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ChristopherSchlegel
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ChristopherSchlegel
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03/16/2015 11:17 pm
Originally Posted by: icebreaker1588Yikes my neighbors will hate me with more volume. [/quote]
Fair enough. :)
[QUOTE=icebreaker1588]
I have a MiM Fender squier Strat that I play through a peavey classic 30 (the new model). For my pedals I have a boss DD20, keeley neutrino envelope filter and a strymon flint.

OK, thanks for the info.

You can get a little more sustain by using a hall reverb setting on your amp, or with your DD20. Just don't use too much! A little reverb goes a long way.

Also, make sure the mids on your amp EQ are set high enough to stand out. A scooped EQ profile (high on treble & bass, low mids) is a sustain killer for clean tone. The tone doesn't cut through & seems to decay much quicker.

Finally, & maybe most importantly, is technique. You can add a ton of sustain simply by applying a little bit of finger vibrato to any chord or note. Don't wiggle it too much & pull it out of tune or too fast & make it unmusically "nervous sounding". Just enough to keep the note ringing out is enough to keep the "sustain" ringing virtually forever!

Hope that helps! Let me know how it goes.
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