When you hear the name Fishman, you instantly think of amazing guitar pickups. And rightly so as they are known to make some of the best pickups for acoustic guitars as well as associated preamp systems to compliment these pickups. But, most of you would not generally think of tricking up your Fender Strat with a Fishman, unless you were going for that piezo in the bridge that might struggle to translate. Well, all that is about to change as Fishman have finally dipped their feet into the electric guitar market with their first magnetic pickups for Strats.
What these pickups offer is a whole new take on the classic “copper coil around a magnet” design. Given the variations that can occur with different windings of a pickup, and the damage that can occur when a copper coil is mistreated, Fishman dropped this idea for what they claim to be 48 layers of traces around the magnets. This presents a more even static field and delivers a noiseless reproduction of the signal captured from the string’s vibrations. It all sounds a little technical, and ultimately requires a battery to run the system, so instantly there will be some tone junkies out there who will be fearful of these pickups before they have even heard them. But, let’s not get lost in the past and allow ourselves to miss out on what Fishman have brought to the table in their first attempt at amplifying the electric guitar.
HOT AND COLD
What the Fluence pickup gives you, is the ability to get multiple sounds from a single pickup without having to vary the amount of copper coils or the size of the magnets. You can get two very different voices in these single coil pickups to suit a range of uses. The first being a classic, vintage tone and the second a hotter, Texas style voicing that still has plenty of high frequencies and still sounds very much like a Strat pickup. Easy to wire in, these pickups drop in to replace standard pickups and don’t need any modification to the guitar at the installation stage, so you can swap them in and out of each and every guitar you own, if you like. Or, just buy a set for every Strat in your collection and be done with it. If you like high output, low noise pickups in your Strat and are a little tired of how all the others sound, perhaps the Fishman Fluence could be the next pickup for you.
Hits and Misses
Easily wires in like a standard pickup
Noiseless, even tone without irregularities
Multiple voicing from single pickups
These are going to be a hard sell to tone junkies
Batteries always feel like a nuisance in a magnetic pickup
- Voice 1 Peak Frequency: 4khz
- Voice 2 Peak Frequency: 3khz
- Magnetic Material: Alnico Iv
- Magnetic Circuit: Rod Magnets
- Typical Gauss Strength At String: 260 Gauss
- Pole Spacing: 52.2mm
- Output Impedance: 2k
- Current Draw: 2.4ma
- Battery: 9-Volt / Fbp100
- Battery Life: 200 Hours