Yeah, there’s a lot of subtleties that are imposible to recognize when an electric guitar is unplugged. Heck most of these subtleties are hard to recognize in a bedroom player scenario, these brandts have lots of features intended for a performing.It’s a good point about the sound, and the “fender” sound. The one I tried, I tried unamplified, so I really have no idea what it sounded like….
I had an American standard from 1996 maple board that sounded very good unplugged. Louder than other more expensive guitars, definitely louder than say an American vintage with rosewood fretboard or other rosewood strats and yet it was very hard to make that guitar come out in a mix when plugged… it required lots of tweaking! And yet my other guitars guitars seemed better balanced and controllable plugged. So while the “it has to sound right unplugged” rule can be a good sign is one of many factors in the sum of all parts at the end.
I don’t own a suhr but I have a close friend that is a guitar dealer so I try new guitars every week. Any brand you can name and he let me take some to shows to give ‘em a spin sometime. I’ve tried some suhrs and some are ok and some are awesome. The guitars have a noiseless sistem for single coil pickups that preserve the single coil quality, the necks are more comfortable to play and other features. The thing here is to be aware that this instruments are not going for the fender sound, they are just taking a familiar template and moving on.