The PRS Factory Blog
The PRS Factory Blog

How We Grade Our Woods

September 14, 2017

Filed Under Electrics / History

<p>PRS 10-Top Wood Grading</p>

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.

The Story of the PRS Bird Inlays

July 26, 2017

Filed Under Electrics / History

<p>PRS First Bird Inlay Guitar</p>

The PRS bird inlays are one of the most recognizable trademarks of our brand, but you may be wondering, why birds? We chatted with Paul Reed Smith about the history behind his decision and why it has stuck with our company for 32+ years.

PRS Collection Series - A Retrospective

April 29, 2016

Filed Under Acoustics / Electrics / History

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!