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Meet The Builders

Chosen for their ability to pay attention to the finest details and their passion for building the finest instruments, the small team of Private Stock craftsmen represent the pinnacle of PRS design and execution. By continually pushing the envelope at every stage of the build, these specialty luthiers see every instrument for its potential as an heirloom, a piece of art, and tool to make music.

Instrument making is a very personal thing at PRS, and at the end of the day, every member of the team wants your Private Stock to look, feel, and sound its best.

Meet the team behind Private Stock.

Paul Miles

Director of Private Stock

Paul Miles

Date you joined the PRS family?

08/1991

What are your main responsibilities at PRS?

I’m a MICA graduate with an attention to detail and organization that even drives me crazy. I’m responsible for running our Private Stock and PTC departments.

What’s the most essential tool for your job?

My mind...I believe there is a zen to guitar building and without being in the right headspace, it can be difficult at best.

Why did you want to work on guitars?

I didn’t know I wanted to work on guitars. I needed a job after college and I guess it was fate.

Number one thing on your bucket list?

I love to travel so as long as I am doing that I don’t have a bucket list.

Favorite food?

Sushi

Favorite quote?

I don’t really have a favorite, but I know the absolute worst quote I hear! “It is what it is.”

Favorite musician?

Greg Dulli from the Afghan Whigs and my favorite band is The Bronx.

Favorite song?

My two most played songs are “The Killer” by Greg Dulli live at the Triple Door, and “The Unholy Hand” by The Bronx.

Austin Harris

Speciality Guitar Luthier - Acoustics

Austin Harris

Date you joined the PRS family?

12/2001

What are your main responsibilities at PRS?

I do mainly neck work, but all assembly within the wood shop.

What’s the most essential tool for your job?

A good sharp chisel.

Why did you want to work on guitars?

I loved starting with raw wood and ending up with a beautiful guitar.

Number one thing on your bucket list?

To travel more.

Favorite food?

Mexican

Favorite quote?

“Fantasy is only reality that has yet to be discovered.” - Joe Hill

Favorite musician?

Too many to list

Favorite song?

“Forty-six & 2” - Tool
“A Change is Gonna Come” - Sam Cooke

Brian Lutz

Speciality Guitar Luthier - Finish

Brian Lutz

Date you joined the PRS family?

10/2000

What are your main responsibilities at PRS?

Paint jobs and bad-ass touch ups.

Favorite Private Stock worked on?

Each guitar has its own personality and voice. I remember each one I’ve worked on and treated each one with respect.

What’s the most essential tool for your job?

A spray gun and a brush.

Why did you want to work on guitars?

I have a background in woodworking and wanted to work at PRS because of the quality of these instruments being made. I wanted to lend a hand to that mission.

Favorite quote?

“I am the king of rock. There is none higher. Sucka MCs call me sire.” - Abraham Lincoln

Favorite song?

“Anvil of Crom” - Basil Poledouris

Dana Seidman

Speciality Guitar Luthier - Neck Specialist

Dana Seidman

Date you joined the PRS family?

08/1998

What are your main responsibilities at PRS?

I run day-to-day neck operation on our Private Stocks.

Favorite Private Stock worked on?

There’s a guy by the name of Steve P. on the Private Stock Forum, he goes by ‘’11top” - everything he comes up with is awesome.

Most essential tool for your job?

Dial Calipers - they help me make sure everything is in spec.

Number one thing on your bucket list?

Go to the Super Bowl.

Favorite local lunch spot?

Hong Kong Chinese Carryout!

Favorite food?

Peking Duck

Favorite musician?

David Gilmour / Pink Floyd

Favorite song?

The entire The Wall album.

Dave Crocker

Speciality Guitar Luthier - Stain (Electric and Acoustic)

Dave Crocker

Date you joined the PRS family?

05/1999

What are your main responsibilities at PRS?

I bring creativity with colors to the table. It is my job to make our Private Stock guitars the best looking instruments in the world.

Favorite Private Stock worked on?

I don’t really have a favorite, they are all special in their own ways. I am very proud of the all the colors I create and each one is a pleasure to stain.

Most essential tool for your job?

Creativity is my most essential tool, and my ability to think “outside of the box.” 3M fine pads and 320 sandpaper help out too!

Why did you want to work on guitars?

I kind of fell into the job at PRS when I started, but quickly realized it was the place for me.

Favorite local lunch spot?

I always eat my lunch in my car listening to whatever my current audiobook may be!

Favorite food?

My wife’s cooking! (and pizza)

Favorite quote?

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” - Winston Churchill

Favorite musician?

David Gilmour

Favorite song?

Whatever song my mood calls for.

Eric Granroth

Speciality Guitar Luthier - Final Assembly

Eric Granroth

Date you joined the PRS family?

01/2000

What are your main responsibilities at PRS?

Assembly, wiring, and set up on all Private Stock guitars - acoustics, artist relations guitars, and prototype guitars.

Favorite Private Stock worked on?

All of the McCarty Singlecuts are my favorite sounding guitars. The painted dragon run was really fun to build as well.

Most essential tool for your job?

Brain for focus and attention to detail. Also, my ears..the rest of the team does a great job making the guitars look beautiful, I need to make them play and sound as good as they look.

Why did you want to work on guitars?

I was too poor to pay someone else to work on my guitars, so I learned to do it myself. Then I found out that it could be my profession.

Favorite local lunch spot?

Kent Island Depot - AKA “The Gourmet Gas Station.” Their beef & brie sandwich is fantastic.

Favorite quote?

“I don’t know anything about music. In my line, you don’t have to.” - Elvis Presley

Favorite musician?

Slash, Tony Iommi, Ronnie James Dio

Favorite song?

This is ever changing. Today it was Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well.”

Herman Efland

Speciality Guitar Luthier

Herman Efland

Date you joined the PRS family?

02/1997

What are your main responsibilities at PRS?

Operating the CNC machine for the acoustic department. I came from a background on the finish hall, neck, and rough cut teams.

Most essential tool for your job?

The CNC machine and sand paper.

Why did you want to work on guitars?

Rock n’ roll, guitar love, and woodworking.

Favorite local lunch spot?

Our new break room.

Favorite food?

Mexican

Favorite quote?

“Less is more.”

Favorite musician?

Jimmy Page

Favorite song?

Stairway to Heaven

Jason Spicer

Speciality Guitar Luthier - Finish

Jason Spicer

Date you joined the PRS family?

05/2002

What are your main responsibilities at PRS?

Fret leveling and all finish work. Mainly wet sanding, buffing, turn around and casing.

Favorite Private Stock worked on?

PS# 5135 - a McCarty Singlecut.

Favorite quote?

"Who dares, wins.” David Stirling

Favorite song?

"Set To Fail” - Lamb of God

Joey Lambert

Speciality Guitar Luthier - Acoustics

Joey Lambert

Date you joined the PRS family?

03/20009

What are your main responsibilities at PRS?

All woodshop assembly, as well as some finish work.

Favorite Private Stock worked on?

A palo escrito classical guitar for Martin Simpson.

Most essential tool for your job?

A chisel.

Why did you want to work on guitars?

Because I’m in love with music and art. This seemed the best way to envelope myself in both worlds.

Number one thing on your bucket list?

To see Machu Picchu.

Favorite food?

Buffalo chicken wrap.

Favorite quote?

“Love that is not madness is not love.” - Pedro Calderon

Favorite musician?

Robin Pecknold

Favorite song?

Dustin O’Halloran - “Opus 20”

Pierce Cheney

Speciality Guitar Luthier - Woodshop

Pierce Cheney

Date you joined the PRS family?

03/2006

What are your main responsibilities at PRS?

Body sanding and finish sanding the guitars so they are ready for stain. I also do neck body assembly.

Most essential tool for your job?

My Dynoorbital sander or “Air Sander.”

Favorite local lunch spot?

Chic-fil-a

Favorite food?

Steak cooked on a hibachi grill.

Favorite musician?

George Harrison

Rick Ames

Speciality Guitar Luthier - Basecoat Finish Specialist

Rick Ames

Date you joined the PRS family?

10/1999

What are your main responsibilities at PRS?

Anything pertaining to basecoat on all private stock and artist guitars. Also, sanding, lots of sanding!

Favorite Private Stock worked on?

All the SCJ’s. Also, anything with a rosewood neck.

Most essential tool for your job?

Sandpaper and fine pads.

Why did you want to work on guitars?

Because I love them.

Number one thing on your bucket list?

To beat every video game I have or will ever own.

Favorite food?

Mexican

Favorite musician/song?

It depends on my mood, so it’s impossible to pick just one!

Rich Hubbard

Speciality Guitar Luthier - Woodshop

Rich Hubbard

Date you joined the PRS family?

12/1996

What are your main responsibilities at PRS?

Book match and build all Private Stock bodies from raw wood. I also body sand, and shape, and do custom inlay on bodies.

Favorite Private Stock worked on?

All artist guitars and the guitars of customers I meet.

Most essential tool for your job?

My trusty 5” Dynabrade orbital sander and eye for detail.

Why did you want to work on guitars?

Being a musician and having a love of music.

Favorite food?

Dead things, local veggies, and seafood.

Favorite quote?

“Carpe Noctem.”

Favorite musician?

All the great bass players!

Rich Schaefer

Speciality Guitar Luthier - Woodshop

Rich Schaefer

Date you joined the PRS family?

10/1999

What are your main responsibilities at PRS?

My specialty is Neck and Body Assembly. However, like all of us here in the Private Stock woodshop, I spend a fair amount of time sanding, drilling, filing and milling wood.

Favorite Private Stock worked on?

It's really hard to single out one favorite. There have just been so many insane and complex builds over the years! It can be incredibly rewarding to watch chunks of raw wood and shell become some of the finest instruments on the planet.

Most essential tool for your job?

The eyes. We work to an absolutely meticulous level of detail here. Also, hands are an important tool, especially when working on necks. Your Private Stock will look beautiful, but it is very important to us that the guitar's neck feels perfect in every way.

Favorite quote?

"Forgive him Theodotus: he is a barbarian and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.” - Caesar and Cleopatra, George Bernard Shaw

Favorite musician?

It’s impossible for me to narrow this question down. I have a voracious appetite for hearing new music! Part of my daily routine is finding something I haven’t heard before to throw on while working.

Rick Hancock

Speciality Guitar Luthier - Neck Specialist

Rick Hancock

Date you joined the PRS family?

11/2007

What are your main responsibilities at PRS?

I have a 40+ year guitar background and spend most of my time at PRS building, repariring, doing custom work on all string instruments, and various tasks that need to be done!

Favorite Private Stock worked on?

All of them!

Most essential tool for your job?

Chisels.

Why did you want to work on guitars?

I wanted to learn how to play, couldn’t afford one so I started making my first guitar. People started asking me to make or repair one for them and here I am!

Number one thing on your bucket list?

To empty the bucket.

Favorite quote?

“We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” - FDR

Favorite musician?

Chris Tomlin

Favorite song?

Amazing Grace (My Chain’s are Gone)

Rob Cartney

Speciality Guitar Luthier - Neck Specialist

Rob Cartney

Date you joined the PRS family?

08/1997

What are your main responsibilities at PRS?

Leveling fingerboards, placing frets on necks, and sanding the necks.

Favorite Private Stock worked on?

John Mayer’s

Most essential tool for your job?

My hands, eyes, and sandpaper.

Why did you want to work on guitars?

I enjoy playing guitar as well as woodworking.

Number one thing on your bucket list?

Travel throughout Europe.

Favorite local lunch spot?

The Love Point Deli.

Favorite food?

Steamed crabs and steamed shrimp.

Favorite quote?

“Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Favorite musician?

Jimmy Herring, Derek Trucks, Jeff Beck, Bob Marley.

Favorite song?

“Three Little Birds” - Bob Marley