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2014 Private Stock Tree of Life Angelus

by PRS Guitars on October 16, 2014

Filed Under Acoustics / Private Stock Acoustics

Each year PRS Guitars supports the Kimmel Cancer Center through charitable donations and the PRS Charity Golf Tournament. For 2014, the PRS Private Stock Acoustic team will build 11 “Tree of Life” limited edition angelus guitars, with the prototype being auctioned off and proceeds going to support the research and work done by Kimmel Cancer Center at John Hopkins. The guitar features a winding tree of life inlayed fretboard with Bloodwood back and sides.

Paul Smith and Tony Polecastro Talk Acoustics!

by PRS Guitars on August 26, 2014

Filed Under Acoustics / Core Acoustics / Private Stock Acoustics

Recently, Paul Reed Smith took a trip out west to visit downtown Bozeman, Montana, the home of The Acoustic Letter. The goal of the trip was for Paul to have a conversation with Tony Polecastro, master acoustic guitar reviewer and front man of The Acoustic Letter. In a fun and laid back setting, Tony fired questions at Paul relating to Paul’s history with acoustic guitars, favorite tone woods, and the philosophy and approach our company takes towards building these hand-crafted acoustic instruments.

PRS Acoustics: Behind the Scenes

by PRS Guitars on August 19, 2014

Filed Under Acoustics / Core Acoustics / Private Stock Acoustics

Inspired by our affinity for building and enjoying outstanding musical instruments, PRS Private Stock acoustics are heirloom-quality guitars with remarkable tone and exquisite playability. Whether with exotic or time-tested tone woods, traditional finishes and stains or wild colors, or with an understated inlay choice or a bold artistic expression, each PRS Private Stock Acoustic is truly a work of art that celebrate the craft of guitar building and the world that inspires us.

PRS Maryland-made acoustics are hand crafted in small batches by a small team of experienced luthiers. They not only deliver remarkable tone and playability, they also deliver a visual sensation that defines the PRS Acoustic experience.  Both in sound and in appearance, PRS Private Stock Acoustics are bold, lively, and breathtakingly beautiful.

Private Stock Blue Tortuga Acoustic

by PRS Guitars on June 26, 2014

Filed Under Acoustics / Private Stock Acoustics

Inspired by our fondness for nature and our affinity for color, the Blue Tortuga Private Stock Acoustic will catch listener’s eyes and ears.  Outstanding tone and playability is only a piece of what this guitar features. 

With its Bahamian blue quilted maple backs and sides evoking the tropical waters where some species of Tortugas Marina (Sea Turtles) can be found, the Blue Tortuga headstock inlay featuring an exploded map of the world in its shell, and the smaller sea turtles making their way up the fingerboard, this PRS Private Stock Angelus is an excellent example of what PRS is known for. Built by a small team of exceptional Private Stock luthiers building small batches of guitars each year, the Blue Tortuga sings with a sweet voice that is crisp and articulate yet has the soulful midrange and bass that truly defines the PRS Acoustic experience. 

Keeping in the 30+ year tradition of using the finest tone woods, eye popping colors and intricate inlay, the PRS Private Stock Acoustic Team have created an heirloom quality tribute to the craft of guitar building and the world that inspires us.

Private Stock Siskiyou Redwood Acoustic

by PRS Guitars on June 11, 2014

Filed Under Acoustics / Private Stock Acoustics

<p>Tunnel 13 Acoustic</p>

The redwood timbers used for the top of this PRS Private Stock acoustic instrument once framed the backdrop to the story of the last great train robbery of the west. Harvested around 1880 in Oregon, this Coastal Redwood was to spend the next 120 years air-drying in Tunnel No. 13 in the Siskiyou Mountains. Naturally aged, this redwood is resonant with a full, complex tone that is a slightly darker than spruce but with more headroom than cedar. This fine-grained old-growth redwood is thought to have been more than 2,000 years old at the time of harvest, imbuing these instruments with historical significance, tone, and beauty.

Behind the Scenes: PRS Acoustics

by PRS Guitars on June 10, 2014

Filed Under Acoustics / Core Acoustics / Private Stock Acoustics

Check out the video below to get an up close and personal look into the lives of the acoustic luthiers who build PRS acoustics.

The PRS acoustic team is a small group of highly talented people who build handcrafted guitars known for their tone, quality, and playability. This video focuses on luthier Joey Lambart as he speaks about his experience on the PRS acoustic team and plays an original tune on a guitar he and his fellow luthiers built.

PRS Acoustics: A Conversation With Senior Acoustic Luthier, Michael Byle

by PRS Guitars on February 12, 2014

Filed Under Acoustics / Core Acoustics / Private Stock Acoustics

Nestled in the second floor of the 85,000 square foot PRS shop in Maryland, a small team of acoustic luthiers build PRS Acoustics. Since their introduction in 2009, these guitars have become known for their tone, quality, and playability. I recently sat down with Senior Acoustic Luthier Michael Byle to talk Acoustics.

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.