"Guitar building is an ongoing process of discovery. We are devoted to the guitar's rich heritage while committed to new technologies that will enrich our products with uncompromised tone, playability and beauty. Our success depends on our ability to listen, implement positive change and continually refine our craft.
Believing this, we strive to build the best guitars and guitar products possible and to serve our employees, customers, suppliers and community with distinction."
The Paul Reed Smith Mission StatementPaul Reed Smith, the main founder of the PRS Guitar company, was born February 18th, 1956 and is originally from Maryland. He began making guitars in college, St. Mary's College of Maryland, as a challenge from one of his professors. This set him on a journey to pursue a dream of working with guitars for a living. Not simply a guitar builder, Smith is also a devout player, which helps him to "field test his guitars in the truest sense." as he phrases it. He constantly puts his own instruments to the test, playing them in his own band, the Paul Reed Smith Band. Smith continued to make his guitars after college and went out of his way to try and get his guitars into the hands of some of the industries top players. He would purchase backstage passes to concerts, and once he met the band he would show them is guitars. This marketing method culminated in his big break when Derek St. Holmes of the Ted Nugent band liked the guitar and agreed to take it with him to Detroit and show some other musicians. This was the PRS #2, just the second ever guitar made by Smith. He would eventually sell it for $200 bucks. Smith would later recover it, and it and the original guitar Smith made are now in the museum portion of the Paul Reed Smith Factory. These guitars would also eventually end up in the hands of a one Mr. Carlos Santana, who now exclusively supplies his guitars through PRS. One of Paul's main collaborators is Ted McCarty, the former president of Gibson and the inventor of some of their most legendary models, including the ES-335, the Explorer, and the Flying V.