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Fishman Powerchip Preamp  

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The recommended control setup for your Powerbridge.

The Fishman Powerchip Preamp brings onboard active piezo volume control to your Fishman Powerbridge pickup system. Allows you to vary the blending of your guitar's 2 pickup systems. A "smart" jack senses mono or stereo cable. 9V battery required.

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Great onboard preamp for Fishman piezos

By Safety Bill

from Bay St. Louis, MS

Comments about Fishman Powerchip Preamp:

I use this on my Highway 1 Strat that's been modded with replacement pickups and a Fishman Vintage Powerbridge. I'm satisfied, but wish the thing had a tone control - maybe a stacked pot would provide that feature. Pluses: 2-pin pc jumper for correcting phasing (no de/resoldering), volume trimmer pot. Minuses - had to drill jack cavity in guitar for rear clearance for the kit's instrument jack, and rout rear body for a 9-volt battery box to power the Powerchip...a lot of work if you don't have the tools and knowhow (I do). A slip with the drill or the router template, and your guitar's finish is badly marred (I went into this project figuring on refinishing, so that wasn't an issue for me). If I had it to do over, I'd get the Fishman 'offboard' pedal - you get more tone control, rocker pedal volume control, no battery box (and no battery drain if guitar is left plugged in). The Powerchip preamps the existing pickups (ugh...in my case, Lindy Fralin SP42's...the transistor preamp KILLS the tone) unless you use a stereo (TRS) jack to connect to the instrument. The Powerchip is NOT bypassed with a mono jack - only with a stereo jack. Quality stereo 'splitter' cables (stereo TRS 1/4" male phone jack split to two 1/4" mono female phone plugs) are hard to come by, but it works superbly IF the piezo is sent to a dedicated acoustic guitar amp (like I use).

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