SG Muse sustain problem

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  1. Leon Guy

    Leon Guy New Member

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    My friend just bought an Epiphone SG muse 2 months ago and just recently started to have even open string sustain problems.The strings don't fade out like they should, they just die out after about 5 seconds.Even with brand new strings. Anybody have any suggestions on what the problem might be. Much appreciated for any help!!!
     
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    Can you post a recording somewhere? And some closeup pictures of bridge, nut and action height. Those will give us something to work with.
     
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    Would his pickups be real close to the strings ?
     
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    so the strings die out after 5 seconds and that's a problem????

    how long do you expect them to ring out?

    If there's an actual, real world problem here it's going to be in the nut or bridge slots. if those spots are near perfect all sorts of weirdness can happen.
     
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    Lower the pickups, try again.
     
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    Let's try something basic here: Change the strings.
     
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    Nut slots

    Bridge slots.
     
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    I agree.
    Make sure the strings come off the nut right.
    They should seat all the way to the end of the slot.
    Quality strings also make a difference.
     
  10. Leon Guy

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    Everything is in the right places, new strings and cleaned very well. I appreciate the information. If anyone thinks of anything else please let me know. AGAIN THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
     
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    You need to give us something to work with. The close up pics I mentioned would be a start.
     
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    Was there any nut sauce / lube used?
    Sometimes a wee bit too much this can have a deadening affect.
    Also, if a product like 'String-Ease' is used or, a string cleaning / wiping cloth, al lot of times pieces of felt / cloth from the applicator & finishing cloth can remain behind wrapped around the strings! This also causing deadening / dampening.

    Just for shits 'n giggles & to rule it out.. lower all the pickup height screws 2 full turns & evaluate any difference. Magnetic field too close to strings can pull enough to slow string vibration so please.. just try it so you can physically rule it out.

    I once had an SRV Strat that I loved that lost it's resonance & sustain after 5 years of regular use! It turned into a plinky lifeless instrument & that my friend simply broke my heart. I had taken it to luthiers, guitar techs & anybody else who might have a clue but NOBODY figured out WTF was wrong with it & I eventually sold it.

    Like Metallica says.. 'Sad But True'
     
  13. Leon Guy

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    I appreciate all of the information that was given to me so that I could pass it on to my buddy. We finally figured out what was wrong. Some how on his processor the noise gate had gotten turned on and was making the notes cut out quickly. HE FEELS LIKE A TOTAL MORON.I know it's mean, but I had to give him a ration of s@#t for that little faux pax!!! You guys are awesome, I can't thank you enough for your quick replies, and information!!!
     
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    Tell him to drop and give us fifty...
     
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    Fvkin tool
     
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    And he should :rofl:

    BTW ... faux pas (wrong step)
     
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    Ha Ha. All the expertise on this forum and nobody thought to turn the noise gate off. Who'd have thought?
     
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    Never imagined one would be involved. When I assess sustain on a guitar it isn't plugged in.
     
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    Exactly! Sometimes we obviously are assuming too much guitar related aptitude when fielding these sort of complaints.
     

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