This is a technique thing. If the big Martin is booming and sustaining when it shouldn't that's the players fault.Larry Mal wrote: ↑Thu Sep 22, 2022 7:12 amYou know, I'm going to stop this a little bit and talk about sustain, and why it's not really a goal worth pursuing.
I went on an acoustic guitar tear a couple years ago, and bought a whole bunch of them, including a lot of Gibsons.
Gibson guitars aren't really able to be categorized into one kind of "sound", but they do tend to have less focus on sustain overall compared to other guitar makers, such as Martin, that seem to have more sustain typically.
So, according to this thread, that makes them "worse", or, it's a shame not to have the sustain.
However, once you get to recording these guitars, you find out that this is actually a strength. Since the notes decay quicker, you end up with a situation in which you aren't hearing the previously played notes as much when you are playing the current notes. This can translate as having a guitar that sounds cleaner and more crisp.
If the player is sloppy then yes, the Gibson might sound better if they're just going to hit all the strings even when they shouldn't and never mute anything. My IRL experience is sure, lots of people are probably the kind of player that will sound better on the Gibson.
We're talking about electrics here where that kind of technique is even more important.
If you're the type of person who collects a lot of guitars and chooses to get different things by swapping guitars that's one thing. If you're trying to keep the # of guitars down to a minimum a guitar with more sustain seems to offer more possibilities if you're willing to work on those techniques.