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PRS 2017 Year In Review!

by PRS Guitars on December 4, 2017

Filed Under Acoustics / Amplifiers / Electrics

<p>PRS 2017 Year In Review</p>

Believe it or not, 2017 is drawing to a close, and following the release of our first wave of 2018 products, we thought it would be a great time to recap all of the wonderful product announcements and limited runs that have hit stores this past year.

The 2017 PRS Holiday Gift Guide!

by PRS Guitars on November 21, 2017

Filed Under Acoustics / Amplifiers / Electrics

<p>PRS Holiday Gift Guide 2017</p>

We’ve made a list, and we’ve checked it twice. Here’s our curated collection of the best PRS accessories you can gift to that guitar-crazed friend in your life (or yourself)! While the busy holiday season quickly approaches, you can do your shopping right on the PRS webstore which we keep stocked with cool apparel, strings, parts, and guitar care accessories - all at great prices.

Check out the gift ideas below, all available directly from PRS! And pssst, grab the holiday-sale promo code at the bottom of the page!

Check Out These Great PRS Dealers!

by PRS Guitars on November 20, 2017

Filed Under Acoustics / Amplifiers / Electrics / Meet The Dealer

<p>PRS Dealers</p>

Your guitar buying experience should be low stress! Having a great selection of PRS models in one place, paired with a knowledgable staff, will help you find the guitar of your dreams in no time. Check out this blog as we highlight a few of our dealers with a great selection of PRS gear in stock now (and just in time for the holidays!)

GuitCon 2017 Wrap-Up!

by PRS Guitars on October 6, 2017

Filed Under Amplifiers / Electrics / Events

<p>GuitCon 2017 PRS</p>

Recently, two members of the PRS team traveled to Markneukirchen, Germany to take part in a new and special guitar event called “GuitCon.” What is GuitCon? Find out here!

PRS Featured On Voice of America!

by PRS Guitars on August 29, 2017

Filed Under Acoustics / Amplifiers / Electrics

<p>PRS Voice of America</p>

Voice of America is a U.S. government-funded international news source that serves as the United States federal government’s official institution for non-military, external broadcasting. They recently stopped by the PRS factory in Maryland to interview Paul Reed Smith and learn more about our Maryland manufacturing!

The J-MOD 100 Amplifier Controls Explained

by PRS Guitars on July 18, 2017

Filed Under Amplifiers / Core Amplifiers / Meet The Model

<p>John Mayer J-MOD 100 Amplifier</p>

Born from passionate people who really love great tone, the J-MOD 100 Amplifier was the result of a close collaboration between PRS and musician John Mayer. While the amp has a relatively simple control layout, it can achieve a wide variety of tones with some easy manuevering of the controls. Check out this blog for a video demonstration of the many sounds the J-MOD can produce, and how you can make it happen!

Behind The Scenes: Vans Warped Tour Artists

by PRS Guitars on June 29, 2017

Filed Under Amplifiers / Electrics / Core Electrics / S2 Series

<p>Warped Tour PRS</p>

The Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys is the nation’s largest traveling music festival and has been connecting fans with their favorite bands since 1995! For the musicians on the tour, Warped is one of the most aggressive touring schedules one can experience, typically spanning 41 cities in 50 days. We took the time to chat with a few artists playing PRS on this year’s tour, and learn about their favorite parts of Warped, the gear they’re using, and more!

Behind The Scenes: Life As A Guitar Tech

by PRS Guitars on June 14, 2017

Filed Under Amplifiers / Electrics / Tips & Education

If you’re a high-level musician on the road, you’ve probably come to realize that a good guitar tech is an invaluable asset. They have the skills to keep your guitars, amps, & pedals working to their full capacity and they make sure you can focus on performing your best. In this blog we interviewed a few of these professionals to learn about their life on the road and get their tips on keeping your gear in tip-top shape!

Behind The Scenes: J-MOD 100 Q&A w/ John Mayer

by PRS Guitars on June 1, 2017

Filed Under Amplifiers / Core Amplifiers

<p>PRS John Mayer J-MOD 100</p>

To date, John Mayer has used his J-MOD 100 signature amplifier on over 50 tour dates around the world. However, prior to his succesful runs with Dead & Company and his own “Search For Everything” tour, Mayer, Paul Reed Smith, and amp designer Doug Sewell spent months researching and designing the J-MOD 100. Learn more about the process here.

Meet The Models: Sonzera Amplifiers

by PRS Guitars on February 13, 2017

Filed Under Amplifiers / Meet The Model

In just one month since its release, our Sonzera ampflier family has been receiving great feedback from a wide variety of artists, publications, and gigging musicians. If you haven’t yet heard the Sonzera, we’ll give you the scoop here.

PRS At NAMM 2017

by PRS Guitars on January 13, 2017

Filed Under Acoustics / Amplifiers / Electrics / Events

It’s that time of year again as we trek to sunny Anaheim, California for the annual NAMM show! The National Association of Music Merchants or “NAMM” is a music industry trade show inaugurated in 1901. The show exists to support the music industry and show the world the latest innovations in musical products, recording technology, sound, and lighting.

The Top 10 New Releases of 2015!

by PRS Guitars on December 30, 2015

Filed Under Acoustics / Amplifiers / Electrics

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!

Meet The Dealer - Guitars USA!

by PRS Guitars on December 23, 2015

Filed Under Amplifiers / Electrics / Meet The Dealer

Our dealer network is important to us here at PRS Guitars! After all, they’re the folks taking care of our guitars after we make them and before they get into our customers hands! We started “Meet the Dealer” so you can get an inside peek at some of the shops that sell PRS Guitars. Check out our interview with Guitars USA below!

10 New #myPRS Stories Added!

by PRS Guitars on December 23, 2015

Filed Under Acoustics / Amplifiers / Electrics

#myPRS is an opportunity for you to tell us (and others) the story of you and your PRS guitar. Tell us how you came to own it, what you’re using it for now, the things you appreciate about the guitar, anything! Check out this blog post for a sample #myPRS story and then tell us your own.

The PRS Holiday Gift Guide!

by PRS Guitars on November 24, 2015

Filed Under Acoustics / Amplifiers / Electrics

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!

Nine New #myPRS Stories Added!

by PRS Guitars on September 15, 2015

Filed Under Acoustics / Amplifiers / Electrics

We love hearing the stories of our customers buying their first PRS! For that reason, we started collecting and sharing them publicly. If you have a story to share, we can’t wait for you to tell us. Check out this blog to read a sample from #myPRS and see how you can submit your story!

David Grissom at The Crown Guitar Festival

by PRS Guitars on August 20, 2015

Filed Under Amplifiers / Core Amplifiers / Electrics / Core Electrics / Events

PRS Signature artist and blues legend, David Grissom is heading up to Montana to take his place as the “Blues Artist in Residence” for this year’s Crown Guitar Festival. David will be offering workshops, clinics and lessons during this week long, guitar-loving festival. While the workshops and instruction time are only open to registered attendees, David, and a very impressive roster of artists, will be featured in nightly concerts that are open to the public. Check out this blog post to learn more about the Crown Guitar Festival.

New #myPRS Stories Added!

by PRS Guitars on August 11, 2015

Filed Under Acoustics / Amplifiers / Electrics

We love hearing the stories of our customers buying their first PRS! For that reason, we started collecting and sharing them publicly. If you have a story to share, we can’t wait for you to tell us. Check out this blog to see how you can submit!

Les Schefman: “How I Use PRS Amps to Make A Living”

by PRS Guitars on July 27, 2015

Filed Under Amplifiers / Core Amplifiers / Tips & Education

<p>Les Schefman ELF XI</p>

At PRS we realize not every person using our gear is a rock star with 80,000 Twitter followers, we also care about you: the weekend gig-warrior, the session guy, the late night jam-sesh with friends. Our passion is building guitars and amplifiers that inspire you as much as Carlos Santana, Mark Tremonti, or any other big-name musician. Check out this blog to read a real life story of how a PRS player uses his gear.

Producer’s Thoughts On The Archon Amp In The Studio

by PRS Guitars on July 24, 2015

Filed Under Amplifiers / Core Amplifiers / Tips & Education

<p>PRS Archon Amplifier</p>

When you’re investing in a new amplifier, a few thoughts should be passing through your mind before you drop the cash. Things like: How will this amp perform on stage? How will it track in the studio? Is it versatile or a one-trick pony? Will it handle my different guitars/rigs? All intelligent and important questions. Our engineering team dwelt on these questions during the development of our Archon family of amps and a few noteworthy producers have noticed. Check out this blog to read their thoughts!

#myprs: Have You Told Us Your PRS Story?

by PRS Guitars on June 25, 2015

Filed Under Acoustics / Amplifiers / Electrics

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!

PRS Plum Amplifiers!

by PRS Guitars on June 10, 2015

Filed Under Amplifiers / Core Amplifiers

Our amplifier department wants you to spice up your summer with some color! Three of our amp models are getting aesthetically overhauled in a limited edition plum tolex. The 2 Channel Custom, Archon, and HXDA amplifiers will be offered in this unique color and you’ll be sure to catch some attention at your gig. Check out this blog to learn more about them!

How to Get an Artist Endorsement by Bev Fowler, Director of Artist Relations

by PRS Guitars on June 3, 2015

Filed Under Acoustics / Amplifiers / Electrics / Tips & Education

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!

PRS Guitars NAMM 2015 Recap

by PRS Guitars on January 27, 2015

Filed Under Acoustics / Amplifiers / Electrics / Events

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!

Small Batch Limited Edition Amps!

by PRS Guitars on August 29, 2014

Filed Under Amplifiers / Core Amplifiers

New product releases are always fun, especially when they sound and look as good as these two limited releases from our amp department!  We are proud to announce the 20-piece Limited Run Archon in Digital Camo and the 20-piece Limited Run 2-Channel Custom 20. In this blog post you can find the specs for each amp and learn a bit more about the great features these amps offer.

Inside a PRS Amp: The Sweet 16

by PRS Guitars on November 6, 2013

Filed Under Amplifiers / Core Amplifiers

A lot of hard work and quality control testing goes into our amps here at PRS.  Hand wiring each component is a big part of what we do.

After each amp is wired and assembled we put signal through the amp for hours to make sure it holds up.  We don’t want our amps to ever fail you on stage, we want them to bring your tone to an all new level.

Pictured above is the inside of our all-tube PRS Sweet 16 Amp, you can learn more about this amp, HERE.

Joey Santiago On His SE Amps

by PRS Guitars on August 1, 2012

Filed Under Amplifiers

<p>Joey Santiago of The Pixies</p>

“I am using the SE 50 on stage. It has a great punky edge, but it’s also really warm. What really sets it apart is its definition. It’s versatile. I love its clean sounds as well…It has a sparkly high end that I can’t get with a Marshall.”

– Joey Santiago, Pixies

David Grissom On His PRS Anniversary Amp

by PRS Guitars on July 30, 2012

Filed Under Amplifiers / Core Amplifiers

<p>David Grissom</p>

“The PRS Anniversary amplifier fills the “35 watt plexi” slot in my amp setup. It has the punch and midrange of a great older Marshall at a slightly lower and more practical volume than a plexi 50. I love that the 2 channels are bridged internally so I don’t have to jump them with a cable. Blending the 2 channels gives me a wide array of vintage British tone with lots of low end punch. Additionally, it is a new hand built amp, so I don’t have to worry about a 40 year old transformer or filter cap failing at a gig or session. Wonderful, pure, vintage inspired tones…....I love this amp!”

- David Grissom

Dave Weiner on PRS Amps

by PRS Guitars on July 18, 2012

Filed Under Amplifiers

“I’m touring the world with Steve Vai this year.  I need versatile, incredible sounding amps with flawless reliability for this gig.  I chose PRS’s 2-Channel H amps.  Their sound, dual master volumes, reverb and loop give me everything I need.” - Dave Weiner

For more on Dave Weiner, visit: http://www.daveweiner.com/

Paul On Custom Amp Designs

Demos of the HXDA, MDT and Blistertone

by PRS Guitars on May 15, 2012

Filed Under Amplifiers

In this video, Paul talks about the Custom Amp Design (CAD) program and demos some of the featured models, such as the MDT, HXDA and Blistertone.