The Maryland luthier's on a roll with his well-received new axes
Capping a year in which PRS Guitars notched big wins with its new S2 Series and Gary Grainger 5-String Bass, the luthier who put PRS on the map has received a Lifetime Achievement/Hall of Fame Award from Music & Sound Retailer magazine.
PRS scored a trifecta with its Maryland-built S2 Custom 24 taking the magazine's award for Best Electric Guitar of 2013, and the Grainger 5-stringer nailing Best Bass Guitar of 2013.
The aim behind the S2 Series guitars is to deliver trademark PRS sound and cosmetic sophistication with uncompromised playability while bringing them to players at prices well below other U.S.-built electrics of their caliber.
Paul Reed Smith delivers a quick tour of his new S2 Series Custom 24 that packs amazing value and trademark PRS power and playability into its smooth U.S.-built contours.
The "S" in S2 stands for Stevensville—the Maryland town where PRS is headquartered and builds its instruments. Informed by Smith's long history of hands-on development of his instantly recognizable guitars, the Stevensville shop merges state-of-the-art computer-controlled manufacturing with old-world hand craftsmanship evident in its gorgeous output.
The flawless finishes, immaculate detailing, and out-of-the-box playability that has earned the PRS line accolades from some of the world's most prominent guitar heroes reflects a company-wide obsession with quality control. Though the S2 Series may not have all the lavish cosmetics and appointments of PRS Private Stock instruments, these guitars cut no corners in performance or beauty.
You can check out the full range of S2 Series models along with the entire Musician's Friend PRS selection of electric and acoustic guitars here.
Paul Reed Smith joins forces with metal axeman Emil Werstler at NAMM 2014 to demonstrate the amazing tonal possibilities of the S2 Mira electric guitar.
If you're considering an investment-grade PRS instrument (or just want to drool), visit our Private Reserve Guitars collection. You can also call a Guitar Advisor at 866-926-1923 to discuss any instrument in the collection, receive an in-hand tone report, get additional photos, or arrange a Skype audition.