Silent single coils and a lacquer neck! Presenting the Suhr Classic Antique, newly revamped for 2015!
Crafted especially for vintage feel and tone with modern playability, the 2015 Classic Antique series embodies the best of Suhr's builds. The Classic Antique series is John Suhr's response to the gigging musician's need for professional-grade instruments at an affordable price point, with the most requested specs of Suhr's catalogue applied to incredible 'S' and 'T' style guitars. Lightly reliced finishes ensure the guitarist can take his or her axe out to the gig without having to worry over smalls dings and dents in the guitar's finish!
The Classic Antique SSS may very well be the ‘S’ style guitar of your dreams! A sweet, vintage tone just oozes out of the 2-piece alder body, reminiscent of the earliest music you remember hearing at Mom and Pop’s house. The lacquered maple neck gives you a bright crisp response while maintaining a smooth balance throughout the neck’s entirety, leaving a lasting impression. The SSCII silent single coil system is just to-die for, letting you dial in that spanky single coil tone without any annoying hum or hiss making you dial the volume back. The Classic Antique will have no problem fitting in with whatever type of music you’re playing - from country to rock, all the way to blues and jazz, Suhr really nailed it on these new Classic Antiques!
ALDER - One of the most popular guitar body woods of the 1960's, is grown all over the world. Alder is medium to light in weight with soft tight pores. It has a light tan color and sometimes exhibits large swirling grain patterns and rings. Alder is favored by blues and rock players for its strong, clear, full-bodied sound, with beefy mids and excellent lows. Alder is used extensively for guitar bodies because of its light weight and its full sound.
MAPLE- Sourced mostly from the Northern United States and Canada and is commonly used to make necks. Maple has a classic tone, strong in the midrange with a sweet spanky high end.
ROSEWOOD- Being one of the most popular fingerboard woods for guitars, Indian Rosewood is usually sourced from either India or Bangladesh. It has a thick grain pattern with colors ranging from brown-black, purple, to red-brown. Indian Rosewood is particularly favored by blues and rock players for it’s thick, sweet tone. It has an ideal balance of fat lows, warm mids and a sparkling high end presence.
Each Classic Antique is equipped with our Even C Medium neck profile. Rolled edges and a 9-12” compound fingerboard radius offers a substantial, yet comfortable shape.
NECK FINISH - The Quarter sawn Maple neck is tinted, then finished in nitrocellulose lacquer. This provides the traditional feel of a vintage instrument as well as moisture protection.
FRETS - Every Classic Antique includes medium stainless steel frets, which offer silky smooth bending and long-lasting playability. Utilizing the PLEK process on each instrument guarantees the best possible string action, ensures optimized playability and eliminates intonation problems.
The Classic Antique™ is available in both S-S-S and H-S-S pickup configurations.
SSCII (SILENT SINGLE-COIL) - Our proprietary passive 60-cycle hum reduction system has no impact on tone, there are no batteries to change - just transparent noise reduction.
ML STANDARD - The ML (Mike Landau) Standard single-coil pickup is overwound for more output and sustain. The ML Standard features our proprietary modified staggered pole piece design to provide an even magnetic field needed to accommodate instruments with flatter neck radius and today’s string gauges.
SSV (OPTIONAL) - The SSV is a versatile pickup that combines the warmth of a vintage humbucker with increased clarity and definition. It is wound hotter for more output, increased sustain, and a sweet midrange response.
BODY FINISH - The Classic Antique features a nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Our finishing process provides an unparalleled combination of protection, beauty, and tone. Great care is taken to ensure that the thinnest possible layers of finish are applied. This allows the wood to resonate freely while still providing ample protection. Our state of the art equipment, experienced staff, and uncompromising quality control ensures that no instrument leaves our facility until it meets our demanding standards.
TUNERS - The Classic Antique is equipped with staggered locking tuners, which provide improved tuning stability and eliminate the need for a traditional string tree.
BRIDGE - 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 tremolo block is designed to allow the strings to contact the saddle without touching the block as it passes through, which increases sustain and tuning stability.