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Paul Reed Smith

In the mid-eighties an ambitious young luthier from Maryland named Paul Reed Smith stood the guitar manufacturing industry on its head. Focusing on uniquely brilliant finishes and refining a double octave, set neck guitar that was to become the PRS Custom 24, PRS Guitars was born and proved able to compete with the "big two" (Fender and Gibson).

Paul Reed Smith is famously successful for converting Carlos Santana to his guitars, first approaching the guitar hero with early PRS prototypes in the late seventies. These days Carlos plays PRS guitars almost exclusively and has several lines named in his honor.

In the late eighties PRS successfully added a bolt-on, the CE 24 to their lineup. In the nineties PRS enlisted design support from legendary Gibson President Ted McCarty and a line of PRS guitars bears his name. Characteristically, McCarty's contributions included a thicker solidbody style and the development of a series of PRS hollowbodys.

In 1995, due to increasing demand, PRS Guitars expanded into a large manufacturing facility in Stevensville, MD, from which they still operate. Guitars produced in the new plant have retained their high quality and PRS has yet to undergo an obvious slump in production.

 


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Gibson Les Paul Standard Paul Reed Smith - PRS McCarty

2005. NM. Maple top, Mahogany body/neck. 22 frets. Push/pull coil tap. Low fast player with great feel and tone.

The PRS McCarty is one of the great guitar designs of the 90s and will be in production for a long time. This is our shops all time best seller. Feel the love.

Stock PRS Case, NM. $1549

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PRS Swamp Ash Special Paul Reed Smith - PRS Swamp Ash Special     ...Sold...

2008. NM. Tobacco Burst. Incredible ash body! Bird inlays. All stock.

We have seen quite a few SAS come through here but none as with a top to rival this. PRS does not award its coveted "10-tops" to Ash bodys but if they did this would certainly qualify. It is rare to see Ash figured so promounced and even.

The PRS silhouette bird inlays (discontinued) of the late 2000s look amazing in black on the maple fretboard.

NM Condition. OHSC. Stock Trem Arm.

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Gibson Les Paul Standard Paul Reed Smith - PRS EG2

1993. VG. Mahogany body/neck. 22 frets. Lindy Fralin "Domino" neck and middle PUs and a PRS HFS in the bridge with a coil tap.

Early USA Guitar. Virginia Ave era. Small neck heel. Awesome trem!

Stock PRS Case, VG. $1099.

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PRS CE24 Paul Reed Smith - PRS CE24

1988. Fire Red. First year CE24. Alder body. PRS winged locking tuners. PRS Standard T+B Pickups (long discontinued). Maple neck. Blonde Headstock. "PRS Electic" logo (long discontinued and only seen on this model in '88 and '89).

One of the first few hundred CEs ever built back in the Virginia Ave factory.

EX Condition. Hardshell Case. $1549

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PRS Custom 22 Paul Reed Smith - PRS Custom 22, Artist Pkg

2006. Royal Blue. Stunning Artist Grade Quilt Maple Top. Brazillian Rosewood fretboard. Gold Hardware. Rosewood headstock overlay. Paua bird inlays and headstock logo. 22 frets. WF Neck Profile.

Mint Condition. PRS Deluxe Case, NM. $2999

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PRS Custom 22 Paul Reed Smith - PRS Custom 22, Artist Pkg

2003. Vintage Yellow. Insane Artist Quilt Maple Top. Tremelo. Gold Hardware. Rosewood headstock overlay. Paua bird inlays and headstock logo. 22 Frets. WF Neck Profile.

Mint Condition. PRS Deluxe Case, NM. $2999

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PRS Custom 22 Paul Reed Smith - PRS Custom 22, Artist Pkg

2004. Raspberry. Gorgeous Artist Grade Quilt Maple Top. Gold Hardware. Rosewood headstock overlay. Paua bird inlays and headstock logo. Toned Raspberry back (one-off). 22 Frets. WF Neck Profile.

Mint Condition. PRS Deluxe Case. $2999

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PRS Custom 24 Paul Reed Smith - PRS Custom 24    ...Sold...

2006. Natural. 10-Top Flame Maple. Abalone bird inlays. Tremelo. 24 Frets. STD Neck profile.

Mint Condition. Stock PRS Case, NM.

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PRS McCarty, Artist Pack Paul Reed Smith - PRS McCarty, Artist Pkg

2006. Deep Orange "Tortoise Shell" Finish. Crazy "Tiger Stripe" Artist Grade Flamed Maple Top. Highly figured Brazillian Rosewood fretboard. Gold Hardware. Rosewood headstock overlay. Paua bird inlays and headstock logo. 22 frets. WF neck profile.

NM Condition. PRS Deluxe Case, NM. $2999

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PRS Custom 24 Paul Reed Smith - PRS Custom 24

2006. Vintage Yellow. Flamed Maple 10-Top. Abalone moon inlays. 24 frets. WT Neck Profile.

Mint Condition. Stock PRS Case, NM. $1949

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PRS McCarty Paul Reed Smith - PRS McCarty    ...Sold...

2001. Royal Blue. Flamed Maple Top. Abalone moon inlays. 22 frets. WF Neck.

Good Condition. Stock PRS Case, G.

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PRS CE24 Paul Reed Smith - PRS CE24

2004. HH Purple. Abalone moon inlays. Tremelo. PRS Phase II locking tuners. 24 frets. WT Neck Profile.

NM. Stock PRS Case, VG. $1299

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PRS Standard 22 Paul Reed Smith - PRS Standard 22    ...Sold...

2001. HH Ruby. Abolne moon inlays. Phase II Locking Tuners w/ Ebony tuning keys.

G Condition. Stock PRS Case, G. $1199

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PRS Custom 24 Paul Reed Smith - PRS Custom 24

1994. Goldtop. Small neck heel (Virginia Ave era). Tremelo. Sperzel locking tuners. Seymour Duncan bridge pickup. WT Neck Profile.

VG Condition. Hardshell Case, VG. $1849

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PRS Singlecut Paul Reed Smith - PRS Singlecut

2001. Cherryburst. First Year Singlecut. Figured Maple top. PRS Vintage Tuners. PRS #7 pickups. WF Neck Profile.

EX Condition. Hardshell Case. $1699

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PRS Singlecut Paul Reed Smith - PRS Singlecut    ...Sold...

2001. Whale Blue. 10-top Flame Maple. PRS Vintage Tuners. PRS #7 pickups. WF Neck Profile.

G Condition. Hardshell Case.

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PRS Hollowbody I Paul Reed Smith - Hollowbody I

1998. Cherryburst. 10-top Quilt Maple. First year hollowbody. Abalone bird inlays. PRS Vintage tuners. WF neck profile.

Mint Condition. PRS Leather H Case, NM. $2599

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PRS CE22 Paul Reed Smith - PRS CE22     ...Sold...

2002. Vintage Yellow. Flame Maple top. Abalone moon inlays. Cocobolo hardware. Tremelo. WF Neck Profile.

EX Condition. Stock PRS Case, EX.

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PRS McCarty Paul Reed Smith - PRS McCarty     ...Sold...

1999. Purple. 10-top Flame Maple top. Abalone moon inlays. PRS Vintage Tuners. McCarty pickups and truss rod cover.

Mint Condition. Stock PRS Case, VG.

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