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FEATURE: PRS Experience 2009

FEATURE: PRS Experience 2009

For the past two years, Paul Reed Smith has thrown open the doors of his company and invited dealers, distributors, artists, and customers to a grand event held at the PRS factory. The 2-day event, called “Experience PRS,” has been a highlight of the year for me – I bought my first PRS guitar after attending the Experience in 2007, then purchased a second after attending the Experience in 2008. Needless to say, I was looking forward to what PRS had in store for Experience 2009!

This year, Paul and PRS didn’t let us down! The weekend began with a private concert for dealers and PRS Signature Club members on Thursday night – and it was an incredible night! The Experience “officially” opened on Friday afternoon, with clinics, workshops, tours, and performances by Johnny Hiland, David Grissom, Tony McManus, and other PRS artists, as well as a phenomenal concert on Friday night. Saturday included more clinics and workshops, more performances, another big concert, and more!

Both days included a healthy dose of all the new guitars and amps PRS is bringing out for their 25th anniversary in business. I could go on and on in words about this amazing event, but as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Enjoy, and hope to see you at the Experience in 2010!

The legendary Buddy Guy jamming on a 305

Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana

The Sweetwater team works with PRS Private Stock experts to choose wood for unique custom guitars.

The Sweetwater team works with PRS Private Stock experts to choose wood for unique custom guitars.

This wood has been earmarked for a family of four incredible one-of-a-kind guitars with burl maple tops.

This wood has been earmarked for a family of four incredible one-of-a-kind guitars with burl maple tops.

David Grissom giving a workshop on his DGT signature model.

David Grissom giving a workshop on his DGT signature model

Factory tour

Factory tour

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The brand-new Modern Eagle 3 model, with its Narrow-Aperture pickups.

The brand-new Modern Eagle 3 model, with its Narrow-Aperture pickups.

Paul Smith and his Paul Reed Smith Band.

Paul Smith and his Paul Reed Smith Band.

Sweet 16 and PRS 30 tube amps.

Sweet 16 and PRS 30 tube amps

Tony McManus and Johnny Hiland jamming on PRS acoustics.

Tony McManus and Johnny Hiland jamming on PRS acoustics

The amazing PRS Wood Library.

The amazing PRS Wood Library

Beautiful maple for a guitar top.

Beautiful maple for a guitar top

Imagine this as the back of your acoustic guitar.

Imagine this as the back of your acoustic guitar.

This incredible spalted maple will become the top for a special Sweetwater custom guitar.

This incredible spalted maple will become the top for a special Sweetwater custom guitar.

Zappa Plays Zappa put on an incredible show at the Experience.

Zappa Plays Zappa put on an incredible show at the Experience.

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