Yes SUHR! Calling all Suhr players.. Post em'

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ThumbyAche, Jul 23, 2009.


  1. ThumbyAche

    ThumbyAche Supporting Member

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    Don't see many of these out there but anyone who has one or has played one knows how awesome they are. So, if you got a Suhr post some pics. Here is mine (sorry about the bad pics).

    Body: Swamp Ash (bass is about 8 lbs)
    finish: transparent red (the pics may look orangy but no...red)
    F.B.: Birdseye maple (I'll try to take more pics later)
    Pickups: Joe Barden Jazz (humbucking blade style) 70's placement
    elec: passive (Hinesley jazz bass control plate/harness)
    bridge: Hipshot vintage style
    tuners: Hipshot UL's
    Note: might throw the Suhr vintage single coil pups back in....they were way lower output but I think they sound better (for fingerstyle and slap) IMO

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  2. ThumbyAche

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    One day, i'll have one.

    These basses absolutely KILL!
  4. ThumbyAche

    ThumbyAche Supporting Member

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    I can't be the only one....:eyebrow:
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  6. JRB

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    Man, maybe one day I will have a suhr of my own. I seem to find myself on Rocket music website a lot looking at the Suhr's.
  7. RoboChrist

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    I have mine already spec'd out...but alas I am destitute. :(

    btw just curious, what is it like to adjust the truss rod on these things?
  8. ThumbyAche

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    I have had to adjust the truss rod maybe once or twice in approx 2 years. Neck seems pretty stable but it's bummer taking the pickguard off to get to the truss rod. I'm not a fan of the "no truss rod cavity" look on the pickguard. I have thought about modifying my pickguards on the Suhr but haven't done it yet.
  9. lousybassplayer

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    Great, Just great. Another superbly beautiful superjazz for me to GAS about. Good grief!
  10. RoboChrist

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    So the cavity is covered by the pickguard? I can deal with that.

    No access without removing the neck ...do not want. :mad:
  11. ThumbyAche

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    There is a truss rod cavity under the pickguard. You are right, could be worse..
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    I have a Pensa, which I think is similar...no? Didn't those guys work together?
  13. brianh

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    Ok, I'm a lucky guy...I have 2 Suhrs (but hey, these basses are a steal when you buy them used).

    My oldest is a sunburst alder/rosewood bass with Humphrey pickups and a 2 band pre. Killing bass and just purrs in the mix.

    I recently got the second, a trans-straw ash/birdseye maple with Vintage pickups and 2 band pre (although the low band is only a boost).

    I could never sell either bass but the newest one is the best bass I've owned. I love his vintage pickups and am considering putting a set in the other bass. It's active, but sounds passive...in a very good way.

    Does anyone have an opinion on the difference between his two pickup models?

    Also FYI...the pictures are old and my basses have a ton of wear on them now. They get worked!
  14. ThumbyAche

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    Thanks for posting those pics! :bassist:
    Regarding the pickups, don't you have the Humphries stacked coils in yours? I can tell you this about the Suhr vintage pups....they sounds awesome! I just didn't know how awesome until I put my Joe Barden pups in (I went for more output..). The Suhr vintage single coils will go back in at some point (man...to think I almost sold them after putting the Bardens in)..yikes.
  15. brianh

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    Well, both of my Suhr's are active and they have different pickups.

    My alder/rosewood bass has the "Humphrey" single coils, which are great although they have a slightly modern vibe. They are truly dead quiet.

    My ash/maple bass has the "Vintage" single coils, which sound like passive 60's pickups (really). This bass has a little noise (it's not a problem) and doesn't sit as clearly in the mix but I prefer it because it just sounds like a classic J. I'm basically trying to avoid a bass that sounds active, but I like have it active for certain situations.

    I'm thinking of trying the Vintage pickups in my alder bass, but at this point am not sure if the difference I am hearing is the pickups or the woods in the basses.
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    That is what I had in my Ash/Maple Suhr was the Suhr single coils and I was stupid to take them out. They sound amazing in my bass which is pretty much the same as yours (only all passive). The Bardens are good but they lack that certain something that the Suhr single coils have, especially with the bridge pickup favored (jaco-ish tone). The Barden's don't do that as well in my bass AND I MISS IT. :D
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    Here's a couple more of my latest Suhr
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    I'm thinking of an alder with humphries too...how modern would you say they are? A lot of highs?
  21. brianh

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    They're not super modern...not quite like a Sadowsky. It's still a very traditional, non-compressed, Fender sound all the way. The lows are and highs are more pronounced and I think the mids are cut out a bit (but Suhr would be the guy to ask, because I don't know much about pickups). It sounds active, but it sounds like a familiar J tone. Records great.

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