experience prs 09

The story of Experience PRS 2009

Ever the tone connoisseur, Paul Reed Smith has the best seat in the house as David Grissom closes a long night performances

See a photo gallery with the details on the new guitars announced at the event, including the Starla X, Carlos Santana SE One Abraxas and Modern Eagle III
See a photo gallery of performance highlights from the event.
Watch video of the new gear and musical performances.
The annual celebration of all things PRS took on new meaning this year as the company threw one helluva party while taking care of some new business.

The party included performances by the likes of Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy, Dweezil Zappa, David Grissom, Johnny Hiland, Nick Catanese, Howard Leese, Tony McManus, and many others. The business end of things involved rolling out many new pieces of gear, announcing the discontinuation of 14 models, and showing the world its new multi-million-dollar factory. In other words, for PRS fans, artists and dealers, this was the one event of the year that was not to be missed. The fact that PRS is celebrating its 25th year as a company focused the significance of what was happening. To think that a young tinkerer could go from a ballsy tone nerd to the leader of the country’s third-largest guitar company by focusing on quality instead of quantity is proof that passion still matters in this industry. At the end of the day, it’s all about the tone.

U2’s The Edge and producer Bob Ezrin, Co-Founders of Music Rising, (musicrising.com) have announced Guitar Icons: A Musical Instrument Auction to Benefit Music Rising to take place December 11th, 2021, starting at 10:00 a.m. PST. Hosted by Van Eaton Galleries (vegalleries.com) in Los Angeles, the live and online auction will offer a significant collection of guitars and other music memorabilia by some of the world’s most prominent musicians and friends of Music Rising. The auction will take the charity back to its roots and help support the musicians of the NOLA region after a long period being without income.

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A Wisconsin guitarist hit the jackpot when he met a talented lute builder who hand-cut this stunning neck inlay.

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