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PRS Employee Spotlight - James Zimmers // PTC

by PRS Guitars on September 14, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics / Private Stock Electrics / S2 Series / PTC / Shop In Detail

<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 Employee Spotlight - Jeff Marolda // Quality Control

by PRS Guitars on August 21, 2015

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics / S2 Series / Shop In Detail

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!

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.

Paul Reed Smith Explains Our Pickups

by Hunter@PRS 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.

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.

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.

PRS Wood: The Future

by PRS Guitars on November 4, 2013

Filed Under Acoustics / Electrics / Shop In Detail

At PRS, we search far and wide for the very best wood to make our guitars.  As Paul has often explained, a guitar’s wood is a key ingredient to its tone.

Because wood is such an important asset to what we do, we are also serious about protecting the environment and making sure we are preserving the forests.

Shop In Detail - Neck Team

by Paul Reed Smith on May 1, 2012

Filed Under Acoustics / Electrics / Shop In Detail

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: