Re: PRS Custom 22 vs Carvin CT6: Anyone tried both?
I had them both at the same time, and prefered the PRS, but with caveats. With an oiled neck on the CT6, the PRS' big advantage over the Carvin goes away. PRS painted necks are very easy to play, just like EBMM and Jackson painted necks. Carvin painted necks are less easy to play, like the overwhelming majority of painted necks. Get a Carvin with a tung oiled neck though, especially a mahogany tung oiled neck like the CT6 comes with stock, and you get playability that's just about as good as it gets.
I don't specifically remember which pickups sounded "better", as it were, but both sets sounded great and I found them both pretty versatile. I think I prefered the PRS pickups when I had them both (for about 3 months), but that might just have been my getting used to them due to the play time the guitar received. I am a fan of Carvin's 6 string pickups, they are very nice and very under rated. I really liked the PRS 5 way rotary switch as well, which I was used to after spending a decade with a CE24.
I prefer the PRS trem over the OFR on these style guitars, but that's just me. the PRS trem is chrome plated bell brass, and sustains and rings beautifully. I also love the old school PRS locking tuners, personal opinion again. Having a Floyd on the Carvin might be a plus to some, but not to me. Get the Carvin with a Wilkinson bridge and the Sperzel locking tuners, and the two are as close as you can get. Still I think the advantage goes to PRS here, but it's close enough that its only personal opinion. As far as things like colors and cases and such, both are pretty equal.
If you're buying new, both guitars can be ordered to be pretty similar really. If you're getting used, which is easier, just get the one with the better neck. Bottom line for me, the biggest difference (maybe only real difference) between the two is the neck finish on the Carvin. Everything else is just apples and slightly different apples. With a painted or finished neck on the Carvin, the PRS is simply a better, easier instrument to play gigs with. With an oiled neck, the Carvin can hang with the PRS. My personal choice would be a used Custom 24 if I were in the market.