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Unread 04-13-2007, 05:55 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by RainCaster View Post
Mandos have very little sustain. That is why tremelo picking is used.

Ways to increase sustain: bigger strings, more bridge springs (strat only), harder nut (bone or carbon fiber), eBow, compressor.

Ways to decrease sustain: smaller strings, palm or wrist muting, rosewood bridge.
Mandos are also tuned very high relative to guitars.

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Unread 04-13-2007, 09:42 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Rainer. View Post
Mandos are also tuned very high relative to guitars.
High tension, small strings, double strings, small bodies, short scales, small frets...all play a part in why the mandolin sounds as it does.
That said, I've played a few very nice madolins that had wonderful sustain as part of their inherent character.
No, not Les Paul through a Marshall sustain but not broomstick, cigar box and string either.

A nice mando, like a nice acoustic, will ring like a bell...albeit a small bell.
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Unread 04-14-2007, 02:10 PM   #18
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A good setup can also give you better sustain. I was having trouble this week getting some good sustain and tone on my solos and I finally figured out I was getting some fret buzz. I raised the string height a little and voila, sustain and tone are much, much better.
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