Paul Reed Smith
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.
This is hands down THE BEST brand there is! Trust me, I've been playing guitar since I was a kid. I've had used, owned, and tried every guitar there is. Gibson is NO WAY better than PRS, the sound quality of a PRS is awesome! They are pretty light, the designs are awesome as well, although PRS is a bit more expensive than your average guitar it is worth every penny! Gibson's are way too over priced and would never match the PRS. I used to own a gibson sg and lp, and I sold them after I had my own PRS. If you really know the difference between a good and a great guitar you would pick PRS over any other brand. Period.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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 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.
I love my PRS Custom 24. I have several Gibsons (Les Paul and ES135) and several Strats and Teles and other guitars -- all good guitars, but the PRS is better in my humble opinion. I get compliments on the way the guitar sounds all the time. I love the way it plays. The only drawback is that they are expensive -- perhaps too expensive -- but when the money is spent, you have an awesome guitar.
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.
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!
Paul Reed Smith should be at number 1. The Gibson genius Ted Mccarty was the Prs mentor and consultant for many years. Prs guitars are Gibson's only they are more technologically advanced and their build quality is supreme. I love Gibson, Fender and Prs equally for all their history and quality. Prs has to be no1
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.
PRS are in many ways better the Gibson I have owned both. Gibson got caught stripping the rain forest, now they are not allowed to use Ebony as a regular wood.
Dollar for dollar PRS builds a better guitar!
The best guitar I've played on. Perfect neck, weight and sound. people say that they are too fancy and give them flak. But there is more to guitar than blow your face off distortion. Although prs can do that. Best around guitar!