Specially crafted wooden pickup rings and back plates ready to be assembled into a Private Stock instrument.
Paul Reed Smith personally inspects and signs each Private Stock instrument as well as Paul Miles, the Director of Private Stock.
Every Private Stock is personally assembled by hand.
Each Private Stock is assigned a unique Private Stock number and dated with the day, month, and year of its final clear coat in the finish hall, one step before final assembly.
Paul Reed Smith’s signature on the headstock.
Paul play tests each Private Stock to inspect its feel, aesthetic, and tone.
A special amp is kept in the room where Paul tests the instruments for a baseline measure.
Every knob, switching position, and fret is tested by the Private Stock team as well.
A Singlecut Private Stock in Final Assembly.
Private Stock is a small team – a shop within a shop – each employee is chosen based on tenure, skill, and attention to detail.
Paul Reed Smith inspecting the finish on a Private Stock instrument.
A Hollowbody with a cocobolo top.
After its fresh set of strings and set up, this Singlecut is ready to be played.
A stained quilted maple backplate covers the electronics cavity.
A Private Stock with a one-piece quilted maple top waiting in queue in final assembly.
Two examples of fully assembled Private Stock guitars with unique configurations.
Wooden tuning pegs being placed into the headstock.
Our Phase III tuners are a time tested design that not only hold tuning well but look elegant on the headstock.
A signed and dated guitar ready for final assembly.
Awaiting play testing and inspection.
Stretching and tuning the strings before casing.
A Private Stock with a matching top and backplate ready to be cased and sent to its new home.
Left: A glow finish. Right: A stained maple fingerboard.
Four unique Private Stock guitars set up and ready to rock.
A final buff and wipe down and this Private Stock is ready to be shipped.