Paul Reed Smith
Personally I've played Ibanez, Gibson, ESP, Fender for 14yrs they're good but nothing makes me feel good about playing music like PRS Guitars! Thumbs up! Great Job.
PRS for me is in top 3!
I've owned Gibsons, Fenders, PRS, Jackson, Taylor, and other guitars over more than 45 years, and have played many of them live. For many years, I played a Gibson Les Paul for its lead tone and heartiness. Honestly, Fenders have not worked well for me. My American-made Strat was always going out of tune on stage, and the pickups were thin sounding and difficult for me to tweet through my different amps. In the end (so far), PRS is the best. The guitars are very versatile, for all kinds of different music styles. They never go out of tune on stage (even with a lot of whammy action), and rarely need to be set-up. Add to its utility that they look beautiful, and PRS gets my vote. They are also relatively light, which is important for real world uses.
Top 3 yes, none of the other 2 will ever have the tone, simplicity of a fender, or price. Gibson, prs wow really over priced for machine made guitars. Played prs that 25 scale to me sucks they tried to come up with something new going in-between fender and Gibson sound. Now that said I own a lot of fenders and gibsons. You really can't compare head to head. When I want to play rock or need that rich low to mid sound I grab my gibsons but when I want to play blues very slow or fast twang, hey come on nothing will ever come close to a fender. You can ask Eric Clapton true Gibson player in the old days why is he playing only fenders the last 15. 20 years? I'll tell you why it's called what type of music are you playing. The right guitar for the right tone period. So 3 different scale length's can not be compared. Compare each guitar in there own scale category's, makes sense to me it's a no brainer people.
PRS can do pretty much anything a fender or gibson can do, plus it's own great and distinct tone.
I actually just sold my Gibson LP and Fender strat to get a couple PRS's. Much more versatile on stage- you can really get any sound you want out of these things. Most importantly, they play so easily- You really don't need to think about what to play with a PRS it just comes out naturally.
I own a PRS SE Orianthi, I feel good with the red glittery finishing and will hardy getting bored with it and I don't think "bored" label should be discussed when it goes to PRS, I feel it's very easy playing guitar with my PRS at first, my friends also said so, it can produce nice sound... For hardware, the bridge are made easy for me to setup my strings height... Anyway I am very satisfied with this price... I feel the price worth the quality already... There should be more satisfaction if I have to get another more expensive PRS Guitars
Through my years of playing, I have played just about everything. From Gibson, to guild, to Ibanez, to Fender, but out of all of the guitars I have played and owned, PRS guitars are the best. I grew up and played in the Annapolis area and literally ANY one in a big band in the area played a PRS. They're crisp, wired hot, and have a beautiful tone. I toured the facility and they put a lot of time and effort into all of their guitars.
PRS has some of the worlds best guitars.
Starting from the SE line, it is a killer guitar for the price.
A step up from the SE line, would be the custom guitars. These are phenomenal guitars that I cannot compare to any other guitar.
A step up from the custom, is the artist. These start getting pretty collectible. After the Signature series stopped in the early 90s they started making artists, which are essentially the better customs.
And the top guitars from PRS are the Signatures. These were THE BEST customs built between 1987 and the early 1990s. In my humble opinion these are godly guitars that surpass many other guitars in craftsmanship, playability, and collectibility.
PRS makes the best guitars in the world.
OVER-PRICED; that should be the FIRST word that comes to mind with PRS guitars. I've played several in local music stores, and the finishes are beautiful, but I found poor electronics, bad fitting of volume knobs, and unimpressive action and neck feel on several. There is literally nothing about these guitars that makes them command the hallucinatory prices that are asked for them. For literally half, or even 1/3 of the price, you could buy the best-made guitar in America--Carvin. I have played and owned five different Carvins over the last 25 years, and still own three of them. For their price, I would put them farther DOWN on the list.
I've been to a PRS factory and seen the precision and skill with which they are made. Their quality control is incredible: they test each one individually and make adjusments until they are perfect. They won't let a bad one get through so if you buy a PRS guitar, you are guaranteed a high quality guitar. I mean, with the high price you pay, how could they not be wonderful? Plus, they sound, feel, and look amazing. (I also got to see Paul himself; it was pretty cool. What a nice, humble guy.)
Seriously, I have no idea how Paul Reed Smith is below fender, krammer, epiphone, jackson and schecter. I've played many different guitars from many different guitar companies and Paul Reed Smith is by far the best of all of them. The new 2012 guitar the have released is called the P22 and I am really eager to check it out, its got 2 inputs, 1 for an solid body sound and the other is for a hollowbody sound, it would be pretty cool if they did something like that 513... But again, every store I walk into for guitars has an entire section just for PRS guitars. I rarely ever see stores that have a room just for gibson or any other guitar, but every store I've seen has a section strictly for paul reed smith and there is usually a counter in the way of people getting at them.
PRS guitars are unbelievable! Epiphone guitars are built in qingdao china, just saying. Epiphone in 5th place? Come on, really? Paul Reed Smith should be in 1st or 2nd place. Visit PRS's website and play a PRS against an EpiPHONEY. If you can't tell the difference in quality you should buy the EpiPHONEY and leave the quality guitars alone for people who understand their worth.
I have owned two gibsons l (2800 dollar les paul and a sg 61 reissue). They sound good, but they are junk. Gibsons don't stay in tune, the fit and finish is laughable, and the playability is sub par. The precision, playability, quality of materials, beauty, tone, versatility, and value of prs is unmatched. As far as bug name brand guitars go PRS is way way above any other brand. Don't get stuck fender (huge piles of junk) and gibsons because of the good old days.
Clearly the best quality guitars. So many people on here are voting for brands because they are cheaper than others. If this was for best quality for cheap price guitars than First Act would be at the top. PRS is the best quality guitar brand regardless of the price. Best should have no correlation with price.
You can spend three times the money on a fender that will never sound as good as a low end PRS ($700). I just shopped for a new guitar and tried many before deciding on another PRS. Nothing in the same price range sounded as good! To get comparable play from fender I had to step up to a strat with a $4000 price tag! Crazy!
Modern, ergonomic guitars which are clearly superior to most of this list (I don't think there is the best guitar brand or guitar, it's completely subjective). It also makes me mad that people put Epiphone because they're cheap gibsons before this. Fair enough with Gibsons as they are used widely by pros still and are better versions of Epiphones, but please this is about how good something is at the end of the day not necessarily price in relation to quality.
I can kind of understand Gibson and Fender, but Ibanez, Epiphone, Yamaha? Are these people crazy? This isn't a list of the best guitar for the best price, it's just "Best Guitar Brands". PRS guitars are expensive as all hell, but it's actually warranted in their case.
PRS is by far the best guitars in the world they are perfect from the factory every thing is right on or they don't leave they go back to the station one step and are fixed then they go on down the line PAY ONCE get what you want a GREAT GUITAR FOREVER that's JUST MY 2 CENTS laugh out loud
These are number one, I don't know why everyone makes such a big deal about Gibson! Truly Gibson is overpriced and overrated, yeah they're great guitars, but PRS is just the ultimate of any guitar brand and worth every penny.
If this list is about the quality of the guitar, in regard to function, fit, and finish, as well as how it inspires, then Paul Reed Smith guitars are simply the best I have ever played. And I have played all the major stuff my brothers and sisters.
PRS makes beautiful and highly musical instruments which have a classic tone that sits somewhere between a strat and a les paul. They are probably the most versatile guitar for tones and great for studio work. Pricey, but you get what you pay for, unlike Gibson.
I have many guitars fender, Gibson, prs and many more and prs right now smashes Gibson on sound Gibson is making poor guitars just later I'm an artist and I now use my prs over my Gibson
I have owned and played Gibson, Fender Ibanez and various other guitars and my PRS is by far superior to those. Just the feel, the pattern thin neck and sound coming from it makes me want to never put it down. Excellent workmanship, electronics and finish.
PRS Makes the most amazing guitar, period.
The 25th anniversary swamp ash special can over come any gibson or fender brand- The features, the great sound, everything. One flip of the 5 way selector switch and you got the stratocastor, and gibson's, and the own quality sound of PRS. You can play any kind of music on it too- from semi hollow jazz to folk to rock and heavy metal!
PRS should be after Ibanez. Prs is a really great guitar brand its actually better than Fender or ibanez I don't understand why people don't vote on it in some ways PRS is even better than Gibson and they are a lot cheaper too
A guitar brand that can do both Gibson's and Fender's tone, but at the same time, can do a lot of things both brands doesn't have, even the Student Edition versions of PRS have great playability and tone, and I have never saw a bad PRS.