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Fernandes FSK101 Sustainer Kit with Single Humbucker

Get endless sustain at any volume with this sustainer kit. It comes with everything you need to assemble. (14) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

Finally an official Fernandes Sustainer Kit with a humbucker-sized sustainer driver! Now you can have the power of Infinite Sustain in any guitar with a neck humbucking configuration.

Includes:

- Sustainer circuit board
- Easy-access battery box
- Stereo jack
- Battery connector
- Connection wires and clips
- Screws
- 9-volt alkaline battery
- Installation manual

Since the 1960's, electric guitar players have been searching for an effective way to control sustain and feedback. The Fernandes Sustainer puts that power at your fingertips. Their patented technology allows players to produce Hendrix-like textures and tonal colorings at any volume level. The Sustainer works with single notes or chords and can be adjusted to give swells or a gradual decay to the sustain.

What is the Fernandes Sustainer

The Fernandes Sustainer is a specially designed electronic system for electric guitar that creates controllable sustain of any single or group of notes in the instrument's sound range. This means that the string(s) will ring at constant intensity indefinitely until stopped, regardless of output and location, even if your guitar is not connected to an amplifier!

What can the Fernandes Sustainer do for you?

Bring your creativity to higher levels by using the Sustainer with any combination of gear in your arsenal of effects, amp modelers and home recording equipment. Discover sounds exploring the world of controlled sustain and feedback. How do you get natural sustain using digital effects? The Fernandes Sustainer is the way!

How does it work?

The patented Fernandes Sustainer system generates a magnetic field causing the strings of the guitar to vibrate. Powered by a 9-Volt battery, the interaction of the bridge humbucking pickup, the Sustainer Circuit Board and the neck Sustainer Driver pickup, projects magnetic pulses that continuously vibrate the strings of the guitar, the same way an amplifier at extreme volume would do, yet totally controlled! The result is infinite sustain and/or feedback using sparkly clean or loud distorted settings without the need for excessive volume or extra outboard gear!

Modes

1. Natural Mode: The note(s) will continue to ring its natural fundamental tone as long as the string(s) are free to vibrate and the Sustainer System is on.

2. Harmonic Mode: Within seconds, the pitch of the ringing note(s) will rise to the 5th natural harmonic.

3. Mix Mode: Available on select models including the FSK-401 Sustainer Kit, the Mix mode blends the Natural and Harmonic Mode to harmonize indefinitely every ringing note creating a harmonized feedback effect.

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Fernandes products.
- Humbucker Sustainer Driver Pickup
- PC Board
- Easy Access Battery Box
- Battery Connecter
- Stereo Jack
- Wires and Clips
- Screws
- 9V Alkaline Battery
- Installation Manual
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 3 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 866-632-8346
Customer Reviews
4 out of 5 (14 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
"I'd rather have a Sustainiac Pro, but in a pinch, I'll tolerate this because I already spent the bucks and can't get a refund no"
Sound: Infinite sustain? You bet - while it eats the battery. But it does sound good. Feature: Just sustains - the neck pickup is gone, and no harmonics. Ease of Use: Just flip the switch and play your unending notes. If you've performed on stage, it's like having your amp cranked to good sustain levels, but without the usual necessary blistering volume. Quality: Too bulky, switches are hard mounted, so if you're cramped for space, you have to de-solder them and add leads, which is a royal pain. Board has some strange circuit material - not copper like regular boards, so if you damage it, good luck fixing it. I'd say this was made for Fernandes to put in its guitars, and not for people as an aftermarket product that is now selling as. The Sustainiac board is MUCH smaller and easier to mount in many cases, unless you want to rout a special compartment for this thing. Value: Due to the bulkiness, fit and finish of the parts (board looks like most of it came out of a transistor radio when for the money it should be ALL SMDs and much smaller - yes, I know my electronics), I can't give it a high rating. 5 is neutral for me, but I'd rather have a Susutainiac, quite frankly. Manufacturer Support: Don't know - never contacted them, but I'd be surprised if they'd honor the mods I had to make in order to make it fit into the control cavity of the guitar it's now in because I was NOT going to rout a cavity and ad another plate to the back of this beautiful guitar - I didn't use their battery box either for the same reason. The Wow Factor: I use it a lot - it fits my playing style very well, but it devours batteries like no one's business. Overall: Already bought a Sustainiac as a better choice - even for the increased price. I'd describe it as a "budget Sustainiac" for a non-budget price. Not all of us are rich pros with the bucks to buy anything, and this thing costs more than a hand-made-in-the-US Fralin pickup, but isn't - it's most likely made in China for a pittance.
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "nice toy... probably will get old after a while... and then what do you do with two extra holes in the top of your guitar?"
Sound: Love the ability to sustain notes or get feedback whenever I want... wish the pickup had a bit more oomph when just using it as a pickup though. Ease of Use: skilled at soldering and fixing electronics. Mounting this thing was a bear... Unless you're a woodworker, don't do it. The amount of routing needed to mount this without winding up with at least two holes on the top of the guitar was a pain. In the end, wound up de-soldering the two switches and attaching them via flat flex-cable back to the board... it was the only way it would fit. One other thing, if you're going to have people drilling holes in their guitars... it might be nice if a TEMPLATE was included (a piece of paper? maybe with hole dimensions?? c'mon, is that too much to ask?!?). Quality: haven't had it in there long, time will tell. I'd imagine it'll last as long as I want it in the guitar. Value: better than having one hand always holding an e-bow... have a feeling It'll get old after a while. Manufacturer Support: Haven't contacted support. The Wow Factor: sex appeal??
Style of Music: Alternative
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