Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by QuickDraw, Nov 29, 2006.
I use an amplifier for sustain.
I love sustain and hold notes many times when I'm soloing.
My amp and OD pedal give most of it.
Im a Santana fan. I like holding notes for a while. Its a function of set up to a degree too, not just volume. I wasnt playing very loud in this clip.
just remember, sustain need only last until ya let go of the fretted string ...
My impression from this thread is the people participating in it are talking apples and oranges. There's no other way I can process comments like "I use my amp for sustain."
Its a very important thing and to me is one of the reasons between playing a solid body electric guitar and an acoustic.
I can get annoyed by too much sustain in a guitar rig. For me, it becomes less "guitarish" and starts to become more keyboard/horn-like.
I dig big, gainy rock tone that feeds back but still twangs. Gretsch guitars into cranked Marshall amps are my jam these days.
My stuff sustain s but not playing out too much. Ash Strat and a Firebird but into a Mesa
I play mostly clean and I don't like low sustain "plinky" nor do I like high sustain "wirey"...had both and I prefer 'em somewhere in the middle.
It matters much more to me with acoustic guitars, where my options for increasing sustain are more limited.
On electric, I view the entire rig as my instrument, and no matter the guitar, I can pretty much dial in the sustain I need with decent gear. Proximity, volume, and spatial relationship between the pickups and speakers can deliver the sustain I need no matter the guitar, usually.
On acoustic, the only thing I can really do to eke out more sustain from single-note lines is vibrato, and even that doesn't add much. Inherent sustain is more important for me in that context.
I care about the general response of the pick attack and the first second or so. Aside from that I tend to prefer dead guitars, so that's a solid "no" for me.
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Having sustain will make lead playing easier (or at least it does for me).
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I have a Fender Coronado II that has very little sustain, especially if you try to bend and hold a note high up on the fret board. That said, it's more than serviceable for my needs (and has other charms) and on the off chance that I need to be the lead player I probably wouldn't use that guitar. Any other guitar would do and I could make the Coronado work if I had to. In my experience the Coronado is an outlier and it's still good enough for most purposes (for music that would be appropriate to be played on a thin line hollow body).
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I dont think I've owned a guitar that wasnt resonant either.. whenever I hear .. its so resonant I'm thinking well all my guitars are .. whats the big deal...