The Wood Library - What Is It?

Filed Under Electrics / Core Electrics

Guitars often come through our production line and out of our doors labeled as “Wood Library” guitars. But what does it all mean!? In this post, we attack this question head on and try to explain these unique instruments.

Tucked away upstairs in a corner of our 85,000 square foot factory are racks of extraordinary wood. Maple, mahogany, korina, rosewood, swamp ash, you name it. Dozens of species of timber hanging out in this area we call the “Wood Library.”

The Wood Library program is in a way similar to our Private Stock program in that it is an elaborate menu-based program for the PRS Core line of guitars designed to give our dealers the opportunity to build special runs for their store and customer base. The common misconception is that the quality of the wood in the wood library is unique. That’s not the case; the wood library is graded on the same scale in which we grade our other woods: Core, 10-top, Artist Package, Private Stock.

What is unique however, are the combinations of wood dealers can place together when ordering a run of wood library instruments. Let’s give an example, take for instance our Custom 24 model, it comes stock with a mahogany back, maple top, mahogany neck, and rosewood fingerboard. A dealer ordering a Wood Library Custom 24 run now has the option of swapping that mahogany back for korina, or swamp ash, or anything else offered inside the wood library. Or instead of swapping the Custom 24’s standard mahogany back they may choose to swap the mahogany neck for maple, or rosewood.

It may seem complicated, but the Wood Library is simple, it enables dealers to swap some of the materials in our core guitars. It’s designed to encourage the dealer to visit PRS and hand select the woods, options, colors, birds, pickups, electronics, well you get the idea…for their very own special run. Why do dealers come all this way? To give their customers the very best experience with our brand and theirs.

The Wood Library is a great option for customers looking for a unique wood combination and something a little different than we normally offer!

Below are some photos of our wood library!

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Comments (13)

Tom November 15, 2017 - 2:00pm
Hello. I have an opportunity to buy a guitar that I am told is a wood library model. It had a very light colored wood for the body, but no indication of what that might be. Also, it is described as having a "Noirlite fingerboard" So what is Noirlite, and is there any way I can determine what wood the body is made from? Thanks!
Lorenz Eyssen December 30, 2016 - 4:59am
Hallo, I bought - as I've been told - a Custom Order PRS Custom 22, 10-top with a one-piece-top in Blue Matteo/Matteo Blue with the serial number 4 83165. So it used to be a 2004 model. I would like to know, how long did the wood dry, especially the fretboardwood, before it was fixed on the guitar in 2004 ? Thanks for your answer. Yours sincerely Lorenz Eyssen
Marcel May 12, 2016 - 6:23pm
Hi Hunter, With all the efforts PRS go's through to bone dry wood; why spray water over the Maple tops? Same applies for putting stain on the Maple tops. Is an alcohol stain not better? Thanks for your kind answer! Marcel
[email protected] April 25, 2016 - 11:05am
Hey Frank, Wood Library guitars have "Wood Library + the base model name" written on the hang tag of the instrument. For instance "Wood Library Custom 24."
Frank Venuto April 23, 2016 - 11:42am
Hi guys. Love your stuff. Can you tell me if a wood library guitar has documentation included in the case stating that it is a wood library build?
[email protected] March 31, 2016 - 4:17pm
Hey Mark, our woods come from a variety of sources. For maple tops we use east coast and west coast maple. We always make sure we are purchasing from sustainable, eco-friendly sources!
Mark haren March 30, 2016 - 1:17am
Does Paul Reed Smith guitar wood come from plantation
[email protected] March 07, 2016 - 3:52pm
Hey Adrian, imagine a tree in the forest becoming a guitar. One-piece tops would need to be cut from thicker (older) trees. Figured maple is rare to begin with, but even more difficult to find in large (older) trees. We are able to use younger maple trees when we do two-piece tops. We try our best to join the two-pieces so that the grain matches as closely as possible. All of our wood is responsibly sourced of-course!
[email protected] March 07, 2016 - 3:48pm
Hey Sebastian! It's simply a spray-bottle filled with water. Like you mentioned, the moisture brings the grain of the wood out and helps us visualize what the top would look like after finish is applied.
Adrian March 03, 2016 - 5:16am
Yeah! And what I would like to know is, why does a guitar's body need to be made from 2 wood pieces put aside. Can't there be a single piece? Wouldn't that make for a better sound?
Sebastian September 08, 2015 - 8:19pm
Hi guys, AMAZING pictures! ive got a really silly question. Whats inside the green bottle? ive seen one of your videos where Paul uses that spray on the wood and the grain of the wood stand. Sorry if my english aint that good.
PRS Guitars September 01, 2015 - 3:37pm
Hey Murat, A popular choice for string choice in drop C tuning in a shorter scale would be 11 gauge. Please see the link, we like the DGT strings. http://us.prsaccessories.com/collections/strings/products/prs-11-49-electric-guitar-strings-dgt
Murat August 31, 2015 - 11:09am
I've Prs SE 245 and i use the drop C tuning. But it has 24,5” scale length. What do you recommend about strings choice ? I’m not ask the only strings brand. I’m asking strings range which is critical for me. P.s. : I'm not like very tight tension. I like the use a little swingging. (Sure that not too much) And i must use close actions ( till the buzzz point :) beacuse my lead parts are fast.

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