December 2020
Larry Fishman

Larry Fishman

Larry Fishman holds more than 30 patents in transducer and musical instrument design. He is president and founder of Fishman Transducers, which he began in his garage in 1981. In the early ’90s, he also co-founded and managed Parker Guitars (which was later sold to U.S. Music Corp.) with his friend Ken Parker.

ARTICLES

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Acoustic Soundboard: Crossing the Digital Divide

November 12, 2015
It’s time to question some common analog/digital assumptions.
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Intersection of Creativity and Technology

August 10, 2015
It’s good to recognize your own biases—and to challenge them sometimes.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Great Live Sound Doesn’t Just Happen

May 3, 2015
Due diligence will yield the live sound you seek.
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Acoustic Soundboard: It’s All in Your Head

February 8, 2015
Achieving a great live sound with an amplified acoustic takes work and a solid understanding of what is and isn’t possible.
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Acoustic Soundboard: You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Pt. 2

November 17, 2014
Before you can achieve your ideal amplified-acoustic sound, you need to have a very clear definition of what that ideal really is.
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Amplifying a Solo Acoustic Performance

Amplifying a Solo Acoustic Performance

September 20, 2011
Equally important in making the proper choice is deciding on why you want to amplify in the first place.
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Acoustic Amplification, Pt. 1

Acoustic Amplification, Pt. 1

July 19, 2011
A quick look at today’s guitar market shows that acoustic guitars are still outselling electric guitars, and that roughly half of the acoustics being sold have pickup systems already installed by the manufacturer.
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