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Postby Stratman57 » Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:08 am

Finally, after a 10+ year gestation, my Strat has got it's Fernandes Sustainer wired up, thanks to Mark at Jam Jar Amps. I'd routed out the guitar body, and fixed all the pickups to the new scratch plate. (Left handed guitar). But after a lot of personal shit, the final wiring was beyond my eyesight and soldering skills. It was also complicated by the fact that I'd previously fitted some Mike Christian piezo pickups (in the early 1990's), so that had to be incorporated. It sounds great. No more juggling with the E-Bow.

Then, bugger me, Johnny Marr has got one on one of his guitars at Glastonbury. I may be back in fashion!

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Re: Sustainer project

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:40 pm

Nice to be fashionable Simon - they say it comes in waves ;)

Mind you, Johnny Marr seems to manage to stay fashionable whatever he does, so there's some hope for us all :smirk:

We do need a pic of your Fernandes-Sustainer-fitted guitar now though :thumbup:


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Re: Sustainer project

Postby MOF » Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:00 pm

My uncle Colin (RIP) said he had three suits, one of them was back in fashion at any time.
Cue purchase of two more guitars by you to stay in fashion at all times.
If this causes arguments in your household blame me. :D
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Re: Sustainer project

Postby Music Wolf » Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:40 pm

Quality never goes out of fashion - buy a couple of good ones :thumbup:
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Re: Sustainer project

Postby Stratman57 » Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:22 am

I already have too many guitars for the house. :)

How do you post pictures? I've tried copy and paste but that doesn't seem to work.

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Re: Sustainer project

Postby Wonks » Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:31 am

You need to host them elsewhere and then link to them. It helps keep the site costs and storage requirements down, but it is a bit awkward if you don't already have a photo hosting site.
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Re: Sustainer project

Postby Stratman57 » Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:48 am

Oh, right. which photo hosting site is the most used on here? would a link to the photos on OneDrive work?

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Re: Sustainer project

Postby blinddrew » Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:50 pm

One drive is problematic. Most folks seem to use imgur now.
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Re: Sustainer project

Postby ManFromGlass » Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:26 pm

Imgur always works for me. Looking forward to the photos.
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Re: Sustainer project

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:45 pm

I bag first peep, as I was the first one to suggest photos ;)


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Re: Sustainer project

Postby Stratman57 » Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:12 pm

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Here we go, hopefully. Sustainer Strat and matching cat.

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Close up.

The first two knobs are for the Mike Christian piezo bridge pickups, the two large ones are volume and tone and the last one is sustainer intensity. the small silver switch is for selecting piezos or magnetic pickups. the two black switches behind the bridge are for sustainer on/off and normal/mix/harmonic, which selects the empahasis for the feedback.

The only problem is that both the piezo preamp and the sustainer are prewired, which is great for assembly, but not for lefties like me, the knobs work backwards!

Took it to band practice tonight, it's amazing where one can sneek in a bit of feedback. :D

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Re: Sustainer project

Postby Wonks » Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:34 am

Knobs galore!
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Re: Sustainer project

Postby Stratman57 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:52 am

Yes, it's amazing what you can fit in a Strat control cavity.

I'm not sure how Mark managed to fit all the wires in, but I'm not going to peek in case I can't get it all back in again.

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Re: Sustainer project

Postby Wonks » Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:47 pm

Thare's probably not a lot of wood left under that pickguard!
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Re: Sustainer project

Postby Stratman57 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:43 pm

Strangely enough there is still quite a lot. I had to rout out the rear pickup cavity to accommodate the humbucker, and I mistakenly routed out a space to fit the circuit board in, below the centre pickup until I realised that I would need access to the bottom of the circuit board to adjust the 4 trim pots that are there.

The largest area routed out was for the circuit board, and for the battery box. The guitar still weighs 8.0 lb .

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I have a black tremolo cover on order to cover up the circuit board.

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Re: Sustainer project

Postby Wonks » Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:05 pm

Purrrr-fect!
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Re: Sustainer project

Postby Wonks » Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:07 pm

There is just enough space to rout out a battery position under the trem cover if you're careful. Done it on a Strat I'm repainting and fitting a Clapton circuit in.
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Re: Sustainer project

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:29 pm

Looks like I only got second peek (after Wonks ;) ) but it's nevertheless a fascinating looking instrument, and as Wonks mentions, lots of knobs!

Now all we need is a small audio snippet demonstrating the sustainer in action :beamup:


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Re: Sustainer project

Postby Stratman57 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:41 pm

I'll see what I can do about a sound clip over the weekend.

It will upset the cat though. :)

Would a OneDrive link work for that? or do I need to sign up to an audio sharing site?

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Re: Sustainer project

Postby Wonks » Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:28 pm

You can but try.
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