New Ibanez Jem 70V SFG, Question about sustainer

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New Ibanez Jem 70V SFG, Question about sustainer

#1 Post by NFBOfficial » Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:44 am

Hi everyone, I´m looking forward to buy the new Ibanez Jem in sea foam green for christmas :D
But I would like to build in the Fernandes Sustainer Kit or better - I would like to have it build in by the shop ;)
My question is: Which one should I choose? The 401 or the 101?
I only want to have the neck humbucker replaced and not the singlecoil in the middle because I want to keep the sound of the Evolution picks. So the 101 would be good, but it hasn´t got the intensity poty. Could I possibly buy the 401 and only build in the single coil sustainer into the neck position? And what about the two other potis the 401 contains? Do I have to replace the Jem´s potis for them?
Sorry, I´m a bit confused, maybe someone could tell me how i can manage to build in the sustainer like it is in Steve´s guitars?

Thanks

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Re: New Ibanez Jem 70V SFG, Question about sustainer

#2 Post by Jeries » Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:15 am

keep in mind who ever does it- is going to have to DRILL INTO THE GUITAR and ROUTE IT

and most have never installed one before- and Ibanez are pretty 'bad' guitars to have them installed in- bad as in- not easy


Vai uses a 401- with the extra knob (more routing more trouble)

I use a 101- humbucker size- no extra knob (no use for it Vai never uses it)

Either way you can keep the middle pickup
HOWEVER-
when the sustainer is on- ONLY THE BRIDGE PICKUP IS ON

You can not change the pickup- the pickup selector is deactiavted and automaticall switched to bridge when the sustainer is on

You can buy a dummy pickup to attach the single sustainer driver to it to make it look like a humbucker (vai does this)

The 101 you can use your own pots- i have a tuner built into one of my knobs

idk if you have to use the pots in the 401 or how it works

either way- i use the 101 and i'm completely happy with it

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Re: New Ibanez Jem 70V SFG, Question about sustainer

#3 Post by NFBOfficial » Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:13 am

Hi Jeries,

thank you very much for your explanation. I also thought I have never seen Steve using the third knob. I think I will choose the 101 with the humbucker (hope the shop I´m going to buy it is able to install it right).
Hopefully it will be done until christmas :D

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Re: New Ibanez Jem 70V SFG, Question about sustainer

#4 Post by Jeries » Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:43 pm

its not necessarily about him seeing him use the knob-

its hearing him use it...

Basically with the knob up both the harmonic and natural note will come out at once- it will be a blend between the two notes and i can't find any example of Vai using it

I'm thinking about getting another sustainer system or two installed in more guitars

I'd recommend depending on the guitar an EVO2 pickup in the bridge

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Re: New Ibanez Jem 70V SFG, Question about sustainer

#5 Post by kyle am I » Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:01 pm

steve uses the knob on whispering a prayer. i think steve just uses the trim pots behind the sustainer more than the knob.

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Re: New Ibanez Jem 70V SFG, Question about sustainer

#6 Post by Jeries » Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:24 pm

there's no part of WAP where you hear a sustained note and the harmonic note at the same time

it just isn't there.

you use the toggles to turn it on/off and normal/harmonic

harmonic mode isn't something you want on all the time- its uncontrolled hell

I think i'm going to pull the trigger on another sustainer guitar pretty soon
(install)

Either my yellow 25th anniversary s

or my main RG

definitely going to have an evolution in the bridge this time

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