The new Suhr JM Pro Series is their take on the classic 1960s offset design that we all associate with Fender guitars. A design which is currently back in vogue once more.
P90s or Humbuckers?
Always a tough choice that one. Luckily Suhr has announced two variations of the JM Pro Series guitars, with one of each being offered. This means you can either go with some thick single coil P90 tones from a Suhr noiseless S90 model pickups, or an even thicker humbucking pickup tone with the Suhr SSV humbuckers. Either way, both are good options to have.
The noiseless S90 pickups use an Active SSCII system, which requires a 9v battery to keep things quiet. Though it’ll work as a regular P90 if the battery dies on you mid-performance.
Suhr’s offset body design strays from the Fender variety quite considerably and features a smaller sized body. It also has a more comfortable looking neck join, with a contoured heel, to aid playing at higher registers on the neck.
The guitar can either be purchased with a hard tail strung through body design that uses a TonePros TP6 Tune-o-Matic style bridge or you can opt for a Gotoh 510 Tremolo instead. Both are good solid options in my view and I would find it hard to choose, but again, I like having the option.
The necks are quarter-sawn maple, come with an Indian rosewood 10-14″ compound radius fretboard that is loaded with medium jumbo stainless steel frets and the headstocks have Suhr locking tuners fitted. The alder bodies come finished in either Dakota Red, Gold, Sonic Blue, 3-Tone-Burst, a Black or an Olympic White.
They look good, maybe not for purists, but they will appeal to players looking for something a bit less Strat or Tele shaped I would imagine.
RRP $2195 plus shipping/taxes