Buying a PRS is a special memory. Chances are you spent months gazing at it in a product catalog, on a website or on the wall at your local guitar store.
Either way, it's hard to forget the moment you finally take it home with you.
Here at PRS, we love hearing the stories of satisfied customers and the day they purchased their PRS Guitars. If you have a story about buying your PRS, tell us below!
I started playing guitar in my early teens (I’m now 29). When my playing surpassed my junior practice guitars I set my goals to one day afford the same high end gear that all of my inspirations had been sporting throughout the decades. As my career progressed and my income increased in wasn’t long before Epiphone turned into Gibson USA and Gibson USA turned into Custom Shop. To my surprise each of my online purchases with Gibson was met with disappointment when the guitar arrived at my door. Aside from these guitars always requiring a full setup, I consistently discovered signs of shoddy craftsmanship. “Orange peeling” on the finish, paint bleeding and scratches on the binding, and large amounts of glue build up around the neck joint just to name a few. After sharing this with one of my supervisors at work he recommended trying PRS.
PRS has always been a make that I didn’t give a second thought to since all of my teenage inspirations were either Gibson or Fender players. This past tax season I struck it lucky with a decent return and I took my boss’s advice. I ordered a Custom 24 10 top. When it arrived I was finally blessed with an excellent guitar buying experience. The action was perfect and the craftsmanship flaws I had experienced with my prior brand of choice were non-existent. The tone is just amazing the the coil tapping is far more usable with your 5 way toggle switch design. I’m also blown away even further being that this isn’t even one of your private stock guitars.
Thank you guys for taking the extra time on making sure that even your mainline production guitars are built and shipped out beautifully crafted and ready to play. I’m now a PRS customer for life.read full story
My wife and I were on our 7th wedding anniversary camping trip and due to a heavy rainstorm, we drove to the nearest town just to do some shopping and errands while the rain was coming down. She wanted to go to a certain craft store and as we pulled into the parking lot I noticed a music store down the sidewalk. I told her I would join her in a few minutes, after going in to look at and play some guitars. As soon as I walked in, it was love at first site. A 20th Anniversary Custom 24 in Vintage Natural grabbed my heart and would not let go. 45 minutes later, after playing it and justifying the biggest impulse purchase of my life, I bought it and then met back up with my wife. She could instantly tell by the look on my face that I had been “up to something.” Her first words were “what have you done?” Then I had to confess. She was surprised at such an impulse buy, but wound up being ok with it, knowing it was a well thought out decision. I told her I knew in less than a minute that I wanted to buy that guitar and spent the other 44 minutes figuring out how I was going to tell her when we met back up.
Well, the rain finally stopped and we had a great remainder of our 7th anniversary, and a few days later I got to enjoy my 20th anniversary (PRS) when it arrived from the music store. Now 10 years later, it’s still one of my favorite guitars of all time and was the gateway to all things PRS, like a 2nd Custom 24, two PRS amps, a brand new Artist Package Angelus Cutaway as well as attending the Experience PRS event every year since 2008.read full story
This isn’t the conventional story of “how I bought my PRS” this is more of how I got mine. This is still a very hard story to tell.
Back when I was in my early twenties I was in a band like I’m sure a lot of us were. We had gotten a new guitarist named Kyle. Through the band he and I had become very close friends and we did everything together, whether it was writing songs, playing shows or just out being stupid kids. Over the years he had come to collect a few PRS guitars, one being this beautiful royal blue single cut. I remember when he got it I was so jealous, it was my dream guitar that I know I could never afford. I had even painted my own lespaul to mimic the same finish.
When he moved away he and I would still stay in touch. As fate would have it Kyle had passed away about a month ago today. He still had all his guitars including this royal blue PRS single cut. After his death and talking to his family about the good times he and I had shared and the music we made together. His parents decided to give his PRS single cut to me so that I would always have a part of him and so I could always pick it up and play the guitar of my dreams and remember and honor a good friend of mine. The minute I got home it was hard to pick up and play without getting emotional, but once I got passed the emotions playing the guitar was more than I had dreamt. The sound and feel from it was truly amazing.
I didn’t know much about it so i contacted PRS customer support told them my story and sent them pictures of it and asked if they could tell me any information about it, it would mean the world to me. As to my surprise they had emailed me back with all the details they had along with thier condolences and that really made me understand that PRS is more than just a company. They care about their customers and thier guitars. I have so much respect for the company and the PRS guitar that I now own. That is my story.read full story
I like the Misfits - not the Misfits today but Misfits with Glenn - Sorry Misfits. I grew up listening to John Christ wailing along side Glenn in the beginning of Danzig’s musical glory. I also like going into Guitar Center to dream of all the gear that is packed so neatly into one candy store. One day, I go into Guitar Center. I was wearing that Misfit’s shirt with the classic skull on it as tight as my body could handle. It must have looked like an infant’s tee on me stretched to it’s cottony limits. As soon as I walked into the door, a heavenly light shown down on me & it was this “Misfit’s Purple” PRS gleaming at the top of the wall. I immediately asked the guy how much & he went to the back, came back & stated that it was going for an “on sale” price that sounded way too good to be true as I thought to myself, THIS IS A PRS.
It was. It is. A beautiful Paul Reed Smith Custom with a glittered matching purple back cover job. I had to put a down payment on it. Five visits to my favorite candy store later & she was mine… “Super Sexy”. That’s what they called her & that’s what I call her today.read full story
I brought my first PRS when I was 15 years old, which was 20 years ago. It was a PRS standard in black. I used to go and watch a local guitarist who also worked in the local music shop. He used to play PRS and I had never heard of them but his sound live was incredible and they looked like a work of art. One gig I spoke to him and he told me to pop in the shop and try one. So I did and WOW they just blew me away so I just had to purchase one and there it was a 2nd hand PRS in black which sounded so nice and looked just as good as well. So I brought it and it took me a year to pay my dad back from gigs, but it was worth every penny.
There ya go from that day on I’ve been a PRS lover. I still own my PRS standard, plus a Custom 22 10 top, and a Dave Navarro. In my opinion, PRS are the best guitars in the world.read full story
I go into the Guitar Gallery in Washington, PA usually on a weekly basis. Always some amazing guitars there, and also the chance to talk with Vic Dapra about new gear. I walked in a few weeks ago and saw a new PRS hanging in the “ask before playing” section. I had to check it out. I played it for a few minutes and had to put it down before I bought it right there. It was a PRS 30th Anniversary Custom 24 Artist in faded whale blue.
After leaving the store I went and grabbed some lunch and I could not stop thinking about the guitar. After some thought I cancelled a meeting and went straight back to the store and put money down to hold it. Within a few weeks I paid it off and now I don’t want to play anything else. I have attached a picture with my McCarty that I also love, but has not seen much action lately.
Thank you to PRS for an amazing instrument and to the Guitar Gallery for amazing service and setup.read full story