NAD/NGD: Fryette & Suhr Content

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  1. Wizard of Ozz

    Wizard of Ozz Silver Supporting Member

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    I got some new gear today… A brand-new 2011 Fryette Ultra-Lead amp, matching Fryette Fatbottom 4X12 cab with P50E speakers, and a brand new 2011 Suhr Custom Standard. I’ve been somewhat busy.
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    First up, the Ultra-Lead kicks so much ass… it’s impossible to put into words. I used to own one about 8 years ago, and this one sounds just as good if not better. Tight, tight, tight, tight, tight, articulate, cutting, razor sharp, raw, open, uncompressed high-gain tones is what this monster does with ease. No flub, loose bass chords, dark, spongy, rubbery, feel or overly compressed hard to heard chords running together. Play as fast as you want and hear every note… Wow! What concept. Maybe some other builders might want to look in to it (hint, hint, Bogner). The note attack is super fast and ultra-responsive. It’s been said before, but bears repeating again, the Ultra-Lead is without a doubt the fastest, clearest, tightest, most articulate high-gain channel switcher on the planet… bar none. The red channel has enough gain, different voicing options, and thick, huge, chugga-chugga-bottom end to cover any sort of metal from ‘80s to extreme black and death. It’s all in there. It’s also arguably the best 3 channel high gain amp out there as well. Right up there with Diezel, Engl, Bogner and any other contender… except the Ultra-Lead is much more open sounding, brighter, more cutting, less compressed and congested compared to the competition. The Diezel Herbert was my #1 amp for several years and it was great overall, but the darker, overly compressed tone began to wear on me as time went by. Also the Ultra-Lead is one of the few amps (the Suhr PT100 being the other) where I actually really like and can use all of the channels for my sort of tones. Often you’ll by a channel switcher an only wind up using one, or maybe two of the channels (ie Mesa Mark V)… not the case with the UL. All 3 channels sound great and cover different sonic ground. With the Herbert, I mainly used only channel 3. The second channel on the UL has enough gain, and with the graphic eq, you can dial in any sort of voicing from classic rock to most any sort of ‘80s metal and ‘90s alt-rock easily. No boost needed. Awesome! The clean channel sounds great… very bright, loud, chimey, and smooth. The clean channel also easily balances volumewise with the other 2 channels, no big volume jump or differential when switching channels either… like on a Bogner Uberschall for example. The FX Loop has a series/parallel switch and a instrument/line level switch and is one of the best around. Clear, transparent, and not a tone sucker. One last thing to say, is that the Ultra-Lead is also one of the quietest high-gainers around. Even on the red channel with the gain cranked it is super quiet… even standing close to the amp with your guitar volume pot open. Almost like a noise gate is there… but it’s simply the great design and layout of the amp. I really can’t recall why I sold my old one… but this Ultra-Lead will be sticking around a while.

    The Fryette Fatbottom 4X12 I just received today… but the P50E speakers sound great. Sort of like a higher-powered Greenback someone said before, and I agree. Bright, balanced, crunchy with a tight low-end bass response. The frontloaded cab sounds great with the UL… and helps keep channel 3 bass in-check. I ran the UL thru my Greenback loaded Bogner 4X12 (another great cab in it’s own right) but the Fryette Fatbottom has a might tighter, more focused overall sound, and hold the bass together much better on channel 3. No farting, grunting, or suddenly thudding bass noises. More to come on this cab.

    Finally, my Suhr Custom Standard… the specs are solid mahogany body, natural oil finish (ala Reb Beach), extra-slim maple neck, maple board, jumbo SS frets, Gotoh Floyd, Aldrich in the bridge, and a Micheal Landau single in the neck. Just a killer sounding super strat from top to bottom. Just a very fine guitar, to say the least. And it stays in–tune no matter what. Excellent work Mr. Suhr.
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    Well, back to jamming.

    Oh... and some porn...

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  2. splatt

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    ooooooooh..... new UL!
    yeah.
     
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    First off, that suhr :omg look at the grain pattern under the right horn!! How are you liking that pickup combo?

    Looks like you got a monster trifecta of amps there with the sig, PT and SLO. Somehow I bet you go back to Diezel though :bonk

    Grats on the New Pickups!
     
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    shoulda grabbed a box of Kleenex before opening this thread. too late.

    that guitar is a dream
     
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    One word - badass.

    I've been seriosly considering spec'ing out a Suhr very similar to yours. I'd like to know your thougts on the Freyette compared to a Twin Jet if you have ever been able to compare the two. Thanks for posting. -Jim
     
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    :omg wow!!!!!!!!amazing amps and that Suhr standard looks excellent!!!!!!congrats
     
  8. Wizard of Ozz

    Wizard of Ozz Silver Supporting Member

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    The grain pattern was an extra added bonus. Who says mahogany looks boring?

    The pickups sound great. As a matter of fact I'm putting an Aldrich neck/bridge set in one of my Les Pauls. :D

    I sure hope I don't go back to Diezels... I'm tired of switching amps. :p
     
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    I've only had limited play time on the Uber Twin Jet FWIW... but I like it the best out of all the Uber versions. It's still a little too compressed for my liking... but better than the previous incarnations.

    The big thing for me with the Ultra-Lead is the overall voicing of the amp. Open... but tight and articulate, without compression. Really something unique in the high gain amp world. If you haven't tried one, you should... as nothing else sounds quite like them. It still has a ton of gain and plenty of bass and low end, so it'll keep up with Uber... but the voicing is just much different. Also the UL is way more versatile.
     
  10. LPMojoGL

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    I really want to jam on your amps. lol
    Nice music room!
    How does the UL compare to the other two amps in the room?
    I'm guessing it is more versatile than the SLO. Can it nail the singing lead sound? I know that Rob Caggiano uses these, and his tones on the new Anthrax cd are great.
    How compared to the PT100?

    Awesome setup!
     
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    Let me know how the Aldrich pickups workout. Maybe I need to put some in my RO instead of the BBs.
     
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    Congrats on the amp! and guitar!

    You've been on a real tear lately as I saw you had a new PT100 as well! Awesome rig you've got in the music room. Have you tried running them in stereo?

    I'd like to try some Fryette stuff, not so much their super high gainers but probably something like the Deliverance or the Sig X.
     
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    cool setup... I would need some carpet under those amps and remove the wheels or it would be harsh in my house... I'm a treble freak to begin with!
     
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    The UL is right up there with the PT100 and SLO100. It's has a similar voicing to both the PT100 & SLO in that it has a nice, bright, upper-mid focus and is very clear and articulate. Not too dark, muddy, or too compressed... which are traits all 3 of these amps have.

    The main difference with the UL is the response and feel when playing. Along with the un-saturated, open, focused, raw sound of the UL... it's voicing is pretty unique, with just a bit of a Marshall 2203 flare. Tight, bitting, upper-mid aggressiveness, but with a healthy dose of low-end, an ultra-fast and responsive feel... no slow, sluggish response when playing fast chord progressions... and just a very linear response from top to bottom on all 3 channels. What you put in (attack, volume, technique) is what comes out... it doesn't alter much which is very cool. The red channel sings with ease, and has a really cool liquid-fast slippery feel. Really just a cool amp. It's definitely the most versatile of the 3... but the PT100 is close behind.
     
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    I'm putting them in this week. I've had them sitting on my bench starring at me... :D

    I'll report back soon.

    Too much cool stuff... and not enough time to enjoy it all. :puh
     
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    Wizard of Ozz Silver Supporting Member

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    Yes... stereo sounds amazing. I'd also like to try a wet/dry pairing, as soon as funds permit. Running them thru my Eventide Eclipse and thru a Fryette 2/90/2 for example, I'm sure would sound phenomenal as well.

    The cool thing about the Ultra-Lead and CLX are that both channels have cascading (or what Fryette terms flying) gain stages. Meaning both channels have toggle switches to alternate between 3-4 preamp gain stages... also the rhythm channel (yellow) has a footswitchable boost, which almost turns the UL/CLX into 4 channel amps. The rhythm channel with the boost on is arguably one of the best sounds I've gotten from any high-gain channel switcher. It just covers so much ground... and it's very responsive to my guitar's volume knob. Just a really intelligent, well thought out design.

    I've heard nothing but great things about both the Sig-X and Deliverance.
     
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    That's awesome, thanks for the description.
    I had and enjoyed the Sig:X. Very versatile, but one thing about it was that the attack was not as percussive as something like that Marshall. It was somewhere in between Marshall and Bogner Shiva, imo. The drive was tight, and could be dialed in anywhere from sweet to aggressive. On any of the three channels. The overall eq and tone was great.
    Sounds like the UL is an amp that I would like. Thanks again and congrats!
     
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    That's a whole lotta amp!
    Have fun, be safe. ;)
     

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