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Re: Sustainer: First Impressions

I was actually referring to the interaction of the high E string with the
Sustainer.  I should have phrased my statement as "I find the high E 
string is
not as easily _activated by the Sustainer_ as the lower strings are".

Although now that you bring it up, my fretless guitar has a rosewood
fingerboard with metal fret lines.  The _natural_ sustain and decay
characteristics of the high notes on the high strings are better than I
thought they would be.   I attribute this to proper low-action setup and 
quality construction of the instrument.   It's good enough that I'm now
seriously considering ordering an acoustic fretless from them for my
"couch-and-TV" guitar noodling... err... practice sessions.

To me, the main issue that I had with having a wood fingerboard is the
grinding of grooves into the wood by the strings.  That's why the guitar 
shipped with Elixir coated roundwounds to go with the upper string 
When the glass fingerboard retrofit becomes available, this should open up
opportunities to experiment with a wider variety of roundwound strings.


----- Original Message -----
From: "David Beardsley" <xouoxno@virtulink.com>
To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2000 6:27 PM
Subject: Re: Sustainer: First Impressions

> pvallad1 wrote:
> >
> > Quick followup observation:
> >
> > I find that the highest string does not sustain as easily as the lower
> > strings.  I believe it is because the guitar came set up with 009s.  As
> > the E-bow, this technology seems to work better with thicker strings.  
> > adding "replace strings with 011s" to my little list of modifications 
> > to my new axe.
> What is the fingerboard made of? Wood fingerboards
> don't sustain that well on the top strings.
> --
> * D a v i d         B e a r d s l e y
> * 49/32  R a d i o "all microtonal, all the time"
> * http://www.virtulink.com/immp/lookhere.htm