ixque
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#2
better wood
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#4
The neck joint on a strat is bolt on, and so you lose a lot of sustain there. LP's neck joint is quite different, but I can't remember what its called. Also "hotter" pickups could make a difference. If you want sustain, go for a heavier guitar.
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#5
You could get a distortion pedal, if you don't have one, they could help, but then your sound is all distorted. Try a thicker pick as well.
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jump_haround
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#6
Originally posted by iain4444
The neck joint on a strat is bolt on, and so you lose a lot of sustain there. LP's neck joint is quite different, but I can't remember what its called.


To quote from Corduroy...

Originally posted by CorduroyEW
the more sustain thing isn't true at all. I've done testing with acoustic neck joints. Built a dovetail, and bolted it on instead of using glue. Play it and recorded it. Measured the decay then unbolted it and glued it on and did the same thing. The set neck has LESS sustain than the bolt on neck. It will work the same way on an electric. I'm still not sure about the thru necks, but when I get the time I'm gonna test that too. There are absolutely no pro's to gluing on a bolt on neck. The only pro's come if the neck is set to begin with. The reason set neck guitars tend to have more sustain is because they are heavy guitars. It has nothing to do with the neck joint.


PS: LP neck joints are called 'dovetails'.

EDIT: You could get a compressor/sustainer, Boss do one for about £50 I think. Also, you could use heavier strings.

EDIT2: I didn't mean any offence by it, sorry if it came across that way. I just didn't want him ruining his guitar.
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andy_p_
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#7
there are titanium parts that claim to increase sustain but i dont know if its bull**** or not
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#8
jump_haround: I stand corrected, thanks.

edit: Oh, none taken. I don't really enjoy handing out false information due to ignorance. I wouldn't want someone telling me something that was incorrect and not knowing the difference. Hopefully another question like this will come up in the next few days so I can give the right one.
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seljer
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#10
Block off the tremolo so it can't move anywhere, you wont be able to use it but the sustain will probably be a bit better.
jump_haround
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#12
Compression basically makes louder sounds quieter and quieter sounds louder. It's meant for short bursts of sound, but it's design allows for near infinite sustain. I don't really know much about them though.

^x2Blocking off the trem wouldn't change the sustain much unless you filled the trem cavity and converted it into a hardtail. It would, however, allow for greater tuning stability.
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#14
^I'd test one out first though with your own guitar, you don't want to be wasting your money. There may be other cheaper ways to increase sustain that haven't been mentioned yet anyway.
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#15
^ like sellotaping a breeze block to your guitar. because im sure it'd work

sustainers are probably the msot effective for the money IMO, so you might as well invest in one of those.
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#17
Originally posted by cc2003btw
Get a behringer, should be out by now.


Nope, on the site it still says available 3rd quarter. But I'm expecting it to be out very soon.
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#18
Heavier tuners, Fat finger, Graphite nut/saddles, Thicker strings, powerful pickups

The recepie for sustain!
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#19
I used to play through this Dodgy amp (made 1982) that i got at a Pawn shop for $40 Australian. anyway i used to turn it up so it wasn't quite distorted, and i could play clean, but when I hit it hard it would distort nice.
I got really great sustain on that. so maybe check what kinda amp your playing through, and your settings

(i also played a strat but have since swictched to les paul)
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#20
Heavier strings, sustainer pedal...

OR FERNANDES SUSTAINER W0000000t!11oneleeeveleventwentyfour!@1111!!!!!!!
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#21
Jack off first.

You can usually hold out for 20-30 minutes that way.
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#23
Quote by jump_haround
^x2Blocking off the trem wouldn't change the sustain much unless you filled the trem cavity and converted it into a hardtail. It would, however, allow for greater tuning stability.


Not true. I stuck one piece of wood in to block my trem up, and got a pretty big sustain boost.

Look here for info.
http://users.pandora.be/marnix.ghesquiere/blockingtrem/blockingtrem.html
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#24
replace your nut with a brass one, replace your tremelo block with a solid steel block, try heavier strings. i doesn't always have to be about pedals.
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#25
I did this and it helped ALOT, but it's a pain in the ass. also you can still use your whammy bar. Take off your tremolo put a block of wood between the tremolo and the body, on the inside so you will still be able slack the strings, the tighten the tremolo springs a lot so when your tremolo is in a rest position it will lay up against the wood. this increases the sustain really well. also you can use more tremolo springs.