Fishman’s First Electric Pickup: The Fluence
Since 1981, the go-to name for amplifying an acoustic has been Fishman. So why is it that after 33 years in business, Fishman is only now going electric? Founder Larry Fishman says there was a good reason for the delay—there were “plenty” of great electric pickups already around. But we all know that pickups aren’t consistent, hand-wound or otherwise. Fishman wants to change that with their new Fluence pickup.
Standard electric guitar pickups consist of a bar magnet, with up to 7000 turns of copper wire coiled around it. In the Fluence, the copper isn’t wound—it’s “printed” then stacked in 48 layers. As a result, Fishman says “every Fluence pickup sounds the same.”
Fluence pickups are also multi-voice—you can wire them up with a push-pull pot or a toggle to get different sounds.
- Voice 1 – Vintage Single-Coil: Vintage tone, clear and present with a sweet warmth.
- Voice 2 – Hot Texas Single-Coil: Muscular, beefy, “overwound” tone
To remove noise and hum, the signal is sent through a powered preamp, but don’t freak out—Fishman’s rechargeable power pack fits right into the control cavity. It offers around 200 hours of play time (with a warning light when you are down to six.) Total charging time is 2 1/2 hours through a mini USB jack. The Fluence can also be powered by a standard 9-volt battery.
Fluence will be available in single widths, as well as classic and modern humbucker configurations.
Pricing is TDB. Pickups will be available in the second quarter of ’14.