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Fishman Rare Earth Blend Soundhole Pickup  

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The Fishman Rare Earth Blend Soundhole Pickup blends a humbucking pickup with an electret condenser mic for capturing both the initial attack and sound chamber resonance. You get true acoustic tone pl... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fishman Rare Earth Blend Soundhole Pickup blends a humbucking pickup with an electret condenser mic for capturing both the initial attack and sound chamber resonance. You get true acoustic tone plus power and projection. The Fishman Rare Earth pickup is easy to install.

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FishmanRare Earth Blend Soundhole Pickup
 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Rare Earth Blend Soundhole Pickup, worth the hassle

I've been using the Fishman Rare Earth Blend Sound hole pickup for over three years. I play out a minimum 10 times per month. I use it in conjunction with a Martin 12 String...Read complete review

I've been using the Fishman Rare Earth Blend Sound hole pickup for over three years. I play out a minimum 10 times per month. I use it in conjunction with a Martin 12 String and then through a Bose L1 system and the sound is just fantastic. Keep in mind these are all quality components. I absolutely love the sound of this! the adjustment lets you adjust the Humbucker/mic for a deeper or higher EQ. Regarding mic placement, it doesn't move. Putting it in roughly the center of the produces a beautiful rich sound. Drawbacks? There are a few. No volume control. I have had some feedback issues but can't specifically say it's the pickup. Batteries are hearing aid/watch batteries. Very common but best price I can find is 3 for $10.00. Do not get caught with dead batteries during a gig! It's a P.I.T.A! I change mine when I change my strings-about every 2 months. Or as someone else stated, just before a big gig.I'm going to buy another one for my 1978 Yuri Alvarez DY77 6 string Dreadnought. Replacing a different Fishman sound hole pickup. While there are drawbacks the overall sound is worth it! I'd give it a solid 4 stars.

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Loose Goose, Battery Blues, Ho-Hum Humbucker, but Good Mic!

I would like a more substantial goose neck to keep the mic in place. You have to remove the pickup to replace the batteries and they're like watch batteries! After replacing the batteries,...Read complete review

I would like a more substantial goose neck to keep the mic in place. You have to remove the pickup to replace the batteries and they're like watch batteries! After replacing the batteries, then you have to reinstall it and get the mic positioning right again! Do this a few times and the flimsy goose neck might get loose. I worry that even vibrations will move the mic to a less than optimal position, and position does matter! The batteries will need to be replaced especially before important shows, so it will be an ongoing concern. I blend almost all the way to the mic because the humbucker is typical, in need of substantial EQ to make it sound even OK. If there is (and I don't know) just an internal phantom powered mic, that would be better. Then the power source could be external. An external battery source wouldn't be a big deal since you need external controls anyway. I mean it doesn't even have a volume control! I connected it to my L.R. Baggs Para DI, which has volume, EQ, etc. With the external controls I managed to make the humbucker sound a lot better, but it still sounds best blended almost all the way to the mic. Having said all this, the mic is good, so I give it 3 stars.

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4.0

Still Incredible

By CR Esteban

from Hawaii, Hawaii

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

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    Best Uses

      Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Blend Soundhole Pickup:

      This is not my first Fishman Rare Earth Blend. It is a superb pick-up for acoustic guitars. True clean, clear acoustic sound, with the ability to expand into a stereo pick up.

       
      5.0

      Rare Earth in a Recording King 000 ?

      By Max Bugsby

      from Bemidji, MN

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

        • No Install Inst On Line
        • Wish It Had A Volume Cont

        Best Uses

        • Recording

        Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Blend Soundhole Pickup:

        I bout this pick-up set up to put in an inexpensive Recording King 000 because the LR Baggs in my Gibson didn't produce the sound I was looking for. My MacPhearson has a Fishman set-up without a sound hole attached pick-up that sounds fantastic, but not quite the sound I was looking for. I liked what I read in some of the reviews on Musician's Friend so I ordered the Rare Earth set-up and I am very pleased with the sound it produces in a basic replica of a 50's mailorder guitar. I only wish it had a volume control on board next to the balance control.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Rare Earth Blend Soundhole Pickup, worth the hassle

        By Mike Walsh

        from Reading, MA

        Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Blend Soundhole Pickup:

        I've been using the Fishman Rare Earth Blend Sound hole pickup for over three years. I play out a minimum 10 times per month. I use it in conjunction with a Martin 12 String and then through a Bose L1 system and the sound is just fantastic. Keep in mind these are all quality components. I absolutely love the sound of this! the adjustment lets you adjust the Humbucker/mic for a deeper or higher EQ. Regarding mic placement, it doesn't move. Putting it in roughly the center of the produces a beautiful rich sound. Drawbacks? There are a few. No volume control. I have had some feedback issues but can't specifically say it's the pickup. Batteries are hearing aid/watch batteries. Very common but best price I can find is 3 for $10.00. Do not get caught with dead batteries during a gig! It's a P.I.T.A! I change mine when I change my strings-about every 2 months. Or as someone else stated, just before a big gig.I'm going to buy another one for my 1978 Yuri Alvarez DY77 6 string Dreadnought. Replacing a different Fishman sound hole pickup. While there are drawbacks the overall sound is worth it! I'd give it a solid 4 stars.

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Loose Goose, Battery Blues, Ho-Hum Humbucker, but Good Mic!

        By James Lee

        from Salt Lake City

        Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Blend Soundhole Pickup:

        I would like a more substantial goose neck to keep the mic in place. You have to remove the pickup to replace the batteries and they're like watch batteries! After replacing the batteries, then you have to reinstall it and get the mic positioning right again! Do this a few times and the flimsy goose neck might get loose. I worry that even vibrations will move the mic to a less than optimal position, and position does matter! The batteries will need to be replaced especially before important shows, so it will be an ongoing concern. I blend almost all the way to the mic because the humbucker is typical, in need of substantial EQ to make it sound even OK. If there is (and I don't know) just an internal phantom powered mic, that would be better. Then the power source could be external. An external battery source wouldn't be a big deal since you need external controls anyway. I mean it doesn't even have a volume control! I connected it to my L.R. Baggs Para DI, which has volume, EQ, etc. With the external controls I managed to make the humbucker sound a lot better, but it still sounds best blended almost all the way to the mic. Having said all this, the mic is good, so I give it 3 stars.

        (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Well....

        By Joe-lRzuT

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Blend Soundhole Pickup:

        After owning this for a few weeks now, I must say I'm still quite happy with the sound.
        But I must add that I'm quite disappointed with the battery life, and the hassle of having to remove the entire pickup in order to replace them. I'd probably feel better about it if it was shipped with a years supply of batteries or something.

        A highly suggested improvement to this unit would be a separate battery holder that might be attached with velcro inside the guitar body, or an addition to the pickup of a power switch to prolong battery life.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very happy!

        By Joe-lRzuT

        from Who cares?

        Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Blend Soundhole Pickup:

        I purchased the rare earth blend sound hole pickup for my old Epiphone FT-150. The sound is rich and full, and I'm quite happy with it.
        I thought it a bit strange that I had to go online to get instructions for permanent installation. (This will install and work on a temporary basis as well)
        Permanent installation was rather easy. The strings need to be removed in order to do it. The only setback I had was owning many drill bits, but not a 15/32 which you will need for a good fit.
        There is no soldering required. There is way more than enough wire between the pickups and preamp/end pin jack that you won't have any worries there, except where to put it all. Fortunately they thought to send a couple of sticky tape wire holders to mount inside the guitar to hold the wire out of the way.
        I've only played it a few hours so far, but I'm very pleased with the sound, and it certainly beats trying to play in front of a microphone.
        The balance between the humbucker and the inner mic create a very nice rich sound. My only concern is that the life of the batteries is rated at 110 hours. Not sure if that is the life once they are installed, or if it's the life of playing. We'll see.
        The inner mic takes a bit of convincing to stay put once it's bent into position.
        Although the wiring will remain in place, the pickup will need to be removed from the guitar to replace the flat cell batteries.
        Another excellent feature is the ability to easily fade between the two elements for a personal precise blend of sounds.
        The sound quality is excellent. I expect this to last a long time.
        Although 3 times the price I originally intended to spend for an acoustic pickup, if it contiues to sound as good as when it came out of the box, and doesn't die for some reason, I'd say you get what you pay for.

         
        5.0

        Excellent acoustic guitar pick-up!!!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Blend Soundhole Pickup:

        I use this pick-up with my Martin D-28 Podium anniversary guitar. It is the best pick system I have come across.You fine tune the sound by adjusting volume levels on the mike and pickup.It is really great!!!

         
        5.0

        very Nice Pick Up for Acoustic Guitar Players

        By Bluesmoods

        from USA East Coast

        Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Blend Soundhole Pickup:

        The Fishman Rare Earth Blend is a very good choice in providing warm amplification for your acoustic guitar. At times when I see a video of myself or hear a live recording, the high strings sound so darn "tiny" and over powering. This is not always the case but a big enough concern to make a mention of it. I do not have the system permanently install in my Collings Guitar so I place it on the sound hole as needed. I have it set pretty much all the time to a 50% mix mic and pick up.Overall, It is just great and almost does the Collings guitar Justice. i am having it or another system permanently installed within the next few weeks my my luthier/ Guitar Tech.. Oh, make sure you have it installed with the proper orientation. I have been in a rush at times and put it in backwards which could also be the reason for the harsh sounding higher strings at times!!Concern: The wire connector is so thin, I have had a fair amount of trouble with this and have to get it cut and re attached!! Nothing like a broken chord at an important performance! (They all are)

        (3 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        AWESOME

        By michael

        from torrington ct

        Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Blend Soundhole Pickup:

        this is a great piece of equitment i highly recommend it. great item 5 stars

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        FINALLY!! A GREAT SOUNDING ACOUSTIC PICKUP

        By me-BdpTL

        from little saint simons island, GA

        Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Blend Soundhole Pickup:

        I can't say i've tried every acoustic pickup out there, i've used the dean markley's, lawrence, as well as played a lot of the high end taylor and martin acoustic/electic's. none of those come close to the natural warmth that this pickup can produce with the exception of the martin dc aura. but, still not nearly as good as the REB. i typically use it at 75% mic, 25% pickup cause i love the true sound and warmth that the mic produces. match this with an lr baggs venue di and you've got acoustic heaven. granted, i've only used it on my martin hd28 which is a fine sounding instrument in my opinion, but, i have no doubts that this pickup will give you a true representation of your guitar, properly eq'ed of course.

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