Re: Sustainer vs. Sustainiac when Disengaged
Alan at Maniac Music just put a Sustainiac in my 77Brmr.
When we discussed what guitar it was going to be installed in, I told him it was a mirrored Jem, he mentioned that he's installed Sustainiacs into two Brmrs sent to him by Ibanez for Steve.
So according to him, Steve has apparently decided to add the Sustainiac to his collection.
Alan was a really great guy to work with. His reputation for great customer service is well deserved.
As for the original question . . . when the Sustainiac is turned off the guitar retains it's tone pretty well as it uses your original pickup rather than the Fernandes one. So whether you're running a Breed, Evo, EMG or whatever your guitar is going to sound like it did before the modification.
Also, the loss of wood due to the routing is pretty minimal. The guitar isn't getting hollowed out or anything. There's just a small spot slightly larger than a 9-volt battery and another little bit under the pickguard. Both areas combined are really just a few ounces. It's not like the guitar will be three pounds lighter or anything after the unit is installed.