Suhr Classic S HSS Guitar, Vintage Yellow, Rosewood
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The Classic S is designed for the player who wants the ability to produce iconic classic Fender Stratocaster tones while having all the benefits of a custom Suhr guitar. The Classic S features low noise Suhr V60LP pickups, stainless steel frets and modern hardware like Suhr Locking Tuners and a Gotoh 510 Tremolo Bridge! The Classic S is the answer to the demand for a Suhr classic guitar without the antiquing of the Suhr Classic Antique. Each Suhr Classic S goes through the same renowned individual setup process that $10-15k Suhr Custom guitars go through. For the money, these guitars simply CANNOT be beat.
Each Suhr Classic S is built with a two-piece alder body. Alder is known for its rich low and mid-range tonal qualities as well as its lighter overall weight. Suhr takes great care in finishing the body with an ultra "Thin Skin" urethane finish, allowing for the wood to resonate freely while still providing plenty of protection to ensure the longevity of these guitars.
The neck is made from quartersawn maple and features a vintage 60's C shape with medium stainless steel frets. The frets feature rolled edges and a 9"-12" compound radius, great for smooth bends. These appointments create a comfortable, fast feeling neck with long lasting playability.
The Classic S is available with both HSS and SSS pickups featuring the Suhr V60 single coil. The V60 single coil is design to be an exceptionally dynamic and responsive pickup with a balanced tone. They feature tight snappy lows and shimmering highs that have a smooth cutout. Suhr has also incorporated a staggered pole piece design to compensate for the flatted neck and fret radius, this design provides a more even tone and response across the strings.
Serial Number: 74714
Weight: 8 lbs 1 oz
Body: Alder, 2 Piece
Neck: Quartersawn Maple w/ Rosewood Fingerboard
Neck Shape: 60's C Vintage Standard, .810 - .930
Nut Material: Tusq
Nut Width: 1.650"
Frets: 22 Frets, Stainless Steel, Medium
Bridge: Gotoh 510, Non-Recessed, Steel Block
Tuners: Suhr Locking Tuners
Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
Electronics: SSCII Wiring, Volume, 2-Tone, 5 Way
Neck Pickup: Suhr V60LP
Middle Pickup: Suhr V60LP
Bridge Pickup: Suhr SSV Humbucker
Finish: "Thin Skin" Urethane
Case: Suhr Deluxe Padded Gig Bag (Hard Case Optional)
String Gauge: .010 - .046
About the Pickups in this Guitar
Every V60LP pickup is hand-built, precisely wound (using Suhr's proprietary winding process) The V60LP pickups faithfully recreate the classic single-coil sounds of the 60's. These pickups also use the same magnets that were used in the pickups made during this era. What you get are clear bell-like highs, warm and punchy mids, and big yet firm lows that are the hallmark of great vintage pickups, which aren't as common as one might be led to believe. John Suhr examined a variety of vintage pickups and found that some sound much better than others and took apart the great ones to find out why, measuring the gauss of the magnets to counting the number of turns of the coil wires. The V60LP replicates the handwound pattern of some early-60's single-coil pickups and impart sweeter and rounder highs.
The V60LP pickups are calibrated for each position, including for the middle position with reverse winding and reverse polarity.
The V60LP Middle Pickup is RWRP (reverse wound, reverse polarity)
The SSV Humbucker in the bridge has a broad sonic aperture with very little compression, making for a dynamic, vintage output humbucker. The SSV is a versatile pickup that combines the warmth of a vintage humbucker with increased clarity and definition. The SSV Bridge is wound a bit hotter for more output, increased sustain and a sweet midrange response.
Suhr essentially has two ways they build guitars. Every guitar that leaves their factory is either a one off custom built guitar, or it's part of a small production run of guitars where each spec (body shape, wood type, fingerboard radius, neck carve, pickups, etc) is the same, but only the color is different. In both cases, the EXACT same people construct, paint, and setup the guitars. These small runs allow many things to happen to reduce the price of the guitar, but IN NO WAY sacrifice quality. In other words, if you decided you wanted a custom guitar from Suhr and you requested the exact same specs as a Classic S in Olympic White, you would receive the exact same guitar as a production run Classic S in Olympic White, but you'd pay around $4000, which is about 25% more.
Of course, there's nothing strange going on here. It's just a matter of the time and effort it takes to select different wood, retool machines, change out hardware, wiring differences, clean the paint booth guns, etc each time a custom guitar is ran through. It's just more efficient to run guitars in numbers, so Suhr is able to reduce the price and pass that to the customer. Again, IN NO WAY has any compromises been made. What that boils down to is if a production Suhr's specs meets your needs and desires, buy that guitar. A custom Suhr will be no different in quality.
So, we just wanted to explain that if you like the specs on this guitar (which John Suhr carefully selected), it's a no-brainer.
Naturally, if you have any questions about this or any other Suhr guitar please feel free to reach out. We're more than happy to answer any questions you may have.