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How can I get more sustain?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by TJBass, Jul 14, 2000.

  1. I have a yamaha rbx260 and an ampeg b3158 combo, how can I get more sustain out of this combination, is there any amp adjustments that I just can't seem to find?

    Yamaha RBX260, Rotosound flatwounds, Prolink Monster Bass cables, Crate BX50 combo(practice) Ampeg B3158, SKB hardcase
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Sustain is not usually affected by what amp you use but rather the bass and strings. The brighter and newer the strings - the more sustain (also roundwounds sustain longer than flatwounds or any other type) , together with the body of the bass and the bridge.

    There is a school of thought that denser woods increase sustain and that a dense bridge - say solid brass will help, stringing through the body can also have a slight effect but not much. Generally, more expensive, "high-end" basses seem to have better natural sustain, but there are always exceptions.

    There are artificial mean for sustain, but in a way this isn't natural sustain as such - for example compressors can be used to do thi, but will also bring up noise levels as they increase the volume of a dying note. The EBow has also bee mentioned recently as a way of getting infinite sustain, but this is probably only of use in a limited number of situations.

    Anyway, a lot of this up for debate, but I think there would be general agreement, that you aren't going to find a knob on your amp that increases the sustain. You might be able to get feedback or a "boomy" sound, but this is usually undesirable on bass.
  3. Gear_Junky


    Jul 11, 2000
    Hi. I used to have a Yamaha RBX 260 bass and it's supposed to be a "p-bass" imitation and if I remember correctly its bridge is no different from Fender MIM bridges. You might wanna check out the "Bad Ass bridges" topic in the Bass (BG) forum. I'll be slapping these babies onto my MIM Fender Jazz basses smile.
  4. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    I would also suggest that roundwounds and lighter gauge strings would sustain longer. 'Course, you're gonna sound different...but I think that's part of the nature of flats, isn't it? The short sustain?

    And how could I forget: A compressor! They do sound unpleasant solo, but in a band setting I have heard them used to great advantage.

    One other thought is to boost the mids at the amp. Around 800 Hz is what I like.

    [This message has been edited by Eli (edited July 26, 2000).]
  5. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    You may want to try a device called a Fat Finger. It's a little device that clamps to the headstock of your instrument. I haven't tried one myself, but it's sole intention is to increase sustain.


  6. Doug


    Apr 5, 2000
    Buffalo, N.Y.
    I've noticed an increase in sustain by replacing my bridge. Try the Badass II or a Schaller bridge. I've used both and they both are exellent bridges. Also, like the other posters said, try roundwound strings.
  7. Rockinjc


    Dec 17, 1999
    Try Viagra...Oops wrong message board.

    I'll shut up now

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