#1
I took a glance at Forsaknazrael's thread on guitar straps, and noticed he commented on straps eating up his sustain. The idea of straps having an impact on the sound of your guitar hadn't occurred to me :S Could anyone explain this real simple-like, for a fool like me?
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#2
sounds a bit bollocks to me.
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#3
Try wrapping tinfoil around your strap for increased sustain
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#4
haha, I guess itd take some sustain from the guitar if youre talking from a physics/engineering point of view.
Some of the waves of energy would be lost through the strap therefore not keeping energy inside the guitars wood...
but he was just joking :P
#6
All of you are full of shit. Of course the strap has an effect on your tone and sustain. Much like a heavy guitar body can have problems resonating, so does a strap made of dense/heavy material, which means it represents a damping factor. It affects the high frequencies the most.

There's ways around that, to some extent, so you can still enjoy your leather strap without loosing tone. Compressor pedals help a bit, so do active pickups and tube driven straps.
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All of you are full of shit. Of course the strap has an effect on your tone and sustain. Much like a heavy guitar body can have problems resonating, so does a strap made of dense/heavy material, which means it represents a damping factor. It affects the high frequencies the most.

There's ways around that, to some extent, so you can still enjoy your leather strap without loosing tone. Compressor pedals help a bit, so do active pickups and tube driven straps.

Yes
I also here it helps if you play without clothes on.
and if you play around 4-8pm on a sunday it helps sustain too.
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Yes
I also here it helps if you play without clothes on.
and if you play around 4-8pm on a sunday it helps sustain too.


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haha, I guess itd take some sustain from the guitar if youre talking from a physics/engineering point of view.
Some of the waves of energy would be lost through the strap therefore not keeping energy inside the guitars wood...
but he was just joking :P

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#13
Quote by Nameless742
Yes
I also here it helps if you play without clothes on.
and if you play around 4-8pm on a sunday it helps sustain too.


Keep in mind certain straps affect your EQ too. Leather tends to smooth the sound a little bit, whereas metal straps increase highs.

Also, nylon gives you more haunting mids, whereas elastic tends to make them more chewy.
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#14
Taken from the other thread

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Looking to get a new strap, i need moar toanz. my current strap lacks true bypass and is eating all of my sustain.


Also try and spread vaseline on your strap, gotta love that smooth sustain...
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I took a glance at Forsaknazrael's thread on guitar straps, and noticed he commented on straps eating up his sustain. The idea of straps having an impact on the sound of your guitar hadn't occurred to me :S Could anyone explain this real simple-like, for a fool like me?


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#18
This is why I use a strap made from vintage tolex stripped from cabinets Pete Townshend demolished on stage. My strap locks were made from metal scavenged from burnt-out vintage RCA tubes.

I hear Satriani doesn’t even use a strap. He has a midget wear an invisibility cloak and run around holding up the guitar so Satch can do his infinite sustain trick and not lose any precious tone wood to a sustainiac’s battery compartment.
#19
gold plated bridge saddles have less sustain too.

it's a problem gibson has been working on for 40 years.

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