New Gear Review: Fishman Fluence Electric Guitar Pickup

Fishman Guitar Pickup

The Fishman Fluence™ pickups are said to avoid the typical problems of passive pickups made with traditional wire-wound coils and eliminate the tonal inconsistencies due to the inherent limitations of outdated pickup technology such as spurious noise, hum, cable capacitance problems and loss in tonal response. The Multi-Voice feature in every Fluence pickup allows players to transform their individual pickups from vintage, to hot, “line-in” clean or super hot with the right level and gain for each voice. Fluence will be introduced in both single-coil (single width) as well as classic and modern humbucker designs in a variety of finishes.

Fluence is also the first pickup system with active electronics to eliminate both battery cost and tricky installations. When coupled with the Fluence rechargeable Lithium-ion battery pack, time between charges is weeks instead of hours. When the battery is low, just plug in a standard USB charger for another 200+ hours of playing time. In a pinch, a standard 9V battery will also power Fluence pickups.


By Barry Rudolph

MiniBio: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.com