#1
I have a Jackson Dinky, I have been working on setting it up and am pleased w/ my results. The action is good, I have no buzzing anywhere, the only problem I have is that above the 12th fret my sustain is not good. Is there something I can do about this? The sustain was crappy before I did the setup. So I know it's not something I did.
#3
new pickups. the stock ones are horrible.
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#4
Easiest way would be to just get a compressor/sustain pedal. New pickups - especially active ones....

sustain will always be worse on the higher frets.
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#5
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new pickups. the stock ones are horrible.

not necessarily, he could have a DK2 and they have JB/59 sets, (not the best set in the world but far from horrible)

im assuming youve probably got a JS series in which case yeah the pickups could have something to do with it or ya might even have been unlucky enough to get one with some sort of structural problems
#6
well, the stock pickups on the pre-'07 ones were duncan designed POSs.
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#7
Woot!

yeah, better pickups,
more mass at the headstock (they have clamps for this)
raise the action
raise the gain
lower the pickups
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Woot!

yeah, better pickups,
more mass at the headstock (they have clamos for this)
raise the action
raise the gain
lower the pickups


Yeah, that's one that is often overlooked. If the pickups are too close to the strings the magnetic field of them damps the vibration of the string and thus, kills sustain. It's why single coil guitars generally have better sustain (if all things are equal, obviously Les Pauls have great sustain because of the weight).
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#9
my humbucker keeps grabbing the strings on my h-s-s american strat, this is twice its happened although i lowered it once already, and i didnt even have the trem bar in when it happened the second time.

i dunno how this fits into this thread, but since high pickups were mentioned, i thought "what the hell".
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#10
lower the pickup by slowly turning the adjustment screws. one on either side of the pup.

put ur face to to pickup and watch it go up and down.
dont go lower than flush to the body, and know that lowering the treble side decreases treble volume, lowering bass side, decreases bass volume, ect.


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#11
If lowering the pickups doesn't help check the neck. A fret may be high or the fingerboard may be coming unglued around that 12th fret.
#12
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Yeah, that's one that is often overlooked. If the pickups are too close to the strings the magnetic field of them damps the vibration of the string and thus, kills sustain. It's why single coil guitars generally have better sustain (if all things are equal, obviously Les Pauls have great sustain because of the weight).



Actually I think single coils pull just as much as humbuckers. If I take a screwdriver and put it next to a pole piece of one of my humbuckers, the pull is weaker than that of a my single coil.
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#13
Another possiblilty. You say the dead spot is at the 12th fret. This is the most common spot for the neck to bow. Check your truss rod and make sure its not loose or the neck is bowed. It may have come loose when you changed the pickups. The truss rod is a really important element in electric guitars. It contributes a lot to sustain.
#14
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Actually I think single coils pull just as much as humbuckers. If I take a screwdriver and put it next to a pole piece of one of my humbuckers, the pull is weaker than that of a my single coil.

probably to do with alcino V vs ceramic magnets or something of that nature

or, the magnets in humbuckers are placed with one magnet running N S and the other S N arent they? if so it could be because one field will be attracting, the other repelling which would weaken the attraction of your screwdriver...

oh well thats jut two theorys, i dont know lol
#15
It is a DK2, I don't think it has anything to do with the pickups though. The sustain is bad even when unplugged. It's not just at the 12th, it gets worse as you go higher down the neck. I have tried lowering the pickups to no avail.
I am considering new pickups as it has the duncan design stockers, But I don't think that's my problem. Any suggestions for a versatile, do it all set of pickups? I am thinking of a hot rail in the neck position because I miss my old H S H.
#16
Look into replacing the machine heads with the heaviest ones you can find. The difference in sustain is incredible.
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#17
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The sustain is bad even when unplugged. It's not just at the 12th, it gets worse as you go higher down the neck. I have tried lowering the pickups to no avail.



it's ur action, neck angle. new pickups will make it a little better. but u need to adjust ur string hieght and measure ur neck angle.

if ur interested repost.
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