Experience 2018 Event Recap!

Experience 2018 Event Recap

Another Experience PRS event is in the books! First off, we want to say thank you to the amazing PRS fans, dealers, artists, and employees who helped us pull-off an event of this magnitude! The spirit of the occasion was joyful, and it was our pleasure to host more than 3,000 of you at our factory.

If you weren't able to join us this year, don't worry, we'll get you up to speed with a recap of Experience 2018 below!


  • 3300+ attendees
  • 200+ Guitars For Sale
  • 5 Delicious Food Vendors
  • 240LBS of Pork Shoulder / 200LBS of Hot Dogs (Chesapeake Celebrations)
  • 500 Pizzas Sold (Wanna Pizza This)
  • 430LBS of Carnitas, 400LBS of Cheese (Pablos Tacos)
  • 41 Kegs of Beers Enjoyed
  • 468 PRS Fans Took Guided Tours
  • 100's More Toured The Factory Themselves
  • 10 Artist-Led Clinics
  • 9 Full Bands, plus 10 individual artists!

While most of the attendees were from the US, we also had guests from Australia, Canada, Japan, Brazil, the UK, Spain, France, China, and Korea!

We had some very talented PRS fans in the building, check out the work below by Ania B. at our wood stain demo area! She did all of this by hand with cotton stain rags!


Musician and YouTuber Tyler Larson (Music Is Win) was also here to capture much of the essence of Experience PRS 2018! His recap video is below:

There were plenty of things to do at this year's event:

  • Factory Tours
  • "Test-Drive" Gear
  • Stain Your Own Private Stock Wood
  • LTD Edition Guitars For Sale
  • Accessories Shop
  • Educational Clinics
  • John's Hopkins Charity Prize Wheel
  • Meet The Luthiers
  • Autograph Signings
  • Mingle With Artists
  • Jam Stage
  • Regional Concerts
  • Nightly Main Stage Concerts


At this year's event, we released five limited edition guitars! They're available now, so contact a PRS dealer quickly if you're interested (the order window for these guitars closes August 31, 2018)!

This year we were treated to dozens of talented artists peforming at our main stage tent, watch the livestream coverage of our nightly concerts here.

Check out photos of the action at Experience PRS 2018 below (click here for a Day 1 recap)!


Thanks for making Experience PRS 2018 a success! Paul Smith also shares a few words of thanks in the video below:

Comments (10)

vincent oliva August 10, 2018 - 1:10pm
I recently purchased 2 guitars from Guitar Center that reportedly were for sale at the 2018 PRS Experience event. Can anyone confirm this. One is model SC 594 s/n 252540 and the other is a Custom 24 s/n 252098. If someone could confirm it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Alan Barnes June 20, 2018 - 4:41pm
Bought my first PRS, a 10 top Custom 24 no less! All that plus a genuine hug from Paul himself! Once in a lifetime experience. I'll be back in two years for my 3rd Experience PRS!
Floyd Scholz June 15, 2018 - 7:55am
Paul my friend... You throw one hell of a Party! Thanks!
Michele Struble June 14, 2018 - 1:59pm
Experience PRS 2018 was FANTASTIC! I smiled the whole time. There was so much to do. I enjoyed the live music, clinics, the selection of guitars available for purchase, gluten free food truck and the jam stage. What a blast. This was my first jam session and I was a bit nervous, but the house band was so nice and helpful. The PRS staff was very friendly. Thank you everyone! Great job!
Jon Fine June 13, 2018 - 3:06am
I have a Brent Mason model, and it looks like the Special is almost a fancier version. I like it, but that whining noise in the background is my wallet...
JD Bradshaw June 12, 2018 - 5:54pm
John Kinnamon June 12, 2018 - 4:38pm
Thank you PRS. I brought my 12 yr old son and 14 yr old niece with me on Saturday. We all loved every minute of it. I really appreciate the opportunity to attend such a special event. PRS is a real class act through and through.
Mark Hildebrand June 12, 2018 - 3:21pm
Attended my first Experience PRS event. Had a great time touring factory and going to concerts/clinics. The entire PRS staff was great and were great hosts. Plan on returning next year.
Buildermike June 12, 2018 - 3:02pm
Awesome Experience! Thank you Paul & company for all the hard work to put on this event. It's going to be a long two years, just saying.
Mark McDowell June 12, 2018 - 2:43pm
Thanks Paul, Bev, Rich, Eric, and ALL the staff. The clinics were really top notch this year.

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