Just checked out the new Fishman Fluence Strat pickups at NAMM 2014

zarl

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So, I saw Greg Koch demonstrate these new Strat pickups from Fishman yesterday. I heard him say something about these capturing the best pickup characteristics from 50s era Strats. Based on what I heard, I'm really impressed -- both with his playing and with the tones he was coaxing from these. Neck pickup tones in particular had that nice chimey top end. Bridge pickup had a lot of tele bridge pickup character to it. In between positions sounded sweet too. For the most part, the pickups look conventional too, with one exception -- the graphics and logo on the pickups -- maybe those could be removed with a little thinner or something. I'm really interested to see how pricing is on these when they become available.







That last photo is a shot of the test mule guitar that Fishman used during development.
 

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It might have been Gregs playing, but I thought they sounded pretty incredible. I agree about the aesthetics tho...
 

Kyle Ashley

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God for a second I saw that last pic and said WTF! Glad to know that's just a jig for testing and not the standard install!
 

Luke Duke

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Don't know if you guys saw it, but in the room off to the side they had the new Falbo intention bridge hollow body with the Fluence classic hunbuckers.
 

DC1

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Heard Gary Hoey demo them. They sound nice and the dual voicing option is very useful. They used a push/pull pot to go from a vintage voice to a hotter voice. Sounds like a PU swap.

These don't use windings of wire, but printed windings on about 12 printed circuit boards. Sounds great and no hum.

I think this is a real change in PU tech. They are active, but don't sound like it.


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