The SUSTAINIACâ "Stealth PRO Ô " electromagnetic-type sustainer
NEW FOR MAY 2018. AUXILLIARY BOARDS.
NEW FOR MAY 2018. AUXILLIARY BOARDS.
We are strongly pushing these new "AUX-BOARDS" for many new installations. Click on the link to this new page of the Sustainiac website. Most of our customers prefer toggle controls, and also push-pull for ON/OFF and toggle for Harmonic mode. The new Aux boards accomplish this with greatly simplified installation process, at a cost option of $20.00. The amount of labor saved and consistency of sustainer performance more than justifies this cost add-on. In fact we are so overwhelmed with back-orders on full installations and Semi-Installations that we would like for our customers to give very strong consideration to this new option.
TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THE STEALTH PRO INSTALLATION PAGE
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PLANNING YOUR INSTALLATION
A list of DETAILED TOPIC/INSTALLATION DRAWING LINKS is contained near the bottom of this page, including pages that detail actual installation drawings, specific guitar types, details about Sustainiac control options, PDF file of the owner's manual, a PDF about guitar controls (how they work), etc.
"THE "IMPROPER INSTALLATION" PHOTO SHOWS THE MOST COMMON INSTALLATION MISTAKES. THIS CAUSES US COUNTLESS HOURS WITH CUSTOMERS WHO DON'T LIKE TO READ INSTRUCTIONS.
HOOKUP DIAGRAM LIST
SUSTAINIAC WEBSITE MAP: The overall site map is at the very bottom of each page, including the ORDER FORM, our email address, phone number, shipping address etc.
OVERVIEW OF THE INSTALLATION PROCESS OF THEâ STEALTH PRO SUSTAINER
But first, read the following few paragraphs for an installation overview.
The Sustainiac Stealth PRO sustain system is a retrofit sustainer for existing electric guitar. The installation requires substantial rewiring of the guitar electronics cavity. For most installations, no routing or drilling of the guitar electronics cavity is required if you use the standard two PUSH-PULL POT/SWITCH controls for ON/OFF and for Harmonic Mode that are supplied with the kit. If you choose the optional TOGGLE-SWITCH controls to control the Sustainiac, you will likely have to drill holes in the guitar body. If you are familiar with electronics assembly, soldering, and following wiring diagrams, you can likely handle the installation. It is much more difficult than, say, replacing a pickup or volume control. Many guitar technicians can handle the installation, but many call us for help. An excellent woodworker isn't necessarily equipped to handle an electronic wiring job of this complexity. Know your technician before letting him/her take this project on. It will usually take between 3 and 10 hours, depending on the guitar model and the experience of the installer and the guitar type. Pickguard guitars take longer. Parker Flys take many hours.
Alternatively, you can have Maniac Music do your installation. We will totally install the system into your guitar for approximately $125- $175, depending on the guitar type. We charge extra for routing. For instance, if you want us to install the optional battery case ($16.00), we charge $25.00 to route the cavity for this.
Shipping your guitar to Maniac Music: Click here for PDF instructions: Shipping guitars.
There are several things you must consider when planning a Stealth PRO installation. Each kit shipment is somewhat custom, based on your particular guitar type. Our kits are not "one size fits all" because guitars are not "one size fits all".
Read the following list, and determine what you need for your particular guitar. These choices are listed on the order form. You will need to make the proper choices to get the proper parts assortment and hookup drawing in your kit. Then, after you have reviewed everything, you should visit our ORGANIZE YOUR ORDER page when you think you are about ready to place an order. You can print this page, and use it for your guide. It allows you to list and outline your installation plan, and it makes it easier to navigate the Order Form.
Examples of INCOMPATIBLE bridge pickups:
DRY-RUN INSTALLATION You can do a "quickie" installation on any questionable guitar to determine its suitability. Click here for a PDF file of the whole procedure: "DRY RUN" TEMPORARY INSTALLATION Click here for a PDF diagram: "DRY RUN" DRAWING It takes about 15-20 minutes. Install the driver, and hook up the bridge pickup to the sustainer input, connect a battery and a few other wires to ground. Connect a guitar amp. This will instantly tell you if this guitar will be suitable. We do this on many guitars to save headache/heartbreak.
SEMI-INSTALL OPTION FOR MOST GUITAR TYPES: $75.00-85.00 We do 90% of the work. We supply a completely wired and TESTED set of electronics for your guitar, including Sustainiac circuit board and controls, pickup selector, volume and tone controls. You simply remove all of your existing guitar cavity parts as a "glob", after disconnecting your output jack and pickups. You can then save this "glob" of parts to restore your guitar to its original condition if desired with very little work. We now have a separate webpage that is dedicated to this: Stealth PRO SEMI-INSTALLATION page
On this page of the website, you will see standard SEMI-INSTALLATIONS for the following guitar types:
ABOUT YOUR GUITAR We need to know some specific information about your guitar so we can send the proper hookup diagram and parts with your kit.
We have more info on output jacks, and how they are hooked up with the Sustainiac, in our ABOUT GUITAR CONTROLS, a PDF document.
How many pickups does your guitar have? One, two, or three. Select on ORDER FORM.
What type pickup selector does your guitar have? Select on ORDER FORM. Each drawing is based on the pickup switch type. Please know what you have before you order.
We have more info about pickup selectors, and how they are hooked up with the Sustainiac, in our ABOUT GUITAR CONTROLS, a PDF document.
ORGANIZE YOUR ORDER BEFORE GOING TO THE ORDER FORM:
You should visit our ORGANIZE YOUR ORDER page when you think you are about ready to place an order. This page allows you to list and outline your installation plan. It makes it easier to navigate the Order Form.
DESCRIPTION OF SUSTAINIAC STEALTH PRO WIRE FUNCTIONS:
You can refer to our WIRE FUNCTION DIAGRAM for a description of all the Stealth PRO wire functions. (20KB PDF file). This description can be a big help when troubleshooting an installation.
TROUBLESHOOTING THE STEALTH PRO
PDF file containing detailed troubleshooting instructions for Stealth PRO
MAGNETIC TAB ADJUSTMENT
We don't include the magnetic tab, except for Stratocasters and similar guitars where there is a SLANTED SINGLE-COIL BRIDGE PICKUP. Click here for a PDF file showing how to mount and adjust the Magnetic Tab. Magnetic Tab Adjustment
DETAILED INSTALLATION TOPICS, SPECIFIC GUITAR DRAWINGS ETC.
The following list links you to different guitar models, also to various kit options and configurations. Click on the list topics below to download detailed information, hookup diagrams, and pictures.
PDF file of Stealth PRO Installation Manual (One copy of this manual is included with each kit. The Installation Manual does not include any hookup diagram. Separate PDF drawings can be viewed on the respective
page for each guitar type below. Each kit comes with the proper hookup diagram. When you order your Sustainiac kit, we provide the most appropriate diagram for your guitar. If you are technically inclined and interested in creative options, browse
our numerous hookup diagrams to get ideas that you might not have thought of for a sustain system for your needs.
BATTERY MOUNTING AND OTHER POWER SUPPLY OPTIONS page Link to the POWER OPTIONS page
9-PIN JACK PDF file for 9-pin jack, allowing 2 or more batteries to be connected/disconnected with guitar cord insertion
SUSTAINIAC CONTROLS page Each kit comes with ON/OFF and Harmonic Mode controls. Use this info to choose which control type you prefer for your installation kit. Here we present some unusual control options that we have used over the years that many people have found helpful.
Superswitch, and VLX-91; PDF file These 4-section switches allow coil tapping and other options.
Guitar Controls; PDF file Detailed, useful info for those who want to know more. Also helpful for troubleshooting.
Stealth PRO Troubleshooting; PDF file Detailed troubleshooting procedure for the Stealth PRO.
Driver dimensions; PDF file
Stealth PRO wire function diagram; PDF file; detailed diagram showing the function of each wire.
How to determine pickup polarity; PDF file; This PDF file shows how to test the polarity of your BRIDGE PICKUP. Micro-ammeter (old-fashioned needle-type meter) required, or oscilloscope. If you don't have these, hook up the sustainer. If all modes work correctly and are strong, you are OK. If there is no NORMAL mode, and all positions of the MODE control are weak, then the pickup has reverse polarity. Simply reverse the red/black driver wires to correct.
Shipping guitars. How to pack your guitar
DRY RUN INSTALLATION Detailed PDF of doing a "quickie" 10-15 minute installation to determine how well the Sustainiac will work in a "borderline" or "questionable" guitar
DRY RUN DRAWING PDF drawing showing exactly how to do the DRY RUN quickie installation
Guitars with 2 pickups and 3-position selector switch (Les Paul-type guitars and generic 2HB similar guitars) (not "special" designs such as Ibanez, Parker, etc.)
Guitars with hum-single-single pickup configuration, "HSS" ("shredders")
Guitars with pickguards (mainly Stratocaster and Ibanez Jem); includes most H-S-H guitars
Guitars with active pickups, EMG etc.
Parker "Fly" guitar, also "Nitefly"
Guitars with a single bridge pickup PDF file
These same links are provided at the bottom of each page.
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