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Compressor, distortion, new strings, raise your pickups, increase treble
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That is easy. Get a set neck, and a gibson, or any guitar with humbuckers, put it in an amp, then get a distortion pedal, and set it to the max! there you go problem solved. (If you think I am being sarcastic I'm not. I am serious) Does anyone know why set necks improve sustain though?
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#4
set necks are bonded to the guitar body, thus the entire guitar "resonates" as one piece...unlike bolt-on necks, which form a kindof seperation between the body and neck, decreasing the sustain
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Does anyone know why set necks improve sustain though?



there are less parts, the sound is dampened by a nut or space or w/e, it flows better


at least i think that its.

yea, a you can by compressor/sustainer pedals that will make your notes last longer, kinda nifty
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#7
honestly, i don't notice much of a difference in sustain between a good set-neck, a good neck-through, and a good bolt-on. easiest way to make your notes hold for longer? vibrato. might not be what you're thinking about, but you can make a note last pretty much forever with vibrato.
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vibrato makes it go a little longer
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#9
a good bolt on will sustain just as good as a set neck, but a neck through has the most sustain, but like others have said, new strings, compressor, distortion, humbucker guitars
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honestly, i don't notice much of a difference in sustain between a good set-neck, a good neck-through, and a good bolt-on. easiest way to make your notes hold for longer? vibrato. might not be what you're thinking about, but you can make a note last pretty much forever with vibrato.

Thank you.

People make too much out of the difference between set and bolt-on necks. A cheap bolt-on would probably have bad sustain, but there are heaps of good bolt-on guitars. Steve Vai doesn't seem to have any sustain issues with his JEMs.

That guy earlier in the thread who says set necks are better, then asks if anyone knows why, is just hilarious. Get off the bandwagon, guys.
#12
The drawback with bolt ons is the neck heel, a problem solved or reduced by many means.

A well fitting bolt on sustains as well or better than a well set neck, and normally has a punchier and slightly more complex (to my ears in a "spicy" kind of way) tone.


Sustain - turn up / develop very good vibrato. Don't choke notes by pressing them down too hard. (The optimal pressure is right at the threshold where the string would buzz if you were any lighter)
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Compressor, distortion, new strings, raise your pickups, increase treble



correct me if I am wrong, but wont raising your pickups decrease your sustain? The strings being closer to the magnetic pickups would cause more magnetic pull on the strings, and therefore making them vibrate less because of the added resistence.

this is what I have heard and it makes sense, so I am pretty sure I am right.
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well im just playing some solos and my notes arent lastin as long as the songs that im trying to play along with.
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correct me if I am wrong, but wont raising your pickups decrease your sustain? The strings being closer to the magnetic pickups would cause more magnetic pull on the strings, and therefore making them vibrate less because of the added resistence.

this is what I have heard and it makes sense, so I am pretty sure I am right.


you are correct.

Pickups too close to the strings drain your sustain like crazy.
#17
Best option.

Buy a decent amp

Other options.
Improve your technique
Set up your guitar properly
Don't have old, cruddy strings
Learn to EQ
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The difference between the sustain of set-necks and bolt-ons is negligible at best.

The quality of the joint and the body have much more to do with sustain.

The bolt-on joints that they use on the Taylor electrics have heaps more sustain than most set-necks.
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The biggest difference between set necks and bolt ons is that most of the bolt-on necks people remember playing also have tremolos, whereas most of the set necks they remember had fixed bridges....
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#21
i guess you could also just hold down your finger on the fret longer if you are such a noob you don't already do that....i guess we never addressed that as being the problem or not.
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i guess you could also just hold down your finger on the fret longer if you are such a noob you don't already do that....i guess we never addressed that as being the problem or not.

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