Nearly obsessed with my Suhr esquire...

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  1. shallbe

    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    This Suhr Esquire is just so fine. I can't quit playing it. Acoustically it just rings and has this piano-like bass.

    The finish on the neck is hard as a nail and felt completely broken-in on the first day. While the neck is thinner than I would typically go for (60's vintage), it is perfect on this guitar. The rosewood board is dark, wavy & beautiful, hard and smooth (Indian, not Brazilian). It looks old----nothing like you see on many CS guitars today. Plus the 9-12 radius is the way to go, IMO. I have another Suhr Classic that was custom-built for me with the 10-14, and I like the 9-12 better.

    I bought this guitar due to my love of Teles and T-types, digging the simplicity and the cool vintage white color. I was looking for a custom shop Fender, but found this in a web search at Indoor Storm. I had to try it after Eddie said he thought it was among the 5 best intruments he has ever had in his shop. I've been playing it for 3 months now, and have tweaked the pickup to get both tradtional bridgeTele tones and early Zep sounds.

    I took it to a local Fender dealer and let a bunch of guys play it while we checked out other Teles. They were very impressed. I own another Suhr, and it is a great guitar, but this Esquire is an exeptional instrument. Suhr may not be known for Esquires, but he builds a damn fine one. My search is over. Check one out if you can!
     
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    Chops Gold Supporting Member

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    Wow, what a coincidence! I must have bought the other 4!
     
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    Post some pictures please!!!:JAM :Devil :D
     
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    sanhozay klon free since 2009

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    Aye...unfair and baiting post must be accompanied by pics to satiate the :drool:

    John totally channels Leo on his version. They are incredible T's with the proper amount of Attitude. I want ten.
     
  5. shallbe

    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    I will try to take some soon.
     
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    Wait, I thought I had at least 2. :NUTS In all seriousness, Eddie is a straight up guy and I trust and respect him like few others. If he says it's a great guitar, then I believe him. A standout guitar is a standout, regardless.
     
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    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    That is the one! Thanks for the picture! It now proudly resides in my home. I've got 14 guitars that I really dig and have owned for quite some time---this one is a standout among them.
     
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    Steve, agreed, that is a fantastic guitar. I played it once at Indoor Storm and was blown away by it. Congrats! I was too chicken to buy a single pickup guitar - fearing that it would force me to learn to play better! :D Glad you had the guts!
     
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    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    I also wanted to point out that it has no body contours, just a regular Tele shape. The things that aren't vintage spec are the SS frets, the jack cup, and the staggered tuners that eliminate the string tree---all of which are improvements, IMO.
     
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    MrMunky Silver Supporting Member

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    That thing looks fantastic.

    I have a Rick Kelly Protocaster (A lot like an esquire with a square peghead). I am amazed at how much more you get from the bridge pickup without any neck pickup around.

    The Suhr must sound magnificent.
     
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    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks! It really does sound great. The color is a little more yellow than shows in that picture. One cool change a buddy did was get rid of the resistor and change the cap on the front position of the switch. Now it ges this cool "notched wah" sound with overdriven tones. I can bend a note and move the switch back and forth for some really nice, vocal effects.
     

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