It may seem hard to believe, but there was a time when Paul Reed Smith was an unknown guitar builder. During these early days, whenever a major artist came through town, he would camp outside venues for six or seven hours before the show and try to make friends with everyone: the roadies, the security staff, the caterers, or anyone who could get him a backstage pass. As you might expect, many were impressed enough to order themselves a PRS. The same tireless work ethic that compelled Paul to stand out in the hot sun for six hours to give a rock star a thirty-second sales pitch also drove him to refine the electric guitar time and time again as he strived to reach the ultimate zenith of six-string perfection.
PRS Dating & Serial Numbers
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Since its establishment in , Paul Reed Smith has fostered a solid reputation in the guitar world for producing high-quality, high-end, and handmade electric guitars. But PRS standard models, as well as private stock guitars, often command hefty price tags and can be unrealistically hard some players' wallets. The "SE" stands for "Student Edition," and the line is full of classic Paul Reed Smith models—both of the standard and custom variety—at more budget-friendly price points. These guitars keep costs down by keeping manufacturing overseas, in Indonesia and Korea, and using less-expensive woods and building materials than their American-made counterparts.
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Paul Reed Smith has done more for the high end guitar market than any other person alive. The early PRS guitars were absolutely the best guitars I had ever seen or played in my life. The absolute best thing that Paul ever did was to bring the perceived price of an electric guitar up to the level where a consumer would actually consider buying a custom made instrument. Today there are hundreds of small builders who owe their success to Paul.