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A Closer Look: The McCarty 594 Models

by PRS Guitars on November 30, 2016

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics

<p>PRS McCarty 594</p>

The PRS “McCarty” was born from a passion for vintage tone. Since the introduction of the original McCarty model in 1994, the McCarty lineup has expanded as our company has evolved. Today we are armed with a greater understanding of vintage instruments, more research, and new models that push us towards our goal of building a perfectly modern, “vintage” instrument. Read about the journey here.

PRS & Music Education: An Interview with Michael Palmisano // Guitargate

by PRS Guitars on November 4, 2016

Filed Under Acoustics / Electrics

<p>Guitargate PRS</p>

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.

How To Prevent Guitar Tuning Troubles

by PRS Guitars on October 24, 2016

Filed Under Electrics / PTC

There are few things more frustrating than a guitar that constantly falls out of tune, and as a company we know this! We want you to spend more time rocking than tuning, so we go to great lengths in our factory to make sure you get a stable and reliable instrument. However, once the guitar is yours, there are a few best practices you’ll need to abide by to keep your guitar playing in tune for all its days. Learn more in this blog post!

Meet The 2017 SE Lineup

by PRS Guitars on October 17, 2016

Filed Under Electrics / SE Electrics

As a musician, you want an instrument you can trust. A guitar that can take a beating but keep on giving, stay in tune when it matters, and sound incredible. You want it to look good and make your playing feel effortless. Oh, and you don’t want to spend your life savings. Meet the 2017 SE lineup.

S2 Custom 24 & S2 Semi-Hollow Mira Reviewed!

by PRS Guitars on October 3, 2016

Filed Under Electrics / S2 Series

Recently, we teamed up with our pals at Sonicbids to host a special contest for rising artists. The prize? The winner’s choice of one of our S2 or SE guitars. The only catch is that the winners had to tell us what they thought about the guitars after they got them in their hands! Check out the reviews here as winners Nick and Jack discuss their new PRS instruments.

PRS In Musical Instrument Museum’s “Dragons & Vines” Exhibit!

by PRS Guitars on September 27, 2016

Filed Under Electrics / Private Stock Electrics / Events

<p>PRS Dragon 2002</p>

This November, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix Arizona is celebrating the unparalleled combination of imagination and artistry in inlaid guitars. Opening November 5, 2016, the exhibit “Dragons and Vines: Inlaid Guitar Masterpieces” will present a collection of instruments featuring stunning inlay design created by the greatest contemporary North American inlay artists, luthiers and collaborators and highlighting the works and private collection of Larry Sifel (1948-2006), Pearl Works founder and PRS Guitars’ longtime inlay partner.

A Closer Look: Brian’s Guitars “Walking Zombie” Private Stock

by PRS Guitars on September 20, 2016

Filed Under Electrics / Private Stock Electrics / Meet The Dealer

<p>PRS Walking Zombie Private Stock Guitar</p>

Some of the most unique guitar building and experimentation takes place in our Private Stock department. When customers and dealers come up with ideas, our Private Stock folks get inventive to make it happen. Connecticut based dealer, Brian’s Guitars approached us with an idea for a zombie-themed guitar, we brought it to life.

We Love Rock Festivals: PRS at “The Music Experience”

by PRS Guitars on September 15, 2016

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

<p>PRS Music Experience</p>

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!

PRS & Music Education: The TEI Tent at Warped Tour

by PRS Guitars on September 14, 2016

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

<p>TEI Warped Tour 2016 PRS</p>

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!

The Private Stock “Periscope Guitar” #3 Is Complete!

by PRS Guitars on September 2, 2016

Filed Under Electrics / Private Stock Electrics

<p>Periscope Guitar #3</p>

If this is your first time hearing about it, the “Periscope Guitars” are instruments hand-spec’d by Paul Reed Smith in our Private Stock wood vault via live streaming video on Periscope. It’s a fun collaboration with the video viewers as we choose the specs together! Watch the video and see the finished 3rd “Periscope Guitar” here!

Ideal Rock Guitars from the PRS SE Line

by PRS Guitars on August 29, 2016

Filed Under Electrics / SE Electrics

In this blog post, we hand the reins over to Bobby Kittleberger, the founder and editor of Guitar Chalk and a contributing editor at Guitar World. If your guitar playing leans towards the world of rock and you’re wondering which PRS SE guitar would be a good fit, let this article be your guide!

Mark Holcomb Talks About His New SE Signature Model

by PRS Guitars on August 17, 2016

Filed Under Electrics / SE Electrics

<p>Mark Holcomb’s SE</p>

It’s been one month since we released our latest SE signature model, the SE Mark Holcomb. This now popular model brings a number of unique specs to the PRS lineup, influenced largely by our collaboration with Mark and understanding his musical style and taste. If you’re curious about the SE Mark Holcomb, hear from Mark himself in this Q&A session as we discuss specs, tones, and much more!

513 vs 408 - How Are They Different?

by PRS Guitars on August 10, 2016

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics

Our 513 and 408 models both fall into a sort of “specialty” category here at PRS. While both instruments are 22 fret models with our custom body shape, they become strikingly different when you break down their electronics layout. Check out this blog post to gain some insight into how each model works and what makes them beautifully unique.

Missed Connections: 58/15 Limited Edition Custom 24

by PRS Guitars on July 27, 2016

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics / Missed Connections

“Missed Connections” are our way of making sure you have a second chance to see all of the great limited run guitars that we make - often in very small batches! This missed connection features a unique limited edition guitar released last year, the “58/15 Custom 24.” Check out this blog to get a closer look at this limited run and find a dealer who still has one in stock!

Behind-The-Scenes: The McCarty 594

by PRS Guitars on June 22, 2016

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics

It’s been about a month since we released our newest core model, the McCarty 594, and the feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive! This model incorporates some old tricks Paul Reed Smith learned from his late mentor Ted McCarty, as well as a few firsts for a PRS core model. Learn more about the McCarty 594 here!

Missed Connections // 30th Anniversary “Vine” McCarty & Custom 22

by PRS Guitars on May 24, 2016

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics / Missed Connections

Every once in a while on our blog you’ll see a post titled “missed connections.” It’s our way of making sure you have a second chance to see all of the great limited run guitars that we make - often in very small batches! This “missed connection” features two special guitars we made for our 30th Anniversary, the “Vine” McCarty & Custom 22. Get a closer look here!

Behind-The-Scenes: PRS Body Sanding

by PRS Guitars on May 6, 2016

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics

A vast amount of work goes into the production of a PRS guitar, but today we are going to focus in on just one step in the process, body sanding. If you’ve ever wondered how we do it and why there’s so much attention to detail, hopefully this blog will provide some answers!

PRS Collection Series - A Retrospective

by PRS Guitars on April 29, 2016

Filed Under Acoustics / Electrics / History

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!

Missed Connections // Private Stock 30th Anniversary Custom 24

by PRS Guitars on April 22, 2016

Filed Under Electrics / Private Stock Electrics

Every once in a while on our blog you’ll see a post titled “missed connections.” It’s our way of making sure you have a second 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 30th Anniversary Custom 24 - a small batch run of only 60 pieces worldwide! Get a closer look in this blog post and see where they’re still available!

Meet the Two New Metallic Colors Offered By PRS!

by PRS Guitars on April 19, 2016

Filed Under Electrics

Back in July of 2015, we announced the release of two metallic colors for our S2 lineup, Egyptian Gold Metallic and Ice Blue Firemist. In our constant effort to keep things fresh and continue innovating, we’re now offering two brand new metallic finishes to take the place of Egyptian Gold Metallic and Ice Blue Firemist. Check out the new colors in this blog post!

Behind-The-Scenes: March Private Stock “Guitar Of The Month”

by PRS Guitars on March 29, 2016

Filed Under Electrics / Private Stock Electrics

2016 is a special year because it celebrates the 20th Anniversary of our custom shop, affectionally known as Private Stock. For this anniversary year, Private Stock is bringing back the “Guitar Of The Month” program - a new experimental guitar design will be released in small numbers each month of 2016! Learn more about the March Guitar Of The Month in this blog post!

The Private Stock “Periscope Guitar” #2 Is Complete!

by PRS Guitars on March 2, 2016

Filed Under Electrics / Private Stock Electrics

What’s this “Periscope Guitar” you ask? ...Well it started a few months ago when we grabbed Paul Reed Smith and asked him if he wanted to try something new. We showed him an app called Periscope. Using the app, we were able to live-stream a broadcast of Paul inside our Wood Vault - a special section of our shop where we keep our finest Private Stock grade woods. During the broadcast, Paul solicited the help of viewers to select woods for what we have now affectionally dubbed the 2nd “Periscope Guitar!” The guitar came out great! Check out this blog post to view the Periscope broadcast and see the finished guitar!

Behind-The-Scenes: February Private Stock “Guitar Of The Month”

by PRS Guitars on February 24, 2016

Filed Under Electrics / Private Stock Electrics

2015 was the year of our 30th Anniversary, and now that it’s behind us, we have a new exciting year to focus on, 2016! This year is special because it celebrates the 20th Anniversary of our custom shop, affectionally known as Private Stock. For this anniversary year, Private Stock is bringing back the “Guitar Of The Month” program - a new experimental guitar design will be released in small numbers each month of 2016! Check out this blog post to see the February Guitar Of The Month!

Off To The Races

by PRS Guitars on February 22, 2016

Filed Under Electrics / Events

Hello! Jack Higginbotham here – President of PRS Guitars. I recently returned from the Rolex 24 at Daytona, our partner IMSA’s most high-profile racing event. I have not attended this race in a few years since the NAMM show (the music/gear industry’s largest tradeshow) and the Rolex have traditionally landed on the same weekend, so it felt somewhat nostalgic to land at the tiny Daytona airport and make my way back to the track. Here is a bit of a story about the weekend…

PTC Guitar Overhaul - Hollowbody II With Coil-Taps!

by PRS Guitars on February 1, 2016

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 making unique modifications to your guitar to meet your needs as a musician. The PTC job we are exploring today features our Hollowbody II model with a few tweaks. Check out this blog to see the PTC work!

Meet The January Private Stock “Guitar Of The Month”

by PRS Guitars on January 27, 2016

Filed Under Electrics / Private Stock Electrics

2015 was the year of our 30th Anniversary, and now that it’s behind us, we have a new exciting year to focus on, 2016! This year is special because it celebrates the 20th Anniversary of our custom shop, affectionally known as Private Stock. Check out this blog post to learn more the anniversary and special return of “Guitar of The Month!”

Missed Connections // 30th Anniversary Lefty Custom 24

by PRS Guitars on January 18, 2016

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics / Missed Connections

Every once in a while on our blog you’ll see a post titled“missed connections.” It’s our way of making sure you have a second chance to see all of the great limited run guitars that we make - often in very small batches! This “missed connection” features the 30th Anniversary Lefty Custom 24 - a small batch run of left handed guitars with 30th Anniversary Custom 24 specs!

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.

PTC Guitar Overhaul - “Floyd” Custom 24!

by PRS Guitars on December 14, 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 making unique modifications to your guitar to meet your needs as a musician. The PTC job we are exploring today features our Custom 24 “Floyd” model with some electronics mods. Check out this blog post to see that the PTC made possible!

PTC Guitar Overhaul - Hollowbody II Modifications!

by PRS Guitars on December 4, 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 making unique modifications to your guitar to meet your needs as a musician. The PTC job we are exploring today features our popular Hollowbody II model with some interesting modifications. Check out this blog post to see what the PTC was able to do!

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!

Meet The Private Stock Dealer - Willcutt Guitars

by PRS Guitars on November 11, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / Private Stock Electrics / Meet The Dealer

Our Private Stock dealers are hand-selected from our authorized dealer base to ensure you have the most dedicated and knowledgeable people helping you through your Private Stock order. Today, we are featuring Willcutt Guitars, one of our esteemed PRS dealers. View this blog post to see four recent Private Stock instruments spec’d and ordered through Willcutt Guitars.

Meet The New PRS S2 Satins!

by PRS Guitars on November 10, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / S2 Series

After months of research and development, play testing, and fine tuning, we are proud to present three S2 Satin models! Check out this blog post to meet the S2 Singlecut Satin, S2 Standard 24 Satin, and S2 Standard 22 Satin - starting at $999.

Paul’s “Periscope Guitar” Is Here!

by PRS Guitars on October 16, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / Private Stock Electrics

A few months ago, we grabbed Paul Reed Smith and asked him if he wanted to try something new. We showed him an app called Periscope. Using the app, we were able to live stream a broadcast of Paul inside our wood vault - a special section of our shop where we keep our finest Private Stock grade woods. During that broadcast, Paul selected the woods for what he has now been affectionatly dubbed “The Periscope Guitar.” Check out this blog post to see the broadcast and the completed guitar!

PTC Guitar Overhaul - SE Mods and Low-Tuning!

by PRS Guitars on October 13, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / SE 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 making unique modifications to your guitar to meet your needs as a musician. The PTC job we are exploring today features an overhauled SE Mike Mushok Baritone, a guitar we offered in 2014 and for a few years prior. Check out this blog post to see the work that was done by the PTC!

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!

PRS Employee Spotlight - James Zimmers // PTC

by PRS Guitars on September 14, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics / Private Stock Electrics / S2 Series / PTC

<p>PRS PTC Employee James “Skitchy” Zimmers</p>

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. In this blog post, we have a chat with one of our PTC employees, James Zimmers. James has been an employee at PRS for 14 years, and working with guitars since the age of 14 - about 20 years! Check out this blog post to learn more about the work James does in our PTC shop!

PRS Collection Series - The Story

by PRS Guitars on September 10, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / Private Stock Electrics

The PRS Collection Series was introduced in the Fall of 2011, and began with our dream of building the best guitar model we could. After sorting out the very best materials and woods, in 2011 the Collection Series I McCarty was released in a limited quantity alongside the Collection Series 1 Tonare Grand Acoustic. These prized instruments and our subsequent Collection instruments incorporate a balance of PRS traditions and innovations and are built with care to our exacting methods. In this blog post we explore the latest Collection Series, Collection Series IX.

PRS Employee Spotlight - Jeff Marolda // Quality Control

by PRS Guitars on August 21, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics / S2 Series

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 - Vernon Reid’s S2 Vela!

by PRS Guitars on August 11, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / S2 Series / 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 PRS artist Vernon Reid’s newest axe, an S2 Vela with some awesomely unique modifications! Check it out in this blog post!

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!

S2 Metallics - Inside The Finish Hall

by PRS Guitars on July 29, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / S2 Series

The new S2 Metallic colors were launched a little less than a month ago. What many people may not realize is that this project has been in the works for over 4 months! Check out this blog post to learn a little more about the new S2 Metallic colors and what’s involved with the process!

S2 Celebration Competition Winners Announced!

by PRS Guitars on July 15, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / S2 Series

<p>S2 Mira</p>

This year PRS celebrates the third anniversary of the S2 Series! As part of our celebration, we partnered with our friends at Sonicbids to host a competition. The PRS artist relations team searched through hundreds of Sonicbids applicants in search of the top emerging talent nationwide! The bands that entered were given a ranking based on musicality, creativity, and performance. Check out the winning bands in this blog post!

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!