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!
My first taste of PRS guitar was before I started playing, roughly the age of 13. My dad was trading in a Les Paul to get a Custom 24 (yellow top with red back) and I watched the thrill of the sale go down. He still has the guitar to this day! I learned on a Telecaster but on rare occasions I would pick up his Custom 24 and brag about the resonance it had. As I was wanting to experience ownership of an instrument I bought all kinds of guitars under 1K. I just couldn’t think about owning a PRS (pre SE).
My first PRS was a Custom 22 Blue Matteo with a Rotary Knob to select pickup positions. I got it for 1K from my dad’s friend, a collector, who is beyond generous. It got the name Jolly Rancher because of the candy like deliciousness it appeared to have. Then Alter Bridge happened and I took a generous loan from my supportive grandparents to get a 2009 Tremonti II, paid them back in full and have played that thing daily since then. Paints chipping on the neck and belt buckle scratches galore, but it’s a daily reminder of the hours spent playing.read full story
A few years ago I had the pleasure of attending the PRS experience with my Dad, Jim. We had an amazing day and it was filled with many great artists but the musician that really stood out to me was Mark Tremonti. As a kid I was taken aback by his serious chops and his ability to shred but I could also tell there something more mysterious and musical going on with how he played that separated him from the shredders of the classic rock age. That was the point I decided that I needed to really make music a part of my life and I fell in love with the Tremonti Signature model. Knowing it was expensive but not having a real concept of financial limitations I told my dad “The only thing I am going to ask Santa for for Christmas is the Tremonti signature model.”
I read the PRS catalogue every day from the experience up to Christmas Eve hoping that Santa Claus would catch the hint and hook me up. To my amazement there was one long rectangular box under the tree that year and inside was a sleek black case and the guitar I had been dreaming about for months. I spent about a good hour just staring at it, from the classic PRS birds to the beautiful rosewood fretboard to the shiny pickups, before I actually felt like I had built up enough courage to play it. My dad saw my reaction to the gift and said that Santa had also left two tickets to the upcoming creed concert where we could see Mr. Tremonti in action. I was thrilled to get to see Mark again, but little did I know that my dad had contacted Ms. Fowler at PRS and sent the pictures of me on Christmas morning, asking if there was any way for us to get the guitar signed by Mark. Not only was she able to get us in touch with Mark’s production office to get it signed, but we were shocked to receive two backstage passes for the meet and greet with Mark himself.
After the concert (which was epic) we got to go backstage and I had the pleasure to shake hands with Mr. Tremonti and tell him how much of an impact he had on me. He put the cherry on top by picking up my guitar and giving it a quick shred before signing it and telling me “Now it has my name on it, you better play it well.” Stunned by a perfect day I walked out of the backstage area and we drove home. To this day it is still my favorite guitar and I continue to only play with PRS products in my live performances and recording settings. The quality of every instrument is otherworldly and I often rave about PRS so much to my friends that they go and pick one up as well. But the real influential part of PRS for me, is the fact that Ms. Fowler took time out of her busy day to help some young kid meet his guitar hero; and forever hook him on to a very enjoyable and very expensive part of his life. The communal aspect of the company is why I keep coming back as I do not feel like another customer, I really do feel like a part of the PRS family. Thanks to all of you at PRS and please keep doing what you do best!read full story
Not much of a big or fancy story, but still a personal one either way: I started playing guitar around Sophomore year of high school and absolutely idolized Tim Mahoney of 311. The effects, the grooves, the punk, the rock, the metal, the clean, all of these sounds he was able to get out of one guitar. This is something that turned me on to PRS because of the versatility, and the beauty, of a single instrument. Sadly, being a poor high school student at the time, I couldn’t afford the most fancy model, but I was still able to land a gorgeous Custom 24 SE that I still shred on today and still sounds and looks amazing. I don’t think I can ever play or pick up another ax that isn’t a PRS anymore and feel the same way I do when I pick up mine. Only time (and finances) can tell how many more and what kind of other PRS guitars I will own. Thanks, everyone!read full story
When I was looking into getting my first guitar, my dad tried to convince me to get a PRS. His go-to is a Ted McCarty that is simply gorgeous. I tried some of the SE’s but honestly could not see what he was raving about. I ended up getting something else but continued trying the SE’s.
I was in NY two years ago for business. Feeling the itch to touch steel, I searched for the nearest guitar shop. It happened to be Umanov’s in the West Village. The staff there were terrific, some of the best folks in the business I had met so far. The S2 had just came out. They had a couple in what was then the largest gathering of PRS guitars I had seen. I tried an SE but didn’t change my opinion. Then I tried one or two full production models. I finally got it, this is why my dad loved his McCarty. I lamented at how far out of my price range they were. I then tried the S2. This was clearly my guitar. It played like a full production model but with a little scrimping and saving, I could manage to afford one.
I didn’t buy that guitar that day, as tempted as I was. I wanted to give my business to a local retailer so headed back home to Maryland, near DC. I came into a bonus at work a few weeks later. I knew exactly what I was going to do with that cash. A quick search revealed a home town treasure I never had cause to actually visit, Washington Music Center. Fate was at play. The salesperson who met me in their guitar department was none other than a twenty year vet of PRS who regaled me with tons of stories that merely inflated my new found admiration for the brand. They had two S2’s and I immediately fell in love with the black cherry finish. They unboxed it for me, mine were the only hands that had touched it other than the fine folks at the factory who built it and set it up.
My story doesn’t end there. As I continued learning guitar, I started focusing on the blues. I was kind of curious to maybe get a hollow body or a semi-hollow. Not even six months later, the S2 semi-hollow came out. I think you know where this is going. In a bit of Maryland state pride, I bought the semi-hollow S2 in blue crab smoke burst. I love both my PRS guitars, whether I am rocking our or singing the blues. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was another one waiting for me in my future.read full story
It all started when I was 14 and learning to play trumpet, 2 years of learning “So What” by Miles Davis was enough to turn me off learning a musical instrument. At that age I was more serious about playing tennis until one fateful Saturday morning when I was watching video hits. An amazing song came on that reminded of Miles Davis but also Jimi Hendrix & Eddie Van Halen at the same time. “Always With Me, Always With You” by Joe staring made my trade my tennis racquet for an electric guitar and I haven’t looked back since.
I ventured down to the local guitar shop and the first electric guitar I saw when I entered the shop was Custom 24 with a flame red top… amazing, but at $5000 way to much for someone that had never played guitar before. The guitar journey began and during the passing years i’ve played in a number of original and cover bands, played numerous gigs and have released independent CD’s. The time eventually came to form my own band and record my own original music, it was then that I bit the bullet and lashed out and purchased a PRS, it was a glorious day and memories of that Flame Red custom 24 came flooding back. I was the proud owner of PRS guitar. It was a 96 McCarty and it is just a magic guitar, the feel, the balance, the neck, the sound and of course the looks!!!
Thanks PRS for creating such a wonderful instrument that has brought the best out of my playing and inspires me to create music every day.read full story
I can remember 1st hearing about PRS back in the late 80’s early 90’s, There was always a mystique about them that intrigued me I couldn’t explain it. I played a few in stores but buying one at the time when i had the available funds was eluding me. I finally picked bought my 1st PRS a Clint Lowery SE then it just snowballed from there with an SE One and SE Angelus acoustic, Then I finally had the available funds to get USA Core PRSi now I’m up to 6 Core PRS and the most special one came at the 30th Anniversary Party where i bought a Charcoal Burst 30th Custom 24 and had Paul and Emil sign it.read full story