With over 30 years of experience, Fishman Transducers have worked their way to becoming one of the most successful and well-known pickup manufacturers in the world. And while most players are more familiar with their suite of acoustic guitar and amplification products, the company also features a number of excellent choices for electric guitars. If you're not familiar with the products from Fishman, you owe it to yourself and your tone to take a closer look. Below are just a few of their standout pieces of gear.
When amplifying your acoustic guitar just isn't enough, the added power, control and versatility of onboard preamps are the way to go . With the Matrix Infinity, you get the world's best-selling under saddle pickup, the Acoustic Matrix, along with the power and sonic clarity of Fishman's onboard preamp system, all in one seamless package. And just like the rest of the pickups on this list, the Matrix Infinity pickup system can be easily installed without any visible modifications. Engineered to help maintain a clean and clear sound, the onboard preamp features premium electronics with Volume, Tone and Phase controls. The unique Tone control ranges from natural under saddle sound to the revered scooped-mid sound, just by moving a single slider. And just in case you're not sure if the Matrix Infinity will play nice with your acoustic, the switchable voicing feature can be used to accommodate all guitar body sizes.
With Fishman's Rare Earth pickup line, you don't have to perform major surgery on your acoustic guitar to amplify it. Setup is as simple as popping the pickup into the soundhole. After that, you're ready to go, no other alteration required (although you can easily mount the pre-wired output jack on the endpin for a seamless and clean setup). The Rare Earth acoustic pickup line comes in three models: single-coil (PROREP101), humbucker (PROREP102) and a dual pickup/mic combination (PROREP103) for added accuracy and clarity. But no matter what model works best for your needs, every Rare Earth pickup will deliver great tone, excellent string-to-string balance and hum-free operation. It's active electronics also ensure a pure, clean sound so that your acoustic guitar's natural voice comes through strong and uncolored. And better still, the Rare Earth line also features fantastic battery life thanks to its low-current operation, delivering up to 300 hours of active use.
Not every player is looking for an active pickup setup. If you like a set-and-forget type of design, one that won't deteriorate on you if you forget to change the battery, the Fishman Neo-D passive pickups are an excellent choice. A value-priced relative of the active Rare Earth line, the Neo-D features the same neodymium magnet structure, excellent string-to-string balance and pure acoustic clarity - all without the need for a battery. It also features the same easy installation process without the necessity for any alteration to your guitar. The Fishman Neo-D comes in both single-coil and humbucker designs.
While there are several different techniques that guitarists employ to get different sounds from a single set of pickups, such as coil-tapping or switching, those sounds are still bound to a general type of tone. In other words, you can’t convert your pickups' tone from vintage to hot, or from hot to line-in quality clean, at least not without a noticeable loss in output level. With the Fluence line, Fishman did just that, offering pickups that feature two truly distinct and useful sounds in one setup. These are true multi-voiced pickups, bringing together classic, familiar tone-colors along with brand new ones.
The Classic Humbucker Bridge, for example, pairs tried and true P.A.F tone with vintage Hot Rodded high gain sound. Whether you're looking for humbuckers or single-coils, classic or modern voicings, even ceramic or alnico magnets, Fishman has a Fluence pickup set that's perfect for your electric. Other key features include a noise free operation, virtually non-existent signal degradation (even with cables over 50-feet long) and over 200 hours of continuous use on a single 9v battery.
For more info on specs and tone combinations for each pickup, check out the Fishman's entire Fluence line right here.
There's plenty more where that came! For even more great gear, make sure you check out the Fishman Brand Page. And don't forget, we're throwing in a free FT-2 Clip-On Tuner on any Fishman purchase over $100! If you have any questions on these or any other product, don't hesitate to ask one of our PAL pros by using the Contact Us dialogue box below!
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