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Rules of Tone: Bridges

by PRS Guitars on July 29, 2013

Filed Under Electrics

The bridge of the guitar connects the strings of the guitar to the wood; it is the anchor of the instrument and its sound. In this video, Paul shows off some manufactory-fresh bridge parts before they are put into guitars during final assembly.  Featured are a tremolo bridge with arm, a stop-tail bridge, a multi-adjustable bridge, and a piezo bridge.  Built with extreme care for comfortable play, we designed these bridges to give musicians the best guitar experience possible.  As always, playability and musicality are of highest importance, and we always choose our parts with that in mind.  Enjoy the video!


Foundations: A Conversation with Carlos Santana, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, and Paul Reed Smith

A New Video from PRS Guitars

by PRS Guitars on November 2, 2012

Filed Under Electrics

If you could listen in on a conversation between Carlos Santana, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, and Paul Reed Smith, what do you think you might learn? While Santana and the Allman Brothers were on a recent tour, Paul Reed Smith sat down with this group of highly-respected guitarists to have a casual conversation about tone, finding your voice, and being a musician.

Follow the conversation as these three world-renowned musicians discuss their musical roots and how their individuality and tone developed with Paul.  The candid conversation covers many topics, but all are of interest to any musician who is serious about their art and finding or refining their own musical “voice.”

Neck Shapes

by Paul Reed Smith on May 10, 2012

Filed Under Acoustics / Electrics

Hi everyone. When I started working on the Rules of Tone, the goal was to build “magic” instruments, and the neck is definitely paramount to that. From the moment you pick up a guitar, the neck should feel very comfortable and strong. This has to do with many factors, including wood choice, wood drying, dimensions, ratios, and our attention to detail. Today, I’d like to focus specifically on neck shapes. We currently offer Pattern, Pattern Thin, and Pattern Regular neck shapes on our Core electric models. These came about through a new method we have to design, program, and cut our necks.



by Paul Reed Smith on May 4, 2012

Filed Under Acoustics / Electrics

The first thing you notice when you pick up a guitar is how it feels in your hands. The guitar neck is paramount to that moment, and the feel and function of the frets plays a major role in this. If you boil it down, we’re basically talking about fret material and shape. If the material is too soft, metal flakes will fall off of the guitar as it’s played. If it’s too hard, the frets contour to the fretboard. We use the hardest, functional material we can to avoid unnecessary re-frets.

Shop In Detail - Neck Team

by Paul Reed Smith on May 1, 2012

Filed Under Acoustics / Electrics

Here is the second chapter of our Shop in Detail tour series from a few years back…the Neck Team for our Core electric guitars. We are rereleasing these videos because there is no better way to understand who we are and what we do than to meet us and see us work. That is why our factory tours have always been so important and enjoyable.

Again, we’ll repost a new chapter of this series about once a week that in the end will cover our entire electric production as well as our amplifier, acoustic, and Private Stock teams. Enjoy!

View Shop In Detail - Neck Team here:

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.

Nut Material

by Paul Reed Smith on April 26, 2012

Filed Under Acoustics / Electrics

Here is a video about the beginnings of our theories and experiential understanding of nut materials. As we said in the Rules of Tone segment on our Phase III Tuners: every part of a guitar has an effect on its overall tone. The nut is no exception.

Shop In Detail - Body Team

by Paul Reed Smith on April 18, 2012

Filed Under Electrics

One of the most enjoyable things we do at PRS is giving tours. No one ever seems to leave without a smile and a greater understanding of who we are and what we do…a true “aha” moment. So, a few years back, we did an extensive set of tour videos that we called Shop in Detail.

Phase III Locking Tuners

by Paul Reed Smith on March 23, 2012

Filed Under Acoustics / Electrics

Every part of a guitar has an effect on its overall tone. Anything a string is attached to will drain energy away from it.

Let’s consider tuners. Tuning pegs are one of only a few parts that a string actually touches, so they’re very important. If we made the entire tuning peg out of silicone rubber, would the guitar sound better?

Introduction: “We Cracked The Code”

by Paul Reed Smith on January 22, 2012

Filed Under Acoustics / Electrics

Paul wrote the Rules of Tone over many years after a conversation he had with his father about physics. Essentially, it is a list of 21 rules of instrument making that are particular to PRS and the way we build guitars. The document is now locked away, and serves as a private record of PRS trade secrets written down to ensure that Paul’s philosophies and discoveries are never lost or forgotten. Though its title may sound restrictive, the Rules support our quest for tone by encouraging us to constantly refine our craft as builders so that we can make better and better instruments as we learn.