I've been struggling on this for a while, finally at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt I bought a Fernandes guitar. I myself built a sustainer, but the toy from Fernandes is *damn* good (they use a very specialized driver pickup), so I left on my own. They have also a kit you can install on your own guitar. Another solution comes from Maniac Music, it's called Sustainiac. It's almost the same thing of Fernandes. And then, there's still the E-Bow! (handy, you can make some very strange sounds by kicking it very close to the pickups). Ciao! The Looping Uncle 8^)# FYI, this is the (long )mail I received from Maniac Music about Sustainiac: --------------------------------------------------------------------------- SUSTAINIAC is a registered trademark of Maniac Music, Inc. 8230 Meadowbrook Dr.; Indianapolis, IN 46240 For more detailed information, send us address, etc. Strat. is a registered trademark of Fender Musical Instruments SUSTAINIAC. GA-5 IN-GUITAR SUSTAINER The SUSTAINIAC . GA-5 is a big step forward for sustainers. This battery powered in-guitar sustainer provides infinite sustain of fundamentals and harmonics by sustaining string vibration. It is designed specifically for "Strat.-Type" guitars. The entire sustainer mounts to Strat.-style pickguards, and is designed to blend with the well-known appearance of Strat.-type guitars. (The GA-5 cannot be used on guitars having no pickguard. Attempting to remove the components from the circuit board to mount onto non-pickguard instruments will void the warranty.) Unlike previous sustainers, the Sustainiac GA-5 functions with a standard single coil bridge pickup and a standard single coil neck pickup. (Or, it will work fine if either or both bridge and neck pickups are humbuckers.) The string driver is located in the middle pickup position. This allows the bridge pickup and/or the neck pickup to be used while the sustainer is active. Our advances in string-driver technology make the Sustainiac GA-5 the only sustainer available with these capabilities. NOTE: Many people think that the Sustainiac is a SPECIAL PICKUP that "provides sustain". This is false. The Sustainiac is an entire SUSTAIN SYSTEM, consisting of several elements. Installation required, typically taking about 2 weeks. Read on: The following features are provided: Improved string driver design is compatible with single coil pickups, or other "Strat." pickup configurations. The string driver is located in the middle pickup position to allow the use of single coil neck and bridge pickups when sustainer is active. String driver is utilized as a middle pickup while the sustainer is not active. The GA-5 electronics section replaces the existing three potentiometers ("pots")of strat guitars. Your knobs are used on the pots. It mounts to the back of the pickguard. Authentic "Strat" tonality is maintained whether the sustainer is on or off, for all pickup selections. (When the sustainer is ON, only bridge and neck pickups are heard. However, special on-board equalization circuitry blends bridge/neck pickup with equalization to achieve good "2,3,4" switch position sounds!) Numerous power options available, including rechargeable battery pack and external power-supply/charger. Convenient push button switches provide easy operation. A "BOW" button can be pressed and sustain is achieved as long as the button is held down. When the "SUSTAIN" button is pressed, the GA-5 stays ON. The "HARMONICS' button in the "out" position causes normal string vibration. For the "in" position, the string vibrations break in to 2nd or 3rd harmonic vibration, for really SCREAMING solos! Convenient "DRIVE" knob replaces lower Strat-type TONE knob, and controls string vibration intensity. Power-on LED indicator is easily viewable from the normal playing position. Prices vary, depending on Power Options chosen. $259 (two 9-v batteries option); $289 (internal rechargeable battery, overnight charger CH-1); $494 (internal rechargeable battery pack, PSC-1 external power supply/charger, allows playing while charging). Other Power Options available, see full brochure. Installation charge $50-$65, depending on option selected. We send you a fully-tested GA-5 installed onto your or our pickguard, with your or our pickups. For more detailed information, request our brochure and price list. Just send us your address, etc. SUSTAINIAC. MODEL B ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC SUSTAINER This is the sustainer that got it all started for us, back in 1987. It is still a workhorse of the studio, and has been used to generate effortless, screaming natural feedback sustain on countless recordings, TV shows, ads, etc. A special magnet plate easily attaches to most guitar headstocks, which holds strongly to an egg-size (but "squarish" shaped) electro-acoustic transducer. The transducer easily "pops off" the magnet when not used. The transducer plugs into one of three jacks on the Sustainiamp (tm) floorbox. Your guitar cable plugs into a second jack on the floorbox, and your amplifier or effects chain into the third jack. For playing onstage, the transducer cable (13ft. standard length) can be attached to the guitar cable to keep it out of the way. The 13 ft. length is optimum when using with a 10 ft. guitar cord. A 23 ft. cable is available for $10 extra, or custom lengths for $10 extra plus $1 per foot. When the Sustainiamp (tm) is turned on by one of the two footpedals, a 50-watt amplifier inside the floorbox amplifies your pickup signal from the guitar cable, and sends this amplified (and specially processed) signal back to the transducer. The transducer then intensely vibrates the guitar headstock, which causes the strings to vibrate endlessly. (Kind of like blasting your guitar from a 100 watt Marshall stack from a distance of one inch!! Only you don't blast your ears in the process. Actually, the vibration intensity into the instrument from the Sustainiac. is actually much greater than you can obtain in front of the stack.) The third jack is there to send the unaltered guitar pickup signal on its way to your amp or other effects. The Model B Sustainiamp (tm) has TWO OPERATIONAL MODES: (1) You can just hold down one pedal at a time for "momentary" sustain during accents. Depending on which pedal you hit, different string vibration harmonics are accented. (2) By hitting both pedals simultaneously (which is easy to do with a small foot-tap, because the two large pedals are located close together), you turn the Sustainiamp ON and OFF for continuous sustain. When ON, by next tapping either pedal, you can make the Sustainiamp stay in either of the two harmonic modes, indicated by a green or red LED being on. With these controls, you can hold a screaming note, and change the string vibration harmonics at will. A very unique, powerful effect! Also, the Model B Sustainiamp (tm) has three knobs for controlling (1) String vibration intensity; (2) Auto-Sense (automatically choosing optimum gain level); (3) Harmonic Enhance, for adjusting string vibration harmonic content. The SUSTAINIAC. MODEL B sustainer sells for $279, postage paid if within continental USA and prepaid. Postage extra for COD and other countries. For custom transducer cable lengths, see above. Shipping weight approx. 11 lbs.