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SUHR PICKUP COLLECTIONS

THORNBUCKER

SUHR THORNBUCKER PICKUPS


Thornbucker pickups are born out of a desire to give guitarists a humbucking pickup set that has all of the best attributes of the coveted 50’s “patent applied for” style pickups… with none of the downsides.We have also included a few modern touches: four conductor wiring, a variety of spacings, and the consistency and quality that Suhr is known for.

From the outset, tone was our primary concern. We were inspired by Pete Thorn’s frustration with existing boutique pickups to create a pickup set that delivered clarity, versatility and soul. Pete came to us and said, “I have played many two-humbucker instruments that have failed to inspire. Many work great into a dirty amp, but try and play clean, or semi-dirty, especially in the neck or middle positions, and it is mud city! And if I switched mid-gig to a guitar with single coils, it was often like a different tonal universe, requiring adjustments to my amp and effects. It started to seem almost like the norm. And yet, my experience with great examples of vintage guitars taught me that it was indeed possible to get versatility, clarity, and inspiring clean and semi-dirty tones out of humbuckers.”

THORNBUCKER+


“We are happy to introduce the new Thornbucker + bridge pickup. It retains all the clarity, warmth, character, and mojo of the original Thornbuckers, and adds a bit more power and oomph. Great for players that like a slightly overwound PAF-type tone!”

“We’re overjoyed with the enthusiasm from players for the Thornbucker humbucking pickups! The pickups have been a resounding success, garnering praise for their extraordinary tone and balance. I’m truly honored and excited that so many guitarists are enjoying them as much as I do.”

– PETE THORN

BALANCE. WARMTH. CLARITY.


Through our experimentation with all the variables: magnets, wire, covers, and winds, we made countless prototypes and listened. Eventually we hit on the formula that captures all of the essence of the most coveted 50’s “patent applied for” style pickups. If you are a player searching for a product that captures all the subtleties, nuances and feel of a great vintage pickup, then Thornbuckers are the perfect pickup for you.

RAW NICKEL COVER


Adding a cover to a humbucker will always make it sound a little sweeter, knocking off a bit of top end. The raw nickel covers are the most transparent ones we’ve found. They sound very similar to the uncovered pickup, just a bit sweeter.

Please note that because raw nickel covers are not plated, over time they will develop a natural patina, much faster than a chrome plated cover.

THORNBUCKER BRIDGE

 

Spacing: 50mm or 53mm

Magnet: Alnico IV

DC Resistance (50mm): ~ 8.5KΩ
DC Resistance (53mm): ~ 8.9KΩ

Wire: Plain Enamel

Hook Up Wire: 4-Conductor

Color Options: Black, White, Parchment, Raw Nickel, Zebra, Reversed Zebra and White

THORNBUCKER+ BRIDGE

 

Spacing: 50mm or 53mm

Magnet: Alnico IV

DC Resistance (50mm): ~ 8.8KΩ
DC Resistance (53mm): ~ 9.1KΩ

Wire: Plain Enamel

Hook Up Wire: 4-Conductor

Color Options: Black, White, Parchment, Raw Nickel, Zebra, Reversed Zebra and White

THORNBUCKER NECK

 

Spacing: 50mm

Magnet: Alnico V

DC Resistance: ~ 7.3KΩ

Wire: Plain Enamel

Hook Up Wire: 4-Conductor

Color Options: Black, White, Parchment, Raw Nickel, Zebra, Reversed Zebra and White

ALDRICH

SUHR ALDRICH PICKUPS

The result of collaboration between John Suhr and rock guitarist extraordinaire Doug Aldrich, the Aldrich humbuckers are the ultimate high-output pickups for aggressive rock style of playing. The Aldrich bridge humbucker is now our highest output pickup but it oozes tone across its sound spectrum.

It’s big sounding yet focused and punchy in the mids and tight in the lows. You will never hear this pickup get flubby and undefined in the highest gain settings. The high-mids will cut through like the sharpest knife but the treble will be sweet and never grating on the ears. From chunky low-string metal riffing to screaming string bends in the high register, the Aldrich bridge humbucker covers them all while retaining the dynamics of your picking attack.

AVAILABLE IN BRIDGE AND NECK


The Doug Aldrich Neck humbucker is the perfect complement to the Aldrich bridge pickup. Carefully calibrated for the neck position, the Aldrich neck pickup is warm, clear with exceptional string-to-string balance. This is our highest output neck humbucker pickup but it never gets muddy or undefined.

 

ALDRICH BRIDGE

 

Spacing: 50mm or 53mm

Magnet: Alnico V Special

DC Resistance: ~ 17.5KΩ

Hook Up Wire: 4-Conductor

Color Options: Black, White, Parchment, Raw Nickel, Zebra, Reversed Zebra and White

Cover Options: Nickel and Gold

ALDRICH NECK

 

Spacing: 50mm

Magnet: Alnico V Special

DC Resistance: ~ 9.0KΩ

Hook Up Wire: 4-Conductor

Color Options: Black, White, Parchment, Raw Nickel, Zebra, Reversed Zebra and White

Cover Options: Nickel and Gold

SS Series Single Screw

SUHR SS HUMBUCKERS

Our most popular humbuckers. The SS, or single screw, series of pickups feature the classic, authentic combination of a single row of adjustable screw pole pieces, and a row of slug pole pieces. These pickups offer the warmth of a vintage humbucker with increased clarity and definition and range in output from vintage to hot.

SSV – BRIDGE AND NECK


The SSV has a broad sonic aperture with very little compression, making for a dynamic, vintage output humbucker. The SSV Neck is a versatile pickup that combines the warmth of a vintage humbucker with increased clarity and definition. The SSV Bridge is similar to the SSV neck in tone, but wound hotter for more output, increased sustain and a sweet midrange response.

 

SSH BRIDGE


The SSH bridges the gap between vintage and hot, providing strong output, pronounced mids that will push the front end of a tube amp, and sweet open-sounding vintage-style tonality.

 

SSV+ BRIDGE


The SSV+ is like a great vintage humbucker with an attitude. Brighter than the SSV, it provides the best attributes of highly sought-after vintage PAF-style pickups with the extra kick needed to cut through a dense mix, the SSV+ is superb for covering a wide range of genres.

SSH+ BRIDGE


A true high output humbucker, the SSH+ covers a broad musical base with musicality, punch, authority, and tone. The pickup exhibits excellent harmonic content, lots of midrange and a focused low end. Well suited for classic rock or metal.

 

SSV BRIDGE

 

Spacing: 50mm or 53mm

Magnet: Alnico V

DC Resistance: ~ 9KΩ

Hook Up Wire: 4-Conductor

Colors: Black, Parchment, White, Zebra and Reverse Zebra

Covers: Nickel and Gold

SSH+ BRIDGE

 

Spacing: 50mm or 53mm

Magnet: Alnico V

DC Resistance: ~ 17KΩ

Hook Up Wire: 4-Conductor

Colors: Black, Parchment, White, Zebra and Reverse Zebra

Covers: Nickel and Gold

SSV+ BRIDGE

 

Spacing: 50mm or 53mm

Magnet: Alnico V

DC Resistance: ~ 10KΩ

Hook Up Wire: 4-Conductor

Colors: Black, Parchment, White, Zebra and Reverse Zebra

Covers: Nickel and Gold

SSV NECK

 

Spacing: 50mm

Magnet: Alnico V

DC Resistance: ~ 8KΩ

Hook Up Wire: 4-Conductor

Colors: Black, Parchment, White, Zebra and Reverse Zebra

Covers: Nickel and Gold

SSH BRIDGE

 

Spacing: 50mm or 53mm

Magnet: Alnico V

DC Resistance: ~ 12.8KΩ

Hook Up Wire: 4-Conductor

Colors: Black, Parchment, White, Zebra and Reverse Zebra

Covers: Nickel and Gold

DS Series Double screw

SUHR DS HUMBUCKERS

The DS, or double screw, series of pickups feature two rows of adjustable screw pole pieces. When compared to their SS (single screw) counterparts, the DS pickups have a natural roll off on the top end, making them richer, smoother, and more modern sounding.

DSV – BRIDGE AND NECK


The DSV has a broad sonic aperture with very little compression, making for a dynamic, vintage output humbucker. The DSV Neck is a versatile pickup that combines the warmth of a vintage humbucker with increased clarity and definition. The DSV Bridge is similar to the DSV neck in tone, but wound hotter for more output, increased sustain and a sweet midrange response.

The DSV is similar to our SSV pickup, but warmer and fatter with a smoother response to your picking attack.

DSV+ BRIDGE


The DSV+ is like a great vintage humbucker with an attitude. Brighter than the DSV, it provides the best attributes of highly sought-after vintage PAF-style pickups with the extra kick needed to cut through a dense mix, the DSV+ is superb for covering a wide range of genres without ever sounding to brash or harsh.

DSH BRIDGE


The DSH bridges the gap between vintage and hot, providing strong output, pronounced mids that will push the front end of a tube amp, and sweet open-sounding vintage-style tonality. Since it’s not quite as bright as the SSH, the focus shifts more towards the midrange, rounding out any hard edges.

 

DSH+ BRIDGE


A true high output humbucker, the DSH+ covers a broad musical base with musicality, punch, authority, and tone. The pickup exhibits excellent harmonic content, lots of midrange and a focused low end. Well suited for classic rock or metal. The DSH+ is our fattest sounding humbucker with the most midrange content.

 

DSV BRIDGE

 

Spacing: 50mm or 53mm

Magnet: Alnico V

DC Resistance: ~ 9KΩ

Hook Up Wire: 4-Conductor

Colors: Black, Parchment, White, Zebra and Reverse Zebra

Covers: Not available.

DSV+ BRIDGE

 

Spacing: 50mm or 53mm

Magnet: Alnico V

DC Resistance: ~ -9.8KΩ

Hook Up Wire: 4-Conductor

Colors: Black, Parchment, White, Zebra and Reverse Zebra

Covers: Not available.

DSH BRIDGE

 

Spacing: 50mm of 53mm

Magnet: Alnico V

DC Resistance: ~ 12.8KΩ

Hook Up Wire: 4-Conductor

Colors: Black, Parchment, White, Zebra and Reverse Zebra

Covers: Not available.

DSH+ BRIDGE

 

Spacing: 50mm or 53mm

Magnet: Alnico V

DC Resistance: ~ 17KΩ

Hook Up Wire: 4-Conductor

Colors: Black, Parchment, White, Zebra and Reverse Zebra

Covers: Not available.

DSV NECK

 

Spacing: 50mm

Magnet: Alnico V

DC Resistance: ~ 8KΩ

Hook Up Wire: 4-Conductor

Colors: Black, Parchment, White, Zebra and Reverse Zebra

Covers: Not available.

WOODSHED

SUHR WOODSHED
ANDY WOOD SIGNATURE PICKUPS

Andy Wood has a great appreciation for vintage T-style instruments that possess a balance of woodiness and twang. When it came time to design pickups for Andy’s Signature model, John Suhr recalled the experience of rewinding a vintage T pickup for guitar pioneer Les Paul; a pickup that embodied this classic era of tone. Utilizing a combination of plain enamel wire, identical winding techniques, and custom Alnico 5 magnets, the Woodshed Series pickups were born.

WOODSHED BRIDGE PICKUP


The Woodshed Bridge Pickup truly nails the 50’s era tone with added polish on the high strings and extra attitude on the low strings.

DC RESISTANCE: ~ 7.3KΩ
MAGNET TYPE: Alnico 5 Special
WIRE TYPE: Plain Enamel
COLOR: Black Fiber

WOODSHED NECK PICKUP


The Woodshed Neck Pickup with its raw nickel cover offers a bit more clarity than our standard Classic T neck pickup, balancing perfectly with the Woodshed Bridge.

DC RESISTANCE: ~ 7.7KΩ
MAGNET TYPE: Alnico 5 Special
WIRE TYPE: Plain Enamel
COVER: Raw Nickel

ASATOBUCKER

CLASSIC T

SUHR CLASSIC T PICKUPS

Our Classic T pickups is the result of our extensive research into what made the pickups of T-style instruments so special and renowned for their unmistakable sonic quality heard on pop and rock music records of the past half-century.

Our Classic T Bridge pickup retains the twang and the bite of the best vintage T-style pickups while doing away with piercing or harsh highs that are common in pickups of this type.

BALANCED NECK PICKUP TONE


Our Chrome Neck T pickup adds clarity and warmth to round out the perfect set of pickups for our Classic T and similar guitars.

 

NECK PICKUP OPTIONS


The Classic T Neck pickup is available with either a chrome or gold plated cover.

CLASSIC T BRIDGE

 

Magnet: Alnico V Special

DC Resistance: 8.1KΩ

Hook Up Wire: Cloth braided

Colors: Black

CLASSIC T NECK

 

Magnet: Alnico V Special

DC Resistance: 7.3KΩ

Hook Up Wire: Cloth braided

Colors: Chrome or Gold

SINGLECOIL

SUHR SINGLECOIL PICKUPS

  ML  


The ML (Mike Landau) pickups offer a balance of tight lows, focused midrange and smooth top-end sparkle. ML pickups incorporate a modified staggered pole piece design to provide a even magnetic field needed to accommodate instruments with flatter neck radiuses and today’s string gauges.


Magnet:
Alnico V

DC Resistance:
6.5KΩ (neck)
6.5KΩ (middle) RW/RP
7.2KΩ (bridge)

Hook Up Wire: Braided Cloth

Covers: Black, Parchment, White and Aged Green

 

 

V63


Suhr’s V63 pickups are wound to have the same tonal characteristics as those found by John
Suhr in a particularly sweet 1963 S type guitar. The magnets are made by the same company
that made the magnets for Fender® in the early 60’s and have the exact same formulation and
use the same manufacturing process.

V63 pickups incorporate a modified staggered pole piece design to provide an even magnetic field needed to accommodate instruments with flatter neck radius and today’s string gauges.

Magnet: Alnico V Special

DC Resistance:

~ 6.4KΩ (neck)
~ 6.4KΩ (middle) RW/RP
~ 6.4KΩ (bridge)

Hook Up Wire: Braided Cloth

Covers: Black, Parchment, White and Aged Green

V60LP


The V60LP pickup is wound using a proprietary winding process that replicates the hand-wound pattern of some early-60’s single-coil pickups which have a natural roll off on the top end, imparting sweeter and rounder highs.

Magnet: Alnico V Special

DC Resistance:

~ 6.3KΩ (neck)
~ 6.3KΩ (middle) RW/RP
~ 7.2KΩ (bridge)

Hook Up Wire: Braided Cloth

Covers: Black, Parchment, White and Aged Green

V70


The V70 will transport you back to a time when bell bottoms and large stacks of amplifiers dominated the concert stage. A time when guitar players around the world began fusing the blues with hard rock to create many of the iconic rock riffs and solos of our time!

Every V70 pickup is hand-built, precisely wound (using our proprietary winding process) and features: plain enamel wire, specially formulated Alnico V magnets, and vintage correct gray fiber bottoms. The V70 also incorporates a modified staggered pole piece design, which provides an even magnetic field that is perfect for capturing those soaring multi-step bends that became an essential ingredient of the 70’s solo. Another benefit is that they are a great fit for today’s flatter neck radius equipped guitars.

INCREDIBLE DYNAMICS

V70’s are exceptionally dynamic and respond to every nuance of your playing. Their tone is balanced with tight snappy lows and shimmering highs that cut ever so sweetly without sounding harsh. Whether you play Rock, Blues, or R&B, the V70 is ideal for the player searching for the ultimate 70’s era single-coil pickup.

SPECIFICATIONS

 

Magnet: Alnico V Special

DC Resistance:
~ 5.8KΩ (neck)
~ 5.8KΩ (middle) RW/RP
~ 5.8KΩ (bridge)

Wire: Plain Enamel
Fiber Color: Gray
Hook Up Wire: Teflon

Cover Options: Black, Parchment, White and Aged Green

V60


V60 pickups incorporate a modified staggered pole piece design to provide an even magnetic field needed to accommodate instruments with flatter neck radius and today’s string gauges.

Magnet: Alnico V Special

DC Resistance:

~ 6.3KΩ (neck)
~ 6.3KΩ (middle) RW/RP
~ 7.2KΩ (bridge)

Hook Up Wire: Braided Cloth

Covers: Black, Parchment, White and Aged Green