Fishman Debuts PowerTap Series Pickup Systems

An acoustic guitar pickup series that uses a tap body sensor.

Anaheim, CA (January 9, 2020) -- At Winter NAMM 2020, To meet the amplification needs of an increasing number of modern guitar stylists, Fishman is introducing the groundbreaking new PowerTap Earth and PowerTap Infinity pickup systems. These two new-technology pickup systems will empower acoustic guitarists to add excitement to their performances and expand their playing technique with new percussive elements and tactile dynamics.

Touch. Ambience. Percussion – PowerTap: Two Ways

The key to Fishman PowerTap tone is the new Tap body sensor, that when combined with either a Matrix Infinity (PowerTap Infinity) or Rare Earth (PowerTap Earth) pickup, opens up a new palette of sounds, interaction, and color for players of all styles. The innovative Tap body sensor literally adds a new dimension to the sounds captured and emanating from the pickup system. Layers of touch and depth, ambience, and of course percussion, are all right there… without the concerns of feedback and other unwanted artifacts that have plagued earlier systems.

Whether the player chooses the PowerTap Infinity or PowerTap Earth, they get the benefit of an easily adjustable Blend control that can mix the sound of the Rare Earth or Infinity and Tap signals in mono. Or, players can choose to run the individual pickup and TAP body sensor signals into separate channels simply by using a stereo cable. This feature allows players to add separate effects, level control, and EQ to each pickup independently – to create a striking soundscape of tones from a single instrument.

PowerTap Infinity

The new PowerTap Infinity pickup system combines the superior performance and tone of the Fishman industry-standard Matrix Infinity undersaddle pickup system, with the new Tap body sensor. A redesigned, sealed enclosure for the soundhole-mounted Volume and Tone control module allows players to make effortless adjustments to their sound. The preamp’s voicing switch has been relocated and made easily accessible so players can accommodate different types of guitars, amplification choices, playing styles and performance situations.

PowerTap Earth

The PowerTap Earth pickup system combines the easy installation, superior performance and warm, transparent sound of the popular Fishman Rare Earth humbucker with the new Tap body sensor. Other PowerTap Earth features include active electronics, long life miniature batteries and a neodymium magnet structure for exceptional string balance and clarity.

For more information about Fishman please visit Booth 4810, Hall D, Anaheim Convention Center.

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