Available exclusively from the Private Stock team, every guitar offered in the model selection below is built with unparalleled attention to detail, using the highest quality materials PRS offers.
Private Stock models have a predetermined selection of available options. If you wish to further customize your next Private Stock instrument, please visit our Build To Order program.
"During the 2013 Rush Clockwork Angels Tour, I had the opportunity to spend some time with a PRS Angelus Cutaway. It quickly became my pre-show warm up guitar, and I spent many hours in many hotel rooms lost in the gorgeous sound and tone of that beautiful instrument. I'm very happy to announce that I have collaborated with PRS to develop an Alex Lifeson Signature model based on this superlative platform. If you're like me, you won't be able to put it down,” Alex Lifeson.
While the craftsmanship and attention to detail are very consistent with other PRS Private Stock acoustics, this instrument embodies some new design elements that take the instrument in a unique direction. The Alex Lifeson signature PRS acoustic is slightly thinner than the company’s Angelus Cutaway and Tonare Grand and is constructed in such a way that it lends itself to louder stage volumes and the rigors of the road. The Alex Lifeson signature acoustic features a bearclaw spruce top and koa back and sides with a mahogany neck and ebony bridge, fretboard, and headstock veneer. It is adorned with Mother of Pearl and Paua “Birds in Flight” inlays and Paua purfling along the top, fretboard, and headstock veneer.
With responsive and clear highs, crisply defined lows and a sweet midrange, the PRS Angelus® Cutaway boasts a remarkable voice and lasting sustain. Though well-suited for fingerstyle players, this model is versatile enough for myriad musical styles. Check one of these award-winning acoustics out for yourself.
"What I look for in a guitar is tone and playability. Equipped with the perfect pick-up combination that gives you single or double coil sounds at the flip of a switch and a middle pickup that further expands the tone spectrum, this guitar is possibly the most versatile guitar I’ve had in my hands." - Brent Mason
Brent Mason is predominantly known for his work as a Nashville session guitarist; his playing can also be heard on countless TV commercials, film sound tracks and television scores. The Brent Mason model was designed for maximum versatility to meet the demands of session studio work. The Private Stock model has been upgraded with rear-mounted controls and a stunning combination of woods. In a career lasting more than twenty-five years, Brent has recorded with George Strait, Neil Diamond, Rascall Flatts, Dolly Parton, Randy Travis, Brad Paisley, Clint Black, Merle Haggard, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, The Judds, Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood and many, many more.
Other features for this instrument include a carved, figured Private Stock grade maple top, Swamp Ash back, 25.25” scale length, 22 fret bolt-on Pattern curly maple neck fretboard & headstock veneer, mop bird inlays & headstock Eagle with black lip mop outlines, black lip mother of pearl "Brent Mason" engraved new banner on the headstock eagle, Narrow 408 treble and bass pickups with 305 Singlecoil middle pickup, volume and tone controls with 5-way blade pickup selector and 2 mini-toggle switches for coil tapping, PRS Phase III locking tuners, PRS tremolo, hybrid hardware, Brent Mason signed electronics backplate, and a paisley hardshell case.
From his beginning as a bluegrass prodigy to his current role as lead guitarist in Ricky Skagg’s band Kentucky Thunder, Cody Kilby’s distinctive, visionary voice as a guitarist has always stood apart from the pack. The Cody Kilby Private Stock acoustic features a PRS Tonare Grand body perimeter with a shallower PRS Angelus depth, PRS’s proprietary hybrid X bracing pattern, and a “Traditional” inlay pattern (only available on the Cody Kilby model).
“The Martin Simpson signature model guitar is simply the result of the PRS team being truly attentive to the feedback of a player. I have felt privileged to be able to tell them what I think will make a better guitar for great acoustic playing, and they have listened to my input from materials to neck width and string spacing, pick up sound and inlays....and when the final model arrived, I was blown away by the results. This model is entirely the best materials, and the specs which I asked for, presented in a deluxe version. It is a great instrument made by people who care and strive always for the highest standards in tone, playability, workmanship and aesthetics.”
– Martin Simpson.
Named after Paul’s mentor and a legend in the guitar industry, the Private Stock McCarty Singlecut is a direct reflection of Ted McCarty’s work in the 1950’s on solidbody guitars and everything he taught Paul decades later. It is simultaneously a look back to the golden age of guitar building, the culmination of Paul’s experience studying vintage guitars, and PRS’s history making McCarty instruments. With a slightly thicker back for a more robust tone and “flat jumbo” fretwire slightly ground down to feel like an “old friend,” the Private Stock McCarty Singlecut embodies vintage tone and classic feel.
Features include a McCarty Sunburst carved figured maple top, thick mahogany back, 24 1/2” scale length, 22 fret Pattern mahogany neck, figured maple bound Madagascar rosewood fretboard, Madagascar rosewood headstock veneer, mammoth ivory bird inlays and headstock eagle, plated nickel/silver 57/08 pickups with two volume and two tone controls with a 3-way toggle pickup switch on the upper bout, the trademark Santana headstock shape, bone nut, PRS Phase III locking tuners, “flat jumbo” fretwire, custom–machined PRS two-piece bridge, nickel hardware, and a paisley hardshell case.
The Tonare Grand® offers a prominent voice as well as substantial volume and midrange. Wonderful for all-around strumming, this award-winning acoustic also lends itself well to flatpickers.
“It’s an ironic thing to say about such a beautiful instrument but it becomes invisible- leaving the player to concentrate solely on the music- which is what it should be all about. The Tony McManus signature model is based on the Angelus model but with the PRS wide fingerboard and the Private Stock wood choices are pretty spectacular. The guitar is capable of going anywhere I’m capable of going musically. It works beautifully as a solo fingerstyle guitar but if I need to flatpick, it’ll go there too. It’ll accompany songs, tunes...whatever I need...tuned high and tuned low, gently caressed or driven hard.”
– Tony McManus
PRS Violin guitars are deeply rooted in the Paul Reed Smith’s belief that the guitar is the violin of our time. Starting with a limited run of Violin guitars that featured European maple tops (thought to be from the same forest that Stradivarious got his maple from) and Pernambuco necks (a rare wood historically used to make violin bows), PRS is proud to continue the tradition with the Private Stock Violin II. Violin II instruments also take their lead from violins and violas this time by pairing curly maple necks with ebony fretboards, “Violin” finish color (a beautiful glowing amber/gold reminiscent of old violins), and Private Stock’s new “Strad” purfling on the neck and headstock.
Features include a carved figured maple top, lightweight mahogany back, 25” scale length, 22 fret Pattern curly maple neck, ebony fretboard and headstock veneer, gold Mother of Pearl “Violin” bird inlays and headstock eagle, “Strad” fretboard and headstock purfling, plated nickel/silver 57/08 pickups with one volume and one push/pull tone control with a 3-way toggle pickup switch, PRS Phase III locking tuners, PRS stoptail bridge with brass inserts (PRS tremolo option available), hybrid hardware, and a paisley hardshell case.
Private Stock Models are available in the colors below, as well as any current production color. Any of these colors are also available as a burst color.
The following colors are also available on Private Stock Models. See your Private Stock Dealer for details.