At the 2014 NAMM Show: Keith McMillen Instruments is introducing their latest invention: the StrongArm Six-string Sustainer.
The StrongArm Sustainer picks up and drives all six strings by systems embedded within the actual saddle piece. The sensor saddle of the StrongArm pickup sees minute changes in position of the strings’ termination at the bridge. The result is a pickup that is full and even sounding with a broad range of response. A simple blend control adjusts the mix from your regular magnetic pickups with the StrongArm Sustainer sound.
Here’s McMillen’s intro video for the StrongArm:
Why make a polyphonic string sustainer?
Keith McMillen explains the inspiration for his newest invention:
“I’ve been pondering and prototyping polyphonic string sustainers for the last 35 years. None of the magnetic approaches I tried could ever deliver on all fronts: sustain strength, tone shaping, pickup quality, tiny size and low power at an affordable price.”
“The StrongArm Sustainer is one of the best things I have ever thought of while showering,” adds McMillen. “I can finally take a bath.”
A single simple control adjusts the amount of sustain, going from “angelic smooth” to “nasty hard”, for any length of time desired until the player stops it. The sustainer and pickup are the size of Fender style saddle pieces allowing easy OEM and retrofit installation.
The StongArm Sustainer operates on AA batteries, and comes with a USB port for charging and communicating with the (free) editor. Users can make presets that control all parameters.
The Keith McMillen Instruments StrongArm Sustainer system comes with six sustainer saddles, smart driver card, rechargeable battery system and editor. StrongArm Sustainer list price is $495.
For additional information, consult the Keith McMillen Instruments website.