Get The Tone
A moderately over-driven tone assists with sustain and expression, especially when adding vibrato to bent notes. A splash of reverb helps smooth things out too, and makes the bends sound ‘ musical’. You may also find these ideas easier to execute on a guitar with a fixed bridge set- up, too, since bending strings on vibrato equipped guitars can put unbent strings slightly out of tune. But many players have no problem with this – and anyway, it’s all part of the learning process!