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The History of the PRS Guitar

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The History of the PRS Guitar Empty The History of the PRS Guitar

Post by rihanna1 on Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:00 pm

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The legendary PRS guitar is many musicians favorite guitar, and its birth comes from one of those rare stories that make the legend even more valuable to some. Its history is one that doesn't begin in a million dollar mass production factory, but rather with a pair of hands and a love for music. Should this not be the birth place of all things in music? Paul Reed Smith, the original creator and designer of the PRS guitar is truly a self-made man who built a guitar empire from little more than an idea in his head, and the hard work of his own two hands.

The very earliest idea for his guitars came while Smith was in college. He accepted a challenge from his music professor to make a guitar for class credits. He took the challenge and received an "A" for his efforts, and that was the first guitar Paul Reed Smith ever built. Having produced what turned out to be a success, he took that and decided to pursue his dream of building guitars, and that's where the dream began.

The years following his monumental decision were full of ups and downs, and he was not always successful. However, he never gave up and continued to work toward his goal. Still making all his designs by hand, he often was only able to produce one guitar a month. After its completion he would test out the quality by playing it at one of his own gigs before trying to sell it.

It was, perhaps, the method in which he used to initially begin selling his guitars that has spurred his company on to such prestige. Smith would reportedly stand outside of arena rock shows for hours and hours at a time, befriending the road crews of the playing bands. Once he had acquired a back-stage pass from the roadies, he would take his guitars back-stage and attempt to sell them to the musicians. While he didn't make too many sales this way he did get some very influential musicians to agree to try his guitar out. Al Di Meola, Carlos Santana and Howard Leese were among those who agreed to give it a shot.

Somewhere along the years Paul Smith eventually made enough sales, and earned enough support to start production in a factory with his own company. The design has changed somewhat over the years, always improving in quality and sound. Smith took himself from hand building individual guitars to owning one of the most highly praised guitars in musical history. They continue to maintain a quality standard that is envied even at a large production rate and is now even making PRS SE guitars (student editions) at a cheaper price which has made this guitar available to musicians in all walks of life.

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