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Some thoughts on the Suhr Silent Backplate

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by KeithC, Aug 9, 2006.

  1. KeithC

    KeithC Silver Supporting Member

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    I have a couple Strats and because of the extremely noisy place we practice I ended up getting the Suhr backplate system for my EJ Strat first.
    Loved it worked great.
    Before I go further..I have tried pretty much all noiseless SC pups. From Kinman to Lawrence to the Fenders SCN's and VN's and some Lace stuff.
    They are all great pups and the noiseless part is great. But to my ears they just aren't the same. JMOO

    So, after getting the Suhr BBS I got another one for my other Strat.

    Fast forward to now...
    I decided to sell the other Strat and try to raise enough jack to get another EJ.
    So I put it back to stock and took off the Suhr BBS. And sold it actually!
    I now regret it!

    Last night we had practice and I took both guitars.
    Playing the regular equip't Strat with just RWRP middle.
    I was back to having to play in the hum canceling positions.

    There is a huge difference in the amount of noise in the other positions though.
    I just had to go back to the EJ with the Suhr BBS.

    My long winded point is that after having the Suhr BBS I started taking it for granted and really didn't remember how much difference it makes.

    I will say in our practice place even with the Suhr BBS there is still a little noise. This place is a huge metal building with lots and lots of fluorescent lights.

    The thing is that it reduces the noise so much I can play without using a pup setting that I don't really want to for a particular song or trying to find the one small body position that will quite the beast a bit.
    Plus your guitar sounds just like normal.

    Just my thoughts. I'm not trying to shill for Suhr.
    I don't own any other Suhr products except the BBS.

    From my experience it is a very good solution.

    Discuss......!
     
  2. danlineberger

    danlineberger Supporting Member

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    Do the stock EJ pups work with the SSB system?

    I assume you drilled holes for the back plate since it comes stock without them.

    Pondering getting one, just hate to drill the holes.
     
  3. david henman

    david henman Member

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    ...i had one installed in my g&l legacy. it changed everything.

    there's no going back now.

    -dh
     
  4. AJ Love

    AJ Love Senior Member

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    very cool... thanks for your review
     
  5. esoteric pete

    esoteric pete Supporting Member

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    yeah, ive been interested in the system for a while now...i may try one out...
     
  6. KeithC

    KeithC Silver Supporting Member

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    I did have to get a different middle pup for both guitars. They just have to be the same as far as magnet polarity.
    I just got a Fender non middle RWRP for both of them.
    No problems.

    Yes, I did have to drill a couple holes for the backplate on the EJ.
    It was the only way.
    I only drilled two corner screw holes and it stays put.

    I guess my main reason for posting about it now is that I have seen the difference side by side again and reminded myself how miserable it was in our place without the system.
    And, I don't want to put down the top quality noiseless pups I mentioned above.
    They were all good but at least to my ears I was missing something.
    It's like all the other minutia we guitar players and TGPer's scrutinize over.
    Probably isn't a big difference but if we hear it then why not!

    To me it is worth the price. Plus, I like to tinker!
     
  7. EricPeterson

    EricPeterson Member

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    how much does it cost?
     
  8. KeithC

    KeithC Silver Supporting Member

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    Eric. I believe it is pretty regularly sold for $259.00
    Of course if you don't have a non RWRP middle pup you have to get that too.

    I have gone GAS'n for pickups and pedal and guitars and amps. Even cords.
    In the end you get someone saying this pup or that amp gives you the sound you're hearing in your head or something.
    That's all very subjective.
    This is the one thing I have bought that actually does exactly what I wanted and what it was advertised to do and it works every time!
     
  9. UnderTheGroove

    UnderTheGroove Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the review. I've been thinking about getting it for my '57 reissue strat.
     
  10. esoteric pete

    esoteric pete Supporting Member

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    i think the only thing i dont like about the system is the visual part...it doesnt look like a trad. backplate, but its a small price to pay in order to have your fav. strat PU's dead quiet....
     
  11. neastguy

    neastguy Supporting Member

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    it may just be me, but I get very little noise with my V60lps .... I dunno if I'm lucky or its just my amps are quiet.. in fact I very seldom even have to turn on my decimator...... those V60lp's are great pickups...I cant imagine how quiet it would be with the backplate..........
     

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