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Paul Reed Smith is an American guitar manufacturer based in Maryland, founded by luthier Paul Reed Smith. Commonly referred to as ‘PRS’, Paul Reed Smith makes high-end electric guitars and custom shop guitars. Paul Reed Smith began building guitars when he was in college – his breakthrough occurred when Carlos Santana began playing the hand-built PRS guitars.
Paul Reed Smith electric guitars are made of mahogany, with a maple top on most models. They are known for highly figured tops – flame maple, quilt maple, figured maple creating the effect of tiger stripes. PRS signature fret markers include standard birds and the optional moons.