How to increase sustain?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 440Hz, Nov 18, 2003.


  1. 440Hz

    440Hz

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    I tune down to C and am trying to find ways to increase amount of sustain coming outta my bass. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Aaron Saunders

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  3. 440Hz

    440Hz

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    I really like the bass that i have: '79 Ibanez Musician. Im more a fan of the four-stringers. I am about to add an Aguilar ODB-3 so that may help.
     
  4. The 0x

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    Tune to E? ;)

    How about use heavier strings, use a compressor, or an OD pedal?
     
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  6. 440Hz

    440Hz

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    well, right now i play .50's and run through a Boss bass overdrive (95% of the time). I like the fact that i have only four strings (traditionalist?) and can still tune down and like the way my bass plays. Maybe a compressor would help. I think that the Aguilar may help.
     
  7. SwilsonR

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    i think heavier strings would do more
     
  8. Stephen Soto

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    Yeah, heavier strings and a compressor should do it, if not make it a lot better.
     
  9. Geoff St. Germaine

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    I don't know how adding a preamp will increase your sustain. It seems more a mechanical issue than an electrical one.

    That said, I agree with the others that you should get heavier strings. Maybe the lower 4 strings out of a 5 string set.

    Geoff
     
  10. 440Hz

    440Hz

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    my E is a 115 right now. I dont wanna go too much heavier becuase most of the stuff we play is pretty technical. a lower E wouldnt be that bad, but heavier strings in general might be. kind of at a cross-roads...comfort(playing) over quality(sound)
     
  11. DEVILMAN

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    440,

    Let me tell ya, if you don't go for heavier gauge(more than .115)you will NEVER have an "E/C" string to talk about. Either raise the hell out of your bridge height & tweak your truss rod accordingly OR learn to deal with "the feel" of manly gauges...


    out,
    ~S~
     
  12. Stephen Soto

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    Damn man, theres no way that I would ever use a .115 B, I use a .135, and it's really tight, even more so than the .130 by far. That's crazy :eek: :D
     
  13. DEVILMAN

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    Soto,

    ??? What kind of bass do YOU play/use?


    440,
    For a 34" Ibanez, I would DEFINETLY go with a .125-.130 gauge for "C" tuning. Don't waste your $$$ on pre's, buy a better bass. Hopefully the Ibanez neck can handle the tension, if not, make your guitarist tune to "B" & buy a 5...

    ~S~

    PS: If your music is so "technical", why are you worried about sustain?...
     
  14. Stephen Soto

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    Haha, lol. Everyone I know calls me Soto, your the first person on the board ever to do that.

    I have an Ibanez SR (Soundgear) 3005 Prestige. I usually just tune standard like 75% of the time. Maybe drop D also, and ADADG, sometimes (B)CGCF, and my guitarist tunes a full step down on his 7-string, so I tune ADADG, which is ok.
     
  15. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

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    Take one of these before playing..

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  16. DEVILMAN

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    @Soto,

    Soto is quicker to type,LOL!

    I didn't know if that was the only bass you played(as shown in your "gear" sect).

    I have been in many speed/technical/death metal bands, & have tuned to everything under the Sun!

    My present band(8yrs)Evoken, is tuned to "A" & it's total doom, so I need ALL the sustain I can get. That's why I posted what I did.

    Anyway, there is NO gain without loss...


    later,
    ~S~
     
  17. DEVILMAN

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    @Prog,

    LMFAO!!!


    You rule man!!!.........

    ~S~
     
  18. mark beem

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    :D
     
  19. 440Hz

    440Hz

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    how do bands like Entombed and some of these other heavier bands get away with playing a 4 string and tuning down that low?
     
  20. DEVILMAN

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    @440,

    Very easily, BIGGER strings...


    ~S~
     
  21. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

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    Carson says: "YESSSS!!! Size DOES matter, boy!!

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