When the music industry thinks of the Founder and Managing General Partner of PRS Guitars, Paul Reed Smith, they think of a meticulous, creative luthier whose 35-year-old company has built its reputation on master craftsmanship and innovation. To deliver on that expectation, Paul and the team at PRS spend countless hours on each and every model making sure that every PRS instrument is ready to do its job whether that’s on a stage, in a studio, or kicking back at home. There is however another side to Paul that is not widely known: Paul is passionate about teaching and mentoring.
PRS Guitars today announced the SE Hollowbody II Piezo. Another instrument that was scheduled to be released for their Experience PRS event earlier this year, the PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo is the first piezo-equipped instrument in the SE Series.
On Wednesday, May 13th, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that manufacturing in Maryland may open as of 5:00pm on May 15th, 2020. PRS Guitars subsequently resumed manufacturing the week of May 18th.
PRS reopened with approximately 25% of the workforce as an additional precaution. Throughout the week, staffing was gradually increased, and PRS is now operating with a full production and operations staff. Production volume is expected to ramp more slowly, reaching previous output levels in the coming weeks. Some corporate staff continues to work from home during this time.
PRS Guitars has long been known for its solid-body electric instruments, but today PRS is proudly announcing its first-ever Parlor acoustic guitars. Building on its successful SE acoustic lineup, PRS’s new assortment of SE Tonare Parlor Acoustics are available in several colors and are offered both with and without electronics.
The PRS Guitars 35th Anniversary “Experience PRS” event that was planned for this weekend, May 8-9, is going virtual. The event, heralded as the Ultimate Guitar Festival for Guitarists and Music Lovers, was expected to attract around 3,500 attendees from all over the globe, including celebrated PRS artists, dealers and international distributors, customers and enthusiasts, and worldwide press for two days of music, education, factory tours, and fun at PRS Guitars in Stevensville, Maryland.