About John Mann
John’s passion for Paul Reed Smith Guitars goes back to the very beginning of the PRS story. Paul and John have been working closely together since 1979, when they first met at his one-man West Street workshop in Annapolis, MD. At that time, Paul was designing and building his first guitar for Carlos Santana. They soon began collaborating on many things related to his quest for building the ultimate guitar.
Paul knew what was wrong with various aspects of the then current guitar designs and had a vision of how to improve them, but local machine shops were not able to supply him with hardware to his specifications. Being an avid guitar player himself, and an engineer / machinist by trade, John was able to help Paul close the gap and they ultimately designed the vibrato bridge system that is now on many PRS Guitars. Paul bartered with John for some of the early design and manufacturing work with one of the very first PRS-Santana models that he built by hand himself !
About the Guitar Vault
The Guitar Vault has the largest selection of PRS Guitars under one roof in New England. The store carries a wide selection of guitars and amps from Private Stocks and Limited Editions to the core production Maryland made models, as well as the new S2 models and the SE models.
We repair guitars and amps in house too!
Please call John at (603) 488-1912 to discuss your next dream guitar or amp!