« on: March 14, 2013, 09:10:01 AM »
I know this....I completely swapped the tail hardware on my semi an experienced a noticeable change in sustain. Through this I'm certain it isn't one of those nebulous issues.
Having said that, I can't say that you can't find a strat, with it's fulcrum trem bridge that wouldn't have the sustain of a Lester...even though common thought might be that it's impossible.
I currently have a set neck/stop tail semi
a typical 4 bolt neck/string through tele
a set neck/stop tail LP Jr type all mahogany guitar (2 pcs of wood, the the neck, and the body)
The LP Jr type, a Larrivée RS-2, has, hands down, the best sustain.
In my "explanation" entries, I cited what seems logical to me, although I have NO science to back it up.
That being that the less variables involved in the transfer of vibration, the better the sustain.
If that were true, then a neckthrough/stringthrough (Washburn Falcon) guitar would out sustain a set neck/stoptail (Les Paul ) guitar which would out sustain a bolt on / string through (Tele) which would out sustain bolt on/vibrato guitar (Strat)
I would think a Bigsby on a Les Paul, for example, would slightly reduce the sustain relative to the same Lester with a stop tail.
But I can't say I've tested that theory thoroughly. God willing I'll have my hands on a Falcon someday, I'll borrow a strat, and we'll have at it.
I'll be very interested to see what a scientific approach to this issue reveals