Electrification systems for classical and flamenco guitars


Electrify an acoustic guitar is not a simple job. Its better to leave it on expert hands like the manufacturer of your guitar in order to get the best results. Here you will find some of the most popular electrification systems used to amplify the acoustic sound of classical guitars, flamenco guitars and acoustic guitars. We don’t pretend to cover all the amplification systems out there in the market for the acoustic guitar, but the ones most used by the spanish manufacturers, and certainly the ones usually installed on the guitars we offer. Most of them consist on a Piezoelectric pickup installed under the bone saddle on the bridge of the guitar, but some of them also combines that signal with an internal microphone, making possible to blend the two signals in order to obtain the most natural amplified sound of your guitar.

Fishman Matrix Infinity (E11)

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The Matrix Infinity pickup and preamp system is the newest version of Fishman’s flagship Matrix Series and offers clear, transparent tone, dynamic string response, and ease of installation. Easily accessible soundhole-mounted Volume and Tone rotary controls allow the player to effortlessly make adjustments to their sound.

Completely redesigned active, endpin-mounted preamp
Soundhole-mounted rotary controls for Volume and Tone
Unique Tone control cuts mids while boosting treble and bass
Integrated LED low battery indicator
Features the world’s best-selling undersaddle pickup, the Acoustic Matrix
Switchable voicing to accommodate all guitar body sizes and performance situations
Solderless connections
Professional installation is recommended
Requires 9-volt battery (not included)
Available in two saddle slot widths: Wide 1/8″ (3.2 mm) format or narrow 3/32″ (2.3 mm) format
Guitar versions have a standard overall length of 2.65″(67.3 mm), and will fit most guitars with string spacings of up to 2.5″ (63.5 mm)

Fishman Clásica II (EZ)

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Optimized specifically for nylon string instruments, Fishman’s new Clásica Onboard Preamp Systems offer a comprehensive range of features in a compact design. The Clásica II system comes complete with a pre-wired Sonicore Classical pickup for solder-free, plug and play installation. Additional system features include an easy to read chromatic tuner, low profile control knobs, phase button and 2-bands of EQ.

MODEL NUMBER:

OEM-CLA-101

Clásica II with Sonicore Classical pickup, combination battery box/output jack

Smaller footprint fits many guitars
Volume Control
Bass and Treble controls
Built-in tuner with LED display
Low battery indicator
Phase switch
Pre-wired Fishman Sonicore Classical pickup for solder-free, plug and play installation
Low profile control knobs
Gold strap nut

DIMENSIONS:

2” (51mm)W x 2” (51mm)H

BATTERY:

9-Volt

BATTERY LIFE:

111 hours

Fishman Clásica III / Clásica M (E1)

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Optimized specifically for nylon string instruments, Fishman’s new Clásica Onboard Preamp Systems offer a comprehensive range of features in a compact design. The Clásica III system comes complete with a pre-wired Sonicore Classical pickup for solder-free, plug and play installation. Additional system features include an easy to read chromatic tuner, low profile control knobs, phase button and 3-bands of EQ.

MODEL NUMBER:

OEM-CLA-201

Clásica III with Sonicore Classical pickup and endpin jack

Smaller footprint fits many guitars
Volume Control
Bass, Middle and Treble controls
Built-in tuner with LED display
Low battery indicator
Phase switch
Pre-wired Fishman Sonicore Classical pickup for solder-free, plug and play installation
Low profile control knobs
Gold strap nut

DIMENSIONS:

2” (51mm)W x 3.3” (84.2mm)H

BATTERY:

9-Volt

BATTERY LIFE:

88 hours

Fishman Clásica Blend (E4)

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MODEL NUMBER:

OEM-CLA-301

Clásica Blend with Sonicore Classical pickup and endpin jack

Small footprint fits many guitars
Volume control
Bass, Middle and Treble control knobs
Mic Blend control
Anti-Feedback Notch Filter control
Low battery indicator
Built-in tuner with LED display
Phase switch
Pre-wired Fishman Sonicore pickup for easy, solder-free installation
Low profile control knobs
Gold strap nut

DIMENSIONS:

2” (51mm)W x 3.3” (84.2mm)H

BATTERY:

9-Volt

BATTERY LIFE:

88 hours

Fishman Prefix Plus-T (E3)

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The Prefix Plus-T features ultra-quiet electronics and Volume, Bass, Treble and semi-parametric Contour controls.

The Prefix Plus-T also offers a Brilliance control, Phase switch and Notch filter to help fight feedback. In addition, the built-in chromatic tuner can be used without plugging in the guitar.

Fishman quality, reliability and performance
Volume control as well as Bass, Treble, Brilliance control, and a wide-range semi-parametric EQ to isolate certain frequencies, and boost or cut them as needed
Feedback-fighting Notch filter and Phase switch
Onboard chromatic tuner can be used without plugging in the guitar
Brilliance slider
Low battery indicator
Unique pivot design for instant 9-volt battery access
System includes an Acoustic Matrix Undersaddle Pickup and Switchjack Stereo Endpin Jack
Pickup available in wide, narrow or split formats
Professional installation is recommended

DIMENSIONS:

2.46″ W x 4.02″ H
(62.5 mm) (102.25 mm)

WIDE FORMAT:

1/8″ (3.2 mm) width

NARROW FORMAT:

3/32″ (2.3 mm) width

BATTERY:

9-volt

BATTERY LIFE:

150 hours

Fishman Prefix Pro Blend (E2)

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This system packs features similar to the Prefix Plus series, on a smaller bezel that occupies 1/3 less space on the guitar — an excellent fit on slim-bodied acoustic-electrics.

Designed for slim-bodied acoustic-electrics, the 2” x 3” (50 mm x 76 mm) bezel occupies 1/3 less space than standard Prefix models
Volume control as well as Bass and Treble controls
Internal microphone
Pickup/Mic blend control
Wide-range semi-parametric Contour EQ
Stereo or mono signal paths for the system’s pickup and microphone
Feedback-fighting notch filter and Phase switch
Revolutionary pivot design for instant 9-volt battery access
System includes an Acoustic Matrix Undersaddle Pickup and Switchjack Stereo Endpin Jack
Pickup available in wide, narrow or split formats
Professional installation recommended

DIMENSIONS:

1.75” W x 2.58” H (44.5mm) x (65.5mm)

WIDE FORMAT:

1/8″ (3.2 mm) width

NARROW FORMAT:

3/32″ (2.3 mm) width

BATTERY:

9-volt

BATTERY LIFE:

140 hours

Fishman Prefix Premium Blend (E5)

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The Prefix Premium Blend features the acclaimed Acoustic Matrix undersaddle pickup, onboard chromatic tuner, and a gooseneck-style internal microphone. To complement this pickup, the miniature gooseneck microphone captures the guitar’s elusive natural ambience and sound chamber resonance.

Blend the pickup and the microphone together for a powerful and cohesive acoustic guitar tone that is deeper and more “filled out” than the sound of either the microphone or pickup alone. The package includes a Phase switch and an adjustable Notch filter, both essential for fighting feedback.

State-of-the-art onboard preamp
Volume control as well as Bass, Treble, and a wide-range semi-parametric EQ to isolate certain frequencies, and boost or cut them as needed
Feedback-fighting Notch filter and Phase switch
Onboard chromatic tuner can be used without plugging in the guitar
Gooseneck-style internal microphone with a pickup/mic blending slider
Low battery indicator
Unique pivot design for instant 9-volt battery access
System includes an Acoustic Matrix Undersaddle Pickup and Switchjack Stereo Endpin Jack
Pickup available in wide, narrow or split formats
Professional installation is recommended

DIMENSIONS:

2.46″ W x 4.02″ H
(62.5 mm) (102.25 mm)

WIDE FORMAT:

1/8″ (3.2 mm) width

NARROW FORMAT:

3/32″ (2.3 mm) width

BATTERY:

9-volt

BATTERY LIFE:

130 hours

Fishman Aura Pro (E6)

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Onboard Aura systems include Fishman’s Aura Image Gallery software, a PC/Mac compatible application that allows users to access Images for hundreds of guitar makes and models through the free Aura Image library. Once installed on your PC or Mac, the software also allows Aura Images to be sorted, managed, and grouped. Users can then take advantage of the preamp’s open architecture by loading Aura Images via a USB cable.

Onboard preamp featuring Fishman’s Aura Acoustic Imaging Technology
Download up to four Aura Images from the Aura Image Gallery software (included)
Pickup/Image blend control
Volume, Bass, Middle, and Treble controls
Fully-programmable digital equalization
Feedback-fighting phase control
Digital chromatic tuner
Automatic anti-feedback
Low battery indicator
Smaller footprint than the full-sized Onboard Aura
Unique pivot design for instant 9-volt battery access
System includes an Acoustic Matrix Undersaddle Pickup and Switchjack Stereo Endpin Jack
Pickup available in wide, narrow or split formats
Professional installation recommended

DIMENSIONS:

1.75” W x 2.58” H (44.5mm) x (65.5mm)

WIDE FORMAT WIDTH:

1/8″ (3.2 mm)

NARROW FORMAT WIDTH:

3/32″ (2.3 mm)

BATTERY:

9-volt

BATTERY LIFE:

27 hours

L.R. Baggs Anthem SL Classic

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The Anthem SL Classical features L.R. Baggs patent pending TRU•MIC microphone technology. The mic is designed to capture the majority of your guitar’s true voice in a way that only a microphone is capable of – plus it is amazingly feedback resistant. Their Element under saddle pickup carries only the lowest frequencies for punch and authority. The TRU•MIC and Element pickup are preset for optimum performance and the soundhole mounted controller has volume and mic gain trim controls.

At the heart of the Anthem is a revolutionary microphone engineered to capture a dynamic studio-mic’d sound for any live performance. The TRU•MIC mounts to the underside of the bridge plate and hovers just 3 mm above its surface to take advantage of the PZM or “boundary” effect. This proprietary mounting system, combined with noise cancellation, frees the mic to perform as if it were outside of the guitar in a studio and maintain remarkable feedback suppression for the stage. The result is a balanced frequency response with excellent clarity for the purest sound you have ever heard amplified. We have paired the Element pickup with the TRU•MIC to provide solidity and punch for low frequencies.

Schertler Lydia-EQ (E9)

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15 years of research and development in the field of under-saddle systems has culminated in Schertler’s LYDIA. This revolutionary air chamber technology built around an ultra linear condenser microphone, with solid diaphragm and integrated electronic settings, has been specially designed to reproduce the true sound of your instrument. Safe and reliable in all kinds of performance situation, it delivers an impressive sound with enhanced dynamic.

LYDIA EQ includes a CLASS-A internal preamp, with volume, bass and treble pots, installed in the sound hole.

Nominal impedance 100 Ohm
Frequency range from 20 Hz to 18 kHz (+/- 3dB)
Electronics Discret circuit Class A
Connections Jack Stereo 6.3mm
Battery life ca 270h
Battery CR2450
Controls Volume, trebble, bass in soundhole
Pickup Lydia Electrostatic transducer

 

RMC MIDI Polydrive-IV (E10)

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The RMC Poly-Drive IV is a 6 channel polyphonic preamp with 3-band equalizer and guitar/synth controls. The Polyphonic section of the preamp buffers the separate string signals and routes them separately to the POLY OUT jack. The separate string signals are also combined in the ‘DMX’ feedback elimination circuit which produces a mono instrument signal. The mono signal is then equalized, passed through the INSTR. VOLUME control, buffered with a low output impedance Line Driver and fed to both the MONO OUT and the POLY OUT jacks.

  • 3-Band EQ with Mid-Frequency Select switch
  • ‘DMX’ Acoustic Feedback elimination circuitry
  • Synth Volume and SW1 & SW2 Synth Mode Selectors
  • Excellent synth tracking and dynamic response
  • Compatible with all current Guitar to MIDI converters
  • Two output jacks: 13-pin DIN and 1/4″ phone
  • Works on single internal 9V
  • Studio Quality performance 90 dB S/N typical