A lot of you want to know my thoughts on the @fishmanmusic
Fluence Modern. I rarely dedicate posts to shit like this because I never want to reduce Victorious Weapons to being just another gear slut page. But I also don't want to ignore the inquiries. The Fluence performs as advertised; it's a high output active pickup that achieves the level of headroom and dynamics of a passive pickup. That claim felt modest after typing. A strange feeling when it's such a profound accomplishment. And from Fishman? Never saw that coming during my days of slinging their acoustic sound hole pickups. But to assume that claim plants me in the camp of Fluence > anything elsers would be to assume that I'm not a fan of the traditional active tone. But I'm an unapologetic @emgpickups
81 fanboy. The 81 has a glassy harshness and bite that the Fluence lacks. The Fishman is refined, but nearly to the point of detriment when you're seeking an angrier aesthetic in your tone. But as most of the modern metal players are certainly not after that, I predict that the Fluence will soon find its throne as the staple active pickup in the near future if EMG or Seymour Duncan do not respond with a convincing answer soon. And this is all based on merits of tone and performance, not mentioning the superior technology and features of the Fluence. The option of a rechargeable battery pack is much more than a trivial novelty. Especially for those of us who are obsessive about keeping fresh batteries. And the surprisingly usable dual voicings the pickup is built with should not be overlooked. This was a feature I was almost sure would be "set it and forget it." But both modes are very musical and viable with distinctive characteristics. At the end of the day, it still is "set it and forget it" for me. With no tone knob I have no way of toggling. Tossed an EMG Afterburner gain boost in its place because fuck tone and MORE GAIN.
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