Few understand life on the road better than guitar tech veteran Rene Martinez. Before landing his gig as the tech for blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rene spent years developing his skills as an instrument repairman. In this blog, Rene’s has a conversation with Paul Reed Smith about his past gigs and his current gig with John Mayer.
It’s that time of year again as we trek to sunny Anaheim, California for the annual NAMM show! The National Association of Music Merchants or “NAMM” is a music industry trade show inaugurated in 1901. The show exists to support the music industry and show the world the latest innovations in musical products, recording technology, sound, and lighting. This week, tens of thousands will gather at the Anaheim convention center for a few days of business and music-filled fun. Check out this blog to see the new gear we will have with us at NAMM 2018!
You don’t forget a good music festival. The arena sound, the big lineups, and the energy of thousands of fellow music fans. Each year, PRS teams up with “The Music Experience,” a traveling interactive musical instruments exhibit on-site at dozens of rock and blues festivals around the country. The Music Experience gives us an opportunity to meet music fans and share our love of great guitars and amps. Read more about it here!
We’ve made a list, and we’ve checked it twice. Here’s our curated collection of the best PRS accessories you can gift to that guitar-crazed friend in your life (or yourself)! While the busy holiday season quickly approaches, you can do your shopping right on the PRS webstore which we keep stocked with cool apparel, strings, parts, and guitar care accessories - all at great prices.
Check out the gift ideas below, all available directly from PRS! And pssst, grab the holiday-sale promo code at the bottom of the page!
Your guitar buying experience should be low stress! Having a great selection of PRS models in one place, paired with a knowledgable staff, will help you find the guitar of your dreams in no time. Check out this blog as we highlight a few of our dealers with a great selection of PRS gear in stock now (and just in time for the holidays!)
Voice of America is a U.S. government-funded international news source that serves as the United States federal government’s official institution for non-military, external broadcasting. They recently stopped by the PRS factory in Maryland to interview Paul Reed Smith and learn more about our Maryland manufacturing!
Born from passionate people who really love great tone, the J-MOD 100 Amplifier was the result of a close collaboration between PRS and musician John Mayer. While the amp has a relatively simple control layout, it can achieve a wide variety of tones with some easy manuevering of the controls. Check out this blog for a video demonstration of the many sounds the J-MOD can produce, and how you can make it happen!
The Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys is the nation’s largest traveling music festival and has been connecting fans with their favorite bands since 1995! For the musicians on the tour, Warped is one of the most aggressive touring schedules one can experience, typically spanning 41 cities in 50 days. We took the time to chat with a few artists playing PRS on this year’s tour, and learn about their favorite parts of Warped, the gear they’re using, and more!
If you’re a high-level musician on the road, you’ve probably come to realize that a good guitar tech is an invaluable asset. They have the skills to keep your guitars, amps, & pedals working to their full capacity and they make sure you can focus on performing your best. In this blog we interviewed a few of these professionals to learn about their life on the road and get their tips on keeping your gear in tip-top shape!
To date, John Mayer has used his J-MOD 100 signature amplifier on over 50 tour dates around the world. However, prior to his succesful runs with Dead & Company and his own “Search For Everything” tour, Mayer, Paul Reed Smith, and amp designer Doug Sewell spent months researching and designing the J-MOD 100. Learn more about the process here.
It’s that time of year again as we trek to sunny Anaheim, California for the annual NAMM show! The National Association of Music Merchants or “NAMM” is a music industry trade show inaugurated in 1901. The show exists to support the music industry and show the world the latest innovations in musical products, recording technology, sound, and lighting.
As 2015 rapidly draws to a close, we’ve been reflecting on the nearly two dozen new products we’ve added to our lineup in the past year! New guitars were added to our SE, S2, Core, and Private Stock lines, as well as a slew of 30th Anniversary guitars we built to celebrate this milestone year. Last week we took a “Look Back at Our 30th Anniversary Offerings,” today we’ll pick our Top 10 New Releases of 2015!
Our dealer network is important to us here at PRS Guitars! After all, they’re the folks taking care of our guitars after we make them and before they get into our customers hands! We started “Meet the Dealer” so you can get an inside peek at some of the shops that sell PRS Guitars. Check out our interview with Guitars USA below!
The holiday season is quickly approaching and it’s time to think about all of the cool gear you can get your guitar-minded friends (or yourself)! Our PRS store stocks apparel, strings, parts, and guitar care accessories - all at great prices. Check out this blog post for a sample of the great gift items available directly from PRS. Also, in this post you’ll find a promo code for some Black Friday savings!
PRS Signature artist and blues legend, David Grissom is heading up to Montana to take his place as the “Blues Artist in Residence” for this year’s Crown Guitar Festival. David will be offering workshops, clinics and lessons during this week long, guitar-loving festival. While the workshops and instruction time are only open to registered attendees, David, and a very impressive roster of artists, will be featured in nightly concerts that are open to the public. Check out this blog post to learn more about the Crown Guitar Festival.
At PRS we realize not every person using our gear is a rock star with 80,000 Twitter followers, we also care about you: the weekend gig-warrior, the session guy, the late night jam-sesh with friends. Our passion is building guitars and amplifiers that inspire you as much as Carlos Santana, Mark Tremonti, or any other big-name musician. Check out this blog to read a real life story of how a PRS player uses his gear.
When you’re investing in a new amplifier, a few thoughts should be passing through your mind before you drop the cash. Things like: How will this amp perform on stage? How will it track in the studio? Is it versatile or a one-trick pony? Will it handle my different guitars/rigs? All intelligent and important questions. Our engineering team dwelt on these questions during the development of our Archon family of amps and a few noteworthy producers have noticed. Check out this blog to read their thoughts!
A few months ago we created a webpage where you can share the story of how you came to acquire your first PRS, we call it “#myprs.” If you have a story you’d like to share, please head over there and tell it to us! We may feature on our site! Click on this blog post to see some photos of recent #myprs stories!
Our amplifier department wants you to spice up your summer with some color! Three of our amp models are getting aesthetically overhauled in a limited edition plum tolex. The 2 Channel Custom, Archon, and HXDA amplifiers will be offered in this unique color and you’ll be sure to catch some attention at your gig. Check out this blog to learn more about them!
At some point in a musician’s career, one starts to ponder the thought of seeking an artist endorsement. This is a very common thought for an aspiring musician, especially taking into consideration all of the positive aspects associated with getting your name out there, acquiring the necessary gear, covering travel expenses, etc. As Director of Artist Relations for PRS Guitars, I thought it might be helpful to provide a few tips on what AR executives look for in artists and what artists should look for from brands - check out this blog post!
Check out this video produced by MusiciansFriend.com that takes you inside our Maryland factory with our president Jack Higginbotham. Jack explains the parts of our manufacturing process that make us unique and shows how we are intensely focused on making the best instruments possible.
Recently, we’ve created a place for you to share the love story of how you met your PRS guitar. We call it “#myprs” and you can check it out here. We’ll be updating that page in batches, so check back to see if your story makes it up on our site!
We had a wonderful time this year at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) tradeshow. Approximately 90,000 people gather each year in Anaheim, California to celebrate music and represent their brand in the industry. The PRS booth this year was buzzing with excitement as we displayed all of our products across all of our product lines: Private Stock, Core, S2, SE, and Amplifiers. Check out the photos in this blog post to see our booth and the products we are proud to display!
New product releases are always fun, especially when they sound and look as good as these two limited releases from our amp department! We are proud to announce the 20-piece Limited Run Archon in Digital Camo and the 20-piece Limited Run 2-Channel Custom 20. In this blog post you can find the specs for each amp and learn a bit more about the great features these amps offer.
A lot of hard work and quality control testing goes into our amps here at PRS. Hand wiring each component is a big part of what we do.
After each amp is wired and assembled we put signal through the amp for hours to make sure it holds up. We don’t want our amps to ever fail you on stage, we want them to bring your tone to an all new level.
Pictured above is the inside of our all-tube PRS Sweet 16 Amp, you can learn more about this amp, HERE.
The PRS 2 Channel “H” has received an Editor’s Pick from Guitar Player in their November 2012 issue.
“The PRS Anniversary amplifier fills the “35 watt plexi” slot in my amp setup. It has the punch and midrange of a great older Marshall at a slightly lower and more practical volume than a plexi 50. I love that the 2 channels are bridged internally so I don’t have to jump them with a cable. Blending the 2 channels gives me a wide array of vintage British tone with lots of low end punch. Additionally, it is a new hand built amp, so I don’t have to worry about a 40 year old transformer or filter cap failing at a gig or session. Wonderful, pure, vintage inspired tones…....I love this amp!”
- David Grissom
“I’m touring the world with Steve Vai this year. I need versatile, incredible sounding amps with flawless reliability for this gig. I chose PRS’s 2-Channel H amps. Their sound, dual master volumes, reverb and loop give me everything I need.” - Dave Weiner
For more on Dave Weiner, visit: http://www.daveweiner.com/
Friend of PRS, Bryan Ewald, demonstrates a Sweet 16 Combo with a PRS SC 58 and a PRS Starla.
For more on the Sweet 16, visit: http://www.prsguitars.com/sweet16/
Paul and the PRS Amp team reintroduce the amplifier chapter of our Shop In Detail video series.
View Shop In Detail - Amplifiers here: www.prsguitars.com/detail/amps.html
Paul opens up a PRS Amp and tests it in the amp department. Your PRS Amplifier should arrive ready to play and sound musical out of the box.
In this video, Paul demos the PRS SE 20, 30 and 50 in the amp testing room at the factory in Stevensville, MD
In this video, Paul talks about the Custom Amp Design (CAD) program and demos some of the featured models, such as the MDT, HXDA and Blistertone.