Located in Stevensville, Maryland, Paul Reed Smith Guitars is one of the world's premier guitar manufacturers. Since their beginning in 1985, PRS has strived to create the highest quality instruments possible. Guitar building is a very personal thing at Paul Reed Smith, and most of the staff are dedicated players. They have a deep commitment to the craft, and their dedication to quality is very apparent in the instruments they produce.
The Minor Chord stocks two lines from Paul Reed Smith:
The PRS S2 Series is made at the company headquarters in Stevensville, MD. These guitars offer the famous fit, finish, feel, and attention to detail of PRS craftsmanship at a surprisingly affordable price.
The SE Series is designed in the Paul Reed Smith facility in Maryland and manufactured in Asia to strict PRS quality standards. These are high-quality yet reasonably priced instruments for the working musician or for the student who is ready for a step up. The amazing new SE Standard models, the most affordable instruments in the SE line, start at under $500 but still have that unmistakeable PRS quality.
Although we do not usually stock guitars from Paul Reed Smith's top-of-the-line Core Series, the factory keeps us up-to-date on available models and we would be happy to order one for you.
As of January 15, 2016, we have the following Paul Reed Smith guitars in stock. Click on a model or just scroll down to see descriptions and photos of each instrument.
- S2 Singlecut in Tri-color Sunburst
- S2 Singlecut Std with Bird Markers
- S2 Mira Semi-hollow in McCarty Sunburst
- S2 Vela in Seafoam Green
- S2 Mira Dots in Cherry (photos coming soon!)
- SE Torero in Silverburst
- SE 30th Anniversary Custom 24 in Orange Flame
- SE Santana in Yellow
- SE Standard 22 in Black
- SE Standard Santana in White
- SE Standard in Translucent blue (photos coming soon!)
- SE Standard in Platinum (photos coming soon!)
Of course, we can also custom-order any PRS instrument to your specifications.
PRS S2 Series Guitars
The PRS S2 Singlecut model has been popular with our customers, and for good reason... With the S2, you're paying about half the price of an equivalent Gibson model!
Solid mahogany body, beveled maple top, 25 inch scale length, rosewood fretboared with the signature PRS bird inlays, stop tailpiece with heavy brass studs, special S2-design humbucker pickups with coil tap switching for more tonal options.
The classic Singlecut combination of mahogany and maple delivers a warm, full tone with plenty of output. This guitar is ideal for rock 'n' roll and jazz.
This instrument is similar to the S2 Singlecut Tri-color Sunburst described above except it has a full mahogany body and top.
All that mahogany gives you a tone that's more focused in the mid-range compared to the maple-top S2 Singlecut.
The vintage mahogany finish is elegant in an understated way, dressed up with an attractive three-ply black pickguard
The first gloss-black S2 Mira solidbody we had in the store was a staff favorite, and we like this new semi-hollow edition in McCarty Sunburst even more!
With its full chambered body and PRS stop tailpiece with heavy brass studs, it has a very nice warm, resonant character - even unplugged.
The Mira humbucker pickups can be coil-tapped for sweeter single-coil sounds simply by pulling out the push-pull tone knob. It has a 25 inch scale mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard, dot marker inlays, locking tuners... and the chambered body is lighter than you'd expect! A real advantage when you play a long gig.
The Vela model is Paul Reed Smith's first foray into an offset body style. This one is gorgeous in its Seafoam Green finish.
In July, 2015 Premier Guitar said: "If you've previously balked at trying a PRS because you didn't dig the styling, this beautiful machine - and its beautiful tones - might flip that notion on its head."
The Vela has a solid-mahogany body, plate-style bridge with brass saddles and a 25 inch scale mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard, dot marker inleys and locking tuners.
The pickup combination on the Vela gives you all kinds of tone choices: A Starla humbucker with a coil tap switch at the bridge position, and a new design type-D Singlecoil at the neck.
PRS SE Series Guitars
Crank it up and squeal!! This new PRS SE Torero is made for metal.
With its 25-1/2 inch scale maple neck, a wide and thin neck profile, and a bound ebony fretboard, this axe is smooth and very fast.
Dive bomb down with the Floyd Rose 1000 Series tremolo bridge. Get those pinch harmonics with the EMG 81 and EMG 85 humbuckers. The Torero's 24 frets let you go way up the neck on your solos.
Our Torero is in the very sharp looking Silverburst finish. Come try it out for yourself!
The Custom 24 shape is the go-to design for PRS fans. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of its introduction, PRS has released special Custom 24 models in all of its lines. This guitar is part of the PRS SE line, which represents exceptional value and quality at an affordable price point. Here, we have a mahogany body and a top featuring a flame maple veneer that really catches your eye.
The specs: 25-inch scale length neck with 24 frets. Maple neck with rosewood fretboard and bird-inlay markers. Wide but thin neck profile. PRS temolo bridge. SE HFS treble and SE Vintage bass humbucking pickups.
This guitar plays easy and sounds fantastic! The humbuckers are warm and full-sounding, but with the coil-tap wiring you can pull out the Tone control for an incisive single-coil sound as well.
The SE 30th Anniversary Custom 24 sounds good either clean or cranking into a high gain setting on your amp. And the orange flame maple finish is simply... Awesome!
Based on on the popular PRS Santana models, this more affordable version is a lot of guitar for the money. It features a mahogany body, a maple top with a striking flame maple veneer, and a mahonagy set neck with a rosewood fretboard. 'Bird' fretboard inlays give it that classic PRS look.
The scale length of the neck is 24-1/2 inches, a bit shorter than the usual 25 inch scale of most PRS guitars. The neck also has a generous width and fat profile. Anyone who prefers a beefy neck, has larger hands, or likes to fingerpick their electric should like the feel of this guitar.
The SE Santana humbuckers deliver the fat tones you'd expect, but can also produce a smooth sound - just like Carlos Santana himself!
Our guitar features a nice Santana Yellow finish that shows off the flame maple top, but the same model can be ordered in Santana Red or the plainer Jet White.
PRS SE Standard Series Guitars
The new PRS SE Standard guitars are a super addition to an already great PRS SE line. With the SE Standards, you can get into a Paul Reed Smith instrument for under $500! These guitars are comfortable to play and are a far better investment than many competitors at a similar price level.
This 22-fret model features an all-mahogany body, a 25 inch scale mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard, a wide, fat profile and bird inlays. The two humbucker pickups and a heavy stop tailpiece deliver solid, full tone.
And last but not least, here is the PRS Santana Standard in a gleaming gloss white finish.
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