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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!

PRS Artists at Vans Warped Tour!

by PRS Guitars on June 26, 2015

Filed Under Acoustics / SE Acoustics / Electrics

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!

#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!

Meet The Dealer - Moore Music!

by PRS Guitars on June 22, 2015

Filed Under Acoustics / Amplifiers / Electrics

Our dealer network is important to us here at PRS Guitars! After all, they’re the ones 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 it out!

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!

5 Reasons Why PRS SE Standards Are Great First Guitars!

by PRS Guitars on June 8, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / SE Electrics

Recently we announced a new line of SE guitars called the “SE Standards.” We released four models in total: the SE Standard 22, SE Standard 24, SE Standard 245, and the SE Santana Standard. The release of these models brings to market the most affordable PRS guitar to date — $499. However, our only concern wasn’t the price; we wanted a quality, great-feeling, and great-sounding instrument. Check out this blog to see why we believe the SE Standards are great for first-time guitarists (or s.asoned musicians)!

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

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!

Private Stock Graphite Guitars

by Hunter on May 22, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / Private Stock Electrics / Rules of Tone

In 2006, Paul Reed Smith wrote a document called The Rules of Tone. The point was to put down in writing all of the philosophies that contribute to making a “magic” instrument. Many “tweaks” have been embodied by our team as a practical result of this document, including using unplated brass at key points on our hardware, acclimating and drying our woods the way we do, working to constantly maintain clear, hard, and thin finishes, and looking back at the master guitar makers in history to learn what they were thinking. Carrying on the PRS tradition of constant research and development, here is the story behind the small batch Private Stock “Graphite Guitars.”

Meet The Dealer - Dave’s Guitar Shop!

by PRS Guitars on May 18, 2015

Filed Under Electrics

Our dealer network is important to us here at PRS Guitars! After all, they’re the ones 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 it out!

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!

The Private Stock 30th Anniversary Dragon - Behind the Scenes

by PRS Guitars on April 15, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / Private Stock Electrics

At first glance you may not realize that the Private Stock 30th Anniversary Dragon is constructed with over 285 pieces of inlay! The material, comprised most prominently of jade, azurite, lapis, pyrite, abalone, and mother of pearl, is placed in the routed guitar body by hand. The inlay process is so involved that we elicit the help of our friends over at Aulson Inlay. With Aulson’s knowledge and experience we were able to create this museum quality instrument that is as fun to look at as it is to play. Check out this blog post to see the Dragon’s build process!

Carlos Santana and Martin Music Team Up For A Great Cause

by PRS Guitars on April 1, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / SE Electrics

PRS signature artist Carlos Santana recently toured through Memphis, Tennessee and took some time to stop by Martin Music. While he was there he signed a brand new PRS SE Santana guitar that Martin Music is using for a silent auction. 100% of the final auction price will be donated to Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School as part of their Anchor Auction fundraiser. The proceeds will help to fund the cost of class art projects, trips, and much more.

Meet the Dealer - Crazy Dave’s Music!

by PRS Guitars on March 25, 2015

Filed Under Electrics

Our dealer network is important to us here at PRS Guitars! After all, they’re the ones 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 it out!

PRS at SXSW 2015 - The Photojournal!

by PRS Guitars on March 24, 2015

Filed Under Acoustics / SE Acoustics / Electrics / S2 Series / SE Electrics / Events

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!

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.

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!

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.

PRS Holiday Gift Guide!

by Hunter on November 26, 2014

Filed Under Electrics

The holiday season is quickly approaching and it’s time to think about all the cool gear you can get your guitar-minded friends (or yourself)! Our PRS store stocks cool apparel, strings, parts, and guitar care accessories - all at great prices. Check out this blog post to get an idea of some of the sweet products we offer.

Meet the New S2 Maple Top Colors!

by PRS Guitars on November 19, 2014

Filed Under Electrics / S2 Series

Since our announcement of the S2 line of instruments last year, we have been working hard to develop new guitars in the S2 family that look, feel, and sound great. We recognize that to many guitarists, the look of the guitar on stage is almost as important as its tone. With that said, our finish department has been working hard to develop a few new colors that we are proud to present on all of our maple top S2 guitars. Check out the new colors!

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.

Understanding the S2 Controls Layout

by PRS Guitars on October 1, 2014

Filed Under Electrics / S2 Series

Last year we introduced our S2 line of guitars with the idea of offering high-quality American made guitars at a more affordable price. We started with three models: the S2 Mira, the S2 Starla, and the S2 Custom 24. Since then, we have added 5 new models for a total of 8 product offerings in the S2 Series.

We are proud of how they look, how they feel, and most importantly how they sound. Each guitar in the lineup sounds a bit different and produces different tones. However, one thing that all of the S2 models share is their simple yet intelligent control layout that helps the player achieve a wide variety of great tones. Check out this blog post to see how it all works.

What Artists Are Saying About the PRS S2 Starla

by PRS Guitars on September 11, 2014

Filed Under Electrics / S2 Series

Our S2 Starla model has been out for a little over a year now, in that time it has been played by thousands across the country and tour-tested by a number of our artists! As a company we believe in quality and craftsmanship and the S2 Starla is no exception. In this blog post we see what professional musicians have to say about the Starlas they tour and record with.

Private Stock of the Month

by PRS Guitars on August 27, 2014

Filed Under Electrics / Private Stock Electrics

“Private Stock” guitars are custom-built and made to order. The goal of Private Stock is to create the most beautiful, best playing, and best sounding guitar money can buy. A customer ordering a Private Stock can select their own wood types, pickups, electronic configuration, and so much more.

Each month we will select one of these Private Stock built guitars and feature it on this blog. We will take detailed photos and explain the components that make the guitar unique.

“Private Stock” What Is It?

by PRS Guitars on August 21, 2014

Filed Under Electrics / Private Stock Electrics

From time to time, you may hear us toss around the phrase “Private Stock Guitar.” If you’re unfamiliar with PRS or you’re a new fan, this term may leave you a bit confused. In an effort to clear things up, give this article a read and allow us to briefly explain these special guitars.

Private Stock of the Month - August 2014

by PRS Guitars on August 6, 2014

Filed Under Electrics / Private Stock Electrics

“Private Stock” guitars are custom-built and made to order. The goal of Private Stock is to create the most beautiful, best playing, and best sounding guitar money can buy. A customer ordering a Private Stock can select their own wood types, pickups, electronic configuration, and so much more.

Each month we will select one of these Private Stock built guitars and feature it on this blog. We will take detailed photos and explain the components that make the guitar unique.

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.

Private Stock of the Month - June 2014

by PRS Guitars on June 23, 2014

Filed Under Electrics / Private Stock Electrics

“Private Stock” guitars are custom-built and made to order. The goal of Private Stock is to create the most beautiful, best playing, and best sounding guitar money can buy. A customer ordering a Private Stock can select their own wood types, pickups, electronic configuration, and so much more.

Each month we will select one of these Private Stock built guitars and feature it on this blog. We will take detailed photos and explain the components that make the guitar unique.

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.

Private Stock of the Month - May 2014

by PRS Guitars on May 16, 2014

Filed Under Electrics / Private Stock Electrics

<p>Private Stock Blog of the Month</p>

“Private Stock” guitars are custom-built and made to order. The goal of Private Stock is to create the most beautiful, best playing, and best sounding guitar money can buy. A customer ordering a Private Stock can select their own body shape, wood types, pickups, electronic configuration, and so much more.

Each month we will select one of these Private Stock built guitars and feature it on this blog. We will take detailed photos and explain the components that make the guitar unique.

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.

Paul Reed Smith Explains Our Pickups

by Hunter on January 9, 2014

Filed Under Electrics / Rules of Tone / Shop In Detail

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times, Paul Reed Smith is a tone junkie.  From the woods to the finish, everything can affect the final tonality of your guitar.  The pickups are certainly no exception!

Nearly every pickup for our core model guitars are wound here in our Maryland factory by a team of talented people.  Additionally, each component of the pickup (wire, bobbin, etc.) is specifically chosen by Paul because he requires only the best for our instruments.  We create many different types of pickups here at PRS so that our musicians can capture the tone they seek.

In the video below, Paul tells the story behind some of our most recent PRS pickups.

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.

Employee Workspace: Final Assembly

by PRS Guitars on December 5, 2013

Filed Under Electrics / Shop In Detail

<p>Final Assembly Workspace</p>

Every once in a while we will post a photo of an employee’s workspace.

This is Jeff’s space, he works in final assembly.  Final assembly is the last stage in our guitar production process.  It’s the place where tuning pegs, electronics, strings, and extra tender loving care go into our guitars.

Jeff’s job is to give our instruments a serious final inspection before heading out the door.

The guitar pictured is a SC245.

SE Mike Mushok Baritone Gets New Life

by PRS Guitars on December 4, 2013

Filed Under Electrics / SE Electrics / PTC

<p>SE Mike Mushok Baritone Before/After</p>

This guitar began its life in the form of a SE Mike Mushok Baritone. The instrument came standard with a brown burst finish and a string through body stoptail bridge. 

The owner was ready for a little change so he contacted the PRS PTC department. The PTC team re-routed the body to fit a Floyd Rose Tremelo and also refinished the guitar in Jet White.

As always, the PTC department did a flawless job.

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.

Influenced By What’s Natural: S2 Custom 24

by PRS Guitars on November 5, 2013

Filed Under Electrics / S2 Series

Fall is a great time of year and gives us a great canvas to display our guitars!

Pictured above is the new PRS S2 Custom 24.  Made with a mahogany back and a maple top, the Custom 24 is our USA-made axe at an all new price point.

Learn more about the new S2 Series, HERE.

New Paul’s Guitar Limited

by PRS Guitars on August 26, 2013

Filed Under Electrics / Private Stock Electrics

In addition to creating our core line of instruments, PRS has a team of highly talented, seasoned guitar makers crafting instruments known as “Private Stock.”

Paul Reed Smith says it best here: “The goal of Private Stock is not only to create the most beautiful and best playing guitar money can buy, but the best sounding. We work very closely with each order - through hourly discussions, experimentation, meticulous checks of every detail at each step in the process and making final tweaks when the guitar is complete - to make sure we are building the best guitars possible. If you get an extraordinary instrument from Private Stock that is equally as good as a family heirloom and a musician’s tool to make a living on, we have done our job.”

In the Spring of 2013, the Private Stock team built a limited run of one of our core line instruments, Paul’s Guitar.

In this interview, we sit down with Paul Miles, the Director of Private Stock, to get an inside look on the Paul’s Guitar Limited built by the Private Stock team.

All new Nouveau Inlays!

by PRS Guitars on August 23, 2013

Filed Under Electrics / Private Stock Electrics

In addition to creating our core line of instruments, PRS has a team of highly talented, seasoned guitar makers crafting instruments known as “Private Stock.”

Paul Reed Smith says it best here: “The goal of Private Stock is not only to create the most beautiful and best playing guitar money can buy, but the best sounding. We work very closely with each order - through hourly discussions, experimentation, meticulous checks of every detail at each step in the process and making final tweaks when the guitar is complete - to make sure we are building the best guitars possible. If you get an extraordinary instrument from Private Stock that is equally as good as a family heirloom and a musician’s tool to make a living on, we have done our job.”

In the spring of 2013, the Private Stock team created an all new inlay style available for order on any private stock guitar. 

In this interview, we sit down with Paul Miles, our Private Stock director, to get an inside look on this brand new “Nouveau” inlay.

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.