The SUSTAINIACâ "Stealth PRO Ô " electromagnetic-type sustainer
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 only a small amount of work.
Schecter SYNYSTER GATES CUSTOM® Two-humbucker options: We supply a pre-wired option for $75 or $85.00. We do a lot of these. The guitar can have one of two different electronics cavities. You need to determine which one your guitar has. Examine the following two drawings, and determine your type by measuring its length and width. SYN GATES CAVITY SMALL---- SYN GATES CAVITY LARGE
Gibson Les Paul Option $80.00: Sustainiac controls are push-pull, and replace the neck pickup volume/tone controls. Neck volume control doubles as Sustainiac ON/OFF switch. Neck tone control goes away, and becomes Sustainiac Harmonic Mode control. Bridge pickup tone control becomes MASTER tone control. (Optionally, you can make neck pickup volume control a MASTER volume, and retain neck and bridge pickup tone controls.) The Sustainiac board BARELY fits in the space between the neck pickup and bridge pickup controls. You have to wire up the bridge ground, battery, output jack, and pickup selector switch. You use the existing selector switch wires without removing them from the switch.
The controls in a Gibson Les Paul are mounted to a steel plate. Then the plate assembly is inserted into the guitar during final production stage. These plate assemblies are mass-produced. Gibson uses special "long-shaft" pots because of the plate. This plate assembly makes any re-work/modification a big hassle. That being said, we do stock long-shaft push-pull pots, and we can work with the plate. HERE IS WHAT WE RECOMMEND FOR THE GIBSON SEMI-INSTALL: You have two choices. We prefer the #1 choice, but think about it and contact us by email or telephone.
1. Remove the entire steel plate/pot assembly from your guitar. Keep it in a safe place in case you want to restore the guitar to its original configuration later on. Then, don't use any plate when you load up the Sustainiac Semi-install components. The components will have standard shaft lengths. This makes a little more room inside the cavity.
2. We can send our long-shaft components if you wish. You will have to remove your existing components from the plate, and install ours.
The battery generally will not fit into the Gibson cavity unless you remove the steel plate. The best option is to purchase the optional battery case ($16.00, requires routing to install).
The push-pull controls are long-shaft. We mount these and two long-shaft CTS controls to a cardboard cutout that is dimensionally identical to the Les Paul standard size mounting plate. You remove your existing controls as a unit so you can restore the guitar later on to its original condition should you desire to sell it. Epiphone Les Pauls don't have the mounting plate. Also, their cavity dimensions and control placement are a little more generous but not much. For Epiphone (and knockoff) LP's, send a cavity template according to the directions in the following "GENERIC" Semi-Installation.
TOGGLE CONTROL OPTION: Toggle controls won't fit easily into the Gibson LP cavity unless you remove the bottom pair of controls. This makes the guitar have Master volume and Master tone controls.
GENERIC SEMI-INSTALL (new starting March, 2010) for open-back cavities. ("CARDBOARD INSTALL") This is for guitars with 2HB, HSS, or other pickup configuration.
Cost is $75 to $90, depending on the number of controls. You can then remove all of your original controls (as a unit) for restoration of your guitar to its original condition should you decide to sell it. Discuss your particular setup, and we will work with you to determine the optimum setup for your guitar. The electronics all fit into your cavity. The only things for you to hook up are the Sustainiac driver, your pickups, the output jack, and the guitar ground wire. Quick and easy. You can download this PDF file showing a 1:1 scale drawing of the Stealth PRO circuit board. STEALTH PRO CIRCUIT BOARD You can use this drawing to determine if it will fit into your cavity without routing.
A list of ELECTRICAL CONNECTION DIAGRAMS for various guitars is located down near the bottom of this page.
Standard Stratocaster installation. This also covers Jem/RG with a CRL pickup selector.
3-pickup generic with Inline switch (CRL also shown), push-pull controls This is a basic "SHREDDER" guitar configuration
3-pickup generic with Inline switch (CRL also shown), toggle controls This is a basic "SHREDDER" guitar configuration but with toggle controls for the Sustainiac.
Ibanez Jem with VLX-91 pickup selector, push-pull controls; drawing shows an added 3-knob, which can be ignored if desired (you will lose the guitar tone control). It also shows the VLX-91 selector switch. This configuration coil-taps the bridge pickup in position #2, to blend with the middle pickup for "quack" sound.
Ibanez Jem, with VLX-91 pickup selector, toggle controls; shows adding two toggle controls between volume and tone controls, also shows the VLX-91 selector switch to oil-tap the bridge pickup in position #2, to blend with the middle pickup for "quack" sound.
Ibanez JEM SEMI-INSTALL cavity options
These same links are provided at the bottom of each page.
SUSTAINIACâ MODEL C electroacoustic sustainer No installation required
ABOUT FEEDBACK SUSTAIN what it is, why it is good
SUSTAINIACâ STEALTH PLUS ELECTROMAGNETIC SUSTAINER INSTALLATION INFO Obsolete model. This page contains printable installation drawings, installation manual, etc. for people who have this model, and who might want to transfer it to another guitar, have bought it used, etc.
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