Suhr Limited Edition Classic S Paulownia
The Power of Paulownia
Wildwoodians, we are proud to present you delectable limited edition treat from our friends at Suhr: the Classic S Paulownia. These guitars gain their name from their body material, a little-known tonewood that is taking the guitar world by storm. Let's dive deeper and see what these lightweight beasts are all about!
Paulownia is a wood native to Asia and Europe that migrated over to America in 1844, and it was named to honor the queen consort of the Netherlands, Anna Pavlovna of Russia. For centuries, Chinese luthiers have built a wide variety of zither- and lute-like instruments (the guqin, guzheng, pipa, koto, and gayageum) using paulownia as a soundboard. These ancient builders chose their material well, because paulownia has an incredibly high strength-to-weight ratio, and it is supremely resonant. Appearance-wise, it's quite similar to ash, so it gave off classic vibes before anyone even played a note. And goodness gracious, great balls of fire, was it ever light! If you threw it up into the air, you could be forgiven for worrying that it might never come down.
Paulownia is a different animal than alder or ash, but it is equally inspiring. When you play a guitar made out of paulownia, several things jump out at you immediately: huge acoustic resonance, supreme responsiveness, superb touch sensitivity, and hi-fi articulation. When we evaluate electric guitars at Wildwood, we always play them acoustically first, because we realized long ago that when an electric guitar sounds good with no electricity, it will sound excellent once you take your amp off standby. Paulownia definitely excels in this regard, and its harmonic fullness is immediately apparent from the first unamplified strum.
When you do plug in, paulownia's voice is quite impressive. These Classic Ts have excellent overtone presence, superb clarity and transparency in the midrange, full bass response, and gorgeous sweet, singing high-end. But, their most impressive quality is their expressiveness. They respond to the player's input beautifully with a wonderfully articulate attack that captures all the nuances and subtleties of your technique. And, because they have a wide dynamic range, you can manipulate their tone with your hands quite easily. In a sense, they feel almost like extensions of your fingers. Needless to say, the Limited Edition Classic T Paulownia guitars are a lot of fun to play, because they inspire you to dig deep and play as expressively as you can!
Good For the Earth, Too!
As a bonus, paulownia is also quite sustainable. It grows almost as fast as bamboo, it's remarkably easy to care for, and it is ready for harvest after less than a decade; in other words, it is a textbook renewable resource. And, after the tree falls, it regrows itself from its existing root system, which mitigates many of the erosion concerns that arise from logging practices. Paulownia is a dynamite tonewood, and it's also very friendly to this big ball of dirt and water that we're hurtling through space together on.
|Model||Limited Edition Classic S Paulownia|
|Finish Color||Transparent White|
|Neck Wood||AAA Roasted Birdseye Maple|
|Neck Shape||'60s Vintage Standard C|
|Neck Dimensions||.820 1st - .940 12th|
|Fingerboard||AAA Roasted Birdseye Maple|
|Fingerboard Inlays||Black Dots|
|Fingerboard Radius||Compound 9"-12"|
|Width at Nut||1.650"|
|Frets||22 Heavy Stainless Steel|
|Pickups||1 DSV Humbucker (bridge, 2 V63 Single-Coils (Neck and Middle)|
|Controls||1 Volume, 2 Tones, 5-Way|
|Bridge||Gotoh 510 with Steel Block and Bent Saddles|
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