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Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup

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The Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup is for musicians who want the warm, full humbucker acoustic tones. A volume wheel is ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Quieter, more articulate acoustic guitar amplification.

The Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup is for musicians who want the warm, full humbucker acoustic tones. A volume wheel is conveniently located onboard. Battery life rated at 300 hours.

Powerful neodymium (a rare earth element, hence the name) magnets are responsible for the excellent sound quality and string to string balance of this active, double coil magnetic soundhole pickup.

FEATURES
Re-voiced and fine-tuned for smoother treble response
Cutting edge neodymium magnets produce a warmer, more naturally acoustic tone
Active electronics for a pure, clean sound
Newly designed mounting system and ergonomic body shape
Excellent string-to-string balance
Miniature batteries (included) mount conveniently on the underside of the pickup
Fits in soundholes as small as 3-5/8" (92mm) diameter
Pre-wired output jack can also be endpin mounted
Easy installation with no alteration”plug and play right out of the box
Convenient, accessible onboard volume control
Battery life rated at 300 hours

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FishmanRare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup
 
4.5

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Good quality (11)
  • Functional (7)
  • Improves sound (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Superb sound. Easy install

Great quality pickup. I am using it in a 1997 Taylor 710 non electric dreadnought. Fishman humbucker has better tone than other sound hole pickups. Tried an m1a. Brought it back within a...Read complete review

Great quality pickup. I am using it in a 1997 Taylor 710 non electric dreadnought. Fishman humbucker has better tone than other sound hole pickups. Tried an m1a. Brought it back within a week. Used k&k pure western. Took them out too. This is my new favorite. Thanks Fishman!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor Quality and Packaging

I recently purchased this item and found their installation items poor. The item did not function. The wire itself was very inferior, extremely light gauge and certainly less than professional quality. I can't...Read complete review

I recently purchased this item and found their installation items poor. The item did not function. The wire itself was very inferior, extremely light gauge and certainly less than professional quality. I can't attest to the sound since it didn't work. The fact that the item required the purchaser to go out and buy washers instead of equiping them was lousy packaging.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Looking for a crisp, clean sound?

By Quacker

from Chautauqua, NY

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Easy Installation

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup:

    I've used this pick up for 3 years and still using the original batteries. Installed on a 30 year old Yamaha 12 string and it sounds so sweet. Crisp, clean tone, couldn't ask for a better sound. Look no further,grab one of these.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Superb sound. Easy install

    By Scott r

    from Cary, nc

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Quality
    • Non piezo

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup:

      Great quality pickup. I am using it in a 1997 Taylor 710 non electric dreadnought. Fishman humbucker has better tone than other sound hole pickups. Tried an m1a. Brought it back within a week. Used k&k pure western. Took them out too. This is my new favorite. Thanks Fishman!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      You Need This One!

      By jloud

      from KY

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      Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup:

      Read all the reviews. I have other guitars BUT my wife bought me a "cheap" Fender Acoustic from a pawn shop for my birthday. She felt she got a good one because of the name. Not all wood by any means! Not much sustain. No ringing from the strings etc. I love her for it but I knew it needed a little help so I bought this Fishman.When I got it I hooked it up temporarily in less than 5 minutes with the wire and end jack hanging down from the sound hole. I strummed a cord. Amazing! I immediately pulled out the old wooden end plug, looked at the directions to see what size drill bit I needed, drilled the proper hole, unsoldered the wires from the endjack, resoldered the wires I cut to fit, plugged the guitar in to the amp and WOW! This pickup has no "bad noise"! I held my guitar in front of my amp and no feedback.I was very hesitant in buying this or any other soundhole pickup but I am glad I got this one. It makes this Fender sound great.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Sound

      By j. scott-OCZPM

      from Near the Beach, CA

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      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound
      • Long battery life

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup:

        I have used this pickup in my 87 D-16M and my custom built 00 body guitar since 4/09. Super easy intstall (end pin in both), GREAT sound/tone, long battery life. Great bang for the buck.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup

        By Michael Huff

        from Greensboro, Pa

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        Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup:

        Solidly built and super easy to install or remove. No discernible buzzing or hum while plugged in. Reasonable price for the quality of sound. Works equally well on finger picking or strumming styles. Long battery life and volume control easy to access.
        A great piece of gear for a resonable price. Easy to install (all you need is a Phillips head screw driver) and you can be playing in 5 minutes from the time you take it out of the box. Quiet, faithful reproduction of my acoustic played thru a Crate Taxi battery powered amp. Great for fingerpicking or moderate to heavy strumming. Haven't tried if for recording yet. I wouldn't hesitate to use it on any guitar I own. The ease of removal/installation is a definite plus if you like to use different guitars on occasion for live gigs/recording.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very Nice Sound

        By Suzette

        from undisclosed

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        Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup:

        Pure guitar sound. No interference or feedback. Clear crisp sound. Use with Martin J40 and Fishman Loudmouth Mini Amp.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sounds Great

        By j. scott-OCZPM

        from Near the Beach, CA

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup:

        Balanced top to bottom - this pickup allows my acoustic guitar to sound acoustic. I bought this to install into a modified/enhanced 000 Martin kit. I test drove it in my 1987 D16M and the sound is fantastic. Super low noise, accurately tuned and really responsive. I can't wait to get it to my luthier, into the new 000 and plugged back in. The sound is clear, rich and full - low's are nice and clean - mid's and highs are really bright but balanced. Permanent install requires trimming the output wire (or leaving a 5 foot of cable coiled in your guitar). Sweet, sweet sound, really impressed. I'm going to buy another one for the D16M too...it's just that good.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Fishman Rare Earth Pickup

        By David M Boss

        from Northeast

        Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup:

        Nice packaging, low profile device, easily installed, blends well within the sound hole, excellent acoustic tone range. Make an acoustic guitar that amplified, sound like an acoustic not an ES - 335.
        Excellent acoustic guitar sound reproduction. Balanced, easily placed, easy to use, nice tone variation. Perfect combo.
        Have only used it live a few times, but has a quality feel and looks.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Works for me

        By M Dixon

        from McCall, ID

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup:

        Installed it in 3 minutes and played out with it a half hour later. Sounded great, well balanced for both finger and flat picking. I installed it in my custom made Myrtlewood Jumbo. I doubt if I'll make it permanent and install the jack in the end pin. I often play out un-amped, and don't want to alter the guitar.
        There's not a lot of features, active sound hole pickup with a volume control, but it works for me.
        No problems, it took me 3 minutes to install, solid construction.
        A little spendy, but worth the extra cost.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Excellent Pickup

        By Asa

        from New York, NY

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup:

            Very good pickup. Not a professional unit however. There are much better units
            for professional musicians. But for the money and within certain parameters this
            is a fine unit.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fishman Pickup

            By Asa

            from New York, NY

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup:

              If you are expecting this unit to look like the picture shown
              forget it. They are showing a pic of an older model. Fishman has
              upgraded this unit but so far they haven't upgraded the picture.
              I liked the older squared off version shown online but the upgraded
              version is sort of rounded. Doesn't make a difference sound wise but if you prefer the one pictured you are out of luck.
              I have sent MF several emails to appraise them of this but they have ignored
              me so far. I guess it is a small problem but imagine if you wanted a sun burst model guitar and you got a natural model. Get it?

              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              A Solid Pickup

              By SlapOnDeBass

              from Lancaster Pa

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup:

                Buy this pickup, it has great tone and dosen't get in the way. The batteries last forever to so you don't have to worry about that either. I have not used this pickup for an extended period of time so I don't have much to say about it yet, accept that it's handy, and that it is another quality piece from Fishman.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fell in love with my guitar all over again.

                By GoldfishRock

                from Indianapolis

                See all my reviews

                Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup:

                Man, I love this pickup. I had it installed in my Martin D-15. I run it through an LR Baggs Gigpro preamp. Other reviews claim the pickup was too quiet. And it is... without a preamp. Get a quiet preamp and this thing sings! The brilliance dial is a great feature. I go back and forth between finger style and flat-picking, so it's nice to be able to control how "shimmery" I want the sound to be. Overall, a great, great purchase.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                You can't go wrong with it!

                By Dave-0gOm_

                from Pensacola FL

                See all my reviews

                Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup:

                I use the Rare Earth Pro 102 Humbucker through a Boss Compressor, then a Boss Ad-5 then to my board. It is far above any other soundhole pick up that I've ever used. The active electronics give a very nice and warm sound and sends a hot signal to the preamp. It is small enough so it does not get in the way, yet it produces a very full frequency sound. I use it on stage (Martin 12 fret) as well as in the studio. I have received numerous favorable comments from fellow guitarists and satisfied listeners about how good it sounds.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Product

                By Hawkeye-KUK-p

                from Mississippi

                Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup:

                I tested a couple of other pickups at Guitar Center before I purchased. By far, this was the best I tried. The humbucking pickup is heads and shoulders above the single coils. The switch mounted on the pickup is easily accessible and gives a brilliance enhancement to the output. Installation is simple whether you want temporary or permanent installation. Mine is installed on Ibanez PF and sounds great through KC-150 keyboard amp.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                bossy meat creature

                By meat creature

                from west virginia

                See all my reviews

                Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup:

                I don't believe in magic, but this pickup is as close as it gets. If you have an acoustic without a pickup, then buy this one and be happy. I had a martin thinline, now i have the sound i was after. Worth every penny!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Review

                By the pilgrim

                from columbus ohio

                Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup:

                I purchased the 102 rare earth to put in my new eastman guitar and was I suprised, I've been playing for 40 yrs the last 30 yrs professional and in all that time never could find the acoustic sound that I liked, the 102 rare earth pickup has changed that, this thing is just what I've been looking for all these years, it's warm and punchy, great for acoustic blues, what a pickup.

                 
                5.0

                I was suprised

                By Sasquatch mcgee

                from Statesboro ga

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Easy to install
                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup:

                    I have an ok acoustic guitar. I play solo gigs so I needed a pickup. I ordered the fishman humbucker, put it on and plugged in. WOW this pickup sounds great. NO feedback at all. It just amplifies the natural sound of your acoustic. JUST what I wanted.

                     
                    5.0

                    this is the one

                    By Bobaloo

                    from florida

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts

                      Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup:

                      i use this model in all my 000 and D sized guitars. Its the best Ive been able to find

                       
                      4.0

                      Good sounding pickup

                      By J

                      from NJ

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Bars, restuarants

                        Comments about Fishman Rare Earth Pro-Rep-102 Humbucking Soundhole Pickup:

                        This is a good sounding magnetic pickup, read...it's not totally natural sounding. It has an electric guitar quality to it. But it is a very usable sound, for me, way better than a piezo under saddle pickup.

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