playing straight Rock back then, I was blown away with their ability to create and improv though.

Proxmax
11-04-2012, 02:53 PM
Love mine, Custom-22 w/Trem, w/f neck, 7.5lbs. On Fire.......
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f67/guitargary335/Snapshot_20121101.jpg

contrast button abuse? :flute:

JumpinJackFlash
11-05-2012, 05:35 AM
contrast button abuse? Wait, wait, not the Photo Police????? LOL

RafRey
12-14-2012, 12:57 PM
(see my signature) I play mine through a Mesa Boogie 50 watt Rect-O-Verb series 2 combo. Tube screamer, Crybaby wah, Boss delay. Switch mostly between Channel 1 Clean and Channel 2 Vintage. Love the Solo boost button on the footswitch. This amp does it all from shimmery cleans to chugga chugga metal.

I have the Dragon II pickups in my CU22, but I am considering swapping them out for a newer set of PRS pickups that can work with the original 3way switch and push-pull pot.

The Dragon I pickups in my CE22 were a bit hotter and more expressive to my ears. It's hard to come across a set of those, though.

Any alternative suggestions?

Proxmax
12-14-2012, 01:47 PM
(see my signature)Any alternative suggestions?
diezel hagen or herbert with a RWnecked guitar weaponed with 5909s.
organic and true R'n'R.
who ever played a Diezel in here?
i love it and i don't say this 'cause peter is a familar friend of me.
if you ever felt this punch from a diezel amp you'll know.

VHTStark
12-14-2012, 01:52 PM
diezel hagen or herbert with a RWnecked guitar weaponed with 5909s.
organic and true R'n'R.
who ever played a Diezel in here?
i love it and i don't say this 'cause peter is a familar friend of me.
if you ever felt this punch from a diezel amp you'll know.

Own a Herbert! LOVE the Herbert! Although I am not sure what I like better: the Herbert or VH4! The Einstein is pretty awesome as well! Have not played the Hagen yet.

Proxmax
12-15-2012, 03:52 AM
the hagen is anyhow inbetween herbert and VH4.
the herbert sounds a lil more brutal - the hagen has a "rounder" distortion texture.

gush
12-18-2012, 10:47 AM
I own a cu22, mccarty & a 2011 cu24. I love all three. I play through a 1st gen 5150 that I bought new in 1994. The mid range freqs on this amp seem a little harsh to me. I just use the EQ on my g-major to cut 1k about 4db and presto. Its all good.

gush
12-18-2012, 06:43 PM
I have a 5150 head with 2 5150 slant cabs. bought it new in 1994 and have played the heck out of it. the mid range is a little harsh so I use my g-major to drop 1k about 4db thats the ticket.

tcb37
12-18-2012, 06:54 PM
Anyone have a tone report on a CU22 with rosewood neck? I had a McMcarty I liked a lot and I see a BRW neck CU22 for sale that's really tempting me.

Woundtight
12-18-2012, 08:25 PM
Couple of CU22s...

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/timmyleewalls/Group%20Shots/IMG_4308.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/timmyleewalls/Group%20Shots/IMG_4334.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/timmyleewalls/Group%20Shots/IMG_4305.jpg

Currently splitting time between these...
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/timmyleewalls/IMG_5528.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c239/timmyleewalls/IMG_5525.jpg

Nice CU22s:top:

We finally get to see some of your amps!!

mesa50w
12-24-2012, 07:29 PM
in my sig but

08 CU22, Diezel herbert with kt77's, Dual recto 6L6's( getting ready to send the mesa to Kyle Rhodes on Jan 1 so he can work his recto magic) Orange 4/12, Mesa 4/12 both with vintage 30's, TS808, OCD v3, ISP decimater, MXR eq in the loop of the boogie. I think my PRS has Dragon 2's atleast thats what I was told the other day when I bought it...but then again he told me it was a CU24 lol .... After the Xmas craziness stops Im going to restring her and pull the pickups...what evers in there Im not real impressed so far..

any of you herbert guys want to post your amp settings..I'll post mine her in a few

Aldwyn
12-25-2012, 10:24 AM
I am down to one amp... a Tone King Metropolitan.

So all my guitars, including my CU22, go though the Metro!