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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-06-2013, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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RG2550Z vs RG550 Sustain

After listening to my recital mp3 yesterday, last night I went back to play my 2550 and noticed something interesting: My 2550 has better sustain than my 550CA. I remember reading that people put brass blocks on OE/Lo pro equipped Ibbys to add weight to the guitar to add more meat and sustain.

When I thought of the weight issue, the ZPS adds a considerable amount of weight to the guitar so I was wondering if that adds to the sustain or not. Could it also be the pickups? What are some possible reasons for the increase in sustain?
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Re: RG2550Z vs RG550 Sustain

Everything, the exact pieces of wood themselves, the bridge, the setup, the pickups, the action, etc, everything plays a part.
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Re: RG2550Z vs RG550 Sustain

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Everything, the exact pieces of wood themselves, the bridge, the setup, the pickups, the action, etc, everything plays a part.
THIS^^^^... and again...THIS^^^^^

There's no telling what makes one guitar sustain more than another...... even two identical guitar will have entirely different sustain, harmonic overtones, sweet spot notes.......etc. That's kinda the cool thing about guitars for me.
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Ah okay. That makes sense. It just shocked me a bit last night when I realized it so I was wondering what exactly effects sustain. I was really surprised in the difference, which is why my 2550 is now my main guitar for Stratovarius songs. I need that extra sustain for the early strato stuff.
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Re: RG2550Z vs RG550 Sustain

Which ever guitar that uses sustainer.... Or else whoever pick the hardest
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Which ever guitar that uses sustainer.... Or else whoever pick the hardest
Yeah that's helpful.....
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Re: RG2550Z vs RG550 Sustain

Making the guitar as solid as can be from the headstock to the bridge will increase sustain.
How tight and solid the neck joint is, the density of the wood, the fit of the bridge pins into the body....the list goes on and on.

Locking trem guitars aren't the best sustaining guitars, but they can be.
You can block the bridge, or get a tremel-no and lock it in position. That will help transfer sound into the body and make it more resonant.

Just some thoughts.
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Making the guitar as solid as can be from the headstock to the bridge will increase sustain.
How tight and solid the neck joint is, the density of the wood, the fit of the bridge pins into the body....the list goes on and on.

Locking trem guitars aren't the best sustaining guitars, but they can be.
You can block the bridge, or get a tremel-no and lock it in position. That will help transfer sound into the body and make it more resonant.

Just some thoughts.
So many tiny little things can effect sustain. I should probably check my bridge studs and make sure they are okay. The 550 still has it's original edge on there so maybe years of wear and tear might have worn them down.
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Re: RG2550Z vs RG550 Sustain

I just ordered a big block for my Edge pro bridge on my 2550E, it will be interesting to9 see what difference it makes. Also had some locking studs from Rich to help with tuning stability
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