PRS S2 Series

Paul Reed Smith introduces three new US-made electrics, the S2 Mira, S2 Custom 24 and the Bigsby equipped S2 Starla.

The S2 Series stands between the SE series and Standard guitar models, produced in the US but at a lower price point.

The S2 Series stands for "Stevensville 2", a label that distinguishes it as a second manufacturing line inside the PRS Stevensville facility. This line utilizes new manufacturing and quality control methods that allow them to produce guitars at a lower price point compared to their standard US-made models.

Jack Higginbotham, President of PRS Guitars, said: “We are extraordinarily excited about the S2 Series. This has been a textbook example of how a very dedicated team can come together to create not only a fantastic series of guitars, but a state of the art production line to build them on. We look forward to offering this new series of guitars to an expanded artist and customer base while giving our current customers more options.”

S2 Starla
PRS S2 Starla

PRS allowed a diverse group of guitarists, from Indie to Rock to Punk, to test the S2 series guitars on the road. The guitars were able to satisfy the lineup of artists that include Dave Knudson from Minus the Bear, Isaac Ellsworth from MoneyPenny, Jesse Lawson from Sleeping with Sirens, Thomas Fekete from Surfer Blood, Steve Stout from Blondfire, JJ Grey from MOFRO and more.

S2 Starla
PRS S2 Mira

JJ Grey had this to say about the S2 Starla, which incidentally is also my personal favorite: “This guitar has already changed the way I play. The sounds you can get out of it are incredible. Right out of the box at the house the Starla's were a blast. Even without an amp they're really loud and very easy to play! Probably one of the greatest things about these guitars is that they refuse to go out of tune which is HUGE. Staying in tune is such a big deal for me and having total confidence in a guitar is like having total confidence in the people you play with onstage. I can't say enough about these guitars!.”

S2 Starla
PRS S2 Mira

These three guitars are part of Paul Reed Smith's effort to diversify their company, aiming to supply instruments to markets that they have not yet tapped. They hope that these guitars will appeal to players that prefer retro-inspired designs at a price point that is a bit lower than their typical U.S. made models.

The new PRS S2 Series is scheduled for an early August release. The S2 Mira will have a price tag of $1,179, the S2 Starla is a bit more expensive at $1,249, and finally the S2 Custom 24 will retail for $1,399. For the complete specifications and details, visit PRS Guitars.

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The bigsby looks pretty

The bigsby looks pretty interesting. I'd like to play one and test it out.

I was surprised PRS went

I was surprised PRS went with a Bigsby, but I agree it would be nice to try one.

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