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Them Old Magnetic Pickup With Internal Microphone Blues


BluesKing777

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Woke up this morning, and my J45 still had the Fishman Rare Earth Blend pickup in the soundhole, so I played a blues direct to my mixer and computer:

 

 

 

 

https://soundcloud.com/bk7-3/j45-pickups7b

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of guitar without soundhole pickup:

 

 

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BluesKing777.

 

I like the way my Fishman Rare Earth Humbucker sounds in all my guitar. This past year I ran it through a gain pedal cause I like what the gain does to it but for years I didn’t and it still was great. I like it the Rare Earth for its sound, not with any expectation that its a pure acoustic sound. Only pure acoustic is pure acoustic. I like the sound the Rare Earth produces. I have 3 of them and my numerous guitars share them as needed between them as needed. None are permanently installed, I let the cord hang out the sound hole. I kinda like that look and it enables me to switch em between guitars.

 

QM aka Jazzman Jeff

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My Fishman is the Rare Earth ‘Blend’ with the attached condenser mic.

 

In the recording above, I have the mic on full with just a touch of the Rare Earth mag part for some bottom end ....the mic on its own sounds a bit hollow, so I move the blend wheel towards mag just a hair...until I hear some bottom end kick in. I don’t like the sound of the mag pickup with no mic.

 

Mine is the old model - the mic arm is a bit long and I may buy the new one with short arm....I may spend the money on a Tonedexter instead!

 

The old model like mine:

 

http://www.mooloolabamusic.com.au/fishman-rare-earth-blend-with-mic-for-acoustic-ste

 

The new model:

 

http://www.stewmac.com/Pickups_and_Electronics/Pickups/Acoustic_Guitar_Pickups/Fishman_Rare_Earth_Magnetic_Mic_Blend_Soundhole_Pickup.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=shopping&utm_campaign=2018-01-gp&pref_currency=F&shipcalc=AUS&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyeWY3ojq2AIVSxSPCh3jLQcZEAQYASABEgIOcPD_BwE

 

 

 

 

BluesKing777.

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As I own a CF-100E I have a P-90 fired flattop (sexy one too). My other guitars get Dearmond 210s and one Kent knock off which I scored NOS in its box. If you want that Lightnin' Hopkins/Elmore James vibe though, these are the way to go. Eveything gets plugged into a freaky clean early 1960s Standel amp.

 

The most legendary flattop soundhole pickup of all time, however, remains the Dimarzio DP 139. I foolishly let mine go with a guitar. Dimarzio, of course, then stops producing them. Nothing out there today that compares. Hard as all get out to snag used these days as nobody lets go of them.

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