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  • Fishman Fluence Modern pickup height?

    Are these supposed to be set as close to the strings as EMG's or do these have full-strength magnets and behave more like passives this way?

    Thanks!

  • #2
    From the user manual:

    Fluence Cores have unparalleled clarity and performance across different height settings. The magnetic circuits are highly refined, therefore raising and lowering the pickups in relation to the strings can affect the feel and response as well as the output. Like other pickups, setting them too close to the strings can “pull” the strings, resulting in some unpleasant artifacts.

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    • #3
      I asked Frank if there’s a recommended height awhile back, he said no, whatever sounds good to you.
      "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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      • #4
        Follow up to the previous post, I set the Abasis in my 8 string a little lower than I typically would in a guitar like that, particularly the bridge pickup. Their outputs are very well calibrated, as both pickups look almost the same distance from the strings without fretting. I’m used to the neck pulled a reasonable distance away, and the bridge cranked up pretty high, regardless of the set.
        "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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        • #5
          Thanks for the replies. I think I had the bridge pickup set to high as chords were ringing sorta weirdly in and out of tune when I strummed even if my tuner said the guitar was in tune. I backed it off a quarter millimeter, and it's better for sure.

          So I guess these are traditional fully charged magnets, as the manual suggests, like Masta mentioned.

          BTW, I don't get people who claim these are extremely hot. The Modern Ceramic is not much hotter, if at all, than the EMG 81. Maybe previous revisions were hotter? I heard they used to be brighter and more over-the-top before. What's the output on the Abasi bridge pickup like, JBFH?

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          • #6
            Well, so I asked Ken Susi today, and he said the magnets are full-strength.

            Watch towards the end of the vid:

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