Schematics/Instructions for guitar pickup Sustainer?

I saw some pickups  for sale, sustainers, I thought "oh thats cool" but they are way above my budget. Besides that I love the sound of my current pickups. What I want to know is how to make a sustainer  with on/ off switch for my 3 coil single coil strat. It would be neat to have on/off but I could do without and just make one pickup sustaining. Any tips schematics links, etc, are very welcome.

gmoon6 years ago
Look to the "Project Guitar" forum. They've had several DIY sustainer pickup threads going, including a truly epic thread that had to be locked down,

If that's not enough info (316 forum pages), check out their other threads...

It's not a simple thing to do, BTW. You know that some normal stompbox F/X and amps can create a lot of sustain in a simpler manner, right? (without the positive feedback loop of a "sustaining pickup).

Other schema are possible, too--I've seen one that utilized a piezo element clamped on the headstock, fed with a LM386 or other small amp chip.
beardedknome (author)  gmoon6 years ago
Thanks alot, I've been looking for this website but couldn't remember what it was called!
beardedknome (author) 6 years ago
Oh and I meant just a simple sustainer, I don't need to be able to adjust attack and sustain, i just want it to have loooonnng sustain. Sortof like vai