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alen655321



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:51 pm    Post subject: Need help deciding wood/options for a new Modern Carve Top Reply with quote

So after much consideration, and talking to my local Suhr dealer, (BTW I'm in southern California), I'm about to pull the trigger on a Suhr modern Carve top! Very Happy

Only problem is, that the options are just overwhelming for me, and I want to make the right choices. I would really appreciate your guys' input on wood/pickup combination to get the type of sound that I'm after. I'm a big fan of Petrucci and really dig the type of thick, chunky, clear, ballsy sounds he's able to get. Another thing I like about his sound is that, to me, its not a one trick pony in terms of versatility.

As far as some of the Suhr clips I've seen, I love sounds that I'm hearing from Mark Day's youtube clips.

Another question is, does having pickup covers on, affect the sound much? Like in the case of the Doug Aldridge Pickups.

Thanks in advance, I look forward to seeing your collective inputs. Very Happy
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alen655321



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry for the double post. Must've happened by accident! Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

QuadAllegory wrote:
I really like Petrucci and his tone. I will be ordering a Modern Carve top in 2011 (when they start taking set-neck orders). After much research and deciding what kind of tone I'm after, here are the specs I've come up with. Maybe they can give you an idea of what a fellow "shredder" is getting that likes Petrucci too. I think these specs will give a very thick, full tone, yet be able to cut through fine while being a good combo of smooth/bite.

# Set-Neck, Carve Top, Modern
# Honduras Mahogany Body
# Honduras Mahogany Neck
# Pau Ferro Fingerboard
...


That's what I'd be thinking for the JP tone as well.

I think Mark Day's Suhr is maple capped mahogany. Adding a maple cap might add a bit more upper end bite and low end tightness to the mix so that could be another good option.
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alen655321



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the quick replies guys! I was originally leaning more towards mahogany neck and body. That was until, I looked up the specs that Petrucci uses on his musicman. According to the specs on that, his guitar is an alder body, with a mahogany neck. Would a mahogany, maple top carve body, and mahogany neck yield similar results?
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makka



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

alen655321 wrote:
Thanks for the quick replies guys! I was originally leaning more towards mahogany neck and body. That was until, I looked up the specs that Petrucci uses on his musicman. According to the specs on that, his guitar is an alder body, with a mahogany neck. Would a mahogany, maple top carve body, and mahogany neck yield similar results?


I thought his guitars were alder "wings" on a mahogany center block. i.e. pickups and bridge are mounted on a mahogany block to get a mahogany like body tone and the rest of the body is alder which gives probably gives the tone a bit more "articulation".

I think a maple capped mahogany body, and mahogany neck (with maybe a pau ferro fingerboard) would be a good choice to get you that sort of tone and versatility.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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ShredHeadJHJ



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

alen655321 wrote:
Thanks for the quick replies guys! I was originally leaning more towards mahogany neck and body. That was until, I looked up the specs that Petrucci uses on his musicman. According to the specs on that, his guitar is an alder body, with a mahogany neck. Would a mahogany, maple top carve body, and mahogany neck yield similar results?


You are only partially correct. He has an alder body BUT he has a mahogany tone block, so his body tone is mainly coming from the mahogany tone block & maple top.

His older model Ibanez & MM guitars had solid basswood bodies.
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Devnor



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't forget nickel frets. That's not a personal endorsement btw Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

QuadAllegory wrote:
Devnor wrote:
Don't forget nickel frets. That's not a personal endorsement btw Smile

Are you recommending Nickel over SS?


Isn't nickel CHEAP? I wonder why Petrucci doesn't use SS... HMMMMM...
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alen655321



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes! I totally forgot about the mahogany tone block that he has on his guitar. Thanks for all the input guys. And I'm partial to Stainless steel frets. I love the feel of them, and the fact that they last a lot longer than nickel

Now that that's out of the way, I'm wondering whether I should go for the covered or exposed version of the Aldridge pickups on my Suhr modern. I like the neatness of covered pickups but am concerned it might have a adverse effect on the overall tone. What do you guys think?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

QuadAllegory wrote:
Devnor wrote:
Don't forget nickel frets. That's not a personal endorsement btw Smile

Are you recommending Nickel over SS?


That's not a personal endorsement btw Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Devnor wrote:
QuadAllegory wrote:
Devnor wrote:
Don't forget nickel frets. That's not a personal endorsement btw Smile

Are you recommending Nickel over SS?


That's not a personal endorsement btw Smile


That's not a personal endorsement from Dev you know... Twisted Evil
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