Suhr started his building career some 20 years ago in New Jersey.
Searching for the perfect tone during his bar band days, he began
building his own instruments.
the early 80's John started working for Rudy Pensa at Rudy's Music Stop
in NYC. It was during this time that the " Pensa-Suhr " guitars were
born. John built guitars under the "Pensa-Suhr" name for Mark Knopfler,
Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Lou Reed, Bill Connors,
Steve Stevens, Reb Beach, Pat Thrall, Little Steven, Victor Bailey
Bass, Chuck Loeb, Eddie Martinez (Robert Palmer) and many others.
an obsession for tube amp design, John left NYC to work with Robert
Bradshaw in 91' and designed the CAA 3+ tube pre-amp and CAA OD100 amp
with Robert Bradshaw. Four years later John felt his original calling
and accepted a job as Senior Master Builder at the Fender Custom Shop.
There he built custom guitars to order and was involved in R&D for new
product development. His clients included and still include Michael
Landau, Scott Henderson and Peter Frampton.
Making his true dream a reality, John Suhr has now opened up his own
small factory building custom guitars to order.
Suhr Guitars" we are convinced that a hand built guitar can be produced
utilizing New World technology. All our bodies and necks are made by us
using a state of the art CNC router, 20 years of practical experience
and hundreds of hours in programming. It is this total control that
helps us produce one of the finest guitars available today. This of
course does not replace the handwork still necessary to produce a fine
guitar. Each guitar is made by one builder, no assembly lines here.
Attention to detail, playability, consistency and tone is what we are
about. We believe in vintage truss rod construction, tight neck fits,
reliable plain grain neck woods, thin finishes and plenty of options to
please every style of player. Pickups offered include our own pickups,
custom built for Suhr guitars DiMarzio pickups and Seymour Duncan
models. We will also install pickups supplied by the customer.
Using a menu of custom options we can tailor a guitar to the customer's
needs. We start with only the finest choice select woods for our bodies
and necks. Each order is given special attention. Customers are more
than welcome to call or Email to discuss their order.
strive to build a guitar that is a cut above all the rest. Don't take
our word for it, check one out.