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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.

 

Angelus Acoustic In The Spray Booth

Snapshot: Around The Factory

by PRS Guitars on May 8, 2012

Filed Under Acoustics

<p>Angelus Acoustic in spray booth</p>

For 2012, the Tonare Grand and Angelus Cutaway PRS Acoustics are available with an adjustable truss rod for those who wish a higher level of adjustability. Private Stock and Collection acoustic instruments continue to incorporate a carbon fiber strength rod.

These photos show the first Angelus Cutaway acoustic with the adjustable truss rod in the spray booth.

Frets

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: http://prsguitars.com/detail/neck.html

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.