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So if you saw my recent asking thread this is no surprise to you, but I recently picked up a Suhr Rasmus Guthrie Govan model and its here!

I got this in quite a convoluted trade, and I've been curious about these for a few months now.

James was selling his Mark iii to buy universe parts, but not having any luck from buyers - a local dude offered him a Rasmus which James passed on but I quite fancied. So i bought James Mark iii for £600, and traded it with this guy for his Rasmus, and now James might be able to buy the parts he wants :yesway:

anyway, this thing plays really nicely - i've never played a real Suhr so I can't compare, but I'm really impressed for the money i got it for. It has an elliptical neck profile (same as the real Suhr GG) and its very comfy to play, acoustically it sounds great, holds tuning brilliantly and looks stunning. I havent had the chance to plug it into anything yet, but don't doubt the stock suhr pickups will perform. After a few days playing on it, I would put it on the same level as my 1550 playability wise, and its really inspired me to play lately. the Suhr gig bag is AWESOME too, best gig bag I've owned hands down, which was a nice extra.

Now on to the negatives - there are only a couple of negatives and they are all down to previous owners. The first owner installed a midi pickup and drilled two butt ugly holes on the top, as well as lots of little dings around the jack input. And then the second owner glued a tremelno in there, getting glue all over the trem block and some went into the D string cavity. The glue on the outside flaked off very easily, so I'm confident i should be able to change the D string without much hassle :mad:

anyway, pics for the win!

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Dat horn flame tho.

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That's awesome! You can probably plug the two little holes easily enough, but other than that they're pretty easy to overlook. And the prior owner GLUED a tremol-no? Crazy. Pull that out and replace it with one of the new clamp ones where the clamps slide on metal rods, they're a huge improvement.
 

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Well that's pretty.
 

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Sexy as fuck. Those small holes are barely noticeable.. and what a dick that dude is for drilling into the top. :scratch:
 

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I like it! If you're at all concerned about the two little holes in the top, you can go to your local woodworking shop and grab a scrap of mahogany, sand a bit, and with wood glue, create filler for it. Mine came out pretty damned decent - the flying v with the wallowed-out pickguard screw holes.

Stuff your homemade wood putty in there with a toothpick and trim the excess off later with a taped up razorblade.

Grats on your NGD!
 

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That looks fantastic, I can tell that it plays nicely just from looking at that neck :yum:
 

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Gorgeous guitar, congrats and yeah don't stress too much about the tiny holes, just fill them.

Whats the main differences between this "poor mans" Shur to a "real" Shur apart from not being built in the US?
 

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Yeah I think I'll probably film the holes wth some shavings or something, shouldn't be too big an issue to fix.

Differences between the two are - the wood for these is selected in the Suhr custom shop, shipped to China for CNC'ing and fretting, shipped back to the US where it's assembled with all the same Suhr hardware, setup and given a PLEK job in the Suhr custom shop.

Hardware wise the only difference is nickle frets not stainless steel, and cheaper rosewood than the CS models.

Also this doesn't have the blower switch that's on the Guthrie.
 

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So in reality they are the same guitars, nice to know thank you :)
They are probably closer to the real thing than most other budget brands are to their more expensive counterparts. Purists will always argue that being all Made in US makes all the difference.

It's got Suhr ssh+ and ssv pickups, with a gotoh 510 trem, when you compare epiphones and LTDs which will often come with Duncan designed pickups and generic hardware etc.
 

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Yeah thats why I said they are the same... unless CNC Machines operate very different in China :)

Funny on how shipping the wood back and forth and paying for their work still compensates... sure its less human resources used in US factories, but even so... that or someone is really hitting that Price up on US made ones cause well its US of A made.
 

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Well I heard one of the factors behind these being discontinued was that hey weren't costs effective - mainly due to the high number of duds from the factory not meeting Suhrs strict QC
 
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