Fishman Rare Earth Humbucking Magnetic Soundhole Acoustic Pickup

Humbucking Acoustic Guitar Soundhole Pickup
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A great humbucking soundhole pickup!

Fishman's Rare Earth acoustic guitar pickup allows acoustic guitarists to quickly and easily plug into an amplifier, PA system, or direct box with no modification to their instrument. Simply pop the pickup into the soundhole and you're ready to plug in! A volume control offers on-the-fly control via a convenient thumbwheel. This Rare Earth pickup is humbucking, offering discerning guitarists hum-free operation. Neodymium (a rare earth element, hence the name Rare Earth pickup) magnets provide excellent string-to-string balance, while the discrete circuitry keeps the Rare Earth's signal pure and clean.

Fishman Rare Earth Humbucking Pickup at a Glance:
  • The Pickup
  • The Preamp

The Pickup
This Fishman Rare Earth pickup is a "stacked coil" style, for musicians who demand quieter reproduction than a single coil pickup can offer. A volume control offers on-the-fly control via a convenient thumbwheel.

The Preamp
The preamp is housed within the pickup. A low noise circuit design preserves the pickup's performance in any audio environment. The preamp allows you to plug the Rare Earth into a full range instrument amplifier, an unbalanced input of a PA system, a recording console or direct box, without the signal loss or degradation typically found with passive soundhole pickups. You may run cables up to 80' (25m) in length without any audible loss of fidelity.

Fishman Rare Earth Humbucking Pickup Features:
  • Cutting-edge neodymium (a rare earth element) magnets
  • Can be plugged into an instrument amplifier, sound reinforcement system, recording console or direct box
  • Miniature battery mounts conveniently on the underside of the pickup (batteries included)
  • Low current design of the preamp allows 300 hours use between battery changes
  • Fits in soundholes as small as 3-5/8" diameter
  • Pre-wired output jack can also be endpin mounted
  • Active electronics for a pure, clean sound
  • Excellent string-to-string balance
  • Easy installation with no alteration - plug-and-play right out of the box
Humbucking performance from the Fishman Rare Earth acoustic pickup!

Additional Media

Rare Earth Humbucking Acoustic Pickup Install Guide

Tech Specs

Position Soundhole
Manufacturer Part Number PRO-REP-102

Customer Reviews

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5/5

This Thing Is Awesome

I have a 20 year old Martin D-16 (I forget all the letters) that sounds a lot like a D-28. Problem is, I don't like drilling into my guitars to install pickups. So I bought another Martin that had a pickup built in. HATED it. Just didn't feel right, electronics sounded like an electric guitar. Someone told me about this pickup, and I heard it in an old Gibson. Sounded great, so I gave it a shot. I just used it for the first time tonight, and it was truly amazing. Sounds like a real acoustic guitar. And I got to use my old stand by...the one that "feels" right acoustically, and responds to the way I play. The pickup let the guitar respond the way I like it, and sound the way it should Highly recommended piece of equipment.
Music background: I have been playing since about 1967. Let's just say I've been around.
5/5

Happy with purchase

I recently purchased the Fishman Rare Earth pickup for my Martin D-18. I really feel good with this item. I review this one and comparable product by L R Baggs. The Baggs pickup was also good but I felt the Fishman had several advantages. 1) it did not pickup any tapping sounds from surrounding areas like the guitar top. 2) it was smaller and less noticeable on the guitar 3) it sounds great. I would recommend the Fishman Rare Earth pickup to anyone with similar needs. Sweetwater's service was second to none. They answered my guestions and got the product to me in a very timely manner.
4.5/5

natural sounding

Very happy with this pickup. sounds great. Easy to use. Now I'm ready to perform.
Music background: musician
4.5/5

Love it!

This pick up does not sound exactly like an acoustic guitar without a pick up, but what pick up does? I have been searching for years for a great acoustic guitar tone for the stage and studio and I keep coming back to the Rare Earth! I really like the low end that I get from this pick up. I have never played a Piezo pick up that I would use in a recording. I use the rare earth in recordings all the time. I can't wait to try the "blend" model of this pick up. I did not give 5 stars because it is pretty expensive and the batteries are kind of weird and it weighs the top down on an acoustic guitar. I know that Fishman cannot do anything about any of those things, but I just thought I'd mention them.
Music background: Musician who's been a professional at times
4/5

Great Soundhole Pickup

I have an older version of the RA Humbucking pickup, without the tone (and later, volume) knob. It has a strong, clean sound, and isn't sensitive to finger noise on the body, as my M1-A is (Which is also a fantastic pickup). Excellent string-to-string balance, and, in my ROS-626, it is a fingerpicker's dream, picking up the nuances of touch without being noisy. It punches through a mix, and doesn't swallow or distort the acoustic sound of my guitar, as the M1-A can do. I've not tried the Sunrise pickups, but this is the best sounding soundhole pickup I've ever played through, hands down.
Music background: Professional musician / songwriter for over 20 years.
See also: Acoustic Pickups, Fishman, Fishman Acoustic Guitar Pickups