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Just two days before the 2018 Winter NAMM show, PRS Guitars has unveiled the long-awaited Mark Tremonti signature amplifier: the MT 15. The MT 15 is a..
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Are you interested in a powerful guitar amplifier that can add new facets to your music? Then pay attention to the PRS Archon 50 Head! This unique two-channel a..
PRS Guitars appreciate and love guitarists all over the world. One of the reasons why the PRS Guitars brand is so highly regarded is certainly that Paul Ree..
PRS Guitars appreciate and love guitarists all over the world. One of the reasons why the PRS Guitars brand is so highly regarded is certainly that Paul Ree..
Founded in 1985 by Paul Reed Smith, himself, the brand became renowned for its craftsmanship amongst its maple tops and innovative guitar designs...
Founded in 1985 by Paul Reed Smith, himself, the brand became renowned for its craftsmanship amongst its maple tops and innovative guitar designs...
Founded in 1985 by Paul Reed Smith, himself, the brand became renowned for its craftsmanship amongst its maple tops and innovative guitar designs...
Founded in 1985 by Paul Reed Smith, himself, the brand became renowned for its craftsmanship amongst its maple tops and innovative guitar designs...
PRS Guitars appreciate and love guitarists all over the world. One of the reasons why the PRS Guitars brand is so highly regarded is certainly that Paul Ree..
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The PRS S2 CUSTOM 24 #S2070944 electric guitar is an instrument that combines classic design with modern technology to provide you with an unparalleled playing ..
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Introducing the PRS Paul's Guitar 10-Top #0369896 — a masterpiece of craftsmanship and sound created by the legendary Paul Reed Smith himself! This el..
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The PRS McCarty 594 #0379992 is an electric guitar that stands out from other musical instruments. From the moment you pick it up, you can feel the legendary qu..
PRS Guitars appreciate and love guitarists all over the world. One of the reasons why the PRS Guitars brand is so highly regarded is certainly that Paul Ree..
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The PRS CE 24 Semi-Hollow #0371477 electric guitar is an instrument that combines the sensitivity and sustain of a bolt-on neck with the powerful resonance of a..
PRS Silver Sky is the result of a close collaboration between Grammy Award-winning musician John Mayer and Paul Reed Smith (PRS). With over two and a half years..
The SE Starla Stoptail, with its retro-industrial look and settings, is an affordable but distinctive guitar. PRS have outdone themselves with the SE Starla. It..
The original Silver Sky model was developed in collaboration with musician John Mayer to elevate the familiar aesthetic of the guitar with world-renowned PRS Gu..
The original Silver Sky model was developed in collaboration with musician John Mayer to elevate the familiar aesthetic of the guitar with world-renowned PRS Gu..
The original Silver Sky model was developed in collaboration with musician John Mayer to elevate the familiar aesthetic of the guitar with world-renowned PRS Gu..
Integral to the SE Paul's Guitar equation is a mahogany body with a maple top, providing the brilliance, stability, and stunning aesthetics that PRS players..
First appearing in the PRS catalog a few years ago, the stylish Mira is now finally part of the affordable SE series. With a distinctive almost symmetrical body..
The SE Hollowbody Standard features an all-mahogany body with hollow construction for a warm, resonant tone. The 22 fret wide fat neck, PRS adjustable stoptail ..
Celebrating its 35th year of production, PRS has released a number of new electric guitars, including the SE Hollowbody Standard and Hollowbody II, a reimaginin..
The SE Hollowbody II Piezo combines the balanced, clear, resonant tone of a hollowbody instrument with the power and stability of a solid-body electri..
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PRS

PRS Guitars (also known as Paul Reed Smith Guitars) is an American guitar manufacturer headquartered in Stevensville, Maryland, founded by guitarist and master luthier Paul Reed Smith in 1985. PRS has a reputation as a manufacturer of high end electric guitars made in the US, and known for their custom shop instruments. However since the 1990s they have expanded production to Asia, where they manufacture the more affordable 'SE' line of instruments. As of 2013 they have begun making more affordable guitars in the US with their 'S2' line. PRS Guitars also manufactures guitar amplifiers. Two of PRS's most notable endorsers are Carlos Santana and Gustavo Cerati. In addition to this, many other artists endorse the company, including Mike Oldfield, who has used a PRS Artist Custom 24 for studio recordings and live shows since the late 1980s; Clint Lowery; Mikael Åkerfeldt; Dave Navarro; Ted Nugent; Al Di Meola; Mark Tremonti and Orianthi.

Paul Reed Smith was a guitar player who began building guitars while he was in college in the mid-1970s. Early guitar players to use his hand-built guitars were Stanley Whitaker (of Happy The Man), Derek St. Holmes (of Ted Nugent's band) and Howard Leese (then with Heart), but Smith's big break came when Carlos Santana began playing the still hand-built guitars, which at the time looked like a Gibson Les Paul with a double cut-away and were made of expensive woods like curly maple. He used the custom as a prototype to raise orders on the road worth nearly $300,000. Smith set up a limited partnership with his wife Barbara and business man Warren Esanu, and set up a factory in Virginia Avenue, Annapolis. Smith produced 20 guitars for the 1985 NAMM Show (those guitars are now known as the "NAMM 20"), and managed to find a niche in the guitar market: the mid-1980s was the time of the Superstrat, and there was little competition for the higher-quality, upscale guitars PRS was building, guitars with "an elegant, modern, vintage-inspired design--the kind of guitar one might have expected Fenders and Gibsons to evolve into".

At first there were eight workers taking up one third of the building which they shared with a furniture-stripping shop. After three years PRS had taken over most of the building, with 45 people producing 15 guitars every day, and as time progressed a separate woodshop was added. By 1995 the factory was making 25-30 guitars daily and employed 80 people. In 1996 production moved to a new factory in Stevensville on Kent Island, just across a bridge from Annapolis. By the end of 1998 Prs was producing 700 guitars a month with a staff of 110 people.

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