The PRS Factory Blog
The PRS Factory Blog

PRS Employee Spotlight - Jeff Marolda // Quality Control

by PRS Guitars on August 21, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics / S2 Series / Shop In Detail

Jeff Marolda’s alarm buzzes at 6:00 AM each work day. He leaves his home in Easton, MD and drives 30 minutes to our headquarters located in Stevensville, MD - just a few hundred yards from the Chesapeake Bay. Here at PRS, Jeff is responsible for a task we take very seriously - quality inspection. Check out this blog post to learn more about what Jeff does here at PRS!

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.

PTC Guitar Overhaul - Refinish and Pickup Install!

by PRS Guitars on July 2, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics / PTC

The Paul Reed Smith Tech Center (PTC) is in the business of making your guitar dreams a reality. In addition to standard PRS repairs and maintenance, the PTC specializes in overhauling your guitar to meet your unique needs as a musician. The PTC job we are exploring today features an extensive overhaul of an older PRS Singlecut Trem model. Check out this blog to see the changes our PTC made!

The Story: 30th Anniversary “Vine” Guitars

by PRS Guitars on June 9, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics / Private Stock Electrics

At PRS we care a lot about the art of guitar making. Things like quality, innovation, and a guitar’s aesthetic beauty keep us excited about our next build. To celebrate our 30th Anniversary of guitar building and continue our love of the art we are releasing the 30th Anniversary “Vine” guitars. Check out this blog post to learn more about this new limited run!

PTC Brent Mason Electronics Overhaul

by PRS Guitars on May 11, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics / PTC

The Paul Reed Smith Tech Center (PTC) is in the business of making your guitar dreams a reality. In addition to standard PRS repairs and maintenance, the PTC specializes in overhauling your guitar to meet your unique needs as a musician. The PTC job we are exploring today features an electronics and control layout change to a PRS Brent Mason signature model. This specific customer needed to easily access a variety of tones when gigging, and the PTC helped him make it happen!

PRS Guitar Backs - We Love Them Too!

by PRS Guitars on February 16, 2015

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

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!

The Story Of The 30th Anniversary Custom 24

by PRS Guitars on February 12, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics

<p>PRS 30th Anniversary Custom 24</p>

It’s our 30th Anniversary year and we’re pretty excited about it.  Paul started this business in 1985 in the attic of an old building in downtown Annapolis, MD.  He started building these guitars called the PRS “Custom” and they caught people’s attention pretty quickly.  Check out this story to learn more about the guitar that started it all.

PTC Pickup Install

by PRS Guitars on January 7, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics / PTC

The Paul Reed Smith Tech Center (PTC) is a group of talented guitar repairmen who are dedicated to the responsible repair and authentic techniques true to a PRS guitar’s original construction. Thousands of customers from around the world trust our PTC for anything from a setup to a complete guitar overhaul.

Check out this blog to see a recent job completed by our PTC!

PRS Finish: How It’s Done!

by PRS Guitars on December 1, 2014

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics / Shop In Detail

Here at PRS we pride ourselves on keen attention to detail and human hand work on each guitar and throughout every stage of manufacturing. The guitar’s stain and finish is no exception! Check out these cool videos highlighting how our “Prism” and “Blue Fade” finishes are created.

Understanding The Custom 24 Control Layout

by PRS Guitars on October 21, 2014

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics

The Custom 24 is the quintessential PRS guitar. This iconic instrument was the first model that Paul Reed Smith brought to the public at PRS Guitars’ first Winter NAMM show in 1985 and has been a top seller ever since.

This guitar is so popular because it gives a musician so many different tonal options in just one guitar. A player doesn’t need to mess with his or her amp in the middle of a gig to pull a different tone. When a new tone is needed, we’ve made it as simple as a flick of a finger.

Santana Guitar Gets Patched Up

by PRS Guitars on August 5, 2014

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics / PTC

This guitar arrived to our PTC department at the PRS factory in rough shape. The neck was somehow still connected to the body but the body was broken and cracked from the neck joint to the bridge! On the back of the guitar, it was also cracked all the way to the edge of the electronics cavity.  The only thing holding this guitar together was about an inch of unbroken wood. 

The customer sent the guitar in to our tech center (PTC) hoping that we could bring the beauty back to life. The neck and body were reset and glued sturdily back in place. The guitar was then stripped of its finish and the PTC refinished the guitar in its original color.  A final electronics assembly and setup made this guitar as good as new again!

Have you heard of our Artist Package?

by PRS Guitars on July 16, 2014

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics

If you love our core model guitars but wish you could spruce things up a bit, our Artist Package might be just what you’re looking for! With expanded options on things like maple tops, pickups, and finishes, you can get closer to building the guitar of your dreams.

The PRS Artist Package program is an exclusive platform for PRS Core electric guitars and acoustics that offers expanded options and enhancements on select models. Simply choose your model and pick from the available upgrades to create the most distinctive instruments and amplifiers available from the PRS Core production line.

PRS Brent Mason Model PTC Overhaul

by PRS Guitars on June 10, 2014

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics / PTC

<p>Brent Mason PTC Overhaul</p>

Imagine this..you’ve purchased your dream guitar and it feels and sounds great in your hands, BUT there’s just one little thing that you think would really make it tailored specially for you and your style. Enter our PTC department. They are in the business of making your guitar dreams a reality.

Santana III Goes Swimming

by PRS Guitars on April 25, 2014

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics / PTC

Unfortunately, accidents happen in life…sometimes to our most beloved treasures: our guitars.

After a home flooded with salty seawater, this PRS Santana III quickly became rusted and destroyed.  For this customer, dissapointment became relief after our PTC center took the guitar in.

Hollowbody Headstock Fix!

by PRS Guitars on February 5, 2014

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics / PTC

<p>Hollowbody Headstock Repair</p>

This lovely green Hollowbody II showed up to our PTC center in need of some tender loving care. Unfortunately, the guitar landed on its headstock in the middle of an epic jam-session.  This posed no threat to our PTC guys, they had her fixed up in no time. In a fortunate turn of events, this Hollowbody will live to shred another solo.

Good work, guys! If you would like to learn more about our PTC department, or send your own PRS in for repair, click HERE.

NF3 Gets New Pickups, New Floyd, New Life!

by PRS Guitars on January 7, 2014

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics / PTC

<p>PTC Job on NF3</p>

This guitar was sent to our PRS Tech Center (PTC) as a NF3 fitted with the standard three “Narrowfield” pickups.  The owner was ready for a change so he sent it in to our talented guys here at PRS for some new life.

We were able to remove the middle pick-up, re-route the body to fit a larger 59/09 pickup, re-route the body to fit a Floyd Rose tremolo, and finally tie it all together with a new pick guard.  It may sound easy, but our tech center worked hard to preform quality work while preserving the tone and resonance expected of this caliber of an instrument.

PRS Finish Hall

by PRS Guitars on November 8, 2013

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics / Private Stock Electrics / S2 Series / SE Electrics / Shop In Detail

We love fades, bursts, solid tops, glows, you name it.  All of that gets done here in the base coat and top coat departments.

After paint is applied, a team of employees meticulously inspects every instrument.  Even the smallest abnormality will not go uncorrected.

We take pride in our instruments so that when its finally in your hands, you can too.