Buying a PRS is a special memory. Chances are you spent months gazing at it in a product catalog, on a website or on the wall at your local guitar store.
Either way, it's hard to forget the moment you finally take it home with you.
Here at PRS, we love hearing the stories of satisfied customers and the day they purchased their PRS Guitars. If you have a story about buying your PRS, tell us below!
I had always heard PRS guitars were well built. I saw a grey SC250 hanging on the wall of a local pawn shop and wanted it, but the price was out of my reach. Luckily, my girlfriend stopped by to take a picture for me. When she found out the price she asked if they had any cheaper ones. The guy working there showed her a SE Bernie Marsden and she sent me the pic. I fell in love with it and bought it that day putting a hundred dollars down on it to hold it until I got there to pick it up a week later.
I had watched the tour videos from each of the shops at PRS and knew how much care goes into each of these guitars. I watched all of the reviews about the SE guitars and after taking my guitar out of the hard case it came, in I inspected it with a big smile on my face. There was not one ding on this guitar and after tuning and strumming it, it sounded fantastic. You can hear and feel the resonance throughout the guitar. Then plugging it in, I heard what I had been waiting to hear. I now had a very well made instrument in my hands. I felt bad for the previous owner because he or she had to part with it. Now it will be my turn to show this guitar the love it deserves. My favorite song is “Take care of you” by Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa. I have named my 2012 SE Bernie Marsden “Beth.” It’s the best money I have ever spent and I am sure she will last me a long time.read full story
I had finally saved enough money to do it… I left Geneva and flew to New York where I knew I’d find the axe of my dreams. But I landed on a Wednesday afternoon sick as a dog, with a flu I was dragging from back home, so I had to suffer through that first. By Sunday, I was healthy enough to embark on my pilgrimage to Guitar Center. The train dropped me off at Union Square, I walked two blocks west, and then I took a right to open the gates to what seemed like guitar heaven…Or was it hell? There were so many to choose from! Suddenly crippled by choice, I realized I wasn’t in Geneva anymore. I had gone in planning to purchase a Les Paul, but I just wasn’t sure, and two trips to the store later, I still couldn’t decide. Then it was the day before I had to go back home. I couldn’t fathom the idea of going back empty-handed, and just when I thought making a choice was all but impossible – that’s when I eyed the PRS corner. Of course… Why hadn’t I thought of a PRS before? Oh, right, because PRS guitars were a badge of honor, and I hadn’t felt worthy of one. I hadn’t earned it yet. I remembered a teenaged version of myself fantasizing about these beauties on the pages of Guitar World Magazine…but then again, I wasn’t a teenager anymore. Could I really be ready for this? I tried two Custom 24s – a blue one and a cherry one, both so beautiful! As I tried every riff I knew, I realized that my entire trip had been leading up to this moment. It made complete sense – I was ready. The choice was clear, and I always did love the color red. The store was closing by the time I’d made up my mind, and I wasn’t carrying a credit card. Not now, I thought, not when I was so close! Thankfully, a kind salesperson agreed to wait for me as I rushed to the nearest bank to get cash. I hurried back looking like an awkward tourist with my pockets stuffed with bills, but it didn’t matter. At long last, I had found my guitar. That trip to NYC left an indelible mark on me, and it’s thanks to this amazing instrument that I took home. Nowadays, I (half-jokingly) refer to it as my wife. She also has a name: Elizabeth. As fate would have it, and with a few more trips under my belt, I chose to move to New York permanently in 2013. To this day, my PRS remains my trusty companion off-stage, and on-stage with my band, Von Voigt, but that’s a whole other story…read full story
I have been playing guitar for many years and I have had a few different guitars…when I started playing back in the early 80’s, I could only dream of owning a PRS because, even if I could afford it, I am a left-handed player and PRS just wasn’t making lefties back then.. well, things change and PRS decided to make some lefties in 2011 and of course, as a person gets older, hopefully they can make a purchase like a PRS… and I DID! I saved my pennies and purchased my left handed Faded Blue Jean masterpiece and I LOVE IT… I have two guitars now, my PRS and a special accoustic. that’s it, that’s all I need! I love my PRS… I waited a long time to get it and it was worth it.read full story
I first started playing the guitar when I was 11 years old. I played for a good 7 years before I made bad choices and gave up. Fast forward a few years, I’m a little older, a little wiser, and a combat veteran looking for an escape. I thought back to everything I’ve done that made me happy, and music was it, the one constant in my life - even if I hadn’t been playing - that had always been therapeutic. I had always wanted a PRS, but lacked the funds to buy such a beautiful piece of art. I went to the local music store, and stumbled across the SE line, and immediately fell in love. That day I went home with an SE Custom 24 and started the process of learning everything over again. Through good and bad times, every day I make it a point to play at least an hour a day, and always feel “refreshed” after my sessions.read full story
I have wanted a PRS from the very first time I ever saw one. But I never let myself literally even pick one up, let alone play it. I knew I could never afford one so I didn’t want to torture myself. Every year at Christmas I asked for really just one thing: a PRS guitar. Ever since I saw the Zach Myers semi hollow body I fell in love with it. That and my wife and I are huge fans of Shinedown and Zach. This year for Christmas my wife decided to do a not so little “twelve days of Christmas” scavenger hunt for me with every day having me run out to the wood shed or decode something in Binary.. yes she is just that creative. Finally on Christmas day after a few very tough clues, a large box showed up on the couch for me to open. I suspected I may get a new guitar from the size of the box, but was completely blown away to find out that the entire family gotten together to chip in to buy me the guitar I always wanted. Even more surprised that it was a color I had never seen.. even MORE surprised to see it had been signed by Zach on the back of the head. I was speechless… by far the best present I have ever gotten. What amazed me about the guitar was that it plays and sounds even better than I ever expected.read full story
My wife and I visited a guitar show about 20 years ago in Syracuse, NY. I picked up a blue PRS Custom 24 and ended up playing on it for quite some time - it just played and sounded amazing. Even my wife, who is not a guitar player, commented on how beautiful the instrument was. With both of us just out of school there was no budget, so I had to put the instrument back in the stand. Three years ago I visited John Mann’s Guitar Vault in Bedford, NH. The plan was to trade my Gibson SG in for a PRS SE model. John’s collection is truly amazing, and while I was trying out a few SE models, my wife spotted a blue Custom 24. She immediately remembered the one from NY, and asked me to try it. I thought that was a rather cruel request as I had not contemplated buying a core model, but obviously obliged. It played just like the one from 20 years ago - just amazing. Even more amazing was my wife who said - “let’s get that one - you’ve worked hard all these years, you deserve it”. That day the blue Custom 24 came home and I’ve been playing it almost every day ever since. And we made new friends with John and Roxanne Mann, who are both fantastic people. I had the privilege to meet Paul Reed Smith at their place a few times now, which is a great experience! His passion for quality and instruments is truly inspirational.read full story