Paul Reed Smith and our company believe that guitar building is an ongoing process of discovery. In the same way, we believe guitar playing is an ongoing process of discovery. And of course to be discovering means you need to be learning! In this blog post series, we interview music educators who love PRS and have built businesses that educate tens of thousands of musicians.
You don’t forget a good rock festival. The arena sound, the big lineups, and the energy of thousands of fellow music fans. That’s why PRS teams up with The Music Experience, a traveling interactive “rock star” exhibit on-site at dozens of rock festivals around the country. Learn more about our involvement with The Music Experience and where we’re heading in this blog!
Music education is important, no doubt. As guitar builders, we see ourselves on the continual road of improvement and discovery and in the same way, guitarists and musicians undergo this journey as well. That’s why we partnered with The Entertainment Institute (TEI) during this summer’s Warped Tour. Get the recap here!
When most people think of the pinnacle of PRS quality, they think of our Private Stock department - a small team of luthiers in our Maryland shop crafting build-to-order instruments for individual customers. When Paul Reed Smith assumed direct leadership over Private Stock in 2009, he conceptualized a unique idea for the department. Paul’s idea was to create the Collection Series, a limited set of instruments built with the best of the best Private Stock materials and with specifications laboriously designed by Paul himself. Read more about the collection series in this blog post!
If you’re a guitarist, having a reliable, smooth playing, and awesome sounding acoustic is a must. Acoustic guitars have an unmistakable voicing that goes great with bonfires on the beach, jam sessions at home, and camping with your friends. We believe there’s an acoustic for everyone, all you need to do is find your perfect fit. PRS offers four acoustic models, all beautiful sounding, yet uniquely different. Check them out in this blog post!
Here at PRS we believe in the details. They’re important to us, and for that reason we have “philosophies” that we live by when we build our acoustic guitars. These time-tested methods have helped us create heirloom quality instruments for years and we’re proud of what they can do for you and for musicians all over the world.
As 2015 rapidly draws to a close, we’ve been reflecting on the nearly two dozen new products we’ve added to our lineup in the past year! New guitars were added to our SE, S2, Core, and Private Stock lines, as well as a slew of 30th Anniversary guitars we built to celebrate this milestone year. Last week we took a “Look Back at Our 30th Anniversary Offerings,” today we’ll pick our Top 10 New Releases of 2015!
The holiday season is quickly approaching and it’s time to think about all of the cool gear you can get your guitar-minded friends (or yourself)! Our PRS store stocks apparel, strings, parts, and guitar care accessories - all at great prices. Check out this blog post for a sample of the great gift items available directly from PRS. Also, in this post you’ll find a promo code for some Black Friday savings!
Born in our Maryland shop, PRS Acoustics are heirloom-quality instruments with remarkable tone and exquisite playability. A small team of experienced luthiers handcraft all Maryland-made PRS acoustics with passion and attention to detail. Our team of wood buyers scour the globe for the most exquisite sounding and looking tone woods for these instruments. In this blog, we show off a few of our latest creations made from the prized Koa wood found on the islands of Hawaii.
Every once in a while on our blog you’ll see a post title labled “missed connections.” It’s our way of making sure you have a chance to see all of the great limited run guitars that we make - often in very small batches! This “missed connection” features the Private Stock Tree of Life Angelus we released a few months ago, take a peek!
Check out this blog to get up close and personal with Alex Lifeson of Rush! Over the past few years we have worked closely with Alex to develop two guitars he can be proud to play on tour and in the studio: the SE Alex Lifeson and the Private Stock Alex Lifeson models. In these exclusive videos, Alex discusses his ongoing R40 tour with Rush, the development behind his new PRS models, and how he uses them on tour.
PRS Guitars is proud to be the Official Acoustic Guitar Sponsor of Vans Warped Tour Presented By Journeys! Catch PRS at the Full Sail University Acoustic Basement—a cool tent set up for fans to see their favorite artists perform in a stripped back enviornment. Check out this blog post to see all of the artists performing on this year’s tour!
A few months ago we created a webpage where you can share the story of how you came to acquire your first PRS, we call it “#myprs.” If you have a story you’d like to share, please head over there and tell it to us! We may feature on our site! Click on this blog post to see some photos of recent #myprs stories!
At some point in a musician’s career, one starts to ponder the thought of seeking an artist endorsement. This is a very common thought for an aspiring musician, especially taking into consideration all of the positive aspects associated with getting your name out there, acquiring the necessary gear, covering travel expenses, etc. As Director of Artist Relations for PRS Guitars, I thought it might be helpful to provide a few tips on what AR executives look for in artists and what artists should look for from brands - check out this blog post!
Check out this video produced by MusiciansFriend.com that takes you inside our Maryland factory with our president Jack Higginbotham. Jack explains the parts of our manufacturing process that make us unique and shows how we are intensely focused on making the best instruments possible.
Recently, we’ve created a place for you to share the love story of how you met your PRS guitar. We call it “#myprs” and you can check it out here. We’ll be updating that page in batches, so check back to see if your story makes it up on our site!
Recently we began crafting a run of acoustic guitars we named “Birds Of A Feather.” These unique instruments use both Ebony and Koa woods in the fretboard to create the visual effect of birds bursting out of a dense flock. PRS Acoustic guitars are prized for their resonance, playability, and the keen attention to detail our luthiers exercise while building these instruments. Check out the photos in this blog to see the “Birds Of A Feather” up close!
While many people are familiar with PRS as an electric guitar manufacturer, few are aware of a small acoustic shop we’ve tucked above our main electric production floor. Nestled in this secluded area within our Maryland factory, 10 luthiers build boutique heirloom-quality acoustic guitars in small batch runs. This blog post covers one of these small batch runs, The Rosettes.
For the past 29 years, thousands upon thousands of music fans have been flocking to Austin, TX for the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival. Local residents refer to the madness as “South By” and it absolutely takes over their city. Downtown roads are closed as people migrate around searching for their next favorite band. PRS Guitars has had a presence at the festival for a few years but most recently opened the Shred Shed - an isolation booth where musicians can jam out!
Guitarist Tony Polecastro from the Acoustic Letter walks viewers through a detailed demo of one of our acoustic guitar models, the Tony McManus Private Stock Acoustic.
As Tony puts it, “this guitar is dressed to the hilt and sounds incredible.”
Check out the demo!
It’s a well known fact that if you subject your guitar to extreme temperatures/humidity in either direction, it’s dangerous. As our Sr. Acoustic Luthier Mike Byle puts it, “a guitar is a cellular thing, it’s made of wood, not plastic, it was once a living breathing thing.” Check out this blog post to make sure you are caring for your acoustic guitar properly!
You can’t ignore a good top on a guitar, its the first thing people see when you open the case and its always facing the crowd while you’re out gigging. Everyday we focus on the tops, but not today; today we want to show you some of the best backs in the game. These are just a few of the guitars we are privileged to work on each day here in our Maryland factory - each one crafted with care and attention to detail. Enjoy!
We had a wonderful time this year at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) tradeshow. Approximately 90,000 people gather each year in Anaheim, California to celebrate music and represent their brand in the industry. The PRS booth this year was buzzing with excitement as we displayed all of our products across all of our product lines: Private Stock, Core, S2, SE, and Amplifiers. Check out the photos in this blog post to see our booth and the products we are proud to display!
There are many myths of the American West and the fabled American Cowboy. While some of the myths are not kind and perhaps treacherous, the romanticism of wide open spaces, the coveted American Dream, and singing and playing guitar by the campfire continue to stir our imagination of Cowboy life. We’ve created the Private Stock Country Western Tonare to bring our imagination to life, check it out!
Each year PRS Guitars supports the Kimmel Cancer Center through charitable donations and the PRS Charity Golf Tournament. For 2014, the PRS Private Stock Acoustic team will build 11 “Tree of Life” limited edition angelus guitars, with the prototype being auctioned off and proceeds going to support the research and work done by Kimmel Cancer Center at John Hopkins. The guitar features a winding tree of life inlayed fretboard with Bloodwood back and sides.
The SE A10E is the first all-mahogany guitar in the SE Angelus line up. It is offered in two colors, Tortoise Shell and Black. The all-mahogany body construction of this guitar provides a controlled attack and strong fundamental, delivering a warm, woody tone with a focused, punchy midrange. This strong midrange character allows the A10E to easily find a non-competing place in a mix, making it ideal for both the studio and the stage.
Recently, Paul Reed Smith took a trip out west to visit downtown Bozeman, Montana, the home of The Acoustic Letter. The goal of the trip was for Paul to have a conversation with Tony Polecastro, master acoustic guitar reviewer and front man of The Acoustic Letter. In a fun and laid back setting, Tony fired questions at Paul relating to Paul’s history with acoustic guitars, favorite tone woods, and the philosophy and approach our company takes towards building these hand-crafted acoustic instruments.
Inspired by our affinity for building and enjoying outstanding musical instruments, PRS Private Stock acoustics are heirloom-quality guitars with remarkable tone and exquisite playability. Whether with exotic or time-tested tone woods, traditional finishes and stains or wild colors, or with an understated inlay choice or a bold artistic expression, each PRS Private Stock Acoustic is truly a work of art that celebrate the craft of guitar building and the world that inspires us.
PRS Maryland-made acoustics are hand crafted in small batches by a small team of experienced luthiers. They not only deliver remarkable tone and playability, they also deliver a visual sensation that defines the PRS Acoustic experience. Both in sound and in appearance, PRS Private Stock Acoustics are bold, lively, and breathtakingly beautiful.
We had a great time joining the Warped Tour this year for one of their stops on the east coast!
As the official acoustic guitar of the Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys, PRS Guitars would like to thank all our fans, the BandHappy folks, and our Warped tour artists, including the Full Sail University Acoustic Basement artists for backing our guitars and putting them through the paces on a nationwide tour. We had a blast and the turnout at our booth was fantastic! We had artist signings paired with the opportunity for fans to try out our SE Angelus acoustic guitars.
Check out the video below for a short recap of our time at Warped Tour. Rock on!
Inspired by our fondness for nature and our affinity for color, the Blue Tortuga Private Stock Acoustic will catch listener’s eyes and ears. Outstanding tone and playability is only a piece of what this guitar features.
With its Bahamian blue quilted maple backs and sides evoking the tropical waters where some species of Tortugas Marina (Sea Turtles) can be found, the Blue Tortuga headstock inlay featuring an exploded map of the world in its shell, and the smaller sea turtles making their way up the fingerboard, this PRS Private Stock Angelus is an excellent example of what PRS is known for. Built by a small team of exceptional Private Stock luthiers building small batches of guitars each year, the Blue Tortuga sings with a sweet voice that is crisp and articulate yet has the soulful midrange and bass that truly defines the PRS Acoustic experience.
Keeping in the 30+ year tradition of using the finest tone woods, eye popping colors and intricate inlay, the PRS Private Stock Acoustic Team have created an heirloom quality tribute to the craft of guitar building and the world that inspires us.
The redwood timbers used for the top of this PRS Private Stock acoustic instrument once framed the backdrop to the story of the last great train robbery of the west. Harvested around 1880 in Oregon, this Coastal Redwood was to spend the next 120 years air-drying in Tunnel No. 13 in the Siskiyou Mountains. Naturally aged, this redwood is resonant with a full, complex tone that is a slightly darker than spruce but with more headroom than cedar. This fine-grained old-growth redwood is thought to have been more than 2,000 years old at the time of harvest, imbuing these instruments with historical significance, tone, and beauty.
Check out the video below to get an up close and personal look into the lives of the acoustic luthiers who build PRS acoustics.
The PRS acoustic team is a small group of highly talented people who build handcrafted guitars known for their tone, quality, and playability. This video focuses on luthier Joey Lambart as he speaks about his experience on the PRS acoustic team and plays an original tune on a guitar he and his fellow luthiers built.
Nestled in the second floor of the 85,000 square foot PRS shop in Maryland, a small team of acoustic luthiers build PRS Acoustics. Since their introduction in 2009, these guitars have become known for their tone, quality, and playability. I recently sat down with Senior Acoustic Luthier Michael Byle to talk Acoustics.
At PRS, we search far and wide for the very best wood to make our guitars. As Paul has often explained, a guitar’s wood is a key ingredient to its tone.
Because wood is such an important asset to what we do, we are also serious about protecting the environment and making sure we are preserving the forests.
On Tuesday, October 1, 2013, Hard Rock officially celebrated the Grand Reopening of its newly renovated Baltimore location by partnering with Paul Reed Smith Guitars, a Maryland-based guitar manufacturer, to donate 16 new PRS SE Angelus acoustic guitars to Baltimore’s Frederick Douglass High School’s music department. The donation, which was accepted by the school’s band director, honored PRS Guitars and Hard Rock Cafe’s long standing traditions ofsupporting local music. “These guitars are truly a blessing, and I guarantee they will be well loved and well played” said Douglass Band Director, Reverend David Burton.
The Hard Rock Baltimore, located along Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor, features the world’s largest PRS McCarty model guitar lit up atop the building’s facade.
Cody introduces his Signature Private Stock Acoustic and talks about its voicing and and construction.
For more on his Signature model, visit http://www.prsguitars.com/codykilby
Friend of PRS Todd Bauschpies performs “Cecil, Pronto, and the Monkey Man” on a PRS Angelus Cutaway at the PRS Factory.
For more on the PRS Angelus Cutaway Acoustic, visit: http://www.prsguitars.com/angelus/
Friend of PRS Todd Bauschpies performs “Pieces of Time” on a PRS Angelus Cutaway at the PRS Factory
For more on the PRS Angelus Cutaway Acoustic, visit: http://www.prsguitars.com/angelus/
Hi everyone. When I started working on the Rules of Tone, the goal was to build “magic” instruments, and the neck is definitely paramount to that. From the moment you pick up a guitar, the neck should feel very comfortable and strong. This has to do with many factors, including wood choice, wood drying, dimensions, ratios, and our attention to detail. Today, I’d like to focus specifically on neck shapes. We currently offer Pattern, Pattern Thin, and Pattern Regular neck shapes on our Core electric models. These came about through a new method we have to design, program, and cut our necks.
For 2012, the Tonare Grand and Angelus Cutaway PRS Acoustics are available with an adjustable truss rod for those who wish a higher level of adjustability. Private Stock and Collection acoustic instruments continue to incorporate a carbon fiber strength rod.
These photos show the first Angelus Cutaway acoustic with the adjustable truss rod in the spray booth.
The first thing you notice when you pick up a guitar is how it feels in your hands. The guitar neck is paramount to that moment, and the feel and function of the frets plays a major role in this. If you boil it down, we’re basically talking about fret material and shape. If the material is too soft, metal flakes will fall off of the guitar as it’s played. If it’s too hard, the frets contour to the fretboard. We use the hardest, functional material we can to avoid unnecessary re-frets.
Here is the second chapter of our Shop in Detail tour series from a few years back…the Neck Team for our Core electric guitars. We are rereleasing these videos because there is no better way to understand who we are and what we do than to meet us and see us work. That is why our factory tours have always been so important and enjoyable.
Again, we’ll repost a new chapter of this series about once a week that in the end will cover our entire electric production as well as our amplifier, acoustic, and Private Stock teams. Enjoy!
View Shop In Detail - Neck Team here: http://prsguitars.com/detail/neck.html
Hello everyone! Paul here. Last year at Experience PRS we got all of our best Private Stock dealers in a room and asked them to be part of a special program. The program would allow me to design and personally work on guitars at a more intimate level than anything else coming out of our shop. The program would feature exclusive specifications, such as pernambuco necks and celtic knot inlays. We would make one set per dealer each quarter – one acoustic and one electric guitar – making these instruments extremely special. That is when the Collection program was born.
Here is a video about the beginnings of our theories and experiential understanding of nut materials. As we said in the Rules of Tone segment on our Phase III Tuners: every part of a guitar has an effect on its overall tone. The nut is no exception.
Every part of a guitar has an effect on its overall tone. Anything a string is attached to will drain energy away from it.
Let’s consider tuners. Tuning pegs are one of only a few parts that a string actually touches, so they’re very important. If we made the entire tuning peg out of silicone rubber, would the guitar sound better?
Paul wrote the Rules of Tone over many years after a conversation he had with his father about physics. Essentially, it is a list of 21 rules of instrument making that are particular to PRS and the way we build guitars. The document is now locked away, and serves as a private record of PRS trade secrets written down to ensure that Paul’s philosophies and discoveries are never lost or forgotten. Though its title may sound restrictive, the Rules support our quest for tone by encouraging us to constantly refine our craft as builders so that we can make better and better instruments as we learn.