Guitar lovers mark your calendars, the 8th annual Experience PRS will take place on June 3 and 4, 2016 at the PRS Guitar Factory in Stevensville, MD. Early-bird registration for Signature Club Members, Media and Dealers is open now. Public registration begins March 15 and will remain open through May 20, 2016. All registration is free, click here for more information.
Experience PRS 2016 kicks off on Friday from 5:30 – 7:00pm with the Signature Club cocktail hour and sales floor preview. Attendees will get the opportunity to catch up with old friends and chat with other guitar enthusiasts while enjoying refreshments. They will also get to be the first people to view the spectacular assortment of gear available for purchase during Experience PRS 2016. The sales floor will be open exclusively for Signature Club members, providing the opportunity to purchase a PRS guitar or amplifier in an intimate and memorable setting. This will be followed by an open-to-the-public concert featuring PRS Guitar’s amazing artists. The Friday night concert will start around 7:30 at the Main Stage located out back of PRS Guitars shop.
PRS Guitars Signature Club Members may register and bring one guest with them to Experience PRS 2016. To learn more about joining the Signature Club program click here. The cutoff date for becoming a new Signature Club member to register and attend the private Signature Club Member Cocktail Hour Event is May 1, 2016. For any additional questions email firstname.lastname@example.org Subject line: Events Question.
The revelry continues on Saturday with the Ultimate Guitar Festival. This day will be packed with new products, gear demonstrations, informative clinics, interactive displays, factory tours, games, contests, jam stages, as well as artist performances which culminate with an awesome star-studded Main Stage Concert. Follow the PRS Facebook page for artist announcements. Updates will also be posted on Twitter @prsguitars leading up to Experience PRS 2016 and throughout the event. Use the #expprs hashtag to join the conversation and get Experience PRS updates. A full program will also be available at the door for guests to be able to plan their day.
Visit the Experience PRS Jam Stage to sit in with the house band for a captivating jam session. An additional perk this year is the festival-like atmosphere providing music lovers two days and two stages of live music performances from the splendid line up of PRS artists. There will even be a tent dedicated to letting anybody that feels the urge to rock out with the PRS house band on a stage in front of a group of adoring fans, a great photo opportunity for the visit. Jam slots fill up quickly so be sure to sign up early on Saturday to participate.
On the PRS Guided Factory Tours attendees can observe the entire guitar creation process from start to finish with a PRS employee as their guide, sign up at the tour sign-up booth onsite. Self-Guided Factory Tours are permitted as well for those who already know the area of the shop they find most interesting. The shop floor will be staffed with PRS employees ready to answer questions. The Private Stock Interactive Demonstrations are always one of the more popular events. In addition to meeting the Private Stock Finish Hall team, everyone will get the opportunity to stain a piece of maple scrap wood to take home as a souvenir. PRS staff and artists will be presenting numerous product demonstrations and clinics throughout the day. Questions are always welcome. The details on topics and times will be made available closer to the event. There will be no sign ups for clinics
The Experience PRS 2016 sales floor is said to be the largest PRS sales floor in the world. The West Street East store and museum room sells PRS apparel, parts, and accessories. The PRS Guitars Factory is located at 380 Log Canoe Circle in Stevensville, MD. General parking will be available throughout the business park, but it is limited. It is free to park along the business park circle but not in the parking lots of the surrounding businesses. Some the PRS neighbors solicit parking in their lots by charging a parking fee. PRS has asked these businesses to not do this but there is no guarantee. Attendees may choose to park in one of these paid lots but are not obligated to do so. Designated handicapped parking areas are in the rear parking area of the PRS building.
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available on Friday evening during the exclusive Signature Club Member cocktail hour event. Non-club members need to come prepared with extra cash to cover meals, reasonably priced food vendors will be on hand offering a wide variety of cuisines. Bottled water will be provided for free and beer and wine will be available for purchase. Out-of-town guests in need of a hotel room may contact one of the hotels listed here. Availability is limited and all guests are responsible for making their own hotel and travel arrangements.
Please do not bring personal guitars from home. Due to the parameters of this event and past security issues, it has been decided that people need to keep their guitars at home where they will be safe. PRS understands that many people would love to have Paul Reed Smith sign their guitars. Backplates will be available for sale onsite at the West Street East store and, if time permits, Paul will be available to sign these instead. Only Signature Club Members will have a designated time slot for Paul to sign one item of their choice. Please refer to the schedule of events for these times. It is asked that everyone be respectful of the artists mingling around the event, but it is possible to approach them to ask for autographs. To have a guitar serviced by the PTC staff, place an order for PTC services, PTC services will not be performed during this event.