Tor Oddmund Suhrke | Aristides Instruments

Aristides guitars

‘​When I first saw the Aristides guitars I was intrigued by their spectacular looks. Then when I got the chance to pick one up and feel the quality of the instrument, experience the awesome playability and hear the delicate sound, I was sold. Then when I finally tried the 080s, I was addicted!’

Tor Oddmund Suhrke


In 2001, the 15 year old Tor Oddmund started playing guitar at the same time as he co-founded his first band, Leprous, together with his childhood friend Einar Solberg in their home town of Notodden, Norway. Today, Leprous is still going strong, and are touring the world with their melancholic catchy prog rock.

“I started using Aristides guitars in 2016, and have been an Arium addict ever since. Today I use 020, T/OR and 080s, both live and in studio, and I love the detailed dynamic sound and the versatility they offer! My latest acquisition is a T/OR with Desert Tan finish, classic tele style pickups and Evertune bridge, and it has been an instant match, both in name and style!”

Tor Oddmund has been a part of Leprous for his entire musical career, both playing guitars, doing backing vocals, composing music and writing lyrics. He has also been a regular part of Ihsahn’s live band, but couldn’t continue due to Leprous increasing touring activity. Ihsahn, being from the same small town, has also been an important part of his evolution as a musician, both as an inspiration and as being directly involved in many of Leprous’ early recordings as well as helping them on their feet in their early days.

“When I was starting to play guitar, Ihsahn was a big idol of mine. After some years he became my guitar teacher, then my colleague and today I’m proud to call him one of my good friends, and I’m happy to be in the Aristides family together with him.” As a guitarist, Tor Oddmund is more of a rhythmical player, and has never been much of a shredder. He’s more concerned with finding the right sound and feel, rather than showing off technical skills. “I’ve never really been that much into impressive soloing just for the sake of it, as I much rather prefer listening to music that can put me in a certain mood or state of mind. The combination of the two, where you both have the technical elements, but also the good composition as a base is right down my alley. I think it’s important to remember though, that it’s not about playing things perfectly, but to play it with the right feel.”