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Old 02-02-2013, 01:31 AM   #1
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New guitar - bad sustain - question

I recently bought a used RG570. Everything on it is working great, low action and no fret buzz. However, I am having a problem with the sustain. I am wondering if it could be because I use my computer(Guitar Rig 5) as an amp?(saving for an amp atm). Basically just have my guitar plugged into my computer with a 3.5mm adapter. I get about 2 seconds of sustain, but the string is still ringing just no sound. This is on open strings and all frets, doesn't really matter. Could it be my pickups? Not sure what to have checked. Any help?
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:35 AM   #2
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Make sure guitar rig doesn't have a noise suppressor on.

Otherwise, tweak your pickup height.
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:53 AM   #3
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Make sure guitar rig doesn't have a noise suppressor on.

Otherwise, tweak your pickup height.


It was the pickup height! Thanks a ton, it's been annoying me for a while now. I'm pretty much a noob!
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:38 AM   #4
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While your sustain problem has been solved, I still recommend getting a proper interface for the sake of tone.

The mic input of your computer wasn't meant to get guitar signals through it. Microphones tend to give much stronger signals than guitar pickups. Hence why an interface is needed to bring the guitar's signal up to mic-input levels.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:38 AM   #5
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While your sustain problem has been solved, I still recommend getting a proper interface for the sake of tone.

The mic input of your computer wasn't meant to get guitar signals through it. Microphones tend to give much stronger signals than guitar pickups. Hence why an interface is needed to bring the guitar's signal up to mic-input levels.


^This.

You'll get much better results using an external interface, lower latency (i run mine at 2ms) and better sound quality. You don't even need to spend a fortune either, I think mine cost about 70. Take a look at some EMU stuff, they're fairly inexpensive and do the job pretty well.
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:41 PM   #6
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Ok awesome, thanks a ton guys. Appreciate it!
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:00 PM   #7
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It was the pickup height! Thanks a ton, it's been annoying me for a while now. I'm pretty much a noob!

No problem! Glad you got it taken care of.

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