If you are a musician than chances are you have heard of Paul Reed Smith guitars. Known for their beautiful quilt and flame tops and signature bird inlays, PRS is a company that brings the art into guitar making. Every few years, Paul and company put on an amazing event called Experience PRS and this year was one for the books. Experience PRS is a great opportunity for fans, dealers, artists and employees to come together for an awesome weekend of music food and friends. There are plenty of things for the whole family to do. From factory tours, stain your own private stock wood, educational clinics, and checking out some music at the jam stage.
As if the entertainment wasn’t enough, there were also a few hundred guitars available for sale to vendors from all over the world, this is after all a guitar factory. Additionally there were five limited edition guitars released, including the Special Semi Hollow, Paul’s Guitar, PS Graveyard LTD, McCarty 594 Semi-Hollow, and the SC McCarty 594 Semi-Hollow. These guitars literally embody the natural beauty of the guitar and music they create. Further proved by the number of artists playing numerous genres on these instruments. AMS will be offering their 2018 Experience PRS guitars on July 21st.
Amidst all the fun, food and guitars were some amazingly talented PRS sponsored artists. We got some exclusive interviews with a slew of them including; studio legend Tim Pierce, Boscoe France, David Grissom of the Allman Brothers, Dixie Chicks and more, Dave Weiner of Steve Vai’s band and Dustie Waring from Between the Buried and Me. Artists from all different walks of life and all different genres can all agree on one thing… PRS makes a mean guitar that can play any genre.
By The Numbers
- 3300+ attendees
- 200+ Guitars For Sale
- 5 Delicious Food Vendors
- 240LBS of Pork Shoulder / 200LBS of Hot Dogs (Chesapeake Celebrations)
- 500 Pizzas Sold (Wanna Pizza This)
- 430LBS of Carnitas, 400LBS of Cheese (Pablos Tacos)
- 41 Kegs of Beers Enjoyed
- 468 PRS Fans Took Guided Tours
- 100’s More Toured The Factory Themselves
- 10 Artist-Led Clinics
- 9 Full Bands, plus 10 individual artists!
Paul Reed Smith guitars are unanimous with great tone and great quality. They have slated quite the name for themselves over the years and this event is no exception. You may say this was just an excuse to go eat some great food and drink some dank beer while watching some live music. If you said this, you would be right, that is exactly what this was, a celebration. Experience PRS is a staple of every year. It is a great way for the fans to get behind the scenes access.
Check out our score of experience guitars on July 21st at American Musical!
Experience PRS 2018