We're absolutely stoked to present this Suhr Custom Modern Carved Top! We waited quite some time for this one, but all in the pursuit of perfection - and boy, our friends over in the Lake Elsinore factory seriously knocked this custom order out of the park.
This one features a bevy of incredible custom features, including a lightning-fast, shred-friendly Even C Extra Slim profile neck, a resonant swamp ash body, an absolutely stunning quilted maple top matched beautifully for the guitar's arched carve design, Suhr Thornbucker & V60 pickups, and a beautiful natural mahogany neck with an ebony fingerboard - all dressed up in a custom Faded Trans Wine Red Burst finish complete with matching headstock.
The Suhr Modern is Suhr's take on the "Superstrat", a hot-rodded platform for the modern-day player who's not afraid to deviate from the norm and needs a more aggressive look and sound, whilst still retaining the familiar shape, Suhr features, ease of use, and high-quality craftsmanship.
In regards to the Modern platform in general, it's clear from the specifications of this model that John and the gang took a minute to sit down and think about what the most practical guitar would be for a player who wants to focus on playing and sounding their best with no obstruction. We love how this guitar retains features from Suhr's more vintage-style models, such as the perfectly-shaped Even C neck as well as the Gotoh 510 bridge with a steel tremolo block and the locking tuners. The latter is especially cool because, well, let's face it - the double-locking tremolo that usually comes on this style of guitar is awesome, but isn't for everyone. Opting for the standard 2-point trem and locking tuner configuration ensures both easy maintenance while still getting pretty much all the way there in terms of tuning stability and usage.
The pickup selection is top notch with this one. The Thornbuckers are a great representation of the PAF tone that, for most, is considered the holy grail of vintage humbucker sounds. As with this guitar overall, the pickups are a great combination of vintage inspiration with modern design. Like Mr. Thorn himself, they're definitely not a one-trick shredding or hard-rock pony. Though you can easily saturate these pickups without losing note definition or articulation, you can also get some slightly overdriven, vintage-style bluesy sounds and even some beautiful crystal clear clean tones - especially in the auto-split 2 & 4 positions with the awesome V60 single-coil in the middle, which is the pickup of choice for most Suhr s-style builds nowadays for a reason. The outputs between the pickups are nicely matched, and the single-coil is very usable on its own for S-style punch as well.
Dressed to kill and has the tone to match - that's this Suhr Custom Modern.
At Suhr we believe that great instruments inspire great performances. Every detail of the Modern was carefully considered when we set out to craft an instrument that upholds this belief. The Modern shape is our high-performance take on the 24 fret design.
FRETS - Jumbo Stainless Steel (.057″ x .110″)
Stainless steel frets offer silky smooth bending and long-lasting playability. Every Suhr receives a PLEK fret dress, ensuring the best possible string action, playability and intonation.
The sculpted heel of the Modern allows for easy access to all 24 frets. For optimum tone and stability, the neck joint must not be too tight or too loose, therefore all of our neck pockets are precisely fitted by hand, by expert craftsmen.
MODERN BODY SHAPE
The Modern shape has a unique asymmetrical body that balances superbly with the extended 24-fret neck. Fast, sleek and sexy looking, the Modern shape will feel right at home to players who were weaned on the popular and innovative shapes that came into vogue in the 80’s.
The Swamp Ash body and Quilt Maple top has a fat, well-balanced tone that produces smooth sounds without any hard edges.
Great care is taken to ensure that the thinnest possible layers of finish are applied. Our finishing process provides an unparalleled combination of protection, beauty, and tone. This allows the wood to resonate freely while still providing ample protection.
Scraped binding allows for the natural maple to be seen along the edge of the top wood. This painstaking and detailed process accentuates the beauty of the body shape and adds elegance to the design.
HARDWARE & ELECTRONICS
This Custom Modern includes an HSH pickup configuration with a Gotoh 510 bridge. It utilizes a 5-way mega-switch to serve up an array of versatile split-coil tones.
The Gotoh 510 tremolo bridge features dual steel knife edge pivot points to provide greater functionality and years of trouble free performance. The 510’s steel block increases sustain and tuning stability.
SUHR LOCKING TUNERS
Equipped with staggered Suhr Locking Tuners, which provide an 18:1 gear ratio, improved tuning stability, and no need for a traditional string tree.
Thornbucker Neck Humbucker
V60 Middle Single Coil
Thornbucker Plus Bridge Humbucker
Positions 2 and 4 on the 5-way selector switch auto-split the humbuckers when combined with the middle pickup.
The 5-way pickup selector switch gives you access to a variety of humbucking and authentic split-coil tones. The treble bleed circuit ensures consistent tone as you roll down the volume control, and is out of the circuit when the volume is on 10.
- Model: Modern HSH
- Color: Faded Trans Wine Red Burst
- Top: Quilt Maple
- Body: Swamp Ash
- Construction: Bolt-On
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Neck: Mahogany, Satin Finish
- Scale Length: 25.5"
- Fretboard Radius: 16"
- Neck Profile: Even C Extra Slim .770 - .850
- Nut Width: 1.650"
- Frets: 24, Stainless Steel, Jumbo
- Pickups: Thornbucker (neck), V60 (middle), Thornbucker (bridge)
- Control Knobs: Volume, Tone
- Pickup Selector: 5-Way Blade Switch
- Bridge: Gotoh 510 Tremolo
- Tuners: Suhr Locking
- Hardware Color: Black
- Case: Suhr Hardshell Case
- Instrument Weight: 7.6 lbs.