Originally Posted by Phishphood42
Pickups absolutely affect sustain. Thats what puts the Air in the Air Norton pickup. Pickups wound hot will have a stronger magnetic pull and therefore less sustain. The air buckers were designed to be weak but with a relatively high output so you can get tone and sustain. If you're dealing with EMG gain I'm sure that you'll have enough sustain coming from your pickups and amp that the actual guitars acoustic sustain wont matter.
I don't agree with you and gets very curios on where you get this information or from what experience you draw these concusions?
Like I said before, a pickup that installed to close to the strings (I mean to close for normal use) will affect the sustain in that way that it will take some of it away.
The magnetic pull will affect the string to move freely, and reduce the sustain.
The Air pickups where not designed to give sustain, they where designed with a reduced magnetic pull so you can adjust the pickup closer to the strings then normal without killing your sustain. Less magnetic pull is less reduced sustain, it is how pickups work.
But it wonít add any sustain, no matter what pickup you install.
I think a lot of people confuse sustain with drive (gain).
Sustain in a guitar is how long the sting will sound when you hit it unplugged (how much the wood vibrate from the movement of the string). That is the sustain you have in your guitar, and it is constant and at max, reduced by pickups magnetic pull.
It is a fact that a pickup, any pickup, cant pick up any sound from a string that donít vibrate, so if there are no sustain in the guitar, the strings wont vibrate and there is noting for the pickup to amplify, no matter of how much or little output the pickup has.
Do you really mean that if you play EMG in an amp, then the amount of sustain in the guitar wont matter? That must be the strangest thing I heard in a long time.
If the strings donít vibrate on the guitar (the sustain), then what is the EMG and the amp gone make the sound from? Is the EMG hitting the strings again for you, so they will vibrate longer? Please explain what you mean.
It is a fact that pickups (or any sort of microphone) canít amplify/pick up a sound that isnít there. No matter how loud a vocal microphone is, you still wonít get any sound unless you make any (in a guitar that means, the strings vibrate, sustain).