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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!

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.”

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.