Before I start I should say that these are my observations and opinions only. Your mileage may vary and blah blah blah..... The other night I took my new Suhr S Classic to a local blues jam. General specs of the guitar are: Ash body, maple neck, V60's Single coils. The club was a medium sized room in an old inn dating back to the 1850's. Wood floors, plaster walls, and wood ceiling. I plugged into a 70's Fender Deluxe Reverb. I've used this amp before with an Ash/Maple Tele with good results. I set the Volume on the DR around 4-5, Treble and Bass between 5-6, and Verb between 2-3. I prefer to use the guitar's tone and volume controls to shape the sound. No pedals were used, just guitar, chord, and amp. Let me first say that I love the way my Suhr plays and looks. The Slim C profile fits my hand perfectly, and the overall fit and finish and vibe of the guitar is excellent. I'd buy another in an instant, and probably will when funds allow.... However, I was disappointed at the tone. For rhythm playing I used mostly the 4th and 5th pickup positions (neck, neck/middle). I found the neck/middle pickups a bit dark and weak for my tastes. When the time came to solo I used the neck pickup, and in this case I again found I was unable to obtain a good strong tone that was distinct from the group (Bass, Drums, another guitar). Normally I keep the volume around 7-8 for rhythm playing, then flip it to 10 for leads. In this case it didn't give me the type of boost I can expect from my other strats. I quickly switched to the bridge pickup. The effect was similar to turning on a spotlight in a dark room. While the bridge pickup allowed me to cut through the mix, it was incredibly bright, almost an ice-pick sound similar to a telecaster neck pickup. I quickly switched to the bridge/middle position, but found it similar to the neck position in terms of lacking definition and sounding too dark. I was very surprised by such a huge difference between the bridge pickup only, and the other 4 pickup selections. I also find that the 60 cycle hum seems louder on this guitar than on my EJ Strat, 98 American Standard Strat, and Warmoth Strat with Frailin Pickups. In summary, I love the way the guitar feels and plays, but I'm not digging the pickups. It lacks the punch of other strats I've owned. I also don't like the drastic change from dark sounding neck/middle positions to the super trebly bridge pickup. In my personal opinion there should be more of a smooth transition when going from neck to middle to bridge, as with my other guitars. At some point I will probably swap out the pickups to see what changes, if any that will make. If anyone has any comments I'd be interested in hearing them. Again this was just my observation and YMMV.