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Fishman ToneDEQ Acoustic Guitar Preamp EQ

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With a high-quality preamp, dual effects section, tone controls, a compressor, level booster and a balanced DI - the ToneDEQ has everything you need ...Click To Read More About This Product

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An instrument preamp with effects for the stage-ready acoustic musician.

With a high-quality preamp, dual effects section, tone controls, a compressor, level booster and a balanced DI - the ToneDEQ has everything you need in one box. Its analog signal path goes from end to end - from preamp to output - to give acoustic musicians a richer tonal quality. Even the digital effects are mixed in parallel so they don't affect the purity of the your acoustic instrument.

Fully Balanced Stage DI
Flexible outputs include a 1/4" amplifier output and XLR DI output for the lowest noise possible. Plus the DI features automatic ground-lifting and selectable pre/post
EQ settings.

Discrete Class A Preamp
With Fishman, you get quality discrete Class A signal conditioning created by a leader in instrument preamp design. The high impedance input is a must for any
passive instrument pickup.

Advanced 4-Band EQ
Legendary 4-band equalizer design provides superior tone control for any acoustic instrument. The variable low cut filter controls sub-bass effects produced by some
passive pickups.

FEATURES
Input: 10mOhm, Discrete Class-A JFET design
Audio: All-analog signal path with parallel digital effects
Tone Control: 4-band EQ with Bass, Middle, Treble, and selectable Low Cut
Dual Effects: Reverb (2) or Delay (2), Chorus (2), Flanger or Tremolo
Dynamics: Soft-knee Compressor, Boost Footswitch (up to 9dB)
Feedback Control: Selectable Phase Invert
Audio I/O: 1/4" mono instrument input, 1/4" amplifier output, balanced XLR DI output with pre/post routing
Power: 9-Volt battery (not included), Fishman 910-R AC adapter (sold separately)
Dimensions: 5.36"L (142mm) x 9.5"W (241mm) x 2.2"H (55mm)

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FishmanToneDEQ Acoustic Guitar Preamp EQ
 
4.3

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (9)
  • Excellent sound quality (8)
  • Compact (6)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Responsive (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Clear and acurrate tone.

This is the cleanest, most accurate, mutli-effects I've heard. My playing partner used one a year before I bought my own. He made me aware that many processors color the tone even when...Read complete review

This is the cleanest, most accurate, mutli-effects I've heard. My playing partner used one a year before I bought my own. He made me aware that many processors color the tone even when you have no effects or EQ in use. I've tested several makes and models and this is very true of very popular effects and DI's. So after testing, we both found the sound natural and not processed sounding. In comparison, other digital processors seem to completely disintegrate the tone and then put it back together; resulting in a loss of important tonal nuances. Then when you start EQ'ing or adding effects, it sounded like a lot of the sparkle was lost and now you're trying to add effects to get it back.

The Tonedeq preserves these nuances and allows you to add effects which are simply "just right". The effects are easy to dial in and as stated are just the right type and adjustability to be creative and maintain a nice acoustic sound. In addition, there is no perceived latency when switching them on and off. I've noticed this on another processor I have.

I've used this on various pickups and guitars; a Taylor T5 (main use), Taylor with LR Baggs Anthem, and a Nylon with Fishman UST. It worked great with all three. My main use is with the T5 as I bounce around tonally; playing various styles and genres during gigs. The Tonedeq allows me to achieve clean electric sounds I need, but really increased the acoustic ability of the instrument.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

disappointed to say the least

i really wanted this piece of gear to work and sound awesome but am totally disappointed ~ loud hum in post mode and effects not in stereo ~ ac adapter would not fit properly into...Read complete review

i really wanted this piece of gear to work and sound awesome but am totally disappointed ~ loud hum in post mode and effects not in stereo ~ ac adapter would not fit properly into the unit ~ would only power up on battery mode ~ fishman makes some awesome stuff but this one doesn't deserve to carry the name ~ returned and looking for something that i can really use

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fishman TONEDEQ, with Godin Nylon string

By RobbyDownUnder

from Adelaide, Australia.

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Not Phantom Powered

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Fishman ToneDEQ Acoustic Guitar Preamp EQ:

Being a Fishman Loudbox 100 user, and now moving to the ToneDEQ, it's like having having the Loudbox 100 there beside you, plugged in DI to the PA. The separate chorus and reverb are very we'll set up, and the compression is flawless. The tone controls set at 12noon are almost perfect with little twitching required for a full sound. Add in an Aphex to the signal chain, and it's a full house. I use a Godin Nylon string Multiac with the Fishman pre and pickup system, and it's amazing.
Highly recommended. Well done Fishman, I'd be your Australian Sales Rep anytime!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Clear and acurrate tone.

By Turp

from Virginia

About Me Professional Musician

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Fishman ToneDEQ Acoustic Guitar Preamp EQ:

    This is the cleanest, most accurate, mutli-effects I've heard. My playing partner used one a year before I bought my own. He made me aware that many processors color the tone even when you have no effects or EQ in use. I've tested several makes and models and this is very true of very popular effects and DI's. So after testing, we both found the sound natural and not processed sounding. In comparison, other digital processors seem to completely disintegrate the tone and then put it back together; resulting in a loss of important tonal nuances. Then when you start EQ'ing or adding effects, it sounded like a lot of the sparkle was lost and now you're trying to add effects to get it back.

    The Tonedeq preserves these nuances and allows you to add effects which are simply "just right". The effects are easy to dial in and as stated are just the right type and adjustability to be creative and maintain a nice acoustic sound. In addition, there is no perceived latency when switching them on and off. I've noticed this on another processor I have.

    I've used this on various pickups and guitars; a Taylor T5 (main use), Taylor with LR Baggs Anthem, and a Nylon with Fishman UST. It worked great with all three. My main use is with the T5 as I bounce around tonally; playing various styles and genres during gigs. The Tonedeq allows me to achieve clean electric sounds I need, but really increased the acoustic ability of the instrument.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great so far

    By Mark P

    from Chatham, VA

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Fishman ToneDEQ Acoustic Guitar Preamp EQ:

      I purchased the Tonedeq to use primarily as a preamp for performing fingerstyle acoustic guitar. The main concern was how the preamp section would "color" the sound. I was looking for a preamp that would be as neutral as possible. After doing an A/B test, it is very difficult to discern any difference in tone between the raw guitar signal and running through the Tonedeq with no effects and the tone controls set to null. This is what I was looking for! The effects have great tone and are very useful. The boost works very well also. So far I am very happy with this unit. It will run down a rechargeable 9v lithium battery in about 3-4 hours. I haven't utilized the compressor yet, but judging from the usefulness of the other sections this also should be well done. The only drawback that I found was that the XLR out bypasses the main volume control.

      (5 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      disappointed to say the least

      By bagostones

      from pensacola, fl

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Cool Design
      • Looks Sexy

      Cons

      • Ac Adapter Did Not Work
      • Noisy When In Post Mode
      • No Stereo Output
      • Sound Not Fishman Quality

      Best Uses

      • Dogbone
      • Garbage Can
      • Paperweight

      Comments about Fishman ToneDEQ Acoustic Guitar Preamp EQ:

      i really wanted this piece of gear to work and sound awesome but am totally disappointed ~ loud hum in post mode and effects not in stereo ~ ac adapter would not fit properly into the unit ~ would only power up on battery mode ~ fishman makes some awesome stuff but this one doesn't deserve to carry the name ~ returned and looking for something that i can really use

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      INCREDIBLE for Mandolin!

      By popmidi

      from Minneapolis

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Super Pick-me-up
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Ac Adaptor Not Included

      Best Uses

      • Piezo Pickups

      Comments about Fishman ToneDEQ Acoustic Guitar Preamp EQ:

      I bought this product to use with a new, high-end Martin guitar that's equipped with the Aura system, and found it to be, frankly, overkill. But, instead of returning it, I tried it with my piezo-equipped Fender Robert Schmidt electric mandolin.

      What this preamp did for my pickup is nothing short of amazing. I've gotten by with cheap, battery-powered preamps my entire career, and it was a big leap to drop this much money on one, but I am SO happy I did. Effects; awesome, EQ; very helpful, I/O; complete, Sound Quality; stellar.

      You know, it's not often you use tremolo with an acoustic instrument, but, with mandolin, it's a great touch. And the inclusion of tremolo on this product had me scratching my head, BUT, when I ran the mando through it, it was a beautiful thing. Compression, nice reverbs, and great I/O capabilities/impedance matching, plus, yeah, it's the classiest-looking pedal in the world.

      I highly recommend this unit if you have a weak pickup, 'cause this'll get you where you wanna go.

      One con: At this price, the AC adaptor should be included. Make sure you order one!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      With a Powered PA Speaker Better Than Any Acoustic Amp

      By Jon Fields

      from Allentown, PA

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Fishman ToneDEQ Acoustic Guitar Preamp EQ:

        I played my first gig last weekend before last with the ToneDEQ. I got compliments on how it sounded from my partner. The compression helps overall but really makes boosted lead lines pop through the mix. A bit of reverb and a tiny amount of chorus fatten the tone nicely. I am using a Mi-Si Trio (Baggs Element) piezo UST and I think it really works well in this application. I've got a tuner and volume control in the guitar so I don't consider a mute or tuner an important feature (and if I did I've yet to find a multipurpose pedal that matches a Polytune pedal or my D'Addario soundhole tuner). Check out the attached pictures as I marked my settings with Mark-It dots.

        It is also fairly light weight unlike the Fishman Aura pedals. The top panel is metal but the back and sides are plastic. It seems plenty tough but also light enough to safely go in a guitar gig bag pocket.

        The battery life or the battery light don't work to spec. When the battery light came on (1 hour to go) I removed the battery and later tested it with ZTS pulse load digital battery tester which reported 40% battery life remaining. If 100% of an alkaline battery is 12 hours, then 40% should still be nearly 5 hours. I suppose best to use an external power supply. It takes the standard negative tip 9v supply.

        I'm not much of a fan of notch filters (for me either ineffective or not transparent) or sweepable mid tone control. That might matter to others. The bass cut and phase inversion are the important feedback controls in my experience.

        I think a ToneDEQ and a powered PA speaker make a much better acoustic guitar amp than any dedicated acoustic amp I've tried.

         
        5.0

        Very happy with this Fishman unit

        By Holy strummer

        from Nj

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Fishman ToneDEQ Acoustic Guitar Preamp EQ:

          I am a worship leader at a local church. I serve a lot and play a Taylor 814. The box offers compression, EQ and preamp with boost along with other effects. I'm very happy with it and it's ease of use .

           
          4.0

          Not Just Acoustic!

          By Hou

          from Ms

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Fishman ToneDEQ Acoustic Guitar Preamp EQ:

            I bought one of these because i wanted a more mobile acoustic preamp and this delivers even more than i thought! now along with using it for acoustic guitar i also put it in front of my AC30 and it's my new Delay/Chorus/Tremolo. i would give it 5 stars if it had a more noticeable flanger effect, but other than that, superb pedal

             
            5.0

            ToneDEQ - Great Value

            By BillG

            from Chicago area

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Fishman ToneDEQ Acoustic Guitar Preamp EQ:

              I tried several other FX and EQ pedals and was disappointed with the sound quality and/or ease of use. I play strictly acoustic and the Fishman ToneDEQ provided the sound quality I was looking for. It was easy to set up and is easy to use. Nice selection of reverb, delay, chorus, flanger and delay. Easy to dial in the right levels, rates, etc. Same for EQ - 3 sweepable knobs for low, mid and high. My only complaint is that Fishman doesn't include a 9v AC adapter with your purchase. You can also power the unit with a 9v battery but you'll go through batteries in 5-7 hrs. You're better off buying the adapter. Overall, I'm very happy with the ToneDEQ!

              (0 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Expected more

              By Bob

              from Fl

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              Pros

              • Good Selection Of Effects

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Fishman ToneDEQ Acoustic Guitar Preamp EQ:

                Effects are decent.
                Battery drainer

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