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(STEVENSVILLE, MD) September 28, 2011—When Paul Reed Smith assumed  leadership of the PRS Private Stock program in 2009, he remarked, “I’m  looking forward to building guitars again.” The Collection Series from  Private Stock provides him the opportunity to do just that.  Much like  the sought-after “Paul’s 28” guitars, these instruments are built in  small batches (about a dozen at a time) and incorporate a balance of PRS  traditions and exclusive “prototype stage” specifications. Collection  instruments are built using the finest materials from Private Stock’s  most select stash of exotic tone woods. Many of these woods, including  prized pernambuco used to make necks and fingerboards, will no longer be  available for standard Private Stock orders. Proprietary specs,  including Celtic knot inlays, will not be offered on forthcoming Private  Stock guitars as well. Paul Reed Smith will personally oversee the  design, wood selection, and construction of each Collection guitar.

A very limited number—approximately 70 acoustics and 70 electrics—will  be made in total each year. These instruments cannot be ordered, but are  designed by PRS and will be sold to exclusive Private Stock Collection  dealers in pairs comprised of one acoustic and one electric guitar. With  no more than twenty dealers worldwide, the partnership formed between  Paul Reed Smith as a builder and these dealers and distributors is a  very special one, and Paul plans to visit each dealer that signs up with  a PRS endorser as a public and personal thank you.

The new Collection Series was announced at the “Experience PRS” event  (September 22-24, 2011) and dealers and distributors were eager to join  this exclusive program. PRS Private Stock Collection dealers include:  Guitar Sanctuary (McKinney, TX), Wild West Guitars (Riverside, CA), Wild  Wood Guitars (Louisville, CO), Willcutt Guitars (Lexington, KY),  Washington Music Center (Wheaton, MD), Rudy’s Music (NYC, NY),  Sweetwater (Fort Wayne, IN), Guitar Center (Atlanta, GA and Dallas, TX  locations), and Guitar Resurrection (Austin, TX). Internationally,  Collection guitars will be available from The Guitar Shop in  Mississauga, Canada and the following distributors: Headline (United  Kingdom), Korg Import Division (Japan), Voerman (Benelux), and Roland  Meinl Musikinstrumente (Germany and Austria).

For more information on  these exclusive guitars and current dealer list, please visit: www.prsguitars.com/privatestock/collection.php

Specifications for the inaugural run of Collection Instruments are as follows:

Collection McCarty Specs

Curly maple top with figured mahogany back, 22 fret 25” scale length  pernambuco ‘Pattern’ neck with African blackwood fingerboard, paua  heart, 14k gold, and mammoth ivory Collection Celtic inlays, ebony  headstock veneer with 14k gold inlaid signature and mammoth ivory  “Collection,” paua heart purfling along the fingerboard, headstock  veneer, and truss rod cover as well as gold side dots, gold Phase III  tuners, PRS tremolo (hybrid hardware), PRS Collection treble and bass  pickups, volume and push/pull tone control with 3-way toggle pickup  selector, and “London Soot” finish.

Collection Tonare Grand Specs

16” dreadnought body, proprietary hybrid X bracing, European bearclaw  spruce top with paua heart/black purfling and an ebony, paua heart,  green abalone, and 14k gold rosette, curly ‘tiger’ maple back and sides  with black/maple/black purfling and ‘Tiger Eye’ smoked burst back and  sides, pernambuco ‘wide’ neck with paua heart, 14k gold, and mammoth  ivory Collection Celtic inlays, ebony headstock veneer with 14k gold  inlaid signature and mammoth ivory “Collection,” ebony bridge and bridge  pins with mammoth ivory inlays, Robson tuning pegs with ivoroid  buttons, PRS Acoustic system.

About PRS Guitars:

Paul Reed Smith Guitars is a leading manufacturer of high quality  instruments in Stevensville, Maryland and has provided some of the  world’s most renowned musicians with instruments since 1985. The PRS  team of highly skilled craftspeople produces over 1,000 electric guitars  each month, as well as acoustic guitars and amplifiers, for worldwide  distribution. In the fall of 2011 PRS introduced import acoustic and  amplifier lines to complement their import SE line of electric guitars.  Carlos Santana, Linkin Park, Orianthi, Opeth, Tim Mahoney of 311, Mark  Tremonti of Creed and Alter Bridge, Ricky Skaggs, Cody Kilby, Martin  Simpson, Tony McManus, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks are among the  artists currently playing PRS instruments and/or amplifiers.

PRS Guitars Info: www.prsguitars.com

PRS Contact: Jack Higginbotham / 410-643-9970 x6855 / jhigginbotham@prsguitars.com

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