The annual PRS Experience open-house event in Stevensville, Maryland, got off to a star-studded start on Thursday night. Just as the assembled crowd – including Guitarist of course - was being wowed by Carlos Santana, up steps blues legend Buddy Guy!
Introduced by an understandably jubilant Paul Reed Smith, Santana was playing his PRS signature model, and also a special edition SE guitar through his Dumble, Bludotone and PRS amplifiers. We managed to grab a quick chat with Santana’s tech Ed Adair, more of which in an upcoming edition of Guitarist.
Buddy Guy joined Santana on stage playing a newly released, white PRS 305 model through a PRS Blue Sierra amplifier, to the collective surprise of everybody present.
We’ll bring you more as the event unfolds – stars including David Grissom, Johnny Hiland, Howard Leese, Stephen Wilson of Porcupine Tree and plenty more are milling about, so we hope to grab at least some of them in a room with a video camera to bring you some playing fun.
Grissom, for example, is making amazing noises with the new Sweet 16 amplifier. We’ll also bring you new guitar news of course, including a whole bunch of 25th Anniversary models for 2010, a new Swamp Ash Special with newly designed mini humbuckers and whole new selection of Ted McCarty models with Santana-style headstocks.