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(@exershio)
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I'm having a problem playing a lot of songs on my guitar. The thing is, in a lot of the songs I want to play, I need to strum a high note and hold it for a long time. In the song, the sound doesn't die, but on my guitar, the sound fades away too early. I'm not sure what to do. I'm using a Fender Squire Strat on the bridge pickup with distortion on. Can anyone help me?


   
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(@primeta)
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The facetious answer: go buy an LP.
However you could go try out some of these pedals and see if they help.

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Erm, what exactly is an LP?


   
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Erm, what exactly is an LP?Les Paul style guitar. Originally by Gibson, copied by Epiphone (owned by Gibson) and cloned by many others. Humbucker pickups with lots of tone and sustain

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Les Paul
They have much more inherent sustain than a strat. And the humbuckers make them good for thick distortion.

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Kind of in the same line, are there any that have the long sustain and thick distortion, but that can switched to have that light twangy sound? Or is it one or the other?

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There are some that will give you a range in between, and they can sound quite nice. But they won't go from full out twang to full out sustain. Many of Godin's models fall into this category.

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(@exershio)
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So it's because of my guitar the noise fades out so quickly?


   
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So it's because of my guitar the noise fades out so quickly?

Yes, not enough sustain.
Kind of in the same line, are there any that have the long sustain and thick distortion, but that can switched to have that light twangy sound? Or is it one or the other?

There are humbuckers with coil taps that will give you that kind of sound.

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There are humbuckers with coil taps that will give you that kind of sound.

The splitable humbuckers help, but body weight and type of wood matter as well. I'm fooling around with one and although there's some twang, it doesn't go as far as a tele by any means.

And a humbucker on a thin alder body and it's not going to exactly reproduce an LP.
I'm not sure what happens if you add one of those modellers, you could probably get pretty close though.

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(@exershio)
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Okay, thanks everyone. Time to save up more money for another guitar. >_>'


   
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:D

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Along with sustain practice your muting ability, you will need it :D
My Schecter Omen6 has so much sustain I can pack a lunch and it is still ringing. Great for long held notes but too much for everything else.


   
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Yes, the LP is terrible for open chords. Both muting and use of either partial or power chords is essential. But those power chords, ahhhhhhhhhh!

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Yes, the LP is terrible for open chords. Both muting and use of either partial or power chords is essential. But those power chords, ahhhhhhhhhh!

why is it terrible for open chords ?


   
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