My first Suhr. Which fretwire?

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  1. sumis

    sumis Member

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    [Posted this on the Suhr forum as well. Hope its ok, and that I'm not annoying anyone.]

    I'm just about to order my first Suhr and could use some advice on the "nature" of the Medium SS fret size (former 6105, i.e. 0.055”/0.090"). John and Ed has been really helpful (how can anyone NOT buy a guitar from you guys?), but I'm still not sure about what to choose between Medium and Jumbo (0.057”/0.110) size.

    So, I'm wondering if any of you guys can tell me about your experiences of the tall/narrow type in relation to tall/wide type. Especially if anyone has gone from the latter to the former, and if anyone has tried the new Stainless Steel Jumbo (which I might go for).

    I like instruments that are very easy to play, and I'm pretty used to Jumbo tall/wide fretwire. The Medium is as tall though, and everyone raves about it. I do a lot of legato and tapping, and although my touch is light it's not extremely light, and I prefer LOW action. I'm lazy ("effortless" legato) but not too lighthanded (I like to squeeze and pound things from tome to time). I use .10-.46 strings.

    What do you think? Am I adult enough for Medium? Will they suit me? Or should I go with the HUGE new Jumbo SS?

    I would REALLY appreciate it if any of you would like to share your thoughts.

    Thanks.
     
  2. FiestaRed

    FiestaRed Gold Supporting Member

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    I have a Suhr with 6105s, and one with heavy frets (6100s, I believe). There feels like there is something missing with the 6105s. Most of my guitars have 6100s, which is what I am used to as well. My suggestion would be to go with the 6100s, or whatever is the equivalent.

    -Mark
     
  3. artandink

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    Of the sixteen high-end guitars I currently own (Bakers, Lentzes, Grosh, Fender, McInturff and Suhrs), I prefer Suhr's 6105 SS (Pleked) the most. Like playing on glass. Enuf said.
     
  4. Mike Dresch

    Mike Dresch Silver Supporting Member

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    I've got 6100's on my Suhr and they feel great. I've had 6105's on many guitars and like those alot too. If I had my choice now, I'd go with 6100's on almost everything.
     
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    6105's are my favorite. With a nice crowning, I've found them to feel the most precise...

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  6. sumis

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    thanks a lot for your help. what about the experience of the "tallness" of the fret height? does the Medium/6105 have a more "scalloped" feel since it is narrower?
     
  7. AJ Love

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    When I order a Suhr guitar (and I will someday), I'll order one without stainless steel frets, I think stainless steel frets add a bit of high end unwanted *ping* to the tone that I don't find appealing, especially if like me you usually play straight into an amp

    Everything else about Suhr Guitars I find spectacular, and it is no problem ordering them with "normal" (not Stainless Steel) frets

    As for size, I like 6150 with an extra crown on them, somewhat like Fender's "medium-jumbo" frets
     
  8. Dave Orban

    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    I've had all of my vintage pieces refretted with 6105s. Like them the best out of all the frets I've ever played.
     
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    All my guitars except my 1967 Epi Emperor are 6100 until I got my Suhr with 6105 SS and I am really happy with them.
     
  10. sumis

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    You guys are really helpful. Thanks! I guess I'm tending towards Medium/6105 SS now.
     
  11. A440

    A440 Supporting Member

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    I prefer 6150 wire which is much like what are on PRSi

    I have 6105 on some axes, and 6100 on my Suhr S.

    depends what YOU like. I would recommend trying various guitars at your local shop to see what you prefer.
     
  12. stratofied

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    My vote is for 6105.
     

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