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The Private Stock Country Western Tonare

by Hunter on November 21, 2014

Filed Under Acoustics / Private Stock Acoustics

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!

2014 Private Stock Tree of Life Angelus

by PRS Guitars on October 16, 2014

Filed Under Acoustics / Private Stock Acoustics

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.

Meet PRS Guitar’s First All-Mahogany Acoustic: SE Angelus A10E

by PRS Guitars on September 16, 2014

Filed Under Acoustics / SE Acoustics

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.

Paul Smith and Tony Polecastro Talk Acoustics!

by PRS Guitars on August 26, 2014

Filed Under Acoustics / Core Acoustics / Private Stock Acoustics

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.

PRS Acoustics: Behind the Scenes

by PRS Guitars on August 19, 2014

Filed Under Acoustics / Core Acoustics / Private Stock Acoustics

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.

PRS at Vans Warped Tour

by PRS Guitars on August 1, 2014

Filed Under Acoustics / SE Acoustics / Events

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!

Private Stock Blue Tortuga Acoustic

by PRS Guitars on June 26, 2014

Filed Under Acoustics / Private Stock Acoustics

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.

Private Stock Siskiyou Redwood Acoustic

by PRS Guitars on June 11, 2014

Filed Under Acoustics / Private Stock Acoustics

<p>Tunnel 13 Acoustic</p>

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.

Behind the Scenes: PRS Acoustics

by PRS Guitars on June 10, 2014

Filed Under Acoustics / Core Acoustics / Private Stock Acoustics

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.

PRS Acoustics: A Conversation With Senior Acoustic Luthier, Michael Byle

by PRS Guitars on February 12, 2014

Filed Under Acoustics / Core Acoustics / Private Stock Acoustics

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.

PRS Guitars Celebrates the Re-Opening of the Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore with Guitars for Local School

by PRS Guitars on October 14, 2013

Filed Under Acoustics / SE Acoustics

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.

Angelus Acoustic In The Spray Booth

Snapshot: Around The Factory

by PRS Guitars on May 8, 2012

Filed Under Acoustics / Core Acoustics

<p>Angelus Acoustic in spray booth</p>

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.

Collection Series III by Private Stock

Paul Reed Smith Testing Finished Collection Electrics and Acoustics

by Paul Reed Smith on April 30, 2012

Filed Under Acoustics / Private Stock Acoustics / Electrics / Private Stock Electrics

<p>Paul Play Testing Collection Series III Instruments</p>

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.