Lately I have been giving some thought to the possibility of letting go of one of my beloved guitars in order to fund a custom ordered PRS.
I am a Fender CS guy but I have been craving a nice semi-hollow for years, and I really feel the need at this point to not just have single-coil guitars anymore, and get something a little smoother/jazzier sounding.
I have tremendous respect and admiration for Paul and his guitars, love the aesthetics too, and actually a CE24 was my first high end guitar 10 years ago so this would make it a nice circle.
Now, the thing is, I know Fender Custom Shop options and pricings in and out, it's another story when it comes to PRS Private Stock.
So the whole thing is a little scary, especially since I would be letting go of a Strat I LOVE (won't go into details but it's very rare, and very valuable) but don't really feel like it's on par with the ones I purchased more recently. I am basically keeping that guitar because it's "that" guitar and not because I play it a lot, but still... I can't afford a mistake here.
I live in Europe and would do this through a well known PRS dealer in the US I have dealth with a few times in the past.
Visiting the factory isn't really an option here so how does it work as far as selecting the woods? Not that I am super picky, I am sure I could get a guitar that looks just like I want by simply describing what I am looking for. Pictures aren't really needed, but it's my understanding that they are part of the whole Private Stock custom order thing and one of the reasons for the premium you pay.
Also, how can I know about the prices for each option? For example a red coral inlay can't be the same price as a white gold one, how much does purfling cost, how much does an Indian Rosewood neck cost as opposed to a Sinker or Figured Mahogany one, etc...?
I mean I obviously can't waste everybody's time by sending 10 slightly different quotes in, so how can I know in advance what to shoot for if my spending limit is let's say $8.5k?
Very curious about how all of this works, considering the tremendous amount of options and possibilities within each option paremeter.