Fishman Tune-O-Matic Powerbridge Pickup for LP Style Guitar
- Fishman is dedicated to helping musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug in.
- Our Power bridge pickups offer the electric guitarist a palette of incredible acoustic and hybrid acoustic/electric sounds, for Strat, Tele and Les Paul guitars.
- The Fishman Power chip is recommended, but not required for all Power bridge models.
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- Adds great acoustic sound to any electric guitar
- Drop-in Nashville-style bridge
- A Powerchip preamp is recommended, but not required
Tune-O-Matic Powerbridge Pickup
Our Powerbridge pickups offer the electric guitarist a palette of incredible acoustic and hybrid acoustic/electric sounds, for Strat, Tele and Les Paul guitars. The Fishman Powerchip is recommended, but not required for all Powerbridge models.
- Professional installation recommended
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The world's finest acoustic pickup for your electric guitar! Our Power bridge pickups offer the electric guitarist a palette of incredible acoustic and hybrid acoustic/electric sounds, for Strat, Tele and Les Paul guitars. The Fishman Power chip is recommended, but not required for all Power bridge models. Professional installation is recommended. Drop-in Nashville-style bridge.
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Construction: I was pleased to see "Germany" cast into the bridge frame of this piece. Each little saddle-piece has its own wire running down to a very small, etched pc-board from which the lead wire exits to tap into your guitar's pick-up network. The adjusting screws for each string-saddle worked smoothly yet without any buzzing. The build quality is top-notch.
Installation, mechanical: I was concerned at first that the body-mounting blocks were smaller than the originals in my Washburn - until I realized that it meant I could simply remove the old adjusting screws and insert the new mounts into the old bridge's mounting holes and tap them into place. I used a plastic handled tool so I wouldn't scratch anything. They went in easily and yet securely. When in place, the new bridge-height adjusting screws threaded in smoothly and with perfect spacing for the new Powerbridge. Because it was so mechanically precise, I did have to work it carefully to align both sides at the same time - but it could not have been any simpler. I unscrewed the coil cover off the nearest humbucker and threaded the Powerbridge wire down through the guitar body into the controls cavity without a hitch. I did file out a small notch so that when I put the humbucker cover back on, it wouldn't pinch the signal lead from the Powerbridge.
Installation, electrical: I soldering the lead from the Powerbridge in a parallel mode to the other two coil pickups, so that it is always "on" with full signal. I can turn the volume on either of the original coil pickups to zero and play with just the Powerbridge sound, or I can blend them in in any manner with the existing volume and tone controls on the guitar. It works beautifully with the pickups in both humbucking and single coil configurations. The Washburn doesn't have tone controls for its pickups, instead, it has a "VCC" control that gradually sweeps from a full-humbucking wiring to the electrical equivalent of a single-coil via the center-tap of the guitar's two pickups.
Sound: Stunningly rich and complex. As the first reviewer observed, it's not quite an acoustic sound - but there are so many more overtones, you may sometimes prefer to use it instead of your dreadnaught. I almost always run my guitars (acoustic and electric) through some kind of stereo chorus, and when I do that with the Powerbridge and listen with a stereo speaker set-up (or better, headphones) it creates an almost three-dimensional sound field. When I play the "harmonics" on my strings, the Powerbridge brings them out better than I ever imagined - not just the octaves and fifths, but even some others that my acoustic has trouble reproducing. However, I do appreciate having the magnetic coils to provide the "bottom end" in the sound spectrum, and don't expect to play it without using it in combination with at least one of the two magnetic coil pickups as well.
Switching/blending: I am so enthusiastic about this, I've posted it before my next phase of experimenting, which will involve drilling a hole in my guitar to add a volume control to the Powerbridge wiring. It's perfectly usable without that - but I love to tinker with blending - so it's the next step I'm going to take.
(11-1-2011) Finally installed a passive control for it and created a 3-minute video which shows the installation, the wiring, and demos some of the new sounds possible. I would have linked it here, but links won't post, and I've had difficulty uploading the video to amazon directly. You can search for it on YouTube with keywords Fishman Powerbridge Passive Installation Tune-O-Matic. It's on a black Washburn WI-64.
I installed it with the Powerchip (internal volume set on maximum), the 3-Way Toggle Switch and with the Stereo Jack Output.
I had already heard the Fender version and I was amazed. Turns out that I like this one even more! I don't know if in some way the Semi-Acoustic Semi-Hollow body adds something since I don't understand if the guitar construction would affect the sound of a piezo pickup... but... it's AMAZING!
Made a blind test with a friend that is a great musician and he couldn't tell that wasn't an Acoustic Guitar he was hearing... I truly believe that this unity is a TOTAL acoustic guitar replacement for musicians looking for versatility and to add some acoustic tones on gigs with fast breaks between musics or to simply add an acoustic sound blended or when you're on a budget!
ADVISE: The Powerchip is a Battery Eater so be advised to buy a Rechargeable one or look for a solution such the 1Spot adapter for use with a 9V AC Adapter. As soon as you start to hear you sound CRAP, replace the battery and everything will be ok!
This particular style sounds better than the hard-tail and trem versions I've had on Teles and Strats, too. For some reason, on a Les Paul, this just gets you even further than it did on the other guitars I've used the other PowerBridges on.
I did the passive installation, which leaves your guitar's function the way it used to be when you use a mono cable.
The instructions are OK, but only deal with "typical senarios", which mine never are. I am an Electonics engineer so I was able to work it out, but the professional installation recommendation is a good one, if you want to go this route.
If they spent more money on the product doing what they profess and less on the packaging, I would have been very happy.
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I installed this on my Les Paul 60's Tribune on a Saturday morning in a couple of hours. I chose to do a passive installation with a switch so I either have the powerbridge or the humbuckers (no blending) and out through the standard mono output.
Through my acoustic amp I needed more gain, treble and mids than my acoustic guitar but with some reverb and chorus it sounds great.
Played in church last Sunday and it cut through the mix much better than the standard electric setup, I didn't tell anyone what I changed but had comments after about how good it sounded.
The only reason I didn't give this 5 Stars was the fit of the bridge mounting posts was a bit sloppy compared to the Gibson setup, that said it seems to stay in tune ok still.
Didn't want to cut into my Les paul to install so brought spare set of pickup mounting rings and a back cover set. I mounted a low profile push button switch in the back cover and notched the pickup ring to feed the wire from the powerbridge to install (see attached pics).
Now if I plug a mono lead in, I get electric, and if I plug a stereo lead in, my Electric signal goes left through my standard rig and the acoustic one goes into an active DI. I cannot recommend the L.R.Baggs para acoustic DI enough. Adds a huge amount of warmth into the sound and gives this passive pick-up a welcome boost.
While it won't give you that "mic-ed acoustic" sound, it gives you a cleaner and better acoustic pick-up sound than you will find in many mid-range guitars
Pas eu besoin d'utiliser les pièces de fixation car identique à celle d'origine.
Très bonne finition.