It is with great pleasure that we announce the Suhr Aura™ 20th Anniversary Single Cut Guitar. This is a special year for us here at Suhr® as we get ready to celebrate our 20th anniversary. A special year deserves a special guitar. Allow us to introduce you to Aura™.
Single cut, set neck guitars are near and dear to our hearts. John Suhr says, “I grew up playing this type of guitar. It’s been a dream of mine to make the perfect version for me; one that eliminates the niggles that always personally bugged me.”
What is the 20th Anniversary Suhr Aura™?
Limited to 100 instruments worldwide.
We wanted to do something really special to celebrate our 20th anniversary. For a period of one year after release, the Aura™ will be limited to 100 instruments worldwide.
John Suhr will be involved with every guitar.
John is looking forward to directly overseeing the build process for each 20th Anniversary Aura™ guitar. John will also be getting hands-on with every guitar.
John will be personally leveling the fingerboards and doing the fretwork (from installation to crowning) on all 100 20th Anniversary Aura™ guitars.
John will also be directly involved in the guitar’s setup and final inspection.
What features will the 20th Anniversary Aura™ have?
While we aren’t ready to talk details just yet, there are some things we can share with you. These are things that were especially important to John as he approached the design process.
- A deep-dish carve top.
- 24.625″ scale length.
- Frets that lay over the binding.
- A headstock that promotes strength and tuning stability.
- Ergonomic body contours.
- Easy upper fret access.
- A lightweight body that isn’t chambered or weight relieved.
When can I get it?
We anticipate building the 20th Anniversary Aura™ beginning in Summer 2018. Our schedule is to build 100 of these limited edition instruments over a period of 12 months.
How can I learn more?
This is all we are prepared to talk about as of right now but don’t worry! We will have more information coming your way soon. Information on pricing, detailed specifications, and how to place an order will be released over time.
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The 20th Anniversary Aura™ is John Suhr’s vision of the ultimate short scale, single cut, set neck design. We know that you have great ideas too, and our initial concept of the Aura™ is only scratching the surface. Let us know in the comments below what your Aura™ would be!
Can I reserve an Aura? Pay for it up front?
Hey, Paul. Thanks so much for your interest in the Aura! We aren’t quite ready to talk about pricing and availability just yet. Don’t worry, we will let everyone know via the website and social media when we have an update to share.
There are a few of us, I’m one, starved of a quality instrument. I reckon just 100 lefties would fly out
Thank you. I’m quite busy and often miss out on things with small run numbers as I’m sure they will go fast. I have seven Suhr Guitars and have sold all my historics and relics because they just don’t have the technical, tone, and ergonomic mojo every Suhr guitar is built with. I am enamored with the Alt T Pro. Let me know. Price is not a concern when it comes to owning one of these beauties!!
Very interested in seeing this Guitar!
My thoughts: love the look! I’m happy with standard nickle on the frets, but would like to know if it’s possible for a tremolo/vibrato/Floyd Rose?
Yeah I hear they are really keen to the Aura with a floyd lol.
Lefties at all?
Great question. We will look into it!
Please DO consider a left handed version!
Please make a lefty! I refuse to buy anything from those who shall not be named.
Looking great! Definitely want to try one at some point.
My, oh my! Gotta hit up a Suhr dealer ASAP!
will you guys keep making Aura style guitar after the 100 limit?
Oh my Lord!!! drooooool
How about a version with Korina body and neck, complete with two S90 pickups and SSCII?
Is the Aura the only singkecut shortscale you plan on building? Or is it just a limited addition run but the beginning of a new single cut short scale line?
Right now our focus is 100% on the 20th Anniversary model. We haven’t decided exactly what’s next and we love hearing our customer’s ideas so a platform like our new blog is a perfect way to gather feedback from the community. We are listening!
I will be in the market soon for a “Les Paul” and definitely want to look at your beautiful guitar. I doubt I can afford one of the first 100 limited edition examples, so my vote is to continue this guitar afterwards. I will definitely look into one then. Beautiful guitar, and made to perfection just like all your guitars.
I totally concur that you guys should make these a part of your regular production run after the first 100 are sold.
Hopefully you guys can capture a more “Les Paul” sound with this new
Aura. That’s a good rock sound to replicate although the Gibson Les Pauls lack the quality and attention of any of the Suhr guitars I own.
Are there any options like traditional knob layout, poker chip and a pick guard?
Looks amazing and exactly what I’d want from a singlecut from Suhr. Hopefully gets close to a classic LP tone. I’d love to own one. Scared by the likely price… but know it will be worth it if it’s anything like my other Suhrs.
Available in France too ?
I love how John will personally work on each instrument, a great touch. Am interested to hear about neck profile specs? Thanks and best of luck with this exciting addition to the Suhr family.
What’s the neck shapes and pickups?
I heard a video that said they were putting a Thornbucker+/Thornbucker combo in them.
Interesting to see John building a single-cut type guitar. I think that all Suhr guitar has some degree of Strat-like feeling, so I am very interested in how this Aura would feel like.
What a beauty guitar, thanks.
Can Stainless steel frets be substituted for nickel during the build? That would be my only change request, everything is spot on otherwise.
I’ve sold all my nickel fret electrics, have 2 Suhrs with stainless, never going back.
Yes stainless steel frets is a must-have inclusion for a guitar of this quality because no one wants to risk damaging their guitar to re-fret. This really should become a core product offering in the future as there are very few comparable single-cut options – the PRS 594 is perhaps the main competitor but that doesn’t come with ss frets and even though PRS state that that they use very hard fret wire, word is that it doesn’t last that much longer than normal wire.
Looks stunning! What’re the odds they’ll end up being not limited edition? I would love one to go with my Antique T but don’t know if I’ll have the money quick enough!
They are almost $8,000.00. Crazy! I have a PRS SC58 from 2011 and it was $4,200 out the door and the detail is amazing!
When can we place a order for one of these, and what would the earliest date of being able to receive the completed guitar be? I am asking because I want an idea as to if I was to put down a deposit at a dealer to hold one of these, about how many months from now would I have to finish paying it off before the guitar would actually be completed?
To the fine folks at Suhr – Please oh please!!! make a regular “pro” version of this guitar.
We don’t care about a fancy top, just couple of opaque finishes with stainless steel frets. I think you guys can capture a huge chunk of the Gibson market and a lot of us Suhr fans would be ALL over that!!
I want an LP but refuse to buy a guitar from that other company, and I’m not a huge fan of PRS. I love literally every Suhr I’ve played. I’m hoping that this becomes a pro line at some point. I understand that it’s more work with all of the joinery that’s going on and that $2500 isn’t a price that’s based in reality for John’s shop for a pro series. I paid more for my first Suhr and it was worth every penny. I’m sure these will be too.
The perfect Aura for me :
Less angle to the headstock
Ebony finger touch
Floyd Rose vibrato
Uncover zebra humbuckers
I’ll probably never be able to afford a limited edition guitar like this. But I’ve wanted to buy a guitar such as this for a long time.
I sincerely hope a production model comes out soon or on the tail of the Aura. I’d be one of your very first customers.
I agree. It’s so discouraging to know that I will never afford a guitar like this. Even the production models are usually more than $1000.00 these days. Sigh!!
Looks fantastic, would love to know when they can be ordered and how!
Would love to see a Sunburst version with Jimmy Page wiring as an option. Would prefer a less heavy guitar, but wouldn’t want to give up sustain for it. Never wanted a G version, due to quality issues, but done by John and the gang would be great.
Probably couldn’t swing 1 of 100, but a production model would be of interest.
Have two carve top but would like to have one Aura!
please dont forget lefties .and old guys like me 64 years old i would buy this in heartbeat .hope there in production asap cheer ian
I want one, how do I get on a list. Who do I have to sleep with to get my hands on an Aura.
In time will be releasing more info and answer all the questions about specs, pricing, and how to order. We are thrilled at the response to the Aura! Thanks to everyone for expressing interest.
I just heard from a dealer that it is not possible to choose options like SS frets. I was very tempting to order one but I don’t like nickel frets. Pity.
Please make the neck angle less pronounced so that the strings will not be miles high off the bridge. A few pieces with Ebony fretboard will also be great!
Awesome! This is GREAT news. My procrastination about pulling the trigger on a Knaggs Kenai or SSC has paid off!
Please, please, please make SS frets std. or an option, at least. Forget the worry about extra treble. I’ve got SS frets unique tone all factored into my board.
I’ll set the cash aside now so I don’t get skunked. Looking forward to the release!
John you are going to have to work your ass off getting these 100 Aura’s out and your timing couldn’t be anymore perfect. The word is out about the big G and someone needs to fill the gap! Perfect timing brother! Looking forward to your discussions of this line on Tone Talk again! Single cut LP’s are going to catapult you for another 20 years just like JS Technologies attention to detail on your S style lines.
The Beast is out of the Box now my friend ~ Time to get to work~ Your going to have to make Hundred’s of these babies!~) The Market Calls! Thank You and Congratulations on 20 Years of bringing your expertise to our world, It’s been one Hell Of A Ride! It’s a short trip….
Please say “YES!”
I’ll swap it for my Les Paul and give Suhr 5000€.
Can you put on the list now?!??!
There is a dealer online taking preorders already and says they are sold out? How can that be if you haven’t released how to get them yet??? I am serious about getting on the list and making a deposit. Thanks!
The guitars are sold out in the sense that all 100 been reserved by dealers. To the best of our abilities, we have tried to allocate an even distribution of guitars throughout the world. It’s possible the dealer you are referring to has already received committed orders for all the guitars that were allocated to them. Maybe you’ll find another dealer that has an open order available.
We will be posting a list of participating dealers in the future. Thanks for your interest in the guitar and we wish you the best in your efforts to find one!
Please please please…. I’m begging you. Offer a more mass-produced Aura around the $3,000 price point after you are done with the first 100. I will be first in line. You can’t tease us like this!
Everyone and their mothers is going to want one. An aura in that sexy new anaconda Slash green would be sick!
John Suhr is not alone, there are other guys who came with similar ideas.
James Tyler is currently working on a couple of Gibson-inspired prototypes to complement his single-cut Mongeese Specials, there are a few excellent photos of such example on his Facebook page.
Since the Aura is a 100-piece limited edition run don’t miss the opportunity to grab one: I doubt if Mr. Suhr plans offering this guitar as a regular production model in the future.
Need one! Please make more than 100. 100 will surely be sold before I have the opportunity to get one here in NJ.
I consider myself very lucky to have reserved my Aura through a UK dealer. At £7,000 it’s a big investment but a Suhr is for life and not just Christmas. When my musician son MaxX Milner was 12 he preferred his Charvel to my Suhr custom classic. Now he’s 17 I have to wrestle it from his hands or I would never see it. I fear I’m going to need a body guard when this beauty turns up.
Don, there is one design feature that I sincerely hope will not make it through to production. Please DO NOT make the truss rod cover on the headstock in any material that looks metallic. This is the style and colour used on the hideous HP versions of the current LPs and would tarnish the look of the beautiful Aura. Please assure me that you’re not going to do this or that you are able to offer me an alternative 🙏
Congrats on the guitar! FYI, we have no plans at the present time to change the truss rod cover cap. We hope this helps!
where can I reserve mine?
Are there any change to build ebony fingerboard aura?
The Aura is currently available with a Rosewood fingerboard and thanks for the feedback on Ebony!
I already sold my kidney…let me know as soon as it comes to light…
Please, build more like these.
Ebony fretboard please! Fixed tailpiece and bridge (NOT loosy-goosey Klusons)!!! Bone nut please! Trem would be nice but NOT Bigsby, which is of limited use. .11s please. Throback pickups would be great! I’m a proud Suhr owner…please put me on your notification list!!!!
I love it! I’m sure there will be some available in left handed, right?
Another Suhr owner here – Classic Pro Metallic, love it…but I would definitely put my name on the list for a core/continued production Aura after this limited line discontinues. An aura in trans blue burst would be the dream, for me!
I Love All of my LP and EVERYTHING from 2016-2018 from the classics to Custom shops have been perfection…minus the richlite . I buy around 10 a year so I don’t know what people are talking about saying the quality stinks… GJ Friedman sc and the 594 ,SS knagg are excellent as well but I’d have to say to have Mr. Suhr work on the Guitar personally is like having Juan Cruz building you a guitar…nothing short of amazing and worth every drop… y’all be so lucky to get one at any price…
Ordered mine,If it’s what I think it will be, even based on the demos I saw from NAMM, this will look good, sound good, means I will need to be good. Two out of three cant be bad.