The 2013 Suhr Guitar Lineup – Roses Without Thorns

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If there is anything that Suhr Guitars excels at it’s making some of the damn sexiest guitars on the market. It seems like no matter which guitar they make, it’s comprised of the most tasteful selections of woods and lathered up nicely with a finish that leaves it silky soft to the touch. And the 2013 lineup from Suhr is no different. With 19 new models, Suhr fuses style and playability into a super-soldier army of guitars with their humbuckers (or whatever part on a guitar would be the closest to eyes) set on world domination.

Seriously. Take a look at these. Guitars like these give me wet dreams.

The Guitars

 

 

Rather than giving the guitars model names, they’ve been designated a numerical value. However when you get down to the specs they are much more distinguished than that.

1

There haven’t been any revealed specs for the number 1 guitar, which is unfortunate because it’s among my favorites in this collection. Now, while considering any time now I’ll see the sun come up and I still have yet to retire to my quarters for any amount of sleep, I’m left with my own wits to describe this guitar. All I can think of to say is “gee whiz, that sure is a nice looking guitar.”

Now the other editors can just deal with that.

2

Number 2 is a chambered Standard made out of flamed maple with a roasted birdseye maple neck, fretboard, and a koa fretboard. This gold-decorated model uses a 510 2-post bridge, Suhr locking tuners, a pair of JST ML single-coils, and one JST SSH+ humbucker. Adding to the wood aesthetic are the koa knobs and pickup switch, and refraining from hiding the wood in its true glory, 2 is given a natural gloss finish.

3

Take number 3 for example. This guitar uses basswood with a burl maple top that gives it a dark and ominous appearance. With a wenge neck and a macassar ebony fretboard number 3 sets the precedence for style early on in the list. Complemented by the gold hardware, this guitar features a JST SSV humbucker in the neck position and a JST SSH+ humbucker in the bridge position; and Suhr locking tuners and a 510 2-post bend saddle bridge.

4

Next up is 4. 4, with its dense black finish, is made of basswood with a quartersawn maple neck, all with a 3-piece maple pin stripe binding. With keeping the strings in place being an integral part of the design, Suhr has implemented a 510 s-post bridge and Suhr locking tuners to solve that problem. The JST ML single-coils and the JST DSH+ humbucker solve the problem of not being able to hear the guitar.

5

With more of a vintage look in mind number 5 comes as a Classic made of alder with a roasted maple neck and a pau ferro fretboard. It uses a Hipshot Hardtail bridge, Suhr locking tuners, and a pair of JST humbuckers – an SSV in the neck position and an SSV+ in the bridge position. All of this pure, old-fashioned goodness is wrapped up in a Candy Apple Red finish.

6 and 6.5

Get ready to crap your pants with enthusiasm, people. Suhr has thrown a double neck guitar on this list. Numbers 6 and 6.5 feature a 6-string and 7-string guitar respectively, all merged into one. Made of swamp ash with maple necks and rosewood fretboards, both necks feature Original Floyd Rose tremolos along with the JST Aldrich numbuckers.

7

Gasp. Number 7 is a, how you say, bass guitar. The Classic J’s neck and body are made of multi-lam perota, claro, and ebony with a wenge fretboard. This bass, which is 1.625” at the nut gets exceptionally wider down at the Vintage Jazz Bass bridge. Installed in it are two Humphrey J pickups.

8

Number 8 has been manifested as a chambered Standard made of koa with a curly zebrawood top. The neck and fretboard are made of shedua and the woods are finished off with koa knobs. It uses a 510 2-post bridge and Suhr locking tuners. The pickups include two JST ML single-coils and one JST SSV humbucker. All the hardware is a stylish hue of gold to give it that magical look.

9

Number 9 is an Archtop Standard, chambered with a cat’s eye hole, made out of curly clary walnut with an afrimosia neck, and pau ferro knobs. Like so many of its siblings, 9 uses a 510 2-post bridge and Suhr locking tuners. Because not being able to hear a guitar like this would be a criminal offense it has been fitted with two JST V60LP single-coil pickups and one JST SSH+ humbuckers.

10

Made of flamed Honduran mahogany with a flame mango top, number 10 exceeds any adjective I’m readily able to pull out of my reserve of awesome word choices. It also features a mahogany neck and an African rosewood fretboard. With a 510 2-post bridge, Suhr locking tuners, and the pair of JST ML single-coils and the JST SSH+ humbucker, 10 is primed for a strut up and down the catwalk.

11

If you’ve demonstrated an understanding of simple base 10 mathematics then you’ve probably anticipated the next guitar is 11. A Standard with a mahogany body with an angel flame maple top, all chambered with an F hole, and a pau ferro neck and fretboard. You can even get some sweet dives with the Gotoh Floyd Recess tremolo and maybe melt a few faces with the JST SSV humbucker in the neck position and the JST SSH+ humbucker in the bridge position.

12

Number 12, a 7-string model, features a Spanish cedar body with a quilted maple top and back. The neck, built out of birdseye maple, is fixed with a macassar ebony fretboard. 12 uses a Hipshot Hardtail 7 bridge and Suhr locking tuners alongside a set of JST humbuckers – 7-Vintage Neck and 7-Hot Bridge.

13

13 is one of the snazziest Tele models out there. The Classic T is made of African mahogany with a walnut top and back. The neck is also African mahogany with an African rosewood fretboard. The 3 saddle Vintage T bridge shows the 2nd string creeping out into the body, and with the B-Bender you can adjust your strap button’s position for your convenience. 13 features a set of Classic T pickups in the neck and bridge positions.

14

Next up is 14. A Classic T made of koa with a curly koa top, a pau ferro neck, and a macassar ebony fretboard. This Tele-style guitar sets itself apart from most other Teles with its pair of JST Aldrich numbuckers and the Gotoh Floyd Recess tremolo. Perfect for people that like Teles, but yearn for one designed around a different style.

15

15, an Archtop Standard, is a chambered flame maple guitar complete with an F hole and a maple neck and fretboard. This model features a Gotoh Floyd Recess tremolo and Suhr locking tuners, all in gold to add to the eye-catching blue finish. Finishing 15 off is a pair of JST SSV humbuckers.

16

16 is quite the black sheep of the bunch. It’s built of basswood with a flamed maple top and a roasted maple neck with a matching flamed maple fretboard. All of that creates an appearance like the guitar was thrown into a fire and miraculously came out looking better than before. Also included is the 510 2-post bridge, Suhr locking tuners, a JST SSV humbucker in the neck position, and a JST SSH+ humbucker in the bridge position.

If anyone happens to get into a nasty argument with one of these and wishes to get as far away as possible I will gladly help out.

17

I may set the precedence for dashing good looks, but number 17 certainly reminds me there is competition out there. Built of Spanish cedar with a burl walnut top, an African mahogany neck, and an ebony fretboard, this carve top is a monument to aesthetic achievement. And with the 510 2-post bridge, Suhr locking tuners, the pair of JST ML single-coils, and the JST DSH humbucker this guitar has the tonal achievement down pat just as well.

18

Another Classic T, 18 is made of a chambered Douglas Fir with walnut. The neck and fretboard are roasted birdseye maple. Here we have a guitar that is fitted with a Tone Pro bridge and tail piece and Suhr loking tuners, and two Filtertron Classic pickups.

19

Finally, the prestigious number 19. The chambered carve top is made of the Suhr favorite koa wood with a wenge neck and fretboard. It’s armed with a carry permit for the JST V60LP single-coils in the neck and middle positions as well as the JST DSH+ humbucker that rests next to the 510 2-post bent saddle bridge. It’s fitted with Suhr locking tuners and finished off with a beautiful wooden inlay that runs up through the entire fretboard.

If looks could kill 19 would be at the top of the FBI most wanted list.


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Kyle Smitchens

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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