Sustain

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  1. Cygnus X-1

    Cygnus X-1 Senior Member

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    So before I get flamed for this I've tried doing a site search for a few days now and have received an error message each time. My general question is regarding sustain. I have 2 R8's and I'm trying to gauge how much sustain I really should be getting. I know that sustain total varies between guitars and is dependent on multiple factors. Maybe my expectations are too high; I certainly cannot get a bite and come back and still hear them ringing out.
    ;)

    Are certain models better at it than others? I believe the R8's have long neck tenons which helps. I guess I'm just looking for info- I know pickup height/type, bridges and other modifications can help but I don't want to go down this road (at least not now).

    TY
     
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    Duane_the_tub Senior Member

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    Here is my experience: All Les Pauls sustain. A few do it really, really well. It's part of the whole "special instrument" thing, and not confined to certain models, features or other characteristics. You could play through a dozen R9s, all with the same tenon length, pickups, etc., and maybe one or two would have THAT sustain, the kind where you can't help but grin at how long notes just hang. You'll know it when you hear it.
     
  4. JodanOrNoDan

    JodanOrNoDan Senior Member

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    All my LP's have very good sustain. Two are exceptional. The best sustaining guitar I have is actually a PRS that I just got. And I did hit a note put it on the stand, went and got a beer, chugged half of it, came back and she was still playing.
     
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    rockinlespaul Oxblood Addict V.I.P. Member

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    My current R8 has crazy sustain. It continues to put a smile on my face every day. It's a freak. Haven't had one this good in years.

    So many different variables to consider when your talking about sustain. There are no certain models that are better than others.
     
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    RAG7890 Premium Member

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    .....................this, + 100 :thumbs: :applause: :applause: :applause:

    We're done, we can close this Thread now. ;)

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  7. Crotch

    Crotch Support MLP Veterans & Vendors Double Platinum Supporter Premium Member

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    Everything sustains when plugged in. How it sustains when its not matter 0 to me.
     
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    Sct13 Gold Supporter Premium Member

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    I did this...

    Attach a good clip on tuner to the headstock, time the response of the tuner....its the only way to get judge the response of the entire length of the neck. You could also do the same with a plug in tuner, but then you are only getting the response of the pickup and the electronics....so take your pick...

    You can get a pretty good idea using the clip on tuner. The note will sustain past what the tuner picks up. That's the error ...and an error rate will exist in any test. Of course how hard each pick stroke matters. it should be between 14 and 22 seconds if everything is setup correctly.
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    :applause::applause::thumb:
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    Sct13 Gold Supporter Premium Member

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    Yep .... I get bored sometimes
     
  11. DarrellV

    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Ditto here!! Sometimes it IS the mother of invention tho..... Surprising what you can come up with!:thumb:
    Even though I'm usually aiming for something else...:facepalm:
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Have you tried different strings, OP? It would seem to me that brighter freer moving strings might produce a longer sustain than dirty or dead ones.

    Different alloys would react differently and affect the strings liveliness and sustaining power...
     
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    You can sustain heartburn with black coffee and bacon sandwiches.
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Yeah, Buddy!!!! BACON!!!!

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    bulletproof aka tarddoggy Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Gotta ask y’all,brother.....what are you playing them through?? :hmm:
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Good point... would gain be a factor?
     
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    Wheat bread , oh, sry.
    :applause:
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    And a point for you! +1:thumb:

    :applause::applause:
     
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    mgenet Earth = Cheese Burger Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    I predict this one will be in the top ten of Friday Night Special tonight...
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    We're not even trying yet! :p
     
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