Sustain, Overrated?

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  1. gigs

    gigs Member

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    I use an amplifier for sustain.
     
  2. SlyStrat

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    I love sustain and hold notes many times when I'm soloing.
    My amp and OD pedal give most of it.
     
  3. amstrtatnut

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    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.

     
  4. Ron Kirn

    Ron Kirn Gold Supporting Member

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    just remember, sustain need only last until ya let go of the fretted string :p ...

    r
     
  5. Jon Silberman

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    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."
     
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  6. jwguitar

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    Its a very important thing and to me is one of the reasons between playing a solid body electric guitar and an acoustic.
     
  7. phoghat

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    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.
     
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    My stuff sustain s but not playing out too much. Ash Strat and a Firebird but into a Mesa
     
  9. VaughnC

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    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.
     
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  10. Thumpalumpacus

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    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.
     
  11. Shiny_Beast

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    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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    I love zombie-threads. Don't hate.
     
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  13. Andrew33

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    Having sustain will make lead playing easier (or at least it does for me).
     
  14. stevieboy

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  15. erikzen

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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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    Your avatar looks similar to a particular Satriani Album cover
    OK, skating instead of surfing.. but still :D
     
  17. neastguy

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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...
     

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