For artists and fans alike, the Vans Warped Tour is a bit magical; there is really nothing like it as bands travel together to play in 38 cities in 46 days. As you can imagine, the schedule and sheer effort it takes to pull-off a traveling tour of this magnitude is grueling. We caught up with a few PRS artists on this year’s tour to get the scoop on what it’s really like.
This is it, the final countdown. Artists and music fans around the continental US are prepping for the final full cross country Warped Tour. This year it’s kicking off in Pomona, CA on June 21st and wrapping up 46 days and 38 cities later in West Palm Beach, Florida. Check out this blog to see the PRS artists on this year’s tour!
Tom Walls joined the PRS team in 2008, and for nearly the entirety of his PRS career (10 years), Tom has been one of our SE guitar inspectors. Each day, Tom closely checks our SE instruments before they leave our shop and head to dealers around the country. Check out this blog to learn more about Tom, his hobbies, and the work he does at PRS!
Here at PRS, we love the idea of continually refining our craft, working earnestly towards the goal of building a better instrument for musicians to do what they love. With that comes our latest product offering, the 2018 SE Lineup. Check out this blog to dig into our updated models, and a few new ones as well!
One of the coolest things about music is that it transcends generations - people of any age have the opportunity to enjoy and create music. The kids we’re highlighting today just so happen to be really good at it and at a really young age. Check out this blog post as we give a shout-out to kids who rock - and rock PRS guitars at that.
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.
You don’t forget a good rock festival. The arena sound, the big lineups, and the energy of thousands of fellow music fans. That’s why PRS teams up with The Music Experience, a traveling interactive “rock star” exhibit on-site at dozens of rock festivals around the country. Learn more about our involvement with The Music Experience and where we’re heading in this blog!
Music education is important, no doubt. As guitar builders, we see ourselves on the continual road of improvement and discovery and in the same way, guitarists and musicians undergo this journey as well. That’s why we partnered with The Entertainment Institute (TEI) during this summer’s Warped Tour. Get the recap here!
It’s been one month since we released our latest SE signature model, the SE Mark Holcomb. This now popular model brings a number of unique specs to the PRS lineup, influenced largely by our collaboration with Mark and understanding his musical style and taste. If you’re curious about the SE Mark Holcomb, hear from Mark himself in this Q&A session as we discuss specs, tones, and much more!
The Paul Reed Smith Tech Center (PTC) is in the business of making your guitar dreams a reality. In addition to standard PRS repairs and maintenance, the PTC specializes in making unique modifications to your guitar to meet your needs as a musician. The PTC job we are exploring today features an overhauled SE Mike Mushok Baritone, a guitar we offered in 2014 and for a few years prior. Check out this blog post to see the work that was done by the PTC!
Recently we announced a new line of SE guitars called the “SE Standards.” We released four models in total: the SE Standard 22, SE Standard 24, SE Standard 245, and the SE Santana Standard. The release of these models brings to market the most affordable PRS guitar to date — $499. However, our only concern wasn’t the price; we wanted a quality, great-feeling, and great-sounding instrument. Check out this blog to see why we believe the SE Standards are great for first-time guitarists (or s.asoned musicians)!
PRS signature artist Carlos Santana recently toured through Memphis, Tennessee and took some time to stop by Martin Music. While he was there he signed a brand new PRS SE Santana guitar that Martin Music is using for a silent auction. 100% of the final auction price will be donated to Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School as part of their Anchor Auction fundraiser. The proceeds will help to fund the cost of class art projects, trips, and much more.
For the past 29 years, thousands upon thousands of music fans have been flocking to Austin, TX for the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival. Local residents refer to the madness as “South By” and it absolutely takes over their city. Downtown roads are closed as people migrate around searching for their next favorite band. PRS Guitars has had a presence at the festival for a few years but most recently opened the Shred Shed - an isolation booth where musicians can jam out!
This guitar began its life in the form of a SE Mike Mushok Baritone. The instrument came standard with a brown burst finish and a string through body stoptail bridge.
The owner was ready for a little change so he contacted the PRS PTC department. The PTC team re-routed the body to fit a Floyd Rose Tremelo and also refinished the guitar in Jet White.
As always, the PTC department did a flawless job.
We love fades, bursts, solid tops, glows, you name it. All of that gets done here in the base coat and top coat departments.
After paint is applied, a team of employees meticulously inspects every instrument. Even the smallest abnormality will not go uncorrected.
We take pride in our instruments so that when its finally in your hands, you can too.
Emil Werstler (Chimaira, Daath, and Levi/ Werstler) demonstrates the new PRS SE 7 String at Experience PRS 2012.
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