Fishman Ellipse Aura w/Pickup - Narrow - 3/32" Saddle Width

Acoustic Imaging Preamp and Pickup System with Tone and Feedback control, Phase Switch, and 4 Downloadable Acoustic Images
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Fishman Ellipse Aura w/Pickup - Narrow - 3/32
Fishman Ellipse Aura w/Pickup - Narrow - 3/32
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Get Studio-quality Sound from Your Live Acoustic!

The Fishman Ellipse Aura Narrow acoustic pickup/preamp system puts the amazing capabilities of the Aura system onboard your guitar! Using Fishman's patented Acoustic Imaging Technology, the Ellipse Aura Narrow system can make your guitar sound like it would in a premium studio setting, while you're performing live! Now you don't have to compromise your onstage sound! The preamp features an ergonomic soundhole-mounted design that puts the controls at your fingertips. You can also download a total of four acoustic "images" with software included with the Ellipse Aura Narrow system.

Fishman Ellipse Aura Narrow Acoustic Pickup and Preamp System at a Glance:
  • Studio-quality sound onstage
  • Download up to four "images"
  • Ergonomic design, pickup included

Studio-quality sound onstage
Ellipse Aura combines Fishman's most sophisticated onboard preamp with the power of the company's patented Acoustic Imaging Technology for accurate, true-to-life sound when amplifying acoustic guitars.

Download up to four "images"
A total of four Aura Images can be downloaded into the Ellipse Aura from Fishman by using the Image Gallery sofware (included) via an onboard mini-USB port. Players can accurately match the Image to the instrument's natural tonal characteristics, allowing for a realistic, miked-up sound.

Ergonomic design, pickup included
The preamp's ergonomic soundhole-mounted design puts slider controls at the player's fingertips to maintain a natural playing position. A patented neodymium magnetic mounting system enables solder-free installation with a variety of size formats that accommodate most round soundholes from 3-7/8" inches (98mm) to 4-1/8" (105mm) in diameter. The Ellipse Aura includes a solder-free Acoustic Matrix undersaddle pickup in narrow or wide formats.

Fishman Ellipse Aura Narrow Acoustic Pickup and Preamp System Features:
  • Ergonomic soundhole-mounted preamp controls
  • Four total acoustic "images" downloadable via onboard USB port
  • Pickup/Image Blend, Volume, and Natural I/Natural II controls
  • Includes solder-free Acoustic Matrix undersaddle pickup
  • Phase switch
  • Anti-Feedback control
The Fishman Ellipse Aura Narrow acoustic pickup/preamp system gives your acoustic guitar amazing studio-quality sound on any stage!

Tech Specs

Position Soundhole
Manufacturer Part Number PRO-MAN-ELA

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Put into my Martin D 35

I am still learning all that it can do. It is a perfect complement to my Martin.
Music background: Now a hobby player but years ago was a union musician.

Great Product

The Ellipse Aura is turning out to be a great pickup for my Gibson J-200. I originally tried the L.R. Baggs and the Fishman Matrix Infinity and neither pickup translated the sound of the guitar through the system well. The Ellipse seems to be the missing piece because I'm getting the rich warm sound of the J-200 to come through the speakers now. It was easy to install and the countless imagining options that this pickup offers gives you the ability to most definitely find the sound you're looking for.
Music background: Worship Leader, Pro Musician

Good Pickup - Poor Instructions - Poor Packaging

While I like the Fishman Ellipse Aura pickup itself, the installation instructions are so poorly written, they're almost a waste of time. First off, when I opened my "brand new" Fishman Ellipse Aura, there were parts that were missing. First the disc for the software was missing, the USB cable, the cable clips, the plug for the USB port, and the installation instructions. Additionally, part of the sealing film covering the mounting bracket adhesive strip was exposed and material stored in the box underneath was stuck to the adhesive. I'm trying to make it work (without much luck so far) but, may end up having to try CA glue or getting a new bracket from Fishman. I was able to download the installation instructions on line, I happened to have a spare USB cable (1/4" USB), and I downloaded and installed software from the Fishman site. However, I don't know if it's the correct software as Aura 2.0 Gallery was supposed to be included on a CD with the package and Aura 1.0 and Aura 3.0 are the only ones available on the Fishman web site. I guess I'll find out down the road if it really works.As for the instructions, I honestly believe a 4th grader could write better instructions. Unless you have a great deal of experience with crafting and fabrication, you should really take the kit to a luthier and have them install the kit for you - especially if you have a very expensive guitar that you don't want damaged. I managed to work my way through it without damaging my guitar but, I honestly think I was very lucky to do so.First, Fishman tells you to "widen the endpin hole to 15/32" to accommodate the endpin jack". What they don't tell you is that, most likely, the existing endpin hole on your guitar is less than 3/8" diameter. So, if you simply buy a 15/32" drill bit and start drilling, you'll probably screw up your guitar. Fortunately, have done a lot of woodworking, I realized this up front and gradually increased the size of the hole working with four different bit sizes from 3/8" up to 15/32". Next, they tell you to "install the pickup per Acoustic Matrix installation instructions". There are NO Acoustic Matrix installation instructions. Later on, they tell you to "install the endpin jack per Switchpack Installation instructions. There are NO switchpack installation instructions. And, this is where it gets hairy. Unless you have child's forearms or those of a small female (my forearm is a small 12" in diameter), you will not be able to reach into the sound hole far enough to install the endpin jack. However, have done a bit of auto mechanic work in the day, I have an extensive selection of tools. With the aid of a pair of long needle-nose pliers, I was able to snake my forearm into the sound hole far enough to install the endpin jack. Of course, I still had to remove and install it several time to get the position of the interior locknut correct so that the correct amount of thread was exposed on the outside of the guitar. So the bottom line is, this installation is NOT for the faint of heart or those not extremely experienced in working with their hands. And, given the poor quality of the instructions and poor condition of the kit I received, I will probably never buy a Fishman product again. In fact, I was torn between a Marshall AS50D and a Fishman Loudbox Mini. I was so disappointed in Fishman that I bought the Marshall instead. Hope this helps.
Music background: Been playing the guitar for over 40 years, played in a band for several years back in the 90s.

9 Volt Silence

My new Gibson from Sweetwater came with a Fishman Ellipse Auro(no owner/instruction/troubleshooting manuel) performs well so long as you are patient and remind yourself to stock up on 9 Volt Batteries...Twice this week I have had to replace these 9 volt bateries either because I chose to leave the guitar plugged into the amp(turned off,of coarse). Apparent open circut somewhere is costing undue $$ and needless aggrevation..W T F
Music background: Pro Musician
See also: Acoustic Pickups, Fishman, Fishman Acoustic Guitar Pickups