Gotcha. So if I understand you right, if I ordered a Roxy Pink from Guitar Center, and they've been in line along with Sweetwater, Musician's Friend (which is also Guitar Center) etc, folks who ordered from Guitar Center will have to wait until the other retailers are fulfilled (including the small retailers who may have ordered at NAMM last year).What that means is that if you want a 'specific' colour - like Roxy Pink for example, and order it from ANY retailer, your Roxy Pink order will be added to the list of Orders for Silver Sky's which would mean that 'your' Roxy Pink SS won't be made until ALL the other orders that came before yours, have been made.
In the meantime, another retailer may of ordered some Roxy Pink SS's months ago and get their stock and maybe not 'pre-sold' all of theirs and then you'll see other stores with theirs all whilst waiting for PRS to get round to your 'specific' order that was added to the list of guitars to be built.
Guitars are built to order - even 'general' stock. When you see PRS at NAMM, they are taking orders from retailers for stock. Then customers go to these retailers and pre-order so once all the retailers stock of Roxy Pink SS are 'pre-sold'', the next customer, you, comes in wanting a Roxy Pink SS so your 'order' has to go on the end of ALL those other orders that were made at and since the guitar was announced (plus all the other guitars they have to make). Your 'specific' guitar order gets added onto the list of orders from retailers all over the world - which currently may well mean waiting a year or so. That doesn't mean that other stores won't get Roxy Pink SS that weren't 'pre-sold' to a customer, one they ordered at NAMM as part of their 'stock' requirements so have it LONG before your ordered guitar is built.
If a Store is low on Custom 24's, they order more (say 5) and then a Customer comes in wanting one in a Specific Colour so they 'order' that, those 5 will get made first because they were ordered first now imagine hundreds of retailers ordering 5-10 guitars for more stock, and then where that single customer order will be on the list - it won't be the 6th Custom 24 made....
PRS is NOT a big company employing 1000's to churn out guitars like Fender or Gibson. They are NOT going to compromise their Quality to get more guitars out the door quicker. Considering they were shutdown for months due to Pandemic condition at a very busy time for guitar sales, they had a LOT of orders to fill when they returned to work, hence such a long wait.
Also, as I temptingly try to compare the availability of Fender and Gibson guitars (and their subsidiary brands), you're saying that PRS in Maryland is a much smaller operation that do not have the same output as Fender and Gibson. Additionally, PRS' operation is slower due to the emphasis they have in quality.
OK, I can understand that.
Question to others who responded (except Mozzi): why so sarcastic and demeaning about your response. Mozzi was able to respond with such dignity and respect. Can't y'all muster the same?