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Now a household name in the boutique market, John Suhr was building guitars in NYC for well over a decade before opening a shop in his own name in 1997. This Modern Classic was custom ordered from a local dealer in 2014 and it's chock full of top notch appointments.
This custom Suhr Modern Classic features:
Other than some hard-of hearing riffs at the NAMM show, we haven't played too many Suhr's, so this coming through the door was a nice Suhrprise (sorry). We knew of their reputation, but after an overdue sound test through our favorite amps, consider us believers. The SSV neck pickup is a spanky Alnico V humbucker wound to a mild 8k resistance that gives you the power without compromising clarity and articulation. The SSH Plus in the bridge is a rock beast, also sporting Alnico V magnets, wound to a spicy 17k. Both pickups sound great with the split coil options in the 5-way switch and it really elevates the versatility of an otherwise familiar 2-pickup format.
The Modern Elliptical neck profile is built for speed and performance. It's a comfortable D-shape profile with a slim taper that gives you enhanced access and wrap-around ability across the board. The nut width is a traditional 1-11/16" and the modern 16" radius gives you a nice flat surface for big bends and quick licks on the ever-smooth Stainless Steel frets. If you're a fan of maple necks and fretboards, the roasting gives it a bit more structural integrity and makes it look like a million bucks. If you're looking for a world class build that colors outside the lines, give this a serious look.