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Articles by Larry Fishman

Acoustic Soundboard: You Can’t Always Get What You Want

June 1, 2014
Larry Fishman talks about the virtual impossibility of using amplification to exactly replicate the sound of acoustic guitars.
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Acoustic Soundboard: One Word—Plastics

February 25, 2014
Who knew that new developments in plastics would revolutionize under-saddle pickup technology?
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Acoustic Soundboard: A Personal Design Study, Pt. 2

November 18, 2013
How two under-saddle acoustic guitar pickups can look identical—but perform very differently.
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Acoustic Soundboard: A Personal Design Study, Pt. 1

August 21, 2013
What goes on in the mind of a guitar electronics designer? Learn the value of simultaneously developing multiple prototypes and the role details play in a successful design.
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Inside Ovation's Acoustic Pickup Evolution

June 16, 2013
Under the hood of Ovation's innovative pickup system from 1973
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A Piezo Pioneer

March 11, 2013
Dig into the inner workings of the Takamine PT-007S, one of the earliest—and most successfully integrated—amplified acoustic guitars.
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Saddle Up, Amigo

September 5, 2012
We’ll now look at the specific elements in the amplification signal chain in more detail.
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Trial by Fire: Your First Pub Gig

June 8, 2012
Holding your excitement in check, you pack up your gear and head out for the club.
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Choosing Your Gear for a Pub Gig

March 9, 2012
Once upon a time, acoustic guitarists needed to haul a van’s worth of gear to a gig to amplify their instruments and vocals. Today’s sound-reinforcement gear is far more
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Context is Everything

December 20, 2011
By now you may be thinking, “What is this story doing in a column about acoustic amplification?” It has everything to do with understanding and choosing the right gear for the job.
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