New Gear review: Fishman Platinum Analog Acoustic Pre-Amps

Fishman_Platinum Pro EQFishman's new Platinum Pro EQ and Platinum Stage acoustic preamps are completely redesigned for the pristine and accurate reproduction of any acoustic instrument. They use an all-discrete, high-headroom circuit for the highest fidelity and lowest distortion.

You get the classic Fishman tone with sweep-able mid-range combined with a switchable guitar/bass EQ mode that broadens the pre-amp's usefulness to work for upright basses or large body acoustics. The new Platinum preamps have adjustable volume boost and balanced XLR direct outputs and are housed in tough, road-ready boxes.

The Platinum Pro EQ is built with durable foot switches that activate either the volume boost or an easy-to-read high-contrast chromatic tuner. It also includes a simple and effective analog soft-knee compressor, effect loop and adjustable notch filter.

Platinum Stage is for mobile instrumentalists such as mandolin and fiddle players with its included wearable belt-clip that provides instant access to the controls. The Fishman Platinum Pro sells for $384.54 MSRP and the Platinum Stage is $184.54 MSRP.


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. barryrudolph.com