How do I increase sustain?


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03/13/2015 11:31 pm
How do I increase sustain on my clean channel?
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03/14/2015 12:36 am
Originally Posted by: icebreaker1588How do I increase sustain on my clean channel?

Volume. :) What kind of guitar & amp are you working with?
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03/15/2015 2:43 pm
Sustain pedal don't hurt...
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03/15/2015 9:40 pm
Originally Posted by: ChristopherSchlegelVolume. :) What kind of guitar & amp are you working with?


Yikes my neighbors will hate me with more volume. 30 watts is a lot for at the house, but i didn't want to buy something smaller and have to deal with the distortion when cranked up.

I have a MiM Fender squier Strat that I play through a peavey classic 30 (the new model). For my pedals I have a boss DD20, keeley neutrino envelope filter and a strymon flint. (probably WAY too much stuff for someone who just started playing 8 months ago :eek: )
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03/16/2015 11:17 pm
Originally Posted by: icebreaker1588Yikes my neighbors will hate me with more volume. [/quote]
Fair enough. :)
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I have a MiM Fender squier Strat that I play through a peavey classic 30 (the new model). For my pedals I have a boss DD20, keeley neutrino envelope filter and a strymon flint.

OK, thanks for the info.

You can get a little more sustain by using a hall reverb setting on your amp, or with your DD20. Just don't use too much! A little reverb goes a long way.

Also, make sure the mids on your amp EQ are set high enough to stand out. A scooped EQ profile (high on treble & bass, low mids) is a sustain killer for clean tone. The tone doesn't cut through & seems to decay much quicker.

Finally, & maybe most importantly, is technique. You can add a ton of sustain simply by applying a little bit of finger vibrato to any chord or note. Don't wiggle it too much & pull it out of tune or too fast & make it unmusically "nervous sounding". Just enough to keep the note ringing out is enough to keep the "sustain" ringing virtually forever!

Hope that helps! Let me know how it goes.
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03/16/2015 11:39 pm
Originally Posted by: ChristopherSchlegelFair enough. :)

OK, thanks for the info.

You can get a little more sustain by using a hall reverb setting on your amp, or with your DD20. Just don't use too much! A little reverb goes a long way.

Also, make sure the mids on your amp EQ are set high enough to stand out. A scooped EQ profile (high on treble & bass, low mids) is a sustain killer for clean tone. The tone doesn't cut through & seems to decay much quicker.

Finally, & maybe most importantly, is technique. You can add a ton of sustain simply by applying a little bit of finger vibrato to any chord or note. Don't wiggle it too much & pull it out of tune or too fast & make it unmusically "nervous sounding". Just enough to keep the note ringing out is enough to keep the "sustain" ringing virtually forever!

Hope that helps! Let me know how it goes.


lol you got me on the high mid low treble/bass. I will definitely have to try that.
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03/17/2015 12:59 am
Very nice! low/treb are at 5/12, Mids are at 9/12.
Volume definitely did help. Neighbors can deal.
I decided to use my strymon flint reverb b/c I have so many options with it. Decay set to moderate. Intensity feels just right in the middle.

I can hold that note all day!
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