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Fishman Neo-D Magnetic Humbucker Acoustic Pickup
- Fishman is dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug in.
- This value-priced cousin of the award winning Rare Earth pickup shares the same neodymium magnet structure for exceptional string balance and sparkling acoustic clarity.
- The Neo-D’s low-profile, high-impedance design needs no battery.
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- Model: Pro-Neo-D02
- Warm and full humbucking sound
Neo-D Magnetic Soundhole Pickup Humbucking
This value-priced cousin of the award-winning Rare Earth pickup shares the same neodymium magnet structure for exceptional string balance and sparkling acoustic clarity. The Neo-D’s low-profile, high-impedance design needs no battery.
- Installation: Fit soundholes as small as 3 7/8" (98.4 mm) diameter. Pre-wired output jack can also be endpin mounted
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Neo-D Soundhole Pickup Features:
- Neodymium magnet structure for exceptional string balance and sparkling acoustic clarity
- Low profile, high-impedance design needs no battery
- Easy installation with no alteration, plug and play right out of the box
- Excellent string-to-string balance and acoustic clarity
- Fits in soundholes as small as 3-7/8″ (98.5 mm) diameter
- Humbucking model features stacked coils to eliminate noise
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This value-priced cousin of the Rare Earth pickup shares the same neodymium magnet structure for exceptional string balance and sparkling acoustic clarity. The Neo-D's low-profile, high-impedance design needs no battery. Available in Single Coil and Humbucking models. Easy installation with no alteration!
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Lately I have gone the soundhole route. I own the M1 LR Baggs soundhole pu, and it is great. I like that it is designed (strap jack feature) to connect to the amp cable through the strap button at the rear of the guitar. But, it is a bit pricey ($130+) and is rather bulky. Sounds good though.
This time around I decided to try the Fishman Neo-D and I am about to order another one. It sounds amazing. I have tried it direct to the mixer, to the mixer through a DI box (UltraSound DI+), and direct to a guitar amp. Either way it sounds great. What is amazing is that it retains the character of the guitar, not just picking up the strings. I know, that is impossible right? I tested it using headphones thus blocking out the natural sound of the guitar, and I could hear the nuances of the guitar acoustics.
It is well made, I appreciate the cork pads on the clamp surfaces. My only gripe, and I knew this going in, the cable extends outside the soundhole and down the front. I route around and past my strap to kind of get it out of the way, but I prefer the LR Baggs M1 method (strapjack). Also, and maybe it is just the guitar I am using, the pickup is a bit narrow for the soundhole, I had to position it at the very top of the soundhole.
Regardless of the incredible price ($40), this is an excellent pickup and I plan to order a second for another guitar.
PS: After writing this I forgot to mention that I purchased the single coil version. I have not experienced hum and it is perfectly quiet,
Installation: When I first installed it, I just loosened my strings and was able to get it on in the right place. Only took about 10 minutes with a small Phillips screwdriver.
Sound: I’ve tried this through a Marshall MGL30, Fishman Tonedeq, and Boss GT-1. Assuming you have some type of preamp that is specific to acoustics, you can get some GREAT tones from this. My best tone was using an acoustic processor with reverb+delay on my Boss GT-1. It sounds great.
Live Use: When I did use this in our church band, the pickup did have some noise. Our audio team commented on it and asked if I could try to fix it. I ended up using a noise gate on my Boss GT-1 and it worked perfectly.
This is a single coil, so obviously you may get some noise. But for the money, the pickup is a great deal.
I really wish the cord was short and just had a female TRS connector. It is annoying having a permanently attached cable to the guitar. But for $40 you get what you pay for.
I may have a luthier modify the cable to only 3 feet and swap the male connector for a female. We’ll see.
No pick-ups within my price range specified left or right, so I was hoping there would be no difference in how this sounds if installed right side up on a left or right handed guitar. Turns out, there is a little difference, but not so much that I'd give this a negative review .
If this is installed in a standard way (placed closer to the headstock side of the sound hole) on a left handed guitar, you get more 'twang' on the G, B & high E strings and less volume of the low E, A and D - not favorable for me in terms of sound. If this is installed upside down on a left handed guitar, then the sound seems much more balanced and warm as described in most of the reviews here.
The only problem is that the angled ends are designed for installation on a right handed guitar, so I've installed this further down the sound hole, towards the bridge, upside down. Gets in the way a bit, but a fair compromise for the price. Consider this carefully if you plan on installing on a left handed guitar.
Finally, I agree with other reviewers who say that the sound is low. Gotta turn the volume and/or gain higher than usual, but I guess that's the humbucking design.
Sound is warm
Designed for right handed guitars ONLY (seems so to me at least)
Sound is low
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Well, let me say here and now I am so very impressed by the sound quality of this pickup. Beautiful natural sound, no horrible 'twang' on the upper strings. Wish I'd have bought this one earlier, it really is a quality product and makes playing so much more rewarding.
This is a really good bit of kit that installed in 2 mins max. It does sit a little high but, I've not found that a problem yet. If I do, I'll simply lower the cork guitar body grips a little on each side.
I use Logic software on a Mac and play my guitars directly into the software. The only one I couldn't was my acoustic guitar which was recorded using a mike (with all the background sounds that entails). Using this pickup, I note very little difference in the sound recorded (it still sounds just like my acoustic!!) but there's no background noise.
If I were using this for gigging, I'd go for the humbucking version, but for quality and reality of sound, I cannot fault this little baby.
Very highly recommended