The AG-094 and 125 pickups are the traditional saddle transducers using technology that has been proven for several decades.
These pickups were the default choice of musicians for many years and still have an important role to play.
The AG series, because of their high impedances, are recommended for use with an impedance matching preamp for optimum flexibility however for the casual
guitarist who requires occasional amplification without the stringent demands set by PA or studio gear the AG are just the ticket.
Extremely reliable with no batteries to pack up half way through a gig the AG series also provides the solution for guitarist with mutiple instruments. One AG series in each guitar and just one Pro EQ II or Aura Acoustic Environment processor for all of them...
The Matrix Infinity is the successor to the highly successful Acoustic Matrix I and II systems which had long been the default choice for musicians wishing to add an active pickup system to their guitars but with minimal intrusion into the instrument's structure.
The Matrix Infinity features a completely redesigned active, endpin mounted preamp with soundhole mounted rotary controls for Volume & Tone Contour.
The Tone contour control cuts mids while simultaneously boosting treble and bass to produce the scooped sound favoured by many acoustic players.
Signal is delivered to the Matrix Infinity by the market leading
Acoustic Matrix undersaddle transducer which has a proven track record of reliability extending some twenty years.
A voicing switch allows the installer to accommodate a range of guitar body sizes and shapes and the same direct endpin jack mounting system as the Acoustic Matrix and full internal screening ensures minimal noise intrusion, however professional installation is strongly recommended.
The unit is powered by readily available 9v PP3 batteries which can be easily changed via a convenient battery bag however with a battery life expectancy in excess of 200 hrs it's not expected you will have to do this very often...
A major concern for any guitarist requiring a pickup system is "Does my instrument need to be modified? Are you going to have to cut holes in it?"
Now you can add many of the functions of Fishman's onboard preamp systems to your guitar, without any visible modification. The Ellipse VT combines the market leading undersaddle transducer, the Fishman Acoustic Matrix, with an active preamp system in the new Ellipse system to give you fingertip control of your sound with minimal intrusion into the guitar's structure.
Built to Fishman's usual exacting standards of quality control and ergonomics, the onboard preamp features premium electronics with
Volume and Tone controls along with a feedback-busting Phase switch for when you can't get far enough away from your monitor. The unique Tone control ranges from natural undersaddle sound to the scooped-mid sound favoured by many acoustic players, just by moving a single slider. The addition of a voicing switch allows the installer to further tailor the response of the pickup to the requirements dictated by your guitar's size and body shape.
Signal output is via a Switchcraft endpin jack (Switchcraft are highest quality electronic components manufacturer in the US) which is very simple to install for a skilled professional and the unit is powered by readily available 9v PP3 batteries giving an expected battery life in excess of 200hrs.
In my opinion, the last word in onboard pre-amps, the Ellipse Aura features the same acoustic imaging software as is featured in the full size Aura. Up to four different images can be downloaded onto the unit from Fishman's sound library and and extensive range of image options is provided with every new unit in a convenient CD-ROM. A mini USB provides connectivity. A phase switch is provided for control of
positional feedback and if that isn't enough a self tuning notch filter mops up anything left over.
There is a voicing switch to adjust the response for different body shapes and sizes a balance control allowing you to feed in as much or as little of the image signal as you need and, of course, a volume control.
The Rare Earth series uses state of the art Neodymium magnet coupled with an built in low noise preamp powered by two long lived lithium cells.
Although the Rare Earth is an elctromagnetic pickup the strenght of the neodymium core allows it the string clearance needed for a discreetly mounted soundhole pickup and its broad footprint gives it one of the truest acoustic sounds of any magnetic acoustic pickup on the market.
The Rare Earth is one of the few Fishman pickups which is easily demountable and can be self-fitted if required, although professional fitting of the end pin jack (which double as an inline jack if required) is recommended
For budget conscious players the Neo-D offers a non-active version of the Rare Earth in the form of the Neo-D.
Both Rare Earth and Neo-D are available in single coil and humbucker formats and the Rare Earth additionally is available as a microphonic blend system