Not in the slightest
. Maybe I should have been clearer, it does not matter to me at all that it does anything with my 'ltd' run in terms of exclusiveness. I highly doubt it sounds, plays or does anything better than any other PRS and I really like my guitars.
My point is that if 'one in five guitars' is a ltd run I get a 'boy who cried wolf' feeling: a big whoop. Does not do anything for or subtract from the guitar itself, it is just a little confusing. That's all. I don't know any other major guitar builder with so many special/ltd versions.
Let's say it is a marketing choice
We agree 100%.
I jokingly call limited runs on manufactured goods 'sucker-bait'. And it takes one to know one, because I'm one of the suckers!
It's human nature to not want to miss out on something desirable, right? Act now before it's too late!
Remember when Apple offered iPhones in red for a limited time, because of the RED charity or whatever it was (I managed to pass on that one somehow)? Sucker bait.
I once had a limited edition Corvette. Never mind that there were ten zillion other limited edition Corvettes that year! Sucker bait.
But the bottom line is that the PRS limited runs are actually pretty interesting instruments in and of themselves. So for some reason I never feel taken advantage of. I've had a bunch of limited runs. The Artist II, the Artist V, the Sig Ltd., and of course the PS runs, and a few others like the 594 Soapbar (which, gotta say, is one of the best sounding guitars PRS has ever built!).
I sold some of those to get something else, but they were really great, every one of them, and I honestly should have kept them. My mistake. I still have the PS runs and the Soapy, and those will never leave.
I had a Tom Petty Ltd. Edition Rick 12. Sold it to a friend. It's now worth PS money. But I bought it because it had a wider neck and independent saddles, unlike the production models. It was terrific, I was stupid to let it go, and wouldn't sell it now no matter what it's worth. Sucker bait? Sure. So what.
So my thinking is, best to understand what I'm actually buying - the instrument itself - the test is whether I'd buy it regardless of the limited run thing. If I would, then it doesn't matter how many runs they make down the road, doesn't matter if they turn it into a production model.
A great guit-fiddle is worth its weight in gold! So to me, doesn't matter if they're ALSO sucker bait. I'll let the others worry about that stuff. Obviously, you feel the same way.