This unit fits the bill for everything that I wanted - it allowed me to keep the integrity of the guitar body, it gives great sound control, it is easy to use, and all I had to buy was one graphic EQ as opposed to a transducer/preamp for each guitar. If you are looking for a way to add electronics to your acoustic, this is the way to go. All you need is one hole in the lower bout for a transducer (can double as a strap button) and you are off to the big stage. I really recommend this unit.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $20.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Pimentel and Sons Guitars
Four band acoustic EQ, phase and notch switchs to control feedback, and a "smooth" controller to help take the edge of the amplified sound. It can be powered by an AC adapter, a 9 volt battery, or by phantom power off of your sound board or amplifier. It has one 1/4" instrument input, and both an XLR and a 1/4" output jack. It also has an output so you can go directly to a tuner so you can tune up quietly.
I have my acoustics with simple transducer set-ups so that the tops of the guitars would not have the on-board pre-amp systems. This unit is perfect for my needs - I get all the sound mixture controls I need and if I just want to go straight to the amp or a professional soundboard then that option is available. I primarily play "folkie" kinds of music, fingerpicking, some strumming and an occasional classical piece thrown in every once in a while, and the versatility of the unit makes switching from one guitar to another very easy and allows me to make the adjustments that I need. I feed the unit to my Bose PS-1 system and the resulting sound is incredible.
The unit itself is just a simple pre-amp with four rotating knobs and 5 slider bars. It is very easy to set up and use, and with a little experimenting and tweaking it provides all the sound control I could ever want or need. Additionally, because it is an external unit, changing the batteries is a snap, and I can use an AC adapter or phantom power as well. Also, if something should go wrong with the unit it will be simple to replace, as opposed to an on-board unit which would require some work to the guitar.
Another reason I went with this unit was the Fishman name and record. It is very well designed and put together, and I have no objections to anything about the unit. The only thing I would improve would be the addition of a mounting device so I could mount it to a mic stand for easier use on the stage.