NAMM 2022: Pete Thorn has a new HSS signature guitar with Suhr

GEAR EXPO SUMMER 2022: all the latest gear from NAMM and beyond

NAMM 2022: As well as a storied session career that includes being part of Chris Cornell's solo band, Pete Thorn is one of the kings of YouTube gear demos; his compositions are always a must hear for his sense of melody and versatility. Which means he has a real ear for tone too; and eight years on from his first Suhr signature guitar he has a new one that looks like it can cover a lot of ground. 

He's given it the full run-through on the Inca Silver version in the video above, and as expected it sounds fantastic. The new signature features the new Thornbucker II humbucker alongside a pair of V63 single-coils. 


(Image credit: Suhr)

"It's probably the most versatile configuration that you can have," Thorn says of the HSS combo. The Thornbucker II is a hotter wind with an Alnico II magnet. 

"The warm, clear, and ballsy sounding, all-new Thornbucker II humbucker integrates beautifully with the Suhr V63 single coils and versatile pickup switching," adds Thorn.

"John and I worked really hard to perfect the look and flow of the new pick guard design and I chose some familiar and some brand new awesome colours. This guitar is a gigging players dream. Just like my two humbucker Signature model, this is a versatile tone machine with stunning looks, it's both classic and fresh.”


(Image credit: Suhr / YouTube)

We have to agree. The guitarist drew influence from his '64 Strat as well as Suhr Classic S necks for the new model's soft V, offered in roasted maple with an ebony 10"-14" compound radius fingerboard. Frets are jumbo stainless steel  

In addition to Inca Silver he 2-Piece Alder body models are offered in gloss Graphite Metallic, Garnet Red and Ocean Turquoise. All feature Wilkinson WVS-130 tremolo bridges with locking saddles.

The Suhr Pete Thorn Standard HSS is priced at $3,649 USD. More info at Suhr

Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar in the UK. When I'm not rejigging pedalboards I'm usually thinking about rejigging pedalboards.