Great in both positions, though commonly paired with Fishman's ceramic bridge humbucker. Fishman Fluence pickups for electric guitars are the first real advancement in pickup system design in over 80 years. An analog, system-wide approach delivers great idealized guitar sounds that are also quiet and free from hum and other artifacts that affect our favorite pickups from the past.
Multi-Voice Change Pickups on the Fly
The nature of the Fluence Core also allows you to create multiple voices for each pickup, so every Fluence pickup has two selectable, complementary voices onboard. These voices can be accessed via any number of standard switches or push-pull controls.
Power to the People
Another example of the fresh thinking applied to Fluence is the way their power supply is stored and managed. Can you use a standard 9V battery? Yes. But where do you put it if your guitar doesnt have a compartment? The optional Fluence battery packs require no modification and screw on to your guitar in place of the control or spring cover. They offer 200+ hours of playing time and fully charge in a few hours using a standard USB charger.
With Fluence pickups you can run hundreds of feet of guitar cable without any loss in sound quality. Your volume control operates smoother than you've ever experienced and it has no adverse affect on your tone allowing you to get musically useful sounds in the 2 to 5 region of its travel. No hum, no buzz, no spurious noise or frustrating inductance issues.
Multi-voice: Set and forget, or wire-up to toggle between two musically complimentary voices
Drop right in: Replaces standard humbucking pickups
Rechargeable on your guitar: optional lithium-ion battery pack (sold separately) offers weeks, not hours, of playing time (Standard 9V battery can also be used)
Modern Humbucker Alnico
Voice 1: Modern Active: The ideal active Alnico sound. Full, round, and boosted, but with unprecedented articulation and dynamics
Voice 1 Peak Frequency: 630kHz
Voice 2: Crisp, clean and fluid: A Fluence exclusive, the clean, crisp neck humbucker tone you've always wanted without the thin, plinky sound you don't
Voice 2 Peak Frequency: 7.5kHz
Magnetic Material: Alnico V
Magnetic Circuit: Bar magnets w/blades
Typical Gauss Strength at String: 120 Gauss
Pole Spacing: 52.6mm
Output Impedance: 2k
Current draw: 2.5mA
Battery: 9-volt / PRO-BPK-101
Battery Life: 200 hours
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The voicings are great, the voice 1 6db volume cut and High Frequency roll off options are nice to have, and the ease of wiring is very good.
However, the 6db cut and HF cut options could be handled by other gear you might own. Also, it seems to me that once you figure out what voicing you like more, are you really going to switch to the other voicing you dont like as much, other than to play around. I know it is quite possible that many people out there will use every option these things have, but I know I won't and then those options become distractions.
Yes, these do have a split coil mode but the noise in that mode is horrible if you are using a high gain setting. Noisy to point of being unusable as far as I'm concerned. I also have the Fluence Strat single coils and those things are super quiet.
Another thing I found was that the neck (Alnico) pickup has a much hotter output than the bridge (ceramic) pickup as well as a lot more noise. Every pickup has some type of hissss, or shhhhh type of noise with a high gain amp, but the neck PU was noticeably noisier than the bridge PU, it bugged me.
In the end, I returned these, too many little problems that added up and I didn't find that they were better than my old pickups. I would recommend these because they do sound good, they just weren't for me.
Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker Guitar Pickup Set Gold