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It was almost 40 years ago that Larry Fishman, a professional Boston-area bassist, realized that his playing was being drowned out by the increasing number of electronic instruments around him. Luckily, Larry was also an engineer and inventor. The result was his first pickup design, which quickly became hugely popular among jazz and pit orchestra bassists.

Soon, acoustic guitar manufacturers were knocking on his door - first Guild, then C. F. Martin. Larry's side hustle became a full-time job, and the rest is history. Fishman now offers best-in-class pickups for nearly any acoustic stringed instrument, as well as a series of acoustic amps, preamps and sound processors that deliver the absolute best in clean, rich tone.

We stock the most popular items in the Fishman line (see below). But since Fishman is a local Massachusetts manufacturer, we can quickly get you anything else from their extensive catalog. That same Massachusetts base means that factory repair services are right around the corner as well.

Acoustic Amps

Loudbox Artist

With the Loudbox Artist, there is a good deal more headroom than it's smaller version, the Loudbox Mini. Each of the two identical channels has combo 1/4 inch-XLR inputs, which also make it a bit more versatile. Lots of effects if needed with the reverb, delay, echo, chorus, flanger, and slap echo.

The three balanced output XLR DI connections are a great feature, especially if you are playing a larger venue with a house system. Separate DI outputs are available for each of the two channels and for the main mix, so you can use the Artist as your stage monitor while providing feeds to the house board. If you favor a condenser mic, the phantom power is built in. Still incredibly portable at only 25.5 pounds, it's easy to see why these Loudbox amps are the best-sellers out there.

The specs:

  • Two instrument/microphone channels
  • 1/4 inch or XLR input on both channels
  • 120 Watts bi-amped
  • 8 inch woofer, 1 inch tweeter
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 3-band EQ
  • Anti-feedback knob
  • 24-Volt phantom power for condenser mics
  • 10db pad
  • Phase switch
  • Dual digital effects section with separate volumesd
  • Effect A- reverb, delay, echo
  • Channel mute button
  • Tweeter knob
  • Balanced output XLR D.I. on each channel and main mix
  • 1/4 inch and 1/8 inch auxiliary stereo input with level control
  • Dedicated effects loop
  • 25.5 lbs

Fishman Loudbox Artist

Loudbox Mini

There are certain products in the store that truly sell themselves, and the Fishman Loudbox Mini is one of them. It's long been our best-selling acoustic amp, and for good reason... it's simply awesome! It packs 60 super-clean watts of power into a small, portable package. It's lightweight and affordable, but still doesn't sacrifice on tone.

The Mini is ideal for acoustic instruments, but it's also used quite a bit for the vocal channel. This new and improved version now has a Bluetooth input channel for backing tracks or recorded music during your set breaks.

Another great feature is the balanced XLR DI output, which enables you to feed the house system in a larger venue while keeping the Mini as your an on-stage monitor. Fishman has a real proven winner here with the Loudbox Mini.

The specs:

  • Fishman's most portable and lightweight amp, now with Bluetooth input
  • 1/4 inch input instrument channel, XLR input mic channel
  • 60 Watts
  • 6.5 inch woofer, 1 inch tweeter
  • Master volume
  • Digital reverb and chorus
  • Phase switch
  • Low, mid, high tone controls on instrument channel
  • Low, high tone controls on mic channel
  • Independent reverb levels for instrument and mic channels
  • MP3 input
  • Balanced XLR DI output
  • 1/4 inch and 1/8 inch Auxiliary input
  • 21 pounds

Loudbox Mini Charge

Have you ever had a gig where a power outlet is nowhere nearby? The extension cord doesn't reach where you need it to go? Too many people are using the same power strip? The Fishman Loudbox Mini Charge can solve those problems!

Based upon their best-selling model the Loudbox Mini, this version can be run unplugged for up to 18 hours (depending on volume level). You simply use the wall charger to charge the battery before you head out for the show. Additional features include a Bluetooth input channel and a balanced XLR DI output for feeding house systems in larger venues. Our customers are raving about this amp, come check it out!

Fishman Loudbox Mini Charge

The specs:

  • Rechargeable battery powered version of the best-selling Loudbox Mini
  • Runs up to 18 hours on a single battery charge
  • 1/4 inch input instrument channel, XLR input mic channel
  • Bluetooth input
  • 60 Watts
  • 6.5 inch woofer, 1 inch tweeter
  • Master volume
  • Digital reverb and chorus
  • Phase switch
  • Low, mid, high tone controls on instrument channel
  • Low, high tone controls on mic channel
  • Independent reverb levels for instrument and mic channels
  • MP3 input
  • Balanced XLR DI output
  • 1/4 inch and 1/8 inch Auxiliary input
  • 21 pounds
  • Wall charger included

Other Fishman Equipment

Fishman Aura Spectrum DI

Incredible acoustic sound can now be yours with Fishman's Aura Spectrum DI pedal. Made to use in conjunction with your under-saddle or soundhole pickup, the Aura pedal processes the signal from your existing pickup to simulate the sound of top quality acoustic instruments recorded through studio microphones. There are settings for specific types of acoustic instruments and microphones, as well as storage for up to 16 of your own custom configurations and 128 pre-loaded configurations (called "images").

With the USB cable, you can also download more Aura images from Fishman's constantly growing Image Gallery. The pedal also features a balanced XLR DI output, anti-feedback, and chromatic tuner with bypass/mute. Ideal for both stage and studio use, Fishman has packed an extraordinary amount into their Aura Spectrum DI pedal.

The specs:

  • Fishman's award-winning Aura Acoustic imaging technology
  • 128 pre-loaded images built in
  • 16 user-configurable image locations
  • Made for use with the most popular acoustic instruments
  • Instrument preamp with balanced XLR D.I. output
  • 32-bit processing
  • Durable all metal construction
  • Volume, blend, image select controls
  • 3-band EQ
  • Compressor knob
  • Automated anti-feedback with 3 notches
  • Chromatic tuner built in with bypass/mute
  • USB interface for image downloading from Fishman's Aura Image Gallery
  • Phase switch
  • Automated D.I. ground lift
  • 1/4 inch effects loop
  • 9V battery or adapter powered

Fishman Platinum Stage EQ/DI Analog Preamp

Fishman again has nailed it with another great product: the Platinum Stage EQ/DI all-analog preamp. Ideal for stage use, a key feature is the volume boost switch with level control. Just set it to your desired solo boost level, clip it on your belt, and simply push the button in when it's time for that extra push. Solo's done, push the button again to be right where you were in the mix. There is an EQ switch for guitar/bass but Fishman describes it as being ideal for mandolin and fiddle players as well. No battery or adapter needed if you feed it with phantom power through the XLR mic-style connector. Much more than your typical DI box, come check it out!

The specs:

  • Ideal for stage use
  • Discrete, high-headroom Class-A preamp
  • Sleek, road-ready design
  • High fidelity and low distortion
  • Switchable guitar/bass EQ mode
  • Can be used with other acoustic instruments as well
  • Balanced XLR D.I. output
  • Volume, treble, middle, bass controls
  • Mid frequency control
  • Can be powered by 48V phantom power, 9V battery, or adapter
  • Belt clip included
  • Phase control
  • Volume boost switch with level control
  • Auto ground lift
  • Adjustable low cut filter

Neo-D Magnetic Soundhole Pickup

If simplicity and cost is a factor, the Neo-D will deliver. Easy to setup, loosely install the screws and small cork feet, slide the pickup under the strings and up towards the neck, tighten down the two screws, plug in, and you're done. If you're a solo musician, the single coil will work fine. If you play in a band, or just need a bit more juice, we recommend the humbucker version. Fits most standard soundholes and it's nice the cord is a decent length at ten feet. the Neo-D is a great way to get your unplugged guitar plugged in.

The specs:

  • Available in both single coil and humbucker version
  • Features a Neodymium magnet structure for exceptional string balance and sparkling acoustic clarity
  • No battery required
  • Low profile, high impedance design
  • Easy installation with only two screws
  • Fits soundholes as small as 3-7/8 inches, or 4 inch standard soundhole
  • 10 foot cable attached
  • Available in black or woodgrain

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