Paul Reed Smith – P22 – Aqua Violet – Private Stock

My Thoughts

This guitar was a gift to me on my wedding day from my wonderful wife.  This guitar is everything I am looking for in a guitar in one bundle.  Rosewood Neck, Piezo Pickups and well… the finish and build quality is just insane.

The 53/10 pickups in this are bright and very clear.  Not the best choice for a metal project, but for straight ahead rock music and then combined with the piezo its just a dream.  The Aqua Violet finish is a (or was) a Private Stock only color.  I have not seen many of these around, but they use it in flame and quilt finishes.

Position 4, Neck and Bridge pickup split makes this a straight up strat killer.  Its clean, sparkly, and will work with any clean amp to deliver a really hard to find tone.

 

Yes this is Private Stock instrument, but this was specific “Built for Anthony Best” model.  This was found “off the rack”, however the build quality, attention to detail, and the finish are all true PS quality.  The Aqua Violet finish is a PS exclusive, and honestly it doesn’t photograph well.  This is typical with many PRS finishes.  The green and purple which are deep in the flames of this guitar do not show through in pictures.

The neck is Indian rosewood.  I have had many conversations with people about Indian vs the extremely exclusive sought after Brazilian rosewood and I personally don’t notice a difference.  If this would ever be resold, WHICH WOULD NEVER HAPPEN, I am sure someone would care.  That being said solid rosewood necks will always be my preference.  It just has a feel and touch response that fits what I do very well.  I have a PRS Modern Eagle II as well with a similar neck and once you play one its very hard to go back to anything else.

 

Here are the full specs that PRS built it too.

PRS Private Stock #4073 P22 Aqua Violet

  • P22 Model
  • East Indian Rosewood Neck
  • East Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Curly Maple Top
  • Ribbon Mahogany Back
  • Pattern Neck Carve
  • Ivoroid Side Dots
  • Aqua Violet Stain
  • White Turquoise Inlays
  • High Gloss Nitro Finish
  • 53/10 Treble Pickup
  • 53/10 Bass Pickups
  • P22 Electronics with Piezo Systems
  • Nickel PRS Adjustable Stoptail Bridge
  • Phase III Locking Tuning Pegs w/ East Rosewood Buttons

PRS P22 Private Stock

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