NGD! P-22 - My Dream Guitar has finally arrived!

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  1. Solteroblues

    Solteroblues New Member

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    Ok, I've been drooling over getting one of these for years, but could never afford one nor justify the price. I had been really wanting a Custom 22 hardtail in Whale blue, but I bought a really (REALLY) used Artist CU24 a few months ago for what I thought was a good deal, but it was just too beat up for me. It was too gorgeous to suffer with so many big chips and dents, but a refinish would have cost as much as the guitar did when I bought it. The frets were heavily worn, maybe past another dressing, so I traded it in on this baby. The Piezo is icing on the cake, as I don't like acoustics, and this will give me enough "acoustic" like sounds to fake it on the few songs I play that need it.

    It just arrived literally an hour or so ago, so I've been trying to let it acclimate to the warmth since it's been on a cold UPS truck for the past several days.

    First impressions are very good. Absolutely flawless build. The paint and finish is impeccable. It is used, so there are a couple minor dings on the bottom edge and on the back, but only noticeable if you're looking for them (unlike the 4" wide strip of missing poly on the CU24). The fret ends are so smooth, you can't even feel them as you run your hands up and down the neck, like glass. I really like the open gear tuners - never thought I would and always thought they looked cheap on other guitars, but on here, they look very elegant and classy, especially with the brass shaft. They turn very smoothly and seem to hold very well. I love the locking aspect, too, makes changing strings SO easy. It's not a 10 top, but only because of the "mustache" below the bridge, where the flame is ultra wide, but the other 90% of the top is about as beautiful as you could ask for, and the color is what I've been wanting for so long. I have never seen a top with such a mirrored finish, when I was taking pics of it with my phone, my reflection kept showing up in the pics so clear, it scared me!

    On to the playing... I haven't had a lot of time with her just yet, and I don't have an amp here at the office to try out the Piezo, but playing it acoustically is a joy. I can't believe how loud it is, for this style of guitar! I'm used to my LP's being louder acoustically, but every other double cut guitar I've ever played was noticeably quieter. And it really resonates, which should make the LR Baggs piezo really sing, I would expect. The neck is their pattern regular, which is a little wider than I expected, it's got enough chunk for me, as I have smaller hands, but the strings are spaced wider apart than any of my other guitars it seems like, but after I get used to it, I think it will make my chord changes a lot easier, as I'm not the most graceful in the world. The previous owner did a bang up job setting her up, nice low action with no buzz, and spot on intonation. This is the happiest I've ever been with a guitar, my dream finally came true! Can't wait to fire up my little Marshall and start cranking!


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    I love that color!



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    Those flames on that faux binding are so awesome!



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    The piezo bridge



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  2. Chris528

    Chris528 New Member

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    Jealous!!!
     
  3. sleary

    sleary New Member

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    Damn great score. Congratulations. Beautiful top.
     
  4. toothace

    toothace Zombie Thirteen, DFZ

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    Congrats! She's a beauty! I love blue guitars too!
     
  5. Solteroblues

    Solteroblues New Member

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    Thanks. I'm on a bit of a PRS kick this week. My new Zach Myers SE should arrive this week, and its top is stunning, even if it is just a veneer...
     
  6. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    All I can say is "flame maple pickup rings!" Nice machine you have there.
     
  7. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Very nice guitar.
    Enjoy.
     
  8. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

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    There are only a few transparent colors I really dig, and Whale Blue is one of them. That's one very handsome guitar you've got there.
     
  9. Hollis Prince

    Hollis Prince New Member

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    Dude that's beautiful!
     
  10. Solteroblues

    Solteroblues New Member

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    thanks, I'm pretty enamored with her
     
  11. rubalup

    rubalup New Member

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    beautiful, enjoy it
     
  12. watelessness

    watelessness Member

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    AWESOME!!!!

    Congratulations
     
  13. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

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    Beautiful!!! That natural binding is killer with the blue!!!

    53/10's?
     
  14. PeaAreEss

    PeaAreEss New Member

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    Awesome!!!
     
  15. Solteroblues

    Solteroblues New Member

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    I think so... The hang tag says P-22 for both bass and treble, but the manual says that this model came with the 53/10's... I don't know enough to tell you any different
     
  16. Mark Ray

    Mark Ray New Member

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    Nice! I've been gigging mine like crazy since I got it. Like you, I need an acoustic for just a few songs per night, and this saves me from dragging around a huge extra case and taking the time to switch guitars a few times which eats up stage time and interrupts the flow. Enjoy!
     
  17. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules There will never be another

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    Killer guitar! I wish one of my 22's was a P.
     
  18. Kiwi

    Kiwi New Member

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  19. Raven17

    Raven17 Raven Lunatic

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    Great photos, beautiful guitar! Congrats!
     
  20. WEDGE

    WEDGE Zombie five, DFZ

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    Dig that top, lots of character.
     

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