#1
Why do SG's have crazy sustain? Is it the neck-thru design?

I went over to a shop and played around with several SG's, and all of them had crazy long sustain. I plugged into a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and easily got feedback on clean mode, feedback starting from zero volume and increasing. On all but one I got feedback starting from vibrato, without even plucking the string.

I could never get feedback (I guess this is a sign of good sustain?) from any of my guitars except with lots of gain, and no other guitars were close to the SG's in sustain, not even the Les Paul's.
#2
SG's are not neck through. The idea that neck through designs enhance sustain is a myth.

All you're hearing is harmonic feedback, which is more than likely caused by factors that have little to do with the sustain of the guitar itself, with the exception being that the pickups in SG's are prone to being more microphonic than they are in les pauls, because of the size of the pickup routings.
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#3
Probably just the pickups in the models you played. SG's/LP's come with a variety of different pups
#4
SG's are made for the 80's high gain sound, it's no doubt that they would have pretty good sustain. However if you really want a guitar with good sustain, you should look at some modern metal guitars, or get a compression pedal
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SG's are made for the 80's high gain sound, it's no doubt that they would have pretty good sustain. However if you really want a guitar with good sustain, you should look at some modern metal guitars, or get a compression pedal


I doubt that they had an 80's high gain sound in mind when Gibson SG's were first designed in the early 60s.
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^^That

Even Eric Johnson and Eric clapton used them for blues. Clapton offcourse using it far before the 80's. As did Angus young, who has far from a high gain sound.

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I doubt that they had an 80's high gain sound in mind when Gibson SG's were first designed in the early 60s.


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None of my SGs have anything more than average sustain (but since i'm not obsessed with sustain this isn't a big deal for me). I think the guitar I own that has the longest sustain is my 1979 Hagstrom Super Swede, which sustains like nigel tufnel's sunburst les paul and then some.

I think it may have just been something to do with the output of the pickups in the guitars you played, or natural compression of the amp you were using or something like that. SGs do generally sustain better than strats and teles but are otherwise mediocre in the sustain department - that's one of the reasons why Les Paul rejected the SG design as the "new" Les Paul model in 1961.
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I could be wrong but I have a vague feeling that TS has a reputation for being a troll. From back in the day. Could be wrong. Certainly his initial post suggests it.
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