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Suhr Jazz - Undervalued?

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All,
I bought a nearly new Firemist (Shoreline) Gold Suhr passive J about 6 years ago - don’t realky look at the market much but imho this is the finest 60s feel passive J I have played - I did a back to back with a ‘64 at the Gallery and the Suhr was as good if not better.

Surprised that they can be bought new for £2k - does the market not like/understand them?

I also have NYC Sadowsky, American F Jazz etc so have done basis for comparison.

Interested to hear views....

Thx,
Kevin

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Rudy Pensa,s are very rare nowadays and Dont see many for sale. Suhr,s not so much. Of course they were working together. I think Suhr,s are are way up there with any super jazz basses. Including Celinder, NYC sadowsky,Alleva,s. I certainly wouldn't compare any of those with a Fender Jazz of any ilk. There in a different league to any Fender. I think a lot of people look at the resale price not really how much a Suhr is worth to play and keep. But yeah I do think Suhr jazz basses are priced quite low.

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Most boutique stuff loses money fairly quickly, look at GB Spitfires in the £1500 bracket, even as a Fender USA Jazz user I'll be first to say how much better the GB is.

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[quote name='stingrayPete1977' timestamp='1509480163' post='3399335']
Most boutique stuff loses money fairly quickly, look at GB Spitfires in the £1500 bracket, even as a Fender USA Jazz user I'll be first to say how much better the GB is.[/quote]Pete is probably right here.

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A new Pensa 5 ranks as the worst bass I have ever played. I say played, but I didn't get to play it properly as it had a high fret which rendered it virtually unusable.

My Fender Suhr Jazz is one that I would never sell. It's absolutely perfect (for me) in every way.

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Suhr make fabulous guitars and basses. My Suhr J Bass is sublime. I'm only selling it as I'm funding another Wal so it has to go Otherwise I'd be keeping it.

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[quote name='hiram.k.hackenbacker' timestamp='1509526982' post='3399577']
A new Pensa 5 ranks as the worst bass I have ever played. I say played, but I didn't get to play it properly as it had a high fret which rendered it virtually unusable.

My Fender Suhr Jazz is one that I would never sell. It's absolutely perfect (for me) in every way.
[/quote]Weird, I've played a couple of Pensa's one at the Gallery and one that a friend owns. They were both epic.

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The Pensas I played in NYC gave me sleepless nights... until I convinced myself I really didn't need one.

I've only played one Suhr bass. Again, lovely bass... but didn't really speak to me any more than any other J bass. Their guitars on the other hand...

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[quote name='EBS_freak' timestamp='1509550405' post='3399835']
The Pensas I played in NYC gave me sleepless nights... until I convinced myself I really didn't need one.
I've only played one Suhr bass. Again, lovely bass... but didn't really speak to me any more than any other J bass. Their guitars on the other hand...
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Strangely enough, that particular bass was in NYC. I'm sure they make great stuff, but that wasn't one of them unfortunately.

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Thanks for the comments - interesting.

For my part it looks and sounds wonderful but the Sadowsky NYC is the bass I keep picking up (and gigging) - it’s nowhere near as pretty but just seems “right” - will probably list the Suhr in the coming weeks unless I have a change of heart - I think the Sad is a different thing and justcduits me better....

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