At the mention of Paul Reed Smith, it's only natural to get a mental image of an ultra-high-end guitar, probably going onstage with an A-list musician like Carlos Santana, Ted Nugent or Dave Navarro. But the truth is that there's more than that to PRS electric guitars. As far back as the 1990s, they were starting to diversify their offerings, and today, any guitarist can enjoy the results. Whatever your skill level, playing style and budget, there's a PRS guitar for you. So buckle up and get ready to play an instrument like no other - there's a reason why guitarists from all walks of life have been flocking to the PRS nameplate for years.
Just like any other luthier, choosing the right option from the PRS lineup is going to start with you. What genres do you play? What kind of styling are you looking for? If, for instance, you're a metal shredder with a taste for classic design and a plan to keep your guitar budget under four figures, take a look at the PRS SE Torero Electric Guitar. It's fitted with an EMG-81 humbucker at the bridge and an EMG-85 at the neck, delivering all the power and articulation you need for complex, heavy passages. On top of that, PRS was thoughtful enough to deepen the cutaways so every fret is within easy reach.
Are you interested in something a little more vintage classic? If so, check out the PRS S2 Starla. With a single-cutaway mahogany body and Bigsby B5 tailpiece, this guitar is a visual throwback with modern playability and balance. Maybe what you'd really love is to experience the stage from the perspective of a legendary guitar hero? In that case, consider a signature model like the PRS NS-14 Neal Schon Signature Flame Top Electric Guitar, an instrument that, in Schon's own words, is "among the best guitars I've ever played."
Few names in the guitar community have as much weight behind them as Paul Reed Smith, and that's no accident: it's the result of decades of PRS electric guitars showing the world what real craftsmanship looks and sounds like. If you want an instrument that can hold its own with any musical style or skill level, delivers an insane level of playability and gives your stage presence a healthy boost as well, then PRS is the way to go.