The RRP of the Fishman Rare Earth is over GBP400 but if you are buying a Stonebridge acoustic I offer this pickup at just GBP299 INCLUDING fitting.
Please note that this pickup is NOT available on its own at this price - in fact I don't sell pickups seperately at any price - only as a value added benefit of dealing with Richards Guitars for your guitar purchase.
The Fishman Rare Earth has impressed me enormously since initially installing one at the request of a customer.
My recommendation for upgrading our Stonebridge guitars to electro format has always been the Headway HE4 which we supply at GBP139. A piezo style system which does sound stunning. Simple and effective.
However, once I had heard the Fishman I have to say I was really taken a back by its natural tone. The Fishman Rare Earth blend combines a soundhole magnetic pickup with a goose neck internal mic.
On a cheaper guitar goose neck pickups can sound pretty dire purely because the internal acoustic tone is not that great in the first place. However, when you are talking about reproducing the World Class tone that oozes from a Stonebridge you are talking another story altogether.
The magnetic pickup tone sounds great too and by being able to blend the two together gives you bags of tone that does justice to the guitar it is fitted to. The final bonus with the Fishman is that there is NO messing around with the saddle as there is no piezo element involved at all.
For those who can afford to take the next step up I would personally recommend the Fishman Rare Earth Blend. If the budget isn't quite there then I will always stand by my long term recommendation of the Headway HE4 at GBP139.
• Cutting-edge neodymium magnets
• Active electronic = pure, clean sound
• New mounting system
• Miniature batteries included
• 300 hour battery life
• Fits soundholes as small as 92mm Ø
• Easy install – ‘plug & play’