So what makes Suhr Guitars special?

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  • #14530
    VashFLCL
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    I only ask because my guitar teacher who has spent many years playing guitar and has tried way more than a few has been wanting to get one for years, but hasn’t had the money. So what makes these things different? I know you get them tailored to your specs, but there must be something else that makes them better, so what is it?

    -Matt

    #23778
    Steve Hubbard
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    Epic quality! The fret work, neck (amazing!), pickups, tone wood, tuning stability, intonation, acoustic tone, etc etc etc! I borrowed my old American Deluxe Strat, and a/b’d it with my S3.. I laughed out loud. The Suhr’s just have SO much detail and definition in their sound. You have to play one for yourself and compare it to your current guitar. They are 100% worth the money

    #23779
    VashFLCL
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    Lol, I’m afraid of trying anymore guitars for fear of wanting another one, though I am very interested. Should I get another guitar I was considering the Jem, but I am very open to small companies building great guitars. What are the pick-up options?

    -Matt

    #23785
    Steve Hubbard
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    @VashFLCL 9942 wrote:

    Lol, I’m afraid of trying anymore guitars for fear of wanting another one, though I am very interested. Should I get another guitar I was considering the Jem, but I am very open to small companies building great guitars. What are the pick-up options?

    -Matt

    They are all equipped with Suhr pickups, which I personally prefer over dimarzio / duncan. You can find the pickup descriptions on the suhr website!

    I used to dream of getting a Jem, I tried one for the first time a couple months ago, and IMO it is the same build quality as an RG 1570, with a slightly different neck, and better pickups. I wouldn’t pay more than 12-1300$ for one, but thats just me and my snooty opinion 😎

    #23786
    TheAngusBurger
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    I’d agree on the Jem, I just couldn’t justify the price considering essentially identical Ibanezes are avaiable for a lot less.

    If you are looking at getting a custom guitar, you might want to check out Carvin, their C66 model is very similar to a Suhr Custom Standard, and from what I’ve heard all of their guitars play very well – my guitar teacher has 4 of ’em!

    #23792
    chrisbrooks
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    I guess the basic premise to John’s lutherie is that the mojo of that magic guitar you might come across a few times, after wading through many average ones – is a quantifiable, repeatable thing. What I mean is, if one Strat (for example) could have that certain “it” factor while the 20 shipped before it weren’t as good, why can’t they all be as good as the first? He’s spent a lot of time trying to demistify the “mojo” and create processes to make consistently good guitars. I could talk about the timbers, combinations, options, pickups (my lord these are good!) for quite a while, but a solid read through their website will give you an indication that this is a company hell bent on excellent guitars every time.

    I think the combinations are crucial too. John and his team knows exactly how every component affects the overall tone, whether it be neck timbers, profiles, fingerboard material, body material, even saddle shapes. They know every facet of this stuff, and that’s the kind of company you want to build you a guitar at some point in your playing career. The attention to detail is worth it IMO.

    I have a 1997 Fender Lone Star Strat. It was a solid player when I got it, but nothing emotionally magnetic if you know what i mean. I’ve spent years tweaking it, playing it in, gigging with it, changing the pickups, setting up multiple times to get it to play nicely, and finally in 2009 it really started to come into it’s golden era. Then, I get my Suhr in December and it comes out of the box already playing and sounding better than a 12 year old guitar that’s had some serious playing in! Yes, they retail for more that a 1997 Fender did, but they hassle of making my Fender what it is now is gone. And to top it off, every feature of my Suhr compliments and enhances the whole package.

    #23794
    cados121
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    Hey if you’re looking for custom guitars with great quality and playability for a great price, then definitely take a look at carvins. I have 5 of them, ranging from 1985 to 2004 and they all play equally great. For whatever reason, they have a very low resale value, so you can get them for cheap on ebay. I have gotten a few on ebay and they play just as well as the one I had custom made for me. Suhrs are beautiful and without playing one, that’s all i can say about them besides sounding great but I do know they are more expensive than carvins.

    I hope you’ll look them up

    Ryan

    #23795
    VashFLCL
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    I have only heard a Carvin being played by Tom Hess and it sounded like it got pretty good sustain. I know I’d like to have a Carvin Stack. Though for now my Rev+ does very well for me.

    #23796
    cados121
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    Well if you want a demo, I did a marco sfogli cover using my carvin and a vox tonelab se

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpdGUkXFHNE

    Ryan

    #23797
    VashFLCL
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    Wow! I really like that. Your tone is so nice. Can I ask what model that one is? Also I noticed three switches. I know one has to be the toggle, but what are the other 2?
    -Matt

    #23798
    TheAngusBurger
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    To my knowledge, there’s the pickup switch, two coil tap switches and a phase switch, and it looks like a DC727, although I might be wrong.

    #23802
    cados121
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    ^ This guy. Right on the money, 7 string, and it has (optional) active pickups (unnecessary), so the bottom two control knobs are treble and bass for the active and the top two are volume and tone. This one has a deep blue stain on quilted maple with a black burst around the edges, cant really see the color in that lighting, but its beautiful. I got a licensed floyd rose on it (they didn’t have the real ones available at the time) but i hardly ever use it. That guitar cost me 1300. Not too shabby for a war machine like that. Im glad you liked the video!

    Ryan

    #23807
    TheAngusBurger
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    I just can’t get over how much you get for your money…I suppose that’s what you get for cutting out the middleman. The only real issue is waiting for it to be built, but I really don’t care when I know I’m getting a great instrument. Hopefully I’ll be ordering one some time this year…

    #23812
    bemerson
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    Hi, a simple answer is a consistency in great quality ! ive played Gibson and Fender for over 25 years and they vary so much in quality some good some bad ! i have tried lots of John Surh guitars from S3 to the Moderns and they all have a consistency of quality i now own a Guthrie Govan and a Modern limited and have sold all my other guitars apart from my Tom anderson HDT a similar quality to the Surhs . Suhr make around 6 or 700 guitars per year apart from the pro range and Tom anderson make around 4 to 500 so they get that hand built and finished treatment that Fender and Gibson just cant do …………….hope this answers you question …Brian Emerson

    #23833
    legatofix
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    Never played a Suhr but the numerous YouTube clips do sound&look amazing. We can safely say John Suhr knows what he’s doing(check out their website section on tonewoods!) . Plus I would pay attention to the fact that artists like
    Scott Henderson, Guthrie Govan, Reb Beach, Doug Aldrich, Rob Marcello, Tom Quayle and Rick Graham use these instruments….you can’t argue with a client roster like that!!
    p.s-Scott Henderson is a legendary “tone nut” and I know that Suhr guitars almost signed Greg Howe before he opted for Laguna guitars…..

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