ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A Quick and Easy Way to Add Sustain to Your Les Paul Guitar

Updated on August 18, 2009
http://www.quebecminiguitare.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/zakkwylde.jpg
http://www.quebecminiguitare.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/zakkwylde.jpg

From now on, whenever I restring my Les Paul, I will do this easy step that adds more sustain to your notes and improves tone.

This simple step is free and does not take any longer than changing your strings the normal way.

The secret to longer sustain: Enter the stings thought the stop tailpiece backwards. In stead of making a straight shot from the tailpiece, put them in going towards the bottom of the guitar, bring them over the top of the stop tailpiece, and let them rest in the Tune-o-matic bridge while winding the strings at the headstock like any other electric guitar.

I got this idea from reading online about how famous Les Paul player, and guitarist for the Black Label Society, Ozzy and more, Zakk Wylde strung his guitars this way because he like the tone and sustain it gave him. This is definitely a man I would trust concerning Les Pauls (or any guitars for that matter). You may recognize Zakk Wylde’s Les Paul from pictures – his is the one with a black and white bulls-eye on it. Perhaps you have seen the orange and black “buzzsaw” design or maybe the camouflage bulls-eye Gibson Les Paul.

This trick really works! I was amazed at the added sustain I got from my Les Paul Custom after I did this. The reason I believe it works is because normally, the strings are touching very little of the stop tailpiece, which means the tailpiece vibrates the wood very little when the guitar is strummed. When the stop tailpiece vibrates, it vibrates the wood the guitar is made of, and the more wood vibration there is means then longer the sustain will last. However, if the strings go through backwards, then they touch the initial amount of tailpiece plus touching the entire top of the stop tailpiece causing more vibration of the wood in this area, which I stated earlier adds sustain to your solo notes and chunky power chords.

Next time you restring your Les Paul or SG guitar, be sure to give this technique a shot! It really works!

Parker

www.theparkinggarage.webs.com

www.parkerk393.webs.com

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • noiseyfly profile image

      Craig Bruebaker 

      5 years ago from Spokane Washington

      If Zac suggests this then I will give it a try. Thanks

    • profile image

      JimBob23 

      6 years ago

      That's interesting, I always thought that keeping vibration out of the guitar and on the strings was the way to longer sustain?

    • parkerk393 profile imageAUTHOR

      parkerk393 

      8 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      That's a great idea! I hadn't thought about doing that. Glad you enjoyed it.

    • music love profile image

      music love 

      8 years ago from United States

      This was a great bit of information. I think I'll try it on my ES 335, which already has a fair bit of sustain.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)