Sustain, Overrated?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by QuickDraw, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. Tone_Terrific

    Tone_Terrific Supporting Member

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    Natural sustain cannot be beat. OD can enhance it, to a point.
    I'd rather deal with too much via finger muting than not have it to work with. Dead spot, note drop-off is a nuisance, at best. I want balance.
    A Strat with LP note decay is somenting I'd like to try.
     
  2. ssimon64

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    I have one of those :cool:
     
  3. AaeCee

    AaeCee Member

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    Agree. What I do value in a guitar with great sustain is how the note will seemingly crescendo after hitting it, before it eventually starts to decay. My guitars with the most extraordinary degrees of sustain all do this.
     
  4. mikem

    mikem Senior Member

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    Sustain isn't so great when you go to wank on that perfect note and dammit, it's the wrong friggin' note!

    :Spank

    Mike
     
  5. ACfixer

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    And I'll add a +1 to that, I'm not trying to be Satriani.
     
  6. Wizard of Ozz

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    I think the word "sustain" gets overused. How many people pull out a stopwatch and time how long they can hold a note on their new guitar?

    More important to me, is how resonant a particular guitar is. Does it sound acoustically resonant unplugged? This is something you can hear quite easily, and is key to great sounding guitar.
     
  7. Ben Furman

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    +1

    -Ben
     
  8. pbradt

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    I was gonna write about Gary Moore and his sustain until I saw who I was responding to. :eek:
     
  9. pbradt

    pbradt Senior Member

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    This RIGHT HEAH, is the correct motorcycle.
     
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  10. aleclee

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    I see a lot of musicians who go a bit far with their "more is better" attitude. Whether you're talking about sustain, gain, sparkle, groupies ;), whatever.

    Sometimes enough is enough. Better is better without necessarily being "more".
     
  11. JamonGrande

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    For me, the troubling part isn't the sustain itself, bur rather what the is decay like. some guitars have particular "transitions": between the attack and sustain immediatly after, and how the sustain to silence.

    imagine if you played a guitar, that after the initial pick, would sustain for a good 10 secs, but then immediatly die away into silence

    as opposed to

    a guitar that after the pick attack would sustain for just a little bit less (say 7 sec) but fade out gradually

    in other words, its not the sustain, but the overall envelope (good times with ADSR). my guild starfire will sing for a while, but then die out quickly, as opposed to my strat that has a more subtle decay envelope. my acoustic has the least sustain out of all three, but the complex way the note decays makes the notes seem to last longer in some ways
     
  12. tjs

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    I like having a few guitars with different sustain properties. I like a guitar with a good amount of sustain for playing clean leads and ringing chords. On the other hand, it's nice to have an axe with little sustain for percussive acoustic-style playing with an electric tone.
     
  13. Yr Blues

    Yr Blues Member

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    My playing style is anti-sustain. I like negative space.
     
  14. QuickDraw

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    And yet you sustained this thread 12.5 years later.
    :eek:;)
     
  15. caledoneus

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    I don't know that I ever hold a note long enough for the sustain issue to matter too much. depends on how you play I guess... If I ever need a tone of sustain, I have a solution handy.

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    That thing will sustain the note as long as I've got power!
     
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  16. derekd

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    Quoted for increased emphasis and . . . sustain.
     
  17. onemoretime

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    As a rhythm player, lots of sustain just gets in the way.
     
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  18. gunslinger

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    I like it a whole lot better than dead spots.
     
  19. Cody

    Cody Well, look who’s undead! Silver Supporting Member

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    It’s better than being over ruled
     
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