That Ish guitar was “just” a 594 though, meaning it didn’t take any additional CNC programming/design or anything.But is that what "Private Stock" is supposed to be? The "we don't have time for production of anything that custom because our backlog is so large?". I know Jesse from Ish recently did a video on one of his newest creations! Crotch maple with gold leaf burnt into some of the depressed and less lovely areas. Before PRS shipped it to him, Paul called Jesse and said "This is what private stock is supposed to be", museum like pieces. So would they have been able to reduce the back log by NOT producing that particular guitar? CERTAINLY! I am sure it took them a LOT of extra time to produce that one of a kind piece! But that is what PS is supposed to be as far as I want to read it, and as far as what I can interpret from that account of Paul talking about this Ish creation. I would much prefer for PRS to tell me, yes we can do that, but it may take us an additional 6 months to do that rather than, no, we will not do that for you! That's my 2 bits!
When I purchased my 2003 HD Screamin' Eagle Deuce from the Harley Davidson "Custom Vehicle Operations" unit, I said to my dealer, great, love it, but I want these other wheels! The response from HD and the dealer was, great, buy those wheels and your dealer will put them on for you. Do what you want with the wheels we are shipping the bike with! What is "Custom" about that?? Pissed me off to no end and I will never look at corporations the same way especially with their "Custom" or "Private Stock" classifications. Point is, it does not surprise me that PRS is doing this, but it does not make me happy in large part due to that scar left by another iconic USA manufacturer and not living up to the core of the programs they now tout as custom, but are really their idea of what a custom should/can be!
PRS’s “ingredient list” is getting to be so big(ish) now that they probably need time to catch up. Frankly, dude is probably lucky they said no. Being the first to pay for all those CNC and engineering changes would be hella expensive.