Our Paul Reed Smith Guitar reviews will tell you everything you need to know about these legendary guitars, and then more! Based out of Stevensville, Maryland, PRS have built a worldwide reputation for exceptional quality control and customer service. Our experts have collectively played thousands of them and know just what to look for to bring you the best review possible.

Founded by master luthier and guitarist extraordinaire, Paul Reed Smith, PRS Guitars is now one of the biggest and longest running american guitar companies, producing instruments for more than 30 years! Paul began his career as a repairman and technician. His shop was located a bit off the beaten path, requiring customers to sometimes drive several hours just to see him. He found himself handling the really tough jobs most techs didn’t want to touch. These early years undoubtedly forced Paul to learn every little detail of the guitar inside and out and laid the groundwork for how meticulous and perfectionist his approach to actually building guitars would one-day become.

Once Paul began building he knew pretty early on that he had something special and unique on his hands. The endorsement of several world-famous guitarists gave Paul the ammunition he needed to raise the capital for a proper shop and begin manufacturing on PRS Guitars.

The Custom 24 was publicly released in the mid-80’s, the time of the super-strat, and there was a gaping hole in the market for classy, vintage-voiced instruments but with a modern sensibility. The guitar was a phenomenal success. Perfectly marrying elements of a Gibson Les Paul and Fender Stratocaster to create what is now considered an all American classic.

The Custom featured a gorgeous carved maple top over a mahogany body and mahogany neck, with a double cutaway for easy upper fret access to all 24 frets, and gorgeous flying bird inlays. A proprietary floating tremolo allowed a wide variety of sounds without requiring a hefty double locking system that was popular at the time thanks to the proprietary locking tuners which kept the tuning rock-solid. Also the scale length and radius of the fretboard split the difference between Strat and Les Paul giving the guitar a unique feel all its own.

Perhaps the most important feature was the 5-way pickup selection of the two humbuckers which allowed full humbucker tones as well as incredibly realistic single coil tones, making this guitar a complete swiss army knife, able to handle playing any style without having to change guitars, and setting the standard for guitar electronics moving forward.

Despite bringing something totally new to the market, this was just the beginning for a company that prides itself on innovation..

Today, PRS remains at the forefront cutting-edge of guitar manufacturing. Constantly raising the bar and introducing new techniques, components, and variations to classic models, never resting on laurels or being afraid to shake things up for the sake of producing a better instrument. Their product lineup now includes something for every guitarist including getting more and more into the extended range market, producing 7 string guitars and ones catered towards the modern metal player, shipping in drop tunings such as the Mark Holcomb signature models.

In order to cover all bases, PRS offers a wide variety of guitars. Check out our comprehensive PRS reviews to learn all about their different models and find the right one for you!