The Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup is for musicians who want the warm, full humbucker acoustic tones. A volume wheel is conveniently located onboard. Battery life rated at... Read More
The Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup is for musicians who want the warm, full humbucker acoustic tones. A volume wheel is conveniently located onboard. Battery life rated at 300 hours.
Powerful neodymium (a rare earth element, hence the name) magnets are responsible for the excellent sound quality and string to string balance of this active, double coil magnetic soundhole pickup.
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Been looking for a pick up to amplify my Gibson J45. Love the natural sound of that guitar and wanted something that would stay true to the acoustic tone. Tried the rare earth HB after reading the other reviews and was not disappointed. Absolutely great pu. Keeps as true to the natural sound as anything I've heard. I actually like this better than the factory expression system in my Taylor and I thought that was really good until I heard the Fishman. It's dead quiet too. No hum or feedback due to the humbucking features. You get volume control only with this but I prefer to use the amp to control everything else anyway, so no down side for me as is. I knew the minute I heard this, it was going to stay with the Gibson for good, so I permanently mounted it. Very easy to do if you're handy with tools but not for the faint of heart. You will need to drill out the end pin hole on your guitar to accommodate the end jack and will also need to shorten the lead that's supplied and do some soldering. Take it to a professional if any of this makes you nervous. Was so thrilled, I bought a second one within a week for another acoustic I have and permanently mounted that one too. Just be sure to leave enough lead wire slack to allow you to take the pu out of the hole for battery changes. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to amplify a straight acoustic and wants to stay as true to its original tone as possible.
Just after Christmas 2012 I had this installed in my Epiphone EJ200. I usually obsess over things like this for a while, reading review after review of the choices and looking at vids on YouTube. Finally I pulled the trigger on this one, and I must say it's pretty darn impressive. It gives a really really close to true acoustic sound, but where it totally shines is when you throw in a bit of chorus or some other effect. Five minutes ago I was playing along with some bluesy backing tracks through a Vox AD30VT modeling amp. I dialed in a nice jazzy tone, added some delay and I am VERY happy with the sound. I had expected the original batteries to have fizzled by now, but 11 months and hundreds of hours later, they are still good. I do need to mention that they had the price for the passive pickup on the stack of these active ones, which we discovered after it was in my guitar, so I got the deal of the year! Pay the extra, it will be worth it spread out over the years.
I purchased this today along with a Taylor DN3. This pickup is really great, has plenty of power to stand out in a mix and adds a little natural reverb to your guitar, IMHO. I would recommend this for live performing, as that is what I use it for.
The number one thing to understand about acoustic pickups is that they won't sound as good as your guitar does when it's doing what it's meant to do- which is play acoustically! Thinking that you will find something that recreates your acoustic sound perfectly is a dragon chasing proposition. That said, you can still get good sound when you plug in. It's just important to focus on the plugged in sound and not perfectly recreating the acoustic sound cuz it ain't happening. The Rare Earth humbucker does very well at giving me an acoustic sound that is small show worthy. It is well balanced and even sounds good plugged straight into a PA of reasonable quality, though, I wouldn't go out without my preamp there to fill in the sound if the PA (or sound guy) sucks. The on board volume is nice, but it's almost always at 10. It's also important that I can remove it when we're not playing a show. The main drawback is that having the pickup mounted in the soundhole does affect the natural, unplugged acoustic tone of your guitar- something I'm not willing to permanently compromise on my 1973 Mossman. So I won't be doing the end pin install. And even though it sounds good, I'll still be using high end mics for recording. All in all, it's a great product and worth the money.
this pickup sounds amazing, I wanted to play it cheap with Dean Markley, then with a suggestion from the sales dude I checked out the active Fishman, the overall design and the fact that the jack fitted like an endpin sold me...I've played high end acoustics with onboard electronics and they produce nothing like the rich sound that this active pickup produces, absolutely no noise from picking or fingerstyle, it's a beautiful product.
If you're looking for a great pickup this is it. The price is right on; don't flinch - it's worth the money. The humbucking model of this pickup eliminates every last bit of mechanical noise while pickingup and accurately reproducing the subtle nuances of your particular instrument. The best part for me is the slim but deep design. It's kind of hard to see but the pickup goes pretty deep into your guitar, nothing to worry about, in fact, it's great! Not having to worry about hitting the pickup with your fingers or your pick is priceless. I used a dean markeley and those things couldn't be more intrusive into my playing. The fishman is out of the way and with semi-permanent installation I know I am free to upgrade or do away with it altogether if that's what I decide to do. Which I won't!
I purchased a Fishman Rare Earth pickup for my Taylor 410, and I can honestly say that I was definitely satisfied with the results the pickup produced. The pickup produced perfectly clear sound, very natural, while hooked up to a PA system, and performed even better with a $500 acoustic amp. I would recommend this pickup to anyone who is looking for something that will produce a clear sound for their acoustic guitar.
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