New Gear Review: Fishman Fluence Single Width Pickups

fishman_fluenceFishman now offers Fluence™ single width pickups (single coil size) with hum bucking versions coming soon. Fluence pickups combine Fluence Core printed “coils” with analog electronics. Each Fluence pickup features two selectable, complementary voices that deliver an “idealized” guitar sound—classic guitar pickup tone. Unlike regular passive wire-wound coil pickups, Fluence pickups are not susceptible to spurious noise, hum, cable capacitance problems or coil inductance variations.

Fluence also eliminates the main reasons many players avoid going active: battery cost and implementation. When coupled with the Fluence rechargeable Lithium-ion battery pack, time between charges is weeks instead of hours. You can also plug in a standard USB charger or use a 9-volt battery to power Fluence pickups.

Available in black or white, Fishman’s Single Widths range in price from $109.95 to $224.95 MAP.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. http://barryrudolph.com