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.
Each year, the PRS Private Stock Acoustic team visits the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase in Woodstock, New York. “Woodstock” as it’s affectionately refered to by attendees, is a showcase of the finest acoustic guitars built by the most talented luthiers in the country. Check out this blog to learn more about Woodstock and see the instruments we displayed at the event!
The PRS Private Stock Acoustic project began in 2009 and since its inception has operated as an independent crew. Like any PRS Private Stock instrument, our acoustic guitars are built with an extraordinary attention to detail and a small-shop mentality. Check out this story to meet the builders behind our Private Stock acoustics, and learn about their experience building guitars as a career.
Here at PRS we believe in the details. They’re important to us, and for that reason we have “philosophies” that we live by when we build our acoustic guitars. These time-tested methods have helped us create heirloom quality instruments for years and we’re proud of what they can do for you and for musicians all over the world.
Born in our Maryland shop, PRS Acoustics are heirloom-quality instruments with remarkable tone and exquisite playability. A small team of experienced luthiers handcraft all Maryland-made PRS acoustics with passion and attention to detail. Our team of wood buyers scour the globe for the most exquisite sounding and looking tone woods for these instruments. In this blog, we show off a few of our latest creations made from the prized Koa wood found on the islands of Hawaii.
Every once in a while on our blog you’ll see a post title labled “missed connections.” It’s our way of making sure you have a chance to see all of the great limited run guitars that we make - often in very small batches! This “missed connection” features the Private Stock Tree of Life Angelus we released a few months ago, take a peek!
Check out this blog to get up close and personal with Alex Lifeson of Rush! Over the past few years we have worked closely with Alex to develop two guitars he can be proud to play on tour and in the studio: the SE Alex Lifeson and the Private Stock Alex Lifeson models. In these exclusive videos, Alex discusses his ongoing R40 tour with Rush, the development behind his new PRS models, and how he uses them on tour.
Recently we began crafting a run of acoustic guitars we named “Birds Of A Feather.” These unique instruments use both Ebony and Koa woods in the fretboard to create the visual effect of birds bursting out of a dense flock. PRS Acoustic guitars are prized for their resonance, playability, and the keen attention to detail our luthiers exercise while building these instruments. Check out the photos in this blog to see the “Birds Of A Feather” up close!
While many people are familiar with PRS as an electric guitar manufacturer, few are aware of a small acoustic shop we’ve tucked above our main electric production floor. Nestled in this secluded area within our Maryland factory, 10 luthiers build boutique heirloom-quality acoustic guitars in small batch runs. This blog post covers one of these small batch runs, The Rosettes.
Guitarist Tony Polecastro from the Acoustic Letter walks viewers through a detailed demo of one of our acoustic guitar models, the Tony McManus Private Stock Acoustic.
As Tony puts it, “this guitar is dressed to the hilt and sounds incredible.”
Check out the demo!
It’s a well known fact that if you subject your guitar to extreme temperatures/humidity in either direction, it’s dangerous. As our Sr. Acoustic Luthier Mike Byle puts it, “a guitar is a cellular thing, it’s made of wood, not plastic, it was once a living breathing thing.” Check out this blog post to make sure you are caring for your acoustic guitar properly!
You can’t ignore a good top on a guitar, its the first thing people see when you open the case and its always facing the crowd while you’re out gigging. Everyday we focus on the tops, but not today; today we want to show you some of the best backs in the game. These are just a few of the guitars we are privileged to work on each day here in our Maryland factory - each one crafted with care and attention to detail. Enjoy!
There are many myths of the American West and the fabled American Cowboy. While some of the myths are not kind and perhaps treacherous, the romanticism of wide open spaces, the coveted American Dream, and singing and playing guitar by the campfire continue to stir our imagination of Cowboy life. We’ve created the Private Stock Country Western Tonare to bring our imagination to life, check it out!
Each year PRS Guitars supports the Kimmel Cancer Center through charitable donations and the PRS Charity Golf Tournament. For 2014, the PRS Private Stock Acoustic team will build 11 “Tree of Life” limited edition angelus guitars, with the prototype being auctioned off and proceeds going to support the research and work done by Kimmel Cancer Center at John Hopkins. The guitar features a winding tree of life inlayed fretboard with Bloodwood back and sides.
Recently, Paul Reed Smith took a trip out west to visit downtown Bozeman, Montana, the home of The Acoustic Letter. The goal of the trip was for Paul to have a conversation with Tony Polecastro, master acoustic guitar reviewer and front man of The Acoustic Letter. In a fun and laid back setting, Tony fired questions at Paul relating to Paul’s history with acoustic guitars, favorite tone woods, and the philosophy and approach our company takes towards building these hand-crafted acoustic instruments.
Inspired by our affinity for building and enjoying outstanding musical instruments, PRS Private Stock acoustics are heirloom-quality guitars with remarkable tone and exquisite playability. Whether with exotic or time-tested tone woods, traditional finishes and stains or wild colors, or with an understated inlay choice or a bold artistic expression, each PRS Private Stock Acoustic is truly a work of art that celebrate the craft of guitar building and the world that inspires us.
PRS Maryland-made acoustics are hand crafted in small batches by a small team of experienced luthiers. They not only deliver remarkable tone and playability, they also deliver a visual sensation that defines the PRS Acoustic experience. Both in sound and in appearance, PRS Private Stock Acoustics are bold, lively, and breathtakingly beautiful.
Inspired by our fondness for nature and our affinity for color, the Blue Tortuga Private Stock Acoustic will catch listener’s eyes and ears. Outstanding tone and playability is only a piece of what this guitar features.
With its Bahamian blue quilted maple backs and sides evoking the tropical waters where some species of Tortugas Marina (Sea Turtles) can be found, the Blue Tortuga headstock inlay featuring an exploded map of the world in its shell, and the smaller sea turtles making their way up the fingerboard, this PRS Private Stock Angelus is an excellent example of what PRS is known for. Built by a small team of exceptional Private Stock luthiers building small batches of guitars each year, the Blue Tortuga sings with a sweet voice that is crisp and articulate yet has the soulful midrange and bass that truly defines the PRS Acoustic experience.
Keeping in the 30+ year tradition of using the finest tone woods, eye popping colors and intricate inlay, the PRS Private Stock Acoustic Team have created an heirloom quality tribute to the craft of guitar building and the world that inspires us.
The redwood timbers used for the top of this PRS Private Stock acoustic instrument once framed the backdrop to the story of the last great train robbery of the west. Harvested around 1880 in Oregon, this Coastal Redwood was to spend the next 120 years air-drying in Tunnel No. 13 in the Siskiyou Mountains. Naturally aged, this redwood is resonant with a full, complex tone that is a slightly darker than spruce but with more headroom than cedar. This fine-grained old-growth redwood is thought to have been more than 2,000 years old at the time of harvest, imbuing these instruments with historical significance, tone, and beauty.
Check out the video below to get an up close and personal look into the lives of the acoustic luthiers who build PRS acoustics.
The PRS acoustic team is a small group of highly talented people who build handcrafted guitars known for their tone, quality, and playability. This video focuses on luthier Joey Lambart as he speaks about his experience on the PRS acoustic team and plays an original tune on a guitar he and his fellow luthiers built.
Nestled in the second floor of the 85,000 square foot PRS shop in Maryland, a small team of acoustic luthiers build PRS Acoustics. Since their introduction in 2009, these guitars have become known for their tone, quality, and playability. I recently sat down with Senior Acoustic Luthier Michael Byle to talk Acoustics.
Cody introduces his Signature Private Stock Acoustic and talks about its voicing and and construction.
For more on his Signature model, visit http://www.prsguitars.com/codykilby
Hello everyone! Paul here. Last year at Experience PRS we got all of our best Private Stock dealers in a room and asked them to be part of a special program. The program would allow me to design and personally work on guitars at a more intimate level than anything else coming out of our shop. The program would feature exclusive specifications, such as pernambuco necks and celtic knot inlays. We would make one set per dealer each quarter – one acoustic and one electric guitar – making these instruments extremely special. That is when the Collection program was born.