Do I want a Suhr Classic ?

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  1. devbro

    devbro Member

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    I've been considering buying a classic for quite some time but I'm afraid of getting another guitar like my 2003 American Deluxe Fat Strat.

    Let me explain. I gig allot and need a comfortable neck that I can play all night without hand fatigue. The neck on my Strat wears me out so much; I have stopped playing it and have gone back to my PRS. I think the radius is wrong coupled with the shape. Don't get me wrong, it's an unbelievable instrument, it's just not for me. Here's my quandary; I love the neck on my PRS, but I like single coils.

    Sorry for the stupid question, but what Suhr neck is similar to my PRS that won't kill me after a night of playing? I sent an email to Suhr asking this question and never got a response.

    What about Suhr customer service and why are there so many for sale on Ebay?
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  2. devbro

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    Thanks for the response John.

    My PRS neck is a CE24 and what they call a "Wide Thin". The measurements below are from their website. Not knowing allot about neck measurements, is there a comparable Suhr neck? Also, where in the Los Angeles area is the best bet to test drive different necks?

    PRS CE24

    Width at the body: 2 1/4"
    Depth of neck at the nut: 25/32”
    Fingerboard radius: 10”
    Scale length: 25”
     
  3. mattmccloskey

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    The customer service is about the best you could possibly get. John will more or less do whatever it takes to make you happy with your guitar. I just got a classic with 6100 ss frets, vintage c neck, 1088 trem,and silent coil system. It sounds like a warm old strat but with no noise, smoother bends, better intonnation, no sticky neck, and it's light too. What more could you want? The only time I ever sold a suhr was to fund a new suhr with the latest options.
     
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    Dood - just mail him the guitar and he will take the measurements he needs. This way you get the guitar you like - and you'll never have to sell it on eBay and we'll all be happy.

    If you're gonna spend that much money - spend llike $60 (that's $30.00 each way for shipping).

    There - I said it.
     
  5. devbro

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    My problem is that I may like one of his stock necks even better than my PRS. It would be a shame not to do my homework and at least try them all and then make a decision. I think the only way to know for sure is to grab the PRS, gas up the sled and head out to Lake Elsinore.

    There - I feel better already:D
     
  6. Reeek

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    FWIW, I worried a lot about the neck too. I tend to like large diameter, flat radii necks and I wasn't sure how I'd go for the standard Suhr neck. I feel really good with a nice sized C shaped 12" radius.

    I bought a Classic anyway from Indoor Storm with the standard C neck in the 10-14 radius and I really like it a lot. As much as any other of my favorite necks. I have no complaint at all. No cramping or achey hands and I can fly on it as good as any.

    That said, I've always been somewhat easy to please and pretty adaptive to different neck types. I really don't have too much of a problem with fatigue on a "bad" neck for me even. Where I really measure a good neck for me is in how easy I play it and how smoothe and fast I am relative to what I'm capapble of.
     
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    You could also swing by Tone Merchants, they have a pretty good selection of Suhr's with various necks on 'em.

    I play a cu24 with the standard neck, and all the Suhr's felt really comfortable. Plus, they sound good too.
     
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    i had a similar decision when i got my suhr. i had been playing a PRS wide-fat neck for years and wanted similar on the suhr. i wound up going with the "even C huge" and while it's really not the same shape as the PRS it plays absolutely killer and i love it. the PRS WF is definately rounder and deeper on the back and maybe not as wide as the even C huge.

    head down to a dealer or go to the shop and play a bunch of them. best of luck!
     
  9. PerryT

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    I was in a similar boat and ended up getting a Suhr carve top with a C shaped 10-14 compound (.840-.920) radius neck. It is smooth as silk and I never get fatigue.

    If it wasn't such an overused and campy phrase, I would say it 'plays like butter'...but, oh hell - it does play like butter.

    YMMV, but I couldn't be happier...
     
  10. devbro

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    Thanks for all the input guys. I think I'll check out Tone Merchants and play a few.
     
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    I'm VERY curious about their guitars, never seen one to be able to play it. There's not even a dealer in Southern Indiana to the best of my knowledge. Kinda cool that he hangs here though, do I get a discount for being a "gearpager?"
     
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    No but here's a tip . . . save your money. It's well worth it :D
     
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    Hey Redbell,
    I'm a northern Hoosier (South Bend). If you wanna split the difference some saturday this fall, I'll bring my 2 Suhrs along (Classic S style, and Classic T style).
    We could meet around Indy...say, south to Greenwood or up north around Carmel/Fishers?
    Lemme know...
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    I may have to get with you on that but I'm not sure when.
    Thanks for your post.
     
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    I have a PRS with a W/T neck carve as well as a Suhr. I would recommend Suhr's even C slim with a 1.687 nut width. That should do it.
     
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    Anthony,
    Thanks man. I knew someone out there had both and could make a comparrison. How do you lige the Even C Slim comarred to the W/T?
     
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    Other than the scale difference and radius, you'll notice they feel very similar. Hand fatigue will definitely not be an issue on the Even C slim. It may be a hair deeper at the nut, but you're still in the same ballpark. I switch back on forth all the time and there's no problem.
     
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    I'm thinking the radius on the Suhr might turn out better because the PRS is 10 (non compound). I like very low action. I think this means the action can be as low as the PRS on the lower frets and the bendability on the high frets should be improved. Yes?
     
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    Good point.
    The Even C Slim is only .5 longer scale so it shouldn't make too much difference - I hope.

    I keep checking the local dealers websites for and even C slim. Gotta play one before I pull the trigger:D
     

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