PRS Guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/448/all en PRS Guitars Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Four New Models — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-guitars-introduces-four-new-30th-anniversary-models <!--paging_filter--><p>In 1985, while the world was focused on the birth of the first.com, a new operating system called Windows and “Live Aid,” an Annapolis, Maryland, guitar repairman decided to create a namesake guitar company called Paul Reed Smith Guitars.</p> <p>Three decades later, PRS Guitars has risen to become the Number 3 U.S. electric guitar manufacturer, with instruments played by musicians and bands as diverse as Carlos Santana, Periphery, Blake Shelton, Alter Bridge and John Hyatt, to name just a few.</p> <p>PRS Guitars’ approach to manufacturing, still guided by Smith, has maintained a consistent focus: design and create the best instruments possible using the finest materials available including beautifully figured tone woods, proprietary electronics and patented processes. </p> <p>These instruments, considered collector’s items, stage necessities and amateur guitarists’ go-to instruments are sold in more than eighty countries worldwide through authorized dealers and distributors.</p> <p>"Since day one it has been our goal to craft the finest guitars and amplifiers possible and I’m extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the last 30 years," Smith said. “But it doesn’t stop here. We will continue our journey, keeping the best of what we’ve learned while experimenting with new advancements and features.”</p> <p>Honored to celebrate their landmark anniversary and their pursuit of excellence, PRS is offering a series of 30th Anniversary Custom 24 guitar models in each of their electric guitar product families including the U.S.-made Private Stock, the distinguished U.S.-made Core line, the vintage-inspired U.S.-made S2 and the PRS designed SE guitar, each incorporating the visionary design and masterful craftsmanship that has become synonymous with the brand.</p> <p>The U.S.-made 30th Anniversary Custom 24 core model is a prime example of how Paul and the craftsmen at PRS keep focused on providing the best possible instruments for guitar players and guitar enthusiasts. </p> <p>Based on PRS’ iconic, top-selling model, the 30th Anniversary Custom 24 features a highly figured maple top with mahogany back, a 25” scale length, 24 fret mahogany neck and PRS’s patented tremolo system with locking tuners which enhance the playability and feel of the guitar. </p> <p>The alluring carved body shape of the 30th Anniversary Custom 24 is available in 18 finish colors that deliver a delicious depth to the natural wood grain with colors such as Blood Orange, Jade, and Vintage Sunburst. PRS 30th Anniversary bird inlays on a rosewood fretboard further enhance the beauty of the model. PRS’s new 85/15 treble and bass pickups come standard with a 5-way blade switch and volume and tone controls, providing exceptional clarity and a killer versatile voice.</p> <p><strong>Complete lineup of 30th Anniversary models:</strong></p> <p>Private Stock 30th Anniversary Custom 24<br /> Artist Package 30th Anniversary Custom 24<br /> 30th Anniversary Custom 24<br /> S2 30th Anniversary Custom 24<br /> SE 30th Anniversary Custom 24</p> <p>A company timeline, anniversary scrapbook stories and more info on the full array of PRS 30th Anniversary models is available at <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/30/">prsguitars.com/30.</a> </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/25zb8B4uNGw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-guitars-introduces-four-new-30th-anniversary-models#comments Paul Reed Smith PRS Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Tue, 11 Nov 2014 19:15:37 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22835 Review: PRS Guitars SE “Floyd” Custom 24 — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-prs-guitars-se-floyd-custom-24-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the Holiday 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-holiday-14-led-zeppelin?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=Holiday2014VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>When PRS introduced its SE Series in the late Nineties, SE stood for “Student Edition.” </p> <p>Somewhere along the way that changed to “Special Edition,” but with the recent expansion of the SE line to 19 different electric guitar models (in addition to SE acoustic guitars, basses and amps), PRS should consider changing the meaning to “Something for Everybody.” A perfect example of that is the new PRS SE “Floyd” Custom 24. </p> <p>Introduced at the same time as flagship PRS Series “Floyd” Custom 24 model, the SE version offers an affordable alternative with a similar general vibe and design for players who can’t afford to drop more than three grand on a guitar.</p> <p>Introduced in 1985, the Custom 24 is one of the greatest classic guitars of the past three decades. 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Reimagined for the S2 Series, these guitars feature the subtle aesthetic of mahogany and pickguard-mounted electronics for a vintage vibe with modern versatility and playability that is perfect for the gigging musician. </p> <p>All three models have solid mahogany bodies, set mahogany necks, versatile electronics, and tried-and-true PRS quality.</p> <p>Known for its warm, woody tone, mahogany provides the S2 Standard models with a strong fundamental that has been built on to create guitars that play as well and sound as good plugged straight into an amp or run through a modern pedalboard setup. </p> <p>The set neck adds to the tone of these guitars by providing remarkable resonance and lasting sustain while the addition of PRS-designed pickups and push/pull tone controls gives players access to authentic singlecoil sounds in addition to strong, punchy humbucker tones.</p> <p>The only 24-fret model in the lineup, the Standard 24 is a classic PRS reimaged for players who prefer a stripped-down approach to their music. The Standard 22 goes in a more vintage direction, but remains a bare-bones workhorse for the player who needs to cover a lot of ground with their music. The Singlecut Standard boasts a classic body shape and control layout, with volume and tone controls for each pickup and a 3-way toggle pickup switch on the upper bout, giving payers plenty of options to dial in flawless tone.</p> <p>As with all S2 Series guitars, the Standard models feature S2 locking tuners, PRS-designed bridges, as well as PRS nuts, frets, and strings. This means PRS fit, finish, and attention to detail all at a more affordable price. With solid build quality and versatile electronics platform, the S2 Standard lineup can effortlessly go from high gain punk and metal to low, bassy blues, making these guitars a solid choice for players who prefer a straightforward approach to a variety of different musical styles.</p> <p>For full specifications and to see the rest of the S2 Series, visit <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/">prsguitars.com.</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-adds-three-all-mahogany-s2-standard-models-lineup#comments PRS Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:37:36 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22709 PRS Expands Archon Guitar Amplifier Family with Archon 25 Combo — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-expands-archon-amplifier-family-archon-25-combo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>PRS has expanded its Archon guitar amp line with the Archon 25 Combo.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>The Archon 25 brings the king of PRS high-gain amplification to the world of small, low wattage tube amps. The Archon’s lush distortion and singing clean channel tones are all here in a 25-watt package (switchable to 13 watts via the back panel). </p> <p>The Archon 25’s wattage makes the amp easier to push to optimum performance — tube amps sound best when pushed a little — and it gets there at a lower volume, which is a huge benefit not only at home, but also in the studio and on the stage. Recording with an amp at lower volumes allows for a cleaner signal and a truer tone, and keep the soundman happy by not blowing out the other members of the band.</p> <p>The Archon 25 features Volume, Treble, Middle and Bass controls for each channel. There is also a Master Volume control for each channel and global Depth and Presence for added control. The Archon’s 6L6/EL34 tube option is replaced here with 5881’s, which offer extended high end while maintaining the Archon’s signature crunch.</p> <p>PRS Artist Emil Werstler on the Archon 25 Combo, “It’s a pretty surprising amp. One of the main reasons I play this amp is that it has a rare feature for a high gain amp, and that is that it actually has a clean channel. It’s very lightweight, and you can drive external cabinets with it. It feels the same [as the original Archon]. The only difference is it’s obviously very small and you can’t complain about carting it upstairs anymore.”</p> <p>Bottom line, the Archon 25 keeps all the tone and flexibility of the Archon family intact, is a little more forgiving than its 100 and 50 watt big brothers, and won’t break your back every time you load in for a gig. </p> <p>For complete specifications, visit <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/archon25/">prsguitars.com/archon25</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/17IkuQCE-uU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-expands-archon-amplifier-family-archon-25-combo-video#comments PRS Guitars Videos Amps News Gear Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:15:28 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22584 PRS Guitars Announces Dustie Waring Limited Edition Floyd Custom 24 — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-guitars-announces-dustie-waring-limited-edition-floyd-custom-24-video <!--paging_filter--><p>PRS Guitars has introduced its new Dustie Waring Limited Edition Floyd Custom 24 guitar.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>Between the Buried and Me have a sound that is heavy yet melodic, lush but menacing — a tone that rhythm guitarist Dustie Waring achieves with PRS guitars and amps. </p> <p>Since 2008, Waring has traditionally used a PRS Custom 24 outfitted with Floyd Rose tremolo system on tour and in the studio. Recently, Waring and PRS Guitars got together to create a limited-edition signature model that would look and sound even more vicious than his current PRS guitar.</p> <p>The new PRS Dustie Waring Limited Edition takes the ‘Floyd’ Custom 24 platform and adds unique features Waring specified to make his perfect PRS, including Dustie Waring signature DiMarzio humbucking pickups. Waring’s signature pickups were designed to cover the spectrum from pristine cleans to heavy rhythm chords, all with no harsh trebles or mushy bottom end. Paired with black hardware and a satin finish, these guitars have a look that is as sophisticated and menacing as Waring’s tone.</p> <p>“I can’t see myself playing anything else. They are perfect instruments that you can get any tone you want out of, and they look absolutely baddass,” Waring said.</p> <p>Other features of the new Dustie Waring Signature limited edition model include carved figured maple top, mahogany back, 25” scale length, 24 fret rock maple neck, an “Original” Floyd Rose tremolo, PRS Phase III locking tuners, glow-in-the-dark sidedots and PRS Bird inlays. </p> <p><strong>While there is no cap to the number of Dustie Waring signature guitars that will be made, the order window is limited to October 8 through December 15, 2014. Contact your Authorized PRS Dealer to place your order. For more about this model, visit <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/dustiewaring/">prsguitars.com</a>.</strong></p> <p>The announcement of Waring’s model comes on the heels of Between the Buried and Me’s release of their new DVD, <em>Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium</em>. This project is in contrast with the band's live stage productions and features the band in a small studio that provides an intimate setting for their performance of <em>The Future Sequence</em> in its entirety. </p> <p>The DVD is available at <a href="http://www.metalblade.com/us/">Metalblade.com</a> and through <a href="http://www.betweentheburiedandme.com/">betweentheburiedandme.com.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RECrKRsohcs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-guitars-announces-dustie-waring-limited-edition-floyd-custom-24-video#comments Between the Buried and Me Dustie Waring PRS Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:47:29 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22583 King Crimson Return, Play First Gigs in Six Years http://www.guitarworld.com/king-crimson-return-play-first-gigs-six-years <!--paging_filter--><p>Fans of progressive rock had reason to rejoice this past summer when Robert Fripp, the guitarist and bandleader of the legendary progressive rock band King Crimson, dramatically announced he was coming out of retirement and the group was “returning to active service.” </p> <p>True to his word, after a six-year hiatus, the U.K. band returned to the U.S. in September for a sold-out tour featuring a new lineup. </p> <p>At seven members, it is the largest configuration of the group ever assembled, featuring three drummers, along with veteran bassist Tony Levin, saxophonist Mel Collins, new vocalist/guitarist Jakko Jakszyk and, of course, Fripp.</p> <p>Last week in New York City, the unit played an intense and swinging set featuring songs from several different eras of the band’s 40-year history, including knockout versions of “Starless,” “Larks’ Tongue In Aspic, Parts One &amp; Two” and “21st Century Schizoid Man.” </p> <p><em>Guitar World</em> recently caught up with Jakszyk to discuss his role the reconstituted group. A veteran prog rocker, who at one time played in the King Crimson cover band called the 21st Century Schizoid Band, is obviously thrilled to play in the real deal. So much so, he commissioned a special guitar made by Paul Reed Smith to commemorate the event…but more on that later.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: Fans of the band were a little surprised when it was announced that King Crimson was touring. We were under the impression Robert Fripp had retired.</strong></p> <p>The band was also surprised when we got the call! I think it might’ve had to do with a record he and I worked on together called <em>A Scarcity of Miracles</em> back in 2011. It wasn’t a Crimson album, but Robert referred to it as a "Crimson ProjeKct." Five of the current seven members are on that album, and I think he enjoyed it. Also, I think he had to just resolve an ongoing litigation with Universal Music, which went on for ages and used to trouble him on a daily basis. I can’t speak for him, but those are my observations. </p> <p><strong>Why have three drummers in the band?</strong></p> <p>Why, indeed! I have to admit, when Robert first started talking about using a drum trio, I thought he was mad. I couldn’t see how it was going to work. Then he explained he wanted the drums to be in front and the band on risers behind them! That made me even more concerned. I had all kinds of worries about how we would monitor the sound. But when we set up for the first time, and we saw how cool it looked, we all got excited. It took a little time, but eventually we figured out how to monitor the band using in-ear headphones. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/N1JapuD0ikk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Isn’t it odd for the singer to be behind the drummers?</strong></p> <p>Exactly! But there is something very egalitarian about the arrangement. Usually the singer is the frontman—he’s the guy that’s the focus of attention. By putting him and featured soloists in the back, suddenly the audience’s attention shifts to the music and all of the musicians rather than one guy. In a way, the current version of Crimson feels more like an orchestra. It’s a real group.</p> <p><strong>How were you able to coordinate the drum parts?</strong></p> <p>A lot of credit has to go to Gavin Harrison, who really worked hard on arranging and writing out the parts. But all three have done a great job. They actually spent a lot of time rehearsing separately from the band. </p> <p><strong>So Fripp wasn’t so crazy after all.</strong></p> <p>He sees things in a way no one else can.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qOk1PNv8LLA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Tell us about your cool <em>In The Court of the Crimson King</em> PRS guitar.</strong></p> <p>When I was asked to join Crimson, I really wanted to make a statement of intent. So, I asked the guys at PRS if they were up for making me a guitar that looked as special as it played. Together, we took the iconic artwork of Crimson’s first album and created a version that would fit on the PRS shape. <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/artists/story/king_crimsons_jakko_jakszyk_discusses_his_new_custom_built_p24_guitar">The photos don’t do the guitar justice—the finish looks like porcelain.</a></p> <p><strong>What amp are you using? It’s clear that under this unique stage setup, a 100-watt 4x12 amp would be overpowering and pretty impractical.</strong></p> <p>I use a Kemper Profiling Amp. One of the editors at <em>Guitarist</em> magazine in the U.K. turned me on to them. They're really flexible, easy to use and they allow me model the variety of sounds I need to compliment all the different eras of Crimson. </p> <p>But I have to tell you this funny story that happened while we were first putting the show together. I’m required to perform some of the parts Robert played on the original albums, so I need to mimic his sound. One day while we were rehearsing, we were playing a song and Robert stopped me and complimented my sound. He asked me what I was using and I told him it was a preset on the Kemper—it was called “Early Fripp”!</p> <p><em>Brad Tolinski is the editor-in-chief at </em>Guitar World.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/king-crimson-return-play-first-gigs-six-years#comments Brad Tolinski Jakko Jakszyk King Crimson PRS Guitars Interviews News Features Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:39:00 +0000 Brad Tolinski http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22450 PRS Guitars Announces Small-Batch Run of Brushstroke 24 Model http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-guitars-announces-small-batch-run-brushstroke-24-model <!--paging_filter--><p>PRS Guitars has announced a new small-batch run of the Brushstroke 24 guitar.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>Based on "Paul’s Guitar," the guitar Paul Reed Smith is playing in the studio and on the stage, the Brushstroke 24 is lacking neither tone nor style. This limited-edition model carries over a familiar carved, figured maple top with mahogany back wood combination, the unique “brushstroke” bird inlay design, and adds 24-fret, tremolo versatility to the core Paul’s Guitar model.</p> <p>The pickups deliver a full range of tones from sweet, clean highs to full, alive mids and driven lows, and the electronics configuration consists of two narrow 408 pickups with a three-way toggle switch. Two mini-toggle switches, situated between the volume and tone controls, allow players to move between humbucking and single-coil tones with no volume loss when switching from full to single coils for maximum versatility.</p> <p>“The Brushstroke 24 is where visionary art and master craftsmanship meet,” said Jack Higginbotham, president of PRS Guitars. “This limited edition, with its elegant brushstroke bird inlay pattern and tonally versatile electronic package, is striking and performance ready regardless of whether the venue is a major concert arena or an intimate living room practice session.” </p> <p>Color options for this small batch run include some of PRS Guitars most popular maple top options: Aquableux, Black Gold, Blood Orange, Faded Whale Blue, Jade, Obsidian, Red Tiger, Violet. </p> <p>Fewer than 200 of these instruments will be made for this small batch run.</p> <p>For full specifications, visit <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/brushstroke24/">prsguitars.com</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-guitars-announces-small-batch-run-brushstroke-24-model#comments PRS Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:58:19 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22116 PRS Guitars Launches Three New Semi-Hollow S2 Models — Demo Videos http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-guitars-launches-three-new-semi-hollow-s2-models-demo-videos <!--paging_filter--><p>On the first anniversary of the S2 Series, PRS is adding three new models to the lineup: the S2 Mira Semi-Hollow, S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow, and the S2 Singlecut Semi-Hollow. </p> <p>These three new models further PRS’s desire to create a complete product offering inside the S2 Series.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>“We are seeing a great interest in semi-hollow guitars across all of our product lines, from Private Stock custom pieces to the SE Zach Meyers, and we are as excited about these guitars as anything we’ve made so far inside of S2. They are harmonically rich, remarkably resonant, feel fantastic, and have a very cool, organic vibe. Like all the S2’s, the goal of these semi-hollow models is to bring inspirational, reliable, quality tools to players at a new PRS price point,” Jack Higginbotham, president of PRS Guitars.</p> <p>First in the lineup is the S2 Mira Semi-Hollow. Rarely is a guitar reinvented in a way that it equals the original, becoming not just a spin off, but a wholly independent thought. The S2 Mira Semi-Hollow is one such guitar with the sum of the changes resulting in a radical change in personality. </p> <p>A distinctive take on the S2 Mira, this semi-hollow version boasts a chambered all-mahogany body and low output pickups that create a warm, smoky harmonic richness that can overdrive to classic rock tones all with tremendous punch and clarity. The S2 Mira Semi-Hollow not only has instant vibe, it provides effortless playability, instant comfort, and explosive tone. Bottom line, the S2 Mira Semi-Hollow will give you distinctive tonal depth and stunning visual appeal. </p> <p><strong>For full specifications, <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/s2mirasemihollow/">head HERE.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/azhILyME1lg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Next is the S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow. The Custom 22 is a classic workhorse guitar. Known for its exceptional clarity and warm midrange, the S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow has been updated here with a chambered mahogany/maple body and f-hole, giving this vintage-inspired guitar a classic look and outstanding resonance. Appointments include the patented PRS tremolo system, #7 treble and bass pickups, and a push/pull coil tap on the tone control for versatile, alive vintage tone. </p> <p><strong>For full specifications, <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/s2custom22semihollow/">head HERE</a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/aoMT6ioySRs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>The third guitar offered as a semi-hollow instrument through the S2 line is the S2 Singlecut Semi-Hollow. The S2 Singlecut Semi-Hollow is a classic instrument with a clear voice that balances punch and sustain. The classic control layout (with volume and tone for each pickup) and added versatility of a push/pull coil tap on the tone controls give players plenty of options to dial in flawless tone. Whether playing lead or rhythm, the S2 Singlecut Semi-Hollow is eminently recordable and always gig-ready. </p> <p><strong>For full specifications, <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/s2singlecutsemihollow/">head HERE.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GIZVAgtVacc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>PRS Guitars announced the S2 Series July 9, 2013. Standing for “Stevensville 2,” the S2 Series is named for a second manufacturing line created inside the PRS Stevensville, Maryland shop that blends new manufacturing techniques with practiced quality control and workmanship to create instruments at a new price point for players. </p> <p><strong>For the complete model listing, full specifications, artist roster, visit <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/s2series/">prsguitars.com/s2series</a>.</strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-guitars-launches-three-new-semi-hollow-s2-models-demo-videos#comments PRS Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:33:27 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22031 Mark Tremonti Shows Off Custom PRS Joe Fenton Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/mark-tremonti-shows-custom-prs-joe-fenton-guitar-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Joe Fenton — an internationally respected artist whose intricate drawings can be found in art galleries, corporate and private collections — works in monochrome using graphite, ink and acrylics on paper. </p> <p>So when Mark Tremonti, PRS signature artist and guitarist for Alter Bridge and Creed, approached Fenton and commissioned him to decorate his first-ever guitar, the result was a one-of-a-kind PRS guitar masterpiece that looks as badass as it sounds. </p> <p>It took Fenton about three months to create the intricate detailed artwork that adorns nearly every inch of the guitar’s body and neck. </p> <p>When asked about his first guitar project, Fenton said, “I was nervous before embarking on the project as it forced me out of my comfort zone. I had to work in a different way from what I was used to. PRS also created a custom-cut Tremonti guitar with less plates on the back so as not to obstruct the artwork as much, which was great.”</p> <p>Fenton created the original artwork with input from Tremonti. He described the design process as, “When Mark and I met he had some strong ideas in terms of what he wanted. We discussed such artworks like “The garden of earthly delights,” a triptych painted by the early Netherlandish master Hieronymus Bosch. The triptych shows the warnings and perils of life’s temptation, depicted by images of heaven and hell. Mark wanted the guitar covered in artwork with this subject matter.” </p> <p>He continued, “I showed Mark the designs before I did any artwork on the actual guitar. The back and neck design, which depicts the lighter side was easier to come up with. My first attempt for the front wasn't quite right. I held back on the level of detail I put into it and did a much bolder design. Mark basically wanted me to cram in as much detail as I could. I redesigned it and eventually came up with imagery you see now.” The artist captured the process in a fascinating eight minute long time-elapsed video that features Alter Bridge’s “Blackbird” playing in the background.</p> <p>The guitar was then shipped back to PRS Guitars were several coats of acrylic were meticulously applied over the artwork. Then the electronics and hardware were installed by the PRS Private Stock team of luthiers headed by PRS Guitars’ working founder Paul Reed Smith and Private Stock Director Paul Miles.</p> <p>The project came full circle when PRS Artist Relations team member Rich Hannon presented the finished guitar to Mark Tremonti backstage at the Rock on the Range festival where Mark’s band Alter Bridge was headlining. After the presentation, Tremonti brought the guitar on stage and performed a blistering solo on it during the band’s performance of “Addicted to Pain.” </p> <p>Afterward Tremonti said, “I am just blown away by this beautiful guitar! Joe Fenton knocked it out of the park and PRS more than delivered with this one. I can’t wait to spend many more hours playing with this masterpiece."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/f4ISS2YkweE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/mark-tremonti-shows-custom-prs-joe-fenton-guitar-video#comments Mark Tremonti PRS Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 28 May 2014 16:07:05 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21364 Daath Guitarist Emil Werstler Demos and Discusses PRS Archon Guitar Amp — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/daath-guitarist-emil-werstler-demos-and-discusses-prs-archon-guitar-amp-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In the new video below, Daath/Chimaira guitarist Emil Werstler demos and discusses PRS Guitars' new-for-2014 guitar amp, the Archon.</p> <p>From PRS:</p> <p>In the world of high-gain amplifiers, modern players demand aggressive overdriven tones and ample headroom with sparkling cleans.</p> <p>The new PRS Archon amplifier offers all of the above in a high-design 100/50-watt package (via a half-power switch). Greek for “ruler” or “lord,” the Archon has already earned the endorsement of several top artists, including Dustie Waring (Between the Buried and Me), Fredrik Åkesson (Opeth), Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge and Creed), Werstler and Zach Myers (Shinedown).</p> <p>The Archon’s lead channel was designed with five gain stages before the master volume, delivering full, lush distortion, or as Frederick Åkesson of Opeth describes it, “a warm, punchy gain.” </p> <p>“Finding the right amp can be a life-long journey. There always seems to be an imperfection in design covered up by excess features," Werstler says. "For the multi-genre player, it is nearly impossible to find one amp for all styles until now. The Archon delivers the best clean and dirty channels I've ever heard in one amp. Finally, I get to just plug in and play.”</p> <p>For more about the Archon, head <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/archon/">here.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vwYm7XlzDig" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/daath-guitarist-emil-werstler-demos-and-discusses-prs-archon-guitar-amp-video#comments Chimaira Daath Emil Werstler PRS PRS Guitars Videos Amps News Gear Mon, 05 May 2014 16:02:04 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21170 NAMM 2014 Video: Marty Friedman Discusses His New SE Signature Model from PRS Guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2014-video-marty-friedman-discusses-his-new-se-signature-model-prs-guitars <!--paging_filter--><p>The <em>Guitar World</em> gang visited the PRS Guitars booth at the 2014 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. </p> <p>We got the low-down on several new models, including the expanded S2 Series — and, of course, the new Marty Friedman SE signature model.</p> <p>Below, you can check our video, which shows Friedman discussing the new model. </p> <p>From PRS Guitars:</p> <p>"Known for his work with Megadeth and Cacophony, Friedman’s career includes 27 gold and platinum records and five Grammy awards. His new SE signature model, a black singlecut with star inlays chosen by Friedman, is also a force to be reckoned with.</p> <p>"The SE Marty Friedman features a beveled maple top with mahogany back, a 25-inch scale length, wide, fat, 22-fret mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard and star inlays, PRS-designed SE locking tuners and PRS’s adjustable stoptail bridge. SE humbucking treble and bass pickups with volume and tone for each pickup with a three-way toggle switch on the upper bout gives players ultimate versatility and control."</p> <p>"The PRS Marty Friedman signature model was developed over the course of recording <em>Inferno</em>, my most 'guitar demanding' album yet," Friedman said recently. "Its sound is all over that record. PRS has finally created my ultimate go-to guitar."</p> <p>Be sure to check out the video (plus a bonus video that shows Friedman using the guitar to perform "Amazing Grace"). For more about the guitar, visit <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/semartyfriedman">prsguitars.com/semartyfriedman</a>. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rZ5paSRSZao" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/hTkOb884zm4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/marty-friedman">Marty Friedman</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2014-video-marty-friedman-discusses-his-new-se-signature-model-prs-guitars#comments Marty Friedman NAMM 2014 NAMM 2014 Video PRS PRS Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:32:42 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20453 NAMM 2014 Video: PRS Guitars S2 Custom 22 http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2014-video-prs-guitars-s2-custom-22 <!--paging_filter--><p>The <em>Guitar World</em> gang visited the PRS Guitars booth at the 2014 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.</p> <p>Below, check out our exclusive video, which shows off the look and sound of PRS Guitars' new S2 Custom 22 model, which is part of the company's recently expanded S2 Series. The guitar features a maple top with mahogany back, 22 frets, S2 #7 Treble and S2 #7 Bass pickups and a PRS Tremolo.</p> <p>For more about the S2 Series, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2014-prs-guitars-unveils-complete-s2-series-winter-namm-show">check out our official series-announcement story.</a></p> <p>To explore the S2 Series from PRS Guitars, visit <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/s2series/">prsguitars.com/s2series</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2014">[[ <em>Guitar World</em> at NAMM 2014: Gear updates, photo galleries, videos and more! ]]</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HWnT5GwimZ8?list=PLagcgzXkwROjMu6mYIQOmp4eU-uvzhBGj" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2014-video-prs-guitars-s2-custom-22#comments NAMM 2014 NAMM 2014 Video PRS Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:14:30 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20438 NAMM 2014 Video: PRS Guitars S2 Series Singlecut http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2014-video-prs-guitars-s2-series-singlecut <!--paging_filter--><p>The <em>Guitar World</em> gang visited the PRS Guitars booth at the 2014 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.</p> <p>Below, check out a video that shows off the looks and sound of PRS Guitars' new S2 Singlecut, part of the company's new S2 Series.</p> <p>For more about the S2 Series, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2014-prs-guitars-unveils-complete-s2-series-winter-namm-show">check out our official announcement story, which we posted Thursday.</a></p> <p>To explore the S2 Series from PRS Guitars, visit <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/s2series/">prsguitars.com/s2series</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2014">[[ <em>Guitar World</em> at NAMM 2014: Gear updates, photo galleries, videos and more! ]]</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/fQ-sjQ2HWD8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2014-video-prs-guitars-s2-series-singlecut#comments NAMM 2014 NAMM 2014 Video PRS PRS Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:08:52 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20280 NAMM 2014: PRS Guitars Unveils Complete S2 Series at Winter NAMM Show http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2014-prs-guitars-unveils-complete-s2-series-winter-namm-show <!--paging_filter--><p>PRS Guitars is proud to announce that the complete series of PRS S2 electric guitars, including the newly introduced S2 Singlecut and S2 Custom 22, will make their official début at the 2014 Anaheim NAMM show. </p> <p>Built at PRS Guitars’ Maryland facility by skilled craftsmen, the S2 Series is considered one of the most significant product launches in the company’s history. </p> <p>The S2 series offers the quality, sound, and playability that appeals to long time PRS fans while a more accessible price point helps to attract a new audience of musicians.</p> <p>The new S2 Series premiered in July 2013 with three models: the S2 Custom 24, the S2 Starla, and the S2 Mira, which offer a retro-inspired vibe that has attracted musicians across a wide diverse group of genres ranging from Indie to Country, Punk, Rock and Metal.</p> <p>S2 guitars share several key features, including PRS S2 locking tuners, custom-wound pickups, push/pull tone pots, rosewood fretboards, 25” scale length mahogany necks, and PRS’s Pattern Regular neck shape as well as PRS fretwire, nuts, and double-action truss rods.</p> <p><strong>S2 Series models and configurations:</strong></p> <p> • S2 Custom 24 – Maple Top with Mahogany Back, 24 frets, S2 HFS Treble and S2 Vintage Bass pickups, PRS Tremolo</p> <p>• S2 Custom 22 - Maple Top with Mahogany Back, 22 frets, S2 #7 Treble and S2 #7 Bass pickups, PRS Tremolo</p> <p> • S2 Singlecut - Maple Top with Mahogany Back, 22 frets, S2 #7 Treble and S2 #7 Bass pickups, PRS Stoptail</p> <p> • S2 Mira – All-Mahogany Body, 22 frets, S2 Mira Treble and S2 Mira Bass pickups, PRS Stoptail</p> <p>• S2 Starla – All-Mahogany Body, 22 frets, S2 Starla Treble and S2 Starla Bass pickups, Tune-o-matic Bridge with Bigsby B50 tailpiece</p> <p>Artists using S2 Series instruments include: Dave Knudson (Minus the Bear), Thomas Fekete (Surfer Blood), Isaac Ellsworth and Stephen Holmes (MoneyPenny), Jonathan Sutten and Seth Trimble (Throw the Fight), JJ Grey (Mofro), Josh Mix (Casting Crowns) and Mason Orfalea (Cerebral Ballzy).</p> <p>To explore the S2 Series from PRS Guitars, visit <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/s2series/">prsguitars.com/s2series</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zxutfG_XRmw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2014-prs-guitars-unveils-complete-s2-series-winter-namm-show#comments NAMM 2014 PRS PRS Guitars Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:20:03 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20267 PRS Guitars Announces SE Zach Myers Signature Model http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-guitars-announces-se-zach-myers-signature-model <!--paging_filter--><p>PRS Guitars has announced its new SE Zach Myers Signature Model.</p> <p>Myers, lead guitarist for Shinedown, picked up a PRS Custom 22 at age 15 and announced his first SE signature model in 2010. </p> <p>As a guitarist who has rocked PRS on the stage and teched for several PRS bands, Myers has an intimate understanding of how a guitar should feel and what the build quality should be. After months of design and conversations with PRS’s SE team, Zach and PRS are pleased to introduce an all-new SE Zach Myers for 2014.</p> <p>The 2014 SE Zach Myers features a chambered mahogany body with maple cap, flame maple veneer and single f-hole that provides smooth mid-range tones with a natural, resonant internal reverb. The 22-fret 24.5-inch scale length wide fat neck boasts a satin finish that gives the guitar a very comfortable, woody, worn-in feel. </p> <p>Additional appointments to the SE Zach Myers signature model include PRS adjustable stoptail bridge, vintage style tuners, and PRS SE 245 pickups paired with two volume and two tone controls and a three-way toggle pickup switch.</p> <p>"I've been with PRS guitars for 12 years. This is the best PRS I have ever played, and I'm proud that its mine," Myers says.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/sezachmyers/">prsguitars.com/sezachmyers</a>.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/sezachmyers620.jpg" width="620" height="237" alt="sezachmyers620.jpg" /></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/node/5973">Shinedown</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-guitars-announces-se-zach-myers-signature-model#comments NAMM 2014 PRS Guitars Shinedown Zach Myers Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 30 Dec 2013 15:32:07 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20088