I think it's because of the ornateness/delicacy it brings to mind. A bolt-on assembly line machine like a Tele is an "ax". I heavy bludgeon of a Les Paul is an "ax". A pretty flower like a PRS is not an "ax".
That's the impression I get from the bird haters, anyway. I'm not super into them, but I do like the Gretsch "western" style inlays (with the cacti and bulls and whatnot).
Why would I hate that guy? If it didn’t add a ton of time, and thus money to the job, I’d probably just smile at somebody who found his own way to bring himself some joy whilst doing manual labor.Imagine a carpenter who measures a board and then draws a bird with its beak pointing to the spot where the cut needs to be made. You'd hate that guy right? Same thing.
According to a local store that is a PRS dealer, they are way backordered on all of the USA made guitars, PRS sales are not "struggling", not at all. They are selling as fast as they can build them, pretty much the same for Fender and Gibson too.
My understanding is that Mayer approached PRS, not the other way around.
But haters gonna hate, so it doesn't really matter. If someone wants a Stratocaster, Fender makes plenty of them, all types, I don't think PRS is cutting into their sales much.
I sincerely hope this was sarcasm, and it kinda went over people’s heads. I can’t even think of the world somebody would have to live in to think the Silver Sky happened because sales were slow.