Imagine a time in the future and assume we haven't blown the planet up.
You're a consumer from the newly minted global middle class of China, Brazil, India. You're a subset of a 4 billionish population that gets interested in guitar. You want a quality instrument that doubles as art from an established big brand.
Upon approaching a PRS dealer about private stock, you're told that certain woods such as cocobolo have not been available since 2017 due to CITES regulations. You're also told that PS no longer comes with hand signatures from the founder-namesake.
In their place are other types of wood not so synonymous with traditional guitar construction, and the excellence of a new generation PRS team.
The price quoted by the dealer is X dollars.
Then you see a few old minty fresh PS guitars on a US website with the nicest figured Rosewood necks. Doing research you discover you can legally buy these guitars across international borders because they were manufactured pre-convention as far as CITES is concerned. You also see a nice PRS signature behind the headstocks which apart from historical meaning, means that a certain person inspected the guitars.
How much of a premium would you be willing to pay for these old guitars, over and above what the dealer quoted for the new PS?
why did PRS stop celtic knots on PS models?
I don't know how anybody could be looking at a used Private Stock and not be buying this one: https://reverb.com/item/5297666-201...inglecut-w-solid-rw-neck-cocobolo-purple-mist
C'mon, it's got Celtic Knots, you could lie to girls and tell 'em it's a Collection guitar.