For the past 16 years, PRS has released the “Private Stock Calendar” each Fall. Inside the 2019 calendar are high-resolution photographs of 13 unique Private Stock guitars, all built this year leading up to the calendar’s release. Today we take you behind the scenes as we explore the process of creating the calendar, how the project originated, and how we select the special instruments that make the cut.
Today we are launching a new YouTube series that we’re pretty excited for. “From The Archives” is an in-depth look at historically significant instruments, documents, and other goodies stored in the archives of our Maryland factory. In this blog, we explore Paul’s first & second guitar guitar builds. Watch the video here!
Recently, Paul and other members from the PRS team have been filming a series of Facebook live videos from inside our factory! Our goal is to give you a peek of the inner workings of the PRS factory and display our dedication to building the best instruments we can. Check out this blog to see the videos we have filmed thus far.
With the launch of the SE Santana model in 2001, a whole new breed of players and guitar lovers had access to PRS quality at a much more affordable pricepoint. To this day, SE guitars are revered as a sort of “boutique import” and played on stage by thousands of musicians around the globe. Jack Higginbotham served as PRS Guitars’ president during the time when our SE line was first introduced to the world. Below he explains the story and how our SE line came to be.
PRS and maple wood have had a long relationship that began in the late 1970’s when Paul began using unique and highly figured maple on his earliest instruments for artists like Carlos Santana and Al Di Meola. While many of our designs and processes have been tweaked over the years, our love of maple has not wavered. Check out this blog to see how our use of maple began, and how exactly we grade our maple tops.
When most people think of the pinnacle of PRS quality, they think of our Private Stock department - a small team of luthiers in our Maryland shop crafting build-to-order instruments for individual customers. When Paul Reed Smith assumed direct leadership over Private Stock in 2009, he conceptualized a unique idea for the department. Paul’s idea was to create the Collection Series, a limited set of instruments built with the best of the best Private Stock materials and with specifications laboriously designed by Paul himself. Read more about the collection series in this blog post!
Here’s one from the archives, circa 2003.