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I want to bypass Fernandes Sustainer
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I want to bypass Fernandes Sustainer

I recently purchased an EOB Strat. For those unfamiliar, it is a signature Strat from Fender and Radio Heads Ed O'Brien and contains the Fernandes Sustainer system. If you've never used a sustainer circuit it is fun and can add so many new things to your sound. Unfortunately I've realized something I don't like about it and that is that the battery must be used whether you are in sustaining mode or in passive mode. Plainly the guitar does not work w/o a battery present. I want to bypass this so when the sustainer is not activated it becomes a Strat with a 5 way selection of 3 pickups. To add some more confusion to that mess I would also like to change out the SD JB Jr. the guitar comes with to a Dimarzio DP218 (Super Distortion Strat single sized) and I'd like to use positions 1 and 2 on the 5 way as series and parallel of the DP218, position 3 a blend of the DP218 and the Texas Special middle, 4 just the special, and 5 a blend of the sustainer p/u and the special. I don't want the sustainer by itself as it sits high up and close to the strings and is a muddy beast on its own. Too tall an order? Maybe. But I'm just willing to bet there are some electronics guys out there with the knowledge of this sustainer circuit that can pull it off. Any takers?
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