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!
Just got my FIRST PRS! It is a 30th Anniversary Custom 24 Artist Grade. Beautiful Jade Green Quilt top, 85/15’s, thin neck. All wrapped up in a really nice artist case. The details are important, and no one knows that like PRS - Hat off. Actually came in last Friday evening. Stayed at FedEx til Monday. Called on Saturday and begged them to let me pick it up…couldn’t wait til Monday. But…had to wait. Came in Monday and had to leave work early to go play. Plays and sounds fantastic. Exceptional finish, attention to detail, down to the knobs. This is definitely the crown jewel of my collection.read full story
I purchased my first PRS guitar in 1996, a Custom 22. I was amazed at the quality, tone and ease of playing this guitar and, all these years later, I still am. On Labor Day 2014 I fell backwards trying to jump a fence. Because I’m left-handed, I used that hand to brace my fall into a concrete sidewalk (I play guitar right-handed). I sustained a pretty bad injury that eventually healed but it ended my ability to play keyboards. I thought my guitar-playing days might be over too! After my hand healed, I tried playing my guitars again. Gradually through a process of elimination, I began to realize that my three non-PRS guitars were aggravating the injury. However, my Custom 22 did not. In fact, it was like therapy and I felt no discomfort at all. Since then I’ve tried countless other guitars, but I’ve only purchased three more PRS guitars (Custom 22s and a Hollowbody II). I can’t explain why these guitars worked out for me, but PRS has saved my instrumental music career! Thanks much PRS!!!read full story
I can remember the first time I walked into my local music store and saw my first left handed Paul Reed Smith. I was ecstatic! Being a lefty is hard when you’re a guitarist going into a music store. You don’t have a lot to choose from. I was coming off of having 3 low end guitars and I was ready for my first real guitar. The problem?...I was 17. But that didn’t stop me. I knew for a fact that I was going to get something. I tried all of the expensive lefty guitars they had (which were like 3) and Paul Reed Smith was the winner. From that point on I went in there everyday just to look at it. Figuring out what I need to do to get this guitar. Then one day I went in there and I remember asking one of the salesman where the PRS was, and all he said was “we sold it, sorry man.” It was hard to process I didn’t know any other lefties in town.
I never ended buying a guitar. It took a little of time for me to get over it. Fast forward to Christmas. Family is over and we’re all getting ready to open gifts. Everyone has a gift, but me. Then from the other room I see my mom walking down the hall with this rectangular gift all wrapped up. I put two and two together but I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought there was no way. So I open it up, and sure enough, it was the PRS (in the picture it’s the one on the right ‘99 Custom 22 Tobacco Sunburst). I think it’s safe to say I got zero sleep that night.
A few years later I was so inspired by that guitar and grateful that my parents did such a nice thing for me I decided I wanted another one, but on my own terms. So I got a full time job and worked as long and hard as I could until I ordered it (the one on the left ‘03 Custom 22 Platinum Metallic). This brings us to today. I saw that there were runs of the Custom 24 being made left handed. So I went for it (the one in the middle ‘12 Custom 24 Black Gold). It’s been a long time from my first PRS to my most current. They have served many shows for me over the years, and many more! Each of them are special to me in their own way. They will never see another owner.read full story
When I moved to San Antonio, TX in January 2014, I had needed some cash to cover the moving expenses. Not knowing exactly what I would do for work while knowing I needed to get my own place put me in a rough spot. Much of my gear that I had spent years collecting and building was back down to the bare minimum. So there I was in San Antonio with my little 15-watt practice amp, the pedal board necessities, and a broken, beat up, chipped and dinged PRS SE 245 - a true workhorse.
Fast forward to Summer 2015… I got the job I was looking for. I also got the schedule I was looking for. I had the time to go out and play music again! But a few things were missing - including a real American made guitar. While my SE was still functioning, it wasn’t a difficult choice whether to invest in a face-lift for the SE or invest in the purchase of a primary PRS. When I knew that the purchase was going to be made, I had checked my local Guitar Center inventory online to see what was in stock - and there she was.
Months prior, I took a trip to this Guitar Center and played an SC58 that was on the shelf. Finished in a glorious McCarty Tobacco Sunburst, Artist grade top and a Rosewood headstock. The neck was fat but it played fast. The warmth of the tone was unmatched and the appearance made even non-guitar enthusiasts do a triple take.I never forgot this guitar, and somehow, she was still in stock. I bee lined to the store to verify my investment. I made the purchase. I walked out with the perfect instrument.
This guitar is not only a symbol of Maryland-made craftsmanship, but a symbol that reminds me that I earned it. I cannot wait to go out and gig now! Thank you Paul, and everyone at PRS.read full story
My wife and I were on holiday in Biarritz a few years ago and happened to travel through Bayonne. In the back streets was an instrument maker/restorers shop. It was Sunday and the shop was shut but I saw the most beautiful PRS guitar. I looked at it and wanted to own it but since I couldn’t play and we were leaving that night I had to be content with a photograph.
That was July 2010. Jump forward to March 2015. I had just started learning to play the guitar - something which I thought I would never be able to do - and in my normal obsessive way was trawling through Trademe (like eBay) lusting at all the beautiful guitars when suddenly I saw my dream guitar. The PRS was that same honeyed colour, had the beautiful inlaid swallows and was for sale in the town where I live. It appears to be the only one that colour in the country and was a price you might expect for such a beautiful piece of craftsmanship and since I has only been learning for a few months I agonised over whether I should bid on it. Eventually my wife said you regretted not being able to buy the guitar in Bayonne why don’t you go for it, after all you only live once. So at the age of 57, a novice guitarist, I purchased a thing of beauty and fairly soon now I will be able to play it with the respect it deserves.
Thank you for listening to my story.read full story
I remember being in school and just picking up the guitar, I didn’t know anything about guitars or the impact they could have on a player. It seemed like everyday I would read through guitar magazines and drool over cool guitars. One day I turned the page and saw the Carlos Santana signature model and I immediately fell in love with PRS Guitars. A few weeks later I saw the McCarty Signature in a beautiful red flame top and I made my mind up that one day I would own a PRS Guitar.
Almost 10 years later I joined the United States Air Force and had been so busy with deployments that music almost fell out of my life. Wanting to spark my desire to play music again, I went and bought a used PRS SE 245 before I deployed again. I felt like a little kid again playing that instrument, I took it with me whenever I left home for extended periods of time or every time I deployed.
On my 2012 deployment I emailed PRS and asked if I could send them a flag that my crew and I had been flying over Afghanistan over the duration of our deployment. Almost instantly Matt King emailed me back and asked if I would like to tour the factory when I return home from my deployment. I was blown away at the offer to come see the production of the guitars I had been drooling over since I was a little kid.It felt like my deployment was never going to end, as soon as I got back to the states my wife and I traveled to Maryland and met up with Matt at the factory. As I am sitting in the lobby for Matt to show me around, out walks the man himself…Paul Reed Smith. I had no idea Paul was going to be there and it blew me away, I am shaking hands with the man responsible for my desire to stay in music and he has no idea the impact he has made on a grown man that felt like a little kid again that day. I presented the flag our crew had flown over Afghanistan to Paul and we spoke for a while about the importance of that flag and what kind of missions it flew over the combat zone.
After Paul left, Matt gave me an awesome tour of the factory and answered about 1,000 questions I had about the process. I never felt rushed or that anyone was being forced to talk to me, the whole staff was just awesome. I left the PRS factory that day knowing that I would play a PRS for the rest of my life and I would do whatever I needed to keep playing guitar something that is a part life’s routine. 3 years later and I have finally been able to reach out to a dealer and I just ordered an Artist Package Tremonti with a Indian Rosewood neck. I know it’s going to be a long 5-6 months for the order to be completed but I know it’s going to be worth every second I wait.
Thank you guys for making such awesome instruments that have the ability to inspire people to keep playing and Happy 30 year Anniversary.read full story