Basswood Suhrs

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by RGN, Oct 17, 2005.

  1. RGN

    RGN Member

    Messages:
    116
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2005
    Location:
    DFW, Texas
    I am looking at a used basswood Suhr Classic w/ two humbuckers and a standard trem. Anyone own one of these suckers? I'd like to get some mini reviews. This would be my first Suhr and my first guitar without a Floyd. Is the H-S-S config a lot more versatile? I don't see a ton of H H Suhrs but I always have difficulty playing a guitar with a middle PU unless I sink them flush with the pick guard. My guitars now are primarily the Lynch set-up with one humbucker and one single coil in the neck. Just need some outside opinions. Much thanks.....
     
  2. FredW

    FredW Member

    Messages:
    1,399
    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2005
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    I have a standard with a basswood w/ a maple top and neck and it is probably my favorite Suhr out of the three I have (the others are a classic and a classic t). I am not sure what effect the maple top has-probably makes it a bit brighter-but I would not be scared of it.
     
  3. procos

    procos Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,229
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2002
    Location:
    In the Grouse woods or on the golf course
    I own a Standard with Basswood and Maple top and it is just awesome. Great combination for a guitar. Here it is:

    [​IMG]

    Thanks,

    Chuck
     
  4. Chi

    Chi Member

    Messages:
    994
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2002
    I cannot stand basswood as a tonewood, but I admittedly have not tried one with a maple top, or one that was made by John Suhr. I have an 6.5lb ash Suhr with a ample neck that is my favorite modern strat.

    I hear Suhr's favorite wood combo is basswood with a maple cap.

    The only basswood guitars i've heard are Ibanez RG;s and Japanese strats. They were lightweight but they all those basswood RGs and Japanese strats sounded like ass...

    Interested in hearing what a Suhr basswood with maple cap would sound like...
     
  5. Boomer

    Boomer Member

    Messages:
    1,912
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2002
    Location:
    Hollywood, FL
    My Standard is basswood with a maple cap and the '56 Big V neck. While it's not a dual humbucker, it's a stellar instrument.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. goodwill559

    goodwill559 Guest

    What would you estimate the weight difference to be between a basswood/maple cap bodied guitar v. just basswood bodied?

    I'm not a big guy and i love the weight of my current basswood bodied guitar. I switched from an alder body to a basswood body about eight months ago and it feels so much better to play with the basswood strapped on...
     
  7. Urkoman

    Urkoman Member

    Messages:
    399
    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2004
    Location:
    Madrid, Spain
    As i´ve always said, basswood is a very special wood. It IS a great tonewood, the problem with it was the over-use of it in the 80´s. Real quaility pieces were rare, and the usual was the bad quality, that´s why people see it as a "bad tonewood". But a real quality basswood body is a great sounding one.
    About the Ibanezes/ non-maple top basswwod bodies, you have to pay major $$$. I´ve had like 10 Ibanezes, most made of basswood. Cheap ones sound like ass, expensive ones sound ok, and custom shop ones sound like f***ing heaven, specially if you change those horrible Dimarzio pups they use to mount.
    I own a Jem 10th anniversary, custom shop, 800 made, mine is 242. The body is selected basswood, i think they´re made of old pieces.
    I swapped the horrible dimarzios and installed some duncans. That guitar sounds fabulous, can dare my tylers without a problem, has literally killed some Tom Andersons, and still anyone that tries it says it has "some magic".
    As i love Suhr guitars, i´m completely sure their basswood body sounds awesome.
    Cheers ;)
     
  8. NuSkoolTone

    NuSkoolTone Member

    Messages:
    1,328
    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2005
    Does the "good" basswood dent too if you look at it too hard?
     
  9. fullerplast

    fullerplast Senior Member

    Messages:
    6,792
    Joined:
    May 5, 2003
    IIRC, that was one of Tom Anderson's favorite combinations as well....
     
  10. RGN

    RGN Member

    Messages:
    116
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2005
    Location:
    DFW, Texas
  11. Chi

    Chi Member

    Messages:
    994
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2002
    yeah i forgot also that basswood was extremely soft relative to other tonewoods...
     
  12. Urkoman

    Urkoman Member

    Messages:
    399
    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2004
    Location:
    Madrid, Spain
    Depends on how the body is finished...;)
     
  13. Glowing Tubes

    Glowing Tubes Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    8,491
    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2004
    Location:
    Northern Colorado
    Here's my maple/basswood Suhr
    [​IMG]

    For Rock, Map/Bass is an awesome combination. Very punchy, somewhat aggressive. Fast attack. Cuts through nicely.
    Im finding that I prefer Alder on my guitars though (personal preference) :)

    Richard
     
  14. Chi

    Chi Member

    Messages:
    994
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2002
    Now that is interesting...:eek:
     
  15. pfrischmann

    pfrischmann Member

    Messages:
    2,989
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2002
    Location:
    In the ATL.
    I have a basswood guitar. It sounds really fat. I could see the Maple top adding a little zing to the top end. I'm now a fan of basswood
     
  16. Paul Secondino

    Paul Secondino Member

    Messages:
    108
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2003
    Location:
    Milford,Connecticut
    I have a few basswood Ibanezes. And it seems that basswood is generally associated with guitars like hte Ibanez RG and S series as well as other similar Rock/Metal oriented guitars.

    The Basswood Suhrs I played all had maple tops and had a sound tht I was familiar with. But a Suhr or Anderson basswood guitar really isn't to be compared with the average Japanese super strat. Having a quality maple top over the basswood extends the high frequency response and most japanese super strats aren't offering maple tops of significant thickness.Actually, I don't know of any basswood Ibanez models that have a maple cap at all.

    That said, I think basswood offers a unique neck pickup sound. When you solo on the neck pup and wail on the string, I believe that you get a neat little honk out of the basswood . It's a subtle thing but I havent heard it in any other type of wood. I normally prefer brighter woods like alder and ash but I'll always hear that honk that seems to be present when I use a neck pickup on a basswood guitar.
     
  17. Urkoman

    Urkoman Member

    Messages:
    399
    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2004
    Location:
    Madrid, Spain
    There are some Ibanezes with maple top /basswood.
    Now come to my mind some the JPM90HAM (John Petrucci anniversary model) and some of the first j-customs, but i´m sure i´m forgetting some of them.
    You also have the music man Van Halen/Axis and the Peavey Wolfgang with the basswood/maple body also.
    I like basswood both with or without the top. Has a very sweet sound.
     
  18. pluto

    pluto Member

    Messages:
    1,390
    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2002
    Location:
    Hawaii
    I own 3 maple top/basswood body Suhrs all with maple necks. In fact, those are the only guitars that I currently own. Very neutral sounding (broad eq) with a pronounced but sweet top end is how I would describe them. I've owned Andersons with the same wood combinations and they were similar sounding (except the Suhr pickups have a little snarl and bite to it that Anderson pickups don't have). I wish my Suhrs were fatter sounding, but I guess that's what les pauls are for.
     

Share This Page