Inside the PRS Guitars Factory

Inside Story: Paul Reed Smith Guitars

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PRS earns raves from pro guitarists and collectors alike. Take the virtual factory tour to find out why.

When it comes to guitar fit, finish and feel, the guys who curate our Private Reserve collection reserve some of their highest praise for PRS guitars. Beyond their flawless finish, impeccably selected tonewoods and deluxe appointments, what gets our Guitar Advisors excited is the way PRS guitars feel utterly broken in taken straight out of the box.

Intrigued enough to find out more about how the company achieves that great feel, Musician’s Friend dispatched a video crew to Stevensville, Maryland to document what goes on inside the PRS factory. What emerged is a portrait of U.S. craftsmanship at its finest. Hosted by PRS president Jack Higginbotham, the tour highlights the enormous amount of hands-on, high-touch work that goes into each instrument.

The neck carve process comes in for special scrutiny. As Higginbotham notes, necks could be carved in a day or less, but seeking the utmost in stability, the PRS process takes a month. By removing tiny amounts of wood at a time and then letting the neck sit for a day between carving sessions results in a neck with rock-solid stability. In turn that results in a guitar that holds tune and intonates perfectly. This is typical of the PRS approach as our video tour reveals.

 

Building PRS guitars is both a labor- and time-intensive process.

For an exclusive look inside the PRS vault and the process of choosing woods for a special Private Reserve instrument, check out our own Brian Baggett’s tour notes:

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Tags: Electric Guitars PRS

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# Steve Goeller 2015-09-07 16:01
Heading to PRS factory on October 20. My beloved offered to accompany me. Hope to meet Mr. Smith and get an autograph. Bought a Hollowbody II in July. Smoother that the Ibanez Talman; less bite. It's getting a hell of a workout in the "studio".
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