Electric Guitars & Basses

The Private Stock program began in 1996 as a way to bring instruments that Paul envisioned to light outside the normal manufacturing process. Our Private Stock program represents the highest quality of materials, the most personally crafted instruments, and the greatest level of customization at PRS. No matter what specifications you choose, every guitar is carefully conceived and built with a “one-off” mentality. Ultimately through this program, we strive to provide you with an instrument that is equally as good as an heirloom to be treasured and a tool to make music.

Check out some of your options below!


Wood is the foundation of every instrument. In the early days of Private Stock, the letters sent out with finished guitars read, “Carefully picked from my [Paul Reed Smith’s] private stock for sound and remarkable figure.” That is still true today, as all Private Stock woods are carefully housed in “The Vault” just outside of Paul’s office.

Much like a fingerprint, each piece of wood is slightly different in figure, weight, and hue. The woods below are a good representation of the assortment that the Private Stock Vault has to offer. Take a moment to look around and see what wood combinations speak to you.


Finish is the moment where an instrument takes on much of its personality. Our finish process is proven to highlight the elegance and figure of the woods you choose, whether that means a subtle, natural finish or a striking, vivid color.

Finish options are nearly infinite, but we have cataloged a selection here to get you thinking. You can choose from the options below, send in a photo for us to color match, or simply describe your desired look. Whatever path you choose, your Private Stock instrument will make a statement.


Inlay is another part of the Private Stock ordering process with nearly infinite options and combinations. From the design itself to the materials used, inlays are a way to personalize your instrument.

There are several materials to choose from and designs ranging from intricate vines to the traditional PRS bird inlays and more. Look around and get inspired by the material choices below.


You have designed your perfect instrument – now dress it up in style. Whether you want to compliment your inlay material with your piping choice or sport a sparkle case, the Private Stock program allows you to configure several elements of your guitar case, including the interior, the tolex/tweed, the endcap binding, the piping, and the hardware. Check out the combinations below for inspiration, then work with your dealer to spec out your perfect case.