If installed, would a Fernandes Sustainer work on bass?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Every1TookMyName, Sep 5, 2001.

  1. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Why not?

    But I'd check out an E-Bow, same/similar results, no mods necessary.
    Michael Manring uses it a lot.

  2. no, an ebow isn't really what I'm looking for.
  3. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    You cannot install a guitar sustainer system onto a bass as far as I know. Fernandes used to make a bass version, but stopped selling them a while ago. Your best bet is to contact Fernandes themselves and ask them about it. They do make custom basses with it installed.
  4. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    what about this?

    groove tubes:


    The simple way
    to get more sustain,
    overtones and balance
    from any guitar

    or this, the fatfinger
  5. Zonplayer

    Zonplayer Guest

    Nov 24, 2000
    Madison / Milwaukee
    Barroso, how does that fatfinger piece work?

    Btw I have been searching for a sustain bridge for a while. You should speak with Michael Manring, he was using a prototype sustain bridge for his fretless.:p
  6. TonyS


    Dec 13, 1999
    Fathead.? Sounds like your talking about my brother.

    I thought that the "Fatfinger" was sold originally to help cure dead spots on the fingerboard by adding mass to the headstock. I suppose it could add sustain but I've never tried one personally. Could be wrong but it sounds like a brain fart to me.

    Best of Luck
  7. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    never tried one...sorry! i know them only by name! and here in italy i havent seen one yet!
  8. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    peter steele in type o negative has a sustainer on his fernandes bass.
  9. http://www.sustainiac.com

    Maniac Music makes a Sustainiac model for bass. (FWIW, the Fernandes Sustainer is a reverse-engineered version of an older model of the Sustainiac.)
  10. Raineman_13


    Sep 1, 2016
    I know this post is ancient but here you go

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  11. Having one of those must be so much fun, any details to share?
  12. Raineman_13


    Sep 1, 2016
    All I can say is it runs off 18v, and is kind of like taming a beast when its engaged, it's very versatile when it comes to sound, especially the harmonics of it, blows sustainiac out of the water too btw, I found out recently that it's just the driver that's been discontinued, a regular fernandes sustainer circuit will power it, same one they had in older guitar models. I just bought a gotoh 510br bridge I found on eBay, not gonna do any vids til that's equipped