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Fernandes FSK-401 Sustainer Pickup Kit

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The FSK-401 Sustainer by Fernandes is an electromagnetic system powered by a 9V battery. It magnetically vibrates the guitar strings once you have se...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Sustainer System, now available for any solidbody guitar.

The FSK-401 Sustainer by Fernandes is an electromagnetic system powered by a 9V battery. It magnetically vibrates the guitar strings once you have set them in motion, to give you nearly endless sustain and, in a second mode, to give you harmonic feedback at any volume level. Installation of the Sustainer Kit may require routing.

FEATURES
  • In standard mode will continuously vibrate the note
  • In harmonic mode will create 5th harmonic feedback at any volume level

Order today and fit your guitar with the Sustainer System.

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FernandesFSK-401 Sustainer Pickup Kit
 
4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (4)
  • Functional (3)
  • Good quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
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    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic

I don't know what these other reviewers are talking about. First off. The battery life well exceeds 20 minutes. Here's a tip. Turn the sustainer off when your not using it. Secondly,...Read complete review

I don't know what these other reviewers are talking about. First off. The battery life well exceeds 20 minutes. Here's a tip. Turn the sustainer off when your not using it. Secondly, you can use the sustainer with any other humbucker pickup you want. Fernandes themselves even state that it will work with seymour duncans and active EMG pickups. I just put an EMG 81 in my guitar guitar and it works perfectly with the sustainer. My only suggestion is that you get a skilled Luthier to install all of the hardware. If you do not know what you are doing I wouldn't suggest doing it yourself. If everything is done correctly then you can get infinite sustain in any mode on any fret on the guitar. This thing can really add a whole other dimension to your playing. It works with distortion and it works on clean channels too. The only issue I had was that the guitar I put the sustainer into had a pickguard made with a humbucker in the neck position. This is obviously a problem with a single coil sustainer. So i had to have a custom pickguard made up in order for everything to look right. I highly recommend this for anyone who is trying to get something more out of their playing

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Is it Worth It???

I bought this after trying out a friend's guitar who is a guitar tech and installed it himself. I was amazed at the unlimited sustain on his guitar and decided to order one after...Read complete review

I bought this after trying out a friend's guitar who is a guitar tech and installed it himself. I was amazed at the unlimited sustain on his guitar and decided to order one after my guitar tech friend said he could put it in a couple of days work. While waiting for it to arrive I had some questions about the product which Musician's Friend couldn't answer so they gave me the phone number for Fernandes. It's not even in service! try the website-no phone number but a contact us link. Try asking them a question- never got a response!??? Sustainer arrives and I learned the answer to my question, which you may want to know. If you have humbucker pickups, you will need to buy a single-coil size pick up, like a Hotrail to put side by side with the single coil sustainer driver. There's a generic humbucker pick up in the kit, which seems like just a waste if you already have a good humbucker you like in the bridge position. (Some people say it's a Fernandes humbucker and you need to use it. Not true, even Fernandes puts Dimarzios in its guitars with sustainers.) My friend went through a couple of routers and a soldering iron, plus we had to make several trips for small stuff like liquid wire insulation, a pickguard to cut and cover the new space in the back of the guitar, paint to cover and protect newly exposed wood. Also note, sustaining really high notes doesn't work well.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic

By kinghlg

from Baltimore MD

Comments about Fernandes FSK-401 Sustainer Pickup Kit:

I don't know what these other reviewers are talking about. First off. The battery life well exceeds 20 minutes. Here's a tip. Turn the sustainer off when your not using it. Secondly, you can use the sustainer with any other humbucker pickup you want. Fernandes themselves even state that it will work with seymour duncans and active EMG pickups. I just put an EMG 81 in my guitar guitar and it works perfectly with the sustainer. My only suggestion is that you get a skilled Luthier to install all of the hardware. If you do not know what you are doing I wouldn't suggest doing it yourself. If everything is done correctly then you can get infinite sustain in any mode on any fret on the guitar. This thing can really add a whole other dimension to your playing. It works with distortion and it works on clean channels too. The only issue I had was that the guitar I put the sustainer into had a pickguard made with a humbucker in the neck position. This is obviously a problem with a single coil sustainer. So i had to have a custom pickguard made up in order for everything to look right. I highly recommend this for anyone who is trying to get something more out of their playing

(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Is it Worth It???

By Cranium Vex

from Phoenix, AZ

Comments about Fernandes FSK-401 Sustainer Pickup Kit:

I bought this after trying out a friend's guitar who is a guitar tech and installed it himself. I was amazed at the unlimited sustain on his guitar and decided to order one after my guitar tech friend said he could put it in a couple of days work. While waiting for it to arrive I had some questions about the product which Musician's Friend couldn't answer so they gave me the phone number for Fernandes. It's not even in service! try the website-no phone number but a contact us link. Try asking them a question- never got a response!??? Sustainer arrives and I learned the answer to my question, which you may want to know. If you have humbucker pickups, you will need to buy a single-coil size pick up, like a Hotrail to put side by side with the single coil sustainer driver. There's a generic humbucker pick up in the kit, which seems like just a waste if you already have a good humbucker you like in the bridge position. (Some people say it's a Fernandes humbucker and you need to use it. Not true, even Fernandes puts Dimarzios in its guitars with sustainers.) My friend went through a couple of routers and a soldering iron, plus we had to make several trips for small stuff like liquid wire insulation, a pickguard to cut and cover the new space in the back of the guitar, paint to cover and protect newly exposed wood. Also note, sustaining really high notes doesn't work well.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works great

By Roger

from Mass.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fernandes FSK-401 Sustainer Pickup Kit:

A couple of wires came reversed from the factory, but Andres @ fernandes responded quickly and helped me right the problem. Installation is a bit tricky, not for the faint of heart.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Why buy a fancy pedal?

By Andrew-mSZ2a

from Parma Heights, OH

Comments about Fernandes FSK-401 Sustainer Pickup Kit:

I have the Sustainer kit in my Burney MG140S guitar (Japan only!). The VH401 pickup is probably the best distortion pickup I have ever used. It?s a shame you can only get them with this kit! The sustainer is awesome. You can flip from harmonics to normal note sustain, or do a hybrid of the two. It?s just awesome, and worth every penny for the quality of the item. The notes ring crystal clear infinitely, or. Until your battery dies :) My battery life has been over 2 hours now, so Id says that is pretty good as well.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

endless sustain

By Stevedelayman

from San Jose, Costa Rica

Comments about Fernandes FSK-401 Sustainer Pickup Kit:

you wanna play "flying in a blue dream"?.what about "whispering a prayer".enjoy the greatest sustain ever. GREAT!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fernandez sustainer kit!

By Hambucker

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Fernandes FSK-401 Sustainer Pickup Kit:

WOW! AMAZED! this thing is a must for players who wants to explore the deepness of metal solo's or the one who are looking for some sweet effect. You see... it sustains your note as long as you want so you can do some really cool floyd rose action and put this in harmonic mode and let your guitar have an blast.Very RecommandedBenoit

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sustainer by Fernandez

By Bruceta-aqydG

from Brazil

Comments about Fernandes FSK-401 Sustainer Pickup Kit:

Fantastic. The only issue is that the pickup that works best with the Sustainer is the Fernandes Pickup. Other pickups don't work that well. So you get the effect but get limmited in pickup options.

 
5.0

Changes the way I play guitar

By themadcaplaughs

from Atlanta, GA.

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Functional
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Fernandes FSK-401 Sustainer Pickup Kit:

    The infamous, and original, Fernandes Sustainer. This device, once installed, acts like an ebow for your entire guitar; creating a magnetic vibration on all the strings that allows infinite sustain. The Sustainer allows for a "natural" mode - which sustains the natural sound of the string, a harmonic mode - which creates a neat sounding harmonic on each note you play - and a blend of the two. These modes allow you a wide range of sound, from letting chords ring out and chime, to wailing on harmonic mode.

     
    5.0

    Changes the way you play

    By Kris

    from Utah

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fernandes FSK-401 Sustainer Pickup Kit:

      First off, battery life is just fine, just turning off the sustainer switch won't do, you'll have to unplug your guitar each time otherwise it will drain the battery. My harmonic seems to squeak at times but i don't use that mode much, so not a big deal for me. it's been very useful and I just love it. I really wish more guitars would come equipped with these. Installation was not easy, requires wood removal and rewiring.

       
      5.0

      bring your guitar BACK TO LIFE B4 its too late !!!

      By thor

      from Berkeley ca

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Fernandes FSK-401 Sustainer Pickup Kit:

        i started installing this at 10am in my white strat useing a chisel and hammer to cut out the huge cavity. I was done with it at aprox 8pm and it worked exactly how it should the first time. i mounted the two toggle switches through the faceplate .my advice is only do this mod on a flat top NOT AN ARCHED TOP GUITAR ...

         
        5.0

        You will not regret it !

        By Rubenator

        from Miami Beach

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • DIsturb people you don't lIke

          Comments about Fernandes FSK-401 Sustainer Pickup Kit:

          I've owned a Fernandes guitar with a sustainer since 2001 and it blew my mind. If you want to sound like Alex Lifeson, Brian May, Eddie Van Halen, Billy Gibbons, and of course the great David Gilmour then this is what you want to have ( Talent not included!). The only issue I found to be a problem is the battery life. I made a nine volt converter for the guitar when I'm using it a lot with a quarter inch plug into the back of the guitar. I would suggest placing two batteries as their website states. The guitar will not work without batteries. Don't know if the newer models have better battery life or if they turn off when not playing. Might be a good thing for Fernandes to incorporate into this wonderful electronic circuit. I have used the sustainiac installed by its founder and I honestly have not been able to get the same results as Fernandes. I'm flirting with purchasing the new single coil for my next strat project.

           
          5.0

          Amazing!

          By c2PNyZ0xc

          from Miami Beach

          Comments about Fernandes FSK-401 Sustainer Pickup Kit:

          If you ever wanted to get pinch harmonics that don't fade out but explode, this is the real deal. It will easily let you mimic Alex Lifeson or Brian May leads that incorporate this effect. I own a Fernandez guitar that I purchased around 2001. When I went to purchase this product in 2003 it was unavailable and I had a Sustaniac installed on another guitar. I compared both side to side and this product is much better. Advise: Your battery life is maybe a couple of hours which is not much especially if you accidentally leave it on. I suggest a modification where you add a wall wart with the appropriate voltage to the back of your guitar. Thanks Fernandes for bringing it back!

          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          geetarded from austin

          By geetarded

          from austin,tx

          Comments about Fernandes FSK-401 Sustainer Pickup Kit:

          Excellent sound the notes are endless, this baby eats up the batteries though. A new battery will only last about 20 minutes so be prepared to shell out the $ on batteries. I suggest getting rechargable batteries and a charger. The instructions were next to impossible to read, you need to go online and get a better view of the specs. Overall it is a very fun product to have.

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