Media & Press

Awards & Accolades

  • 2014 Premier Guitar “Gear of the Year Award” PRS Archon
  • 2014 Premier Guitar “Premier Gear Award” SE Zach Myers
  • 2014 Guitar Player “Editor’s Pick” S2 Mira Semi-Hollow
  • 2013 Music & Sounds Retailer Best 5-String Bass award for Grainger 5-String Bass
  • 2013 Music & Sound Retailer Lifetime Achievement/Hall of Fame Award for Paul
  • 2013 Music & Sound Retailer Best Electric Guitar of 2013 award for S2 Custom 24
  • 2013 Chesapeake Region Safety Council awards PRS with the 2013 Platinum Award of Excellence in Manufacturing
  • 2013 GrassRoots MotorSports Magazine names PRS as one of the 20 Things that “Rocked our World”
  • 2013 Kennedy Center Awards honors PRS Signature artist, Carlos Santana
  • 2013 People of Influence Art Initiative names Paul recipient of award
  • 2012 Queen Anne County Arts Council names Paul as 2012 Person of Note
  • 2011 Guitar World Platinum Award for 2 Channel H amp
  • 2011 Guitar World Platinum Award for DC3
  • 2010 Music & Sound Award for the 513 Swamp Ash and Sweet 16
  • 2011 Guitar World Gold for the Award SE Santana
  • 2010 MIPA (Musik Messe International Press Association) "Best Electric Guitar of the Year" Award for the 305. MIPA is an organization comprised of more than 100 musical instrument magazines from all over the world voting for the best product in 40 categories. Each year since its inception in 2000 PRS Guitars has been nominated for MIPA’s "Best Electric Guitar of the Year" award.
  • 2010 Guitar World Platinum Award for the Sweet 16 amp
  • 2010 Guitar World Platinum Award for the SE Torero
  • 2010 Guitar World Platinum Award for the PRS 30 amp
  • 2010 Guitar Player Editors’ Pick for the 305
  • 2010 Premier Guitar “Premier Gear Award” for the McCarty DC 245 Limited
  • 2010 Trend POV Innovator’s Spotlight Award presented to Paul Reed Smith
  • 2010 Printing Industry of Minnesota Award for the 25th Anniversary issue of PRS’s official magazine Signature
  • 2010 Gold Ink Award for the 25th Anniversary issue of PRS’s official magazine Signature
  • 2009 Premier Guitar "Premier Gear Award" for the Tonare Grande acoustic guitar
  • 2009 Premier Guitar "Premier Gear Award" for the Modern Eagle II
  • 2009 NAMM University honors the new PRS amp line as “Best In Show”
  • 2009 MIPA “Best Acoustic Guitar of the Year” Award for PRS’s new acoustic line
  • 2009 Guitar World Platinum Award for the Sunburst 22
  • 2009 Guitar World Platinum Award for the Starla
  • 2009 Guitar World Platinum Award for the Smokeburst McCarty
  • 2009 Guitar World Gold Award for the Mira X
  • 2009 Guitar Player Editors’ Pick for the Original Sewell amp
  • 2009 Guitar Player Editors’ Pick for the Dallas amp
  • 2009 Guitar Player Editors’ Pick for the Blue Sierra amp
  • 2008 Music & Sound Retailer’s Music & Sound Best Electric Guitar Award for the 513
  • 2008 Guitar World Platinum Award for the Mira
  • 2008 Guitar World Platinum Award for the McCarty Korina
  • 2008 Guitar World Platinum Award for the CE Alder
  • 2008 Guitar Player Readers’ Choice Award for the SE Custom Semi-Hollow
  • 2008 Guitar Player Editors’ Pick for the DGT
  • 2007 Paul Reed Smith honored as Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year - Maryland
  • 2007 MIPA "Best Electric Guitar of the Year" award for the Singlecut
  • 2007 Guitar World Platinum Award for the SC 245
  • 2007 Guitar World Platinum Award for the Mark Tremonti Signature Model
  • 2007 Guitar World Platinum Award for the 513
  • 2007 Guitar Player Editors’ Pick for the SE Soapbar II
  • 2007 Guitar Player Editors’ Pick for the SE Paul Allender
  • 2007 Guitar Player Editors’ Pick for the SE Custom Semi-Hollow
  • 2006 MIPA for the 513 (first time same product to win two years in a row) as the best electric guitar of the year
  • 2006 Guitar World Platinum Award for the Singlecut Tremolo
  • 2006 Paul Reed Smith named “CEO Who Gets It” by Safety and Health Magazine, official magazine of the National Safety Council
  • 2005 Music Inc. magazine’s “Supplier Excellence” Award for advertising campaign focusing on endorsing PRS artists
  • 2005 MIPA "Best Electric Guitar of the Year" award for the 513
  • 2004 Guitar Player Editors’ Pick for the Custom 22/12
  • 2003 MIPA "Best Electric Guitar of the Year" award for the Santana II
  • 2003 Guitar Player has honored the PRS Tremonti SE model guitar with their prestigious
  • 2003 Guitar Player Editors’ Pick for the Tremonti SE
  • 2003 Printing Industries of America presented Affiliated Graphics of Cheverly, MD with two Benjamin Franklin Awards for their submission of PRS Guitars’ 2003 catalog and PRS Guitars’ 2003 Private Stock calendar. The competition included almost 6,000 entries from 15 different countries.
  • 2003 Maryland’s House of Delegates honored Paul Reed Smith with a House Resolution “Commending his business success as well as his steadfast commitment to educations causes in the community.”
  • 2003 Ernst & Young announced that Paul Reed Smith met the highly competitive criteria to be named a finalist for the “Entrepreneur of the Year.” The award honors the efforts of the individuals who have created and sustained successful growing businesses. He was first runner up.
  • 2002 PRS Company of the Year Music Trades Magazine
  • 2002 MIPA "Best Electric Guitar of the Year" Award for Santana SE
  • 2002 Music Trades magazine “Company of the Year” award
  • 2002 Maryland Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • 2002 Maryland State Board of Education recognized Paul Reed Smith, Managing General Partner of PRS Guitars, for his outstanding contributions to Maryland Public Education.
  • 2001 Runner up for Maryland Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • 2001 Guitar Player Editors’ Pick for the Santana SE
  • 2001 - MOSHA Partnership through Consultation Award (for workplace safety) The PRS Guitars factory has worked without a single loss-time accident since May of 2001, a total of 526,050.51 hours.
  • 2000 Players Choice Award
  • 2000 National Gold Ink Award for the PRS catalog
  • 2000 MIPA "Best Electric Guitar of the Year" award for the Singlecut.
  • 2000 Guitar Player Editor's pick award for the Singlecut
  • 2000 and 1999 Printing and Graphic Communication Association “Best of Show” for PRS catalog

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