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!
My name is Jaden, I am a 17 year old guitarist, and my eyes are bigger than my wallet. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a craving for PRS instruments, granted, I’ve never been able to afford one. Two months ago I saw a brand new PRS SE 245 Soapbar guitar hanging on the wall at my local music store and it was calling my name. I played it for two hours straight and fell in love, but soon realized that I had no way to pay for it. I made the decision to put it on layaway and somehow try to pay it off, I didn’t want to give up on the guitar. I had put a total of $150 dollars down and I was at the end of my rope when I received a call from the music store saying, “Jaden, somebody has paid for your guitar in full and it is ready for pick up.” I immediately jumped into the car and raced down to the store, sure enough, the guitar was waiting for me in it’s gig bag. I shook a few hands, asked some question about the mystery buyer, and left with my brand new PRS in hand. To this day, I still have no idea who payed for the guitar, but thanks to that person, I now have a beautiful Paul Reed Smith instrument as the most important piece in my musical arsenal. Thank you for making these quality instruments, Paul Reed Smith.read full story
When I first started playing guitar, PRS was a brand that always sounded magical and mysterious to me. It was so high-end and coveted by every guitar player I ever met, I made it my goal to get one someday, no matter what happened. And after about ten years of dreaming and hoping I could afford it, I saved my pennies and scrounged together just enough to get myself a PRS Tremonti SE, and it was everything I had hoped it would be. Now, I’ve been saving my pennies again, and have a PRS 513 in my sights, and I can’t wait to make it mine.read full story
Mark Tremonti was the reason I wanted to learn guitar and the reason why I push myself with songwriting today. I brought my Tremonti signature PRS in 2008 and would not settle for anything else. The PRS is the perfect guitar and I have used it recording two albums as well as on tour. I even managed to meet Tremonti and discuss the specs on the signature model, I literally could not be happier.read full story
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted a PRS Custom 24. but until 2012 there just weren’t any available for left handed players. When my wife (who’s also a PRS player) told me the news about the “Lefty limited run” that took place in the Spring of 2012, I actually did a happy dance. I bought a Charcoal Burst 10-top with hybrid hardware & 59/09’s, and just fell in love. It was unreal how comfortable the guitar felt in my hands, and sonically the sound was completely unmatched by any guitar I’d ever played….And visually, just stunning. Over the years, I’ve owned a few different PRS guitars, and just loved them all. But the Charcoal Burst 10-top (my first one) is definitely my favorite, and I will keep that guitar forever.read full story
Back in 2007 I flew from my native Honduras to Maryland to visit my sister and nephews. I decided to make a substantial purchase of a high end guitar of the LP-type with a highly figured top but hadn’t really considered PRS yet. Driving to all the guitar shops in a 100-mile radius and trying numerous offerings, I came upon my beautiful brand new PRS 513 Matteo Blue in 10-top flame maple. It was completely different than what I was looking for in terms of configuration, yet it was by far the most beautiful guitar I had ever laid eyes on and unlike other brands, it only took me minutes to decide this was the one. Being an aerospace engineer by profession and guitar electronics tinkerer, the design and electronics intrigued me as pure genius. Later that week I was also able to meet Paul in person and have him sign my guitar and PRS book. Paul is one of the funniest and most down to earth people I know, he will treat you no different than he treats any of the guitar superstars he works with. Three US-made PRS guitars later, I am still a loyal PRS fan attending experience events and clinics while making new friends that share this PRS passion.read full story
It was the summer of 2005 and I had just spent a day with my mother walking around New York City. It was hot and sticky outside so we decided to seek refuge in an air-conditioned Sam Ash to escape the heat. I was an inquisitive twelve year old and I scoured the store, cautiously running my fingers over every guitar. I stopped dead in my tracks as I laid eyes on a 2005 Paul Reed Smith Custom 22. I took it off the shelf and plugged it into the first amp I saw. I started to strum a few chords and butcher every metal riff I knew at the time. My mom popped up behind me and asked, “Do you like it?” My jaw dropped and I told her that this was the best guitar I have ever held. With a huge smile on her face she said, “If you like it, I’ll buy it for you.” I knew I wanted it badly but I didn’t feel right making my mother drop a few thousand on an instrument that I could barely play. My mom advised that if I wanted, I should call my father and get his opinion. With no hesitation, my dad said, “If you want it, we’ll get if for you, as long as you use it.” I was ecstatic and couldn’t stop telling my parents how much I loved them. For the past 10 years I have owned my Custom 22 and haven’t been able to put it down. I’ve grown with it as a musician, it has held up and given me confidence on some huge festivals such as Afropunk and Skate and Surf Festival. When playing for a crowd, I know that my PRS will stay in tune, look good, and give me the confidence to conquer any crowd. After gigging around for the past few years it still sounds the same as the day I brought it home in 2005. Thank you Paul for making a guitar that has made me incredibly happy to be a musician.read full story