Fishman Platinum Pro EQ Acoustic Guitar Preamp Review

Fishman Platinum Pro EQ/DI Analog Preamp, front view

Looking for a heavy-hitting analog acoustic guitar preamp? The Fishman Platinum Pro EQ/DI Analog Preampdelivers reliable, sparkling sonics for acoustic guitarists and bassists.  Any acoustic musician dreaming of serious quality sound will appreciate the Platinum Pro EQ.

Using the Platinum Pro EQ/DI

Fishman Platinum Pro EQ/DI Analog Preamp, front view
I purchased the Platinum Pro from Amazon in early 2015. I use it in two setups.

One, to provide extra boost and EQ when playing on the street with a Roland Bass MicroCube.

Two, when playing indoors, I’ll run an XLR from the Platinum Pro EQ/DI to a self-powered speaker. I run the TC Electronic Hall of Fame reverb pedal through the effects loop.

You can also use the Platinum Pro as a DI to connect directly to the sound system.  Other musicians have been happy with the DI.  Though I don’t usually do this, I did run a musician friend’s upright bass through the Fishman. It sounded pretty good.

Features of the Fishman Platinum Pro

17-volt, high-headroom, discrete Class-A preamp
5-band tone control with brilliance, treble, mid-range sweep, bass and bass cut
EQ mode options EQ for bass, guitar or many other acoustic instruments
Phase control and notch filter for feedback control
One dial-knob adjustable compressor
Chromatic digital tuner
Volume boost foot switch with adjustable level control (up to+12 dB)
Balanced XLR D.I. with pre/post EQ setting and ground lift
1/4" input, output, effects loop input/output, XLR DI
6.2” L x 5.6” W x 2.2” H
(158 mm x 143 mm x 54 mm)
optional 9-volt battery powered
Fishman 910R power adapter - You need to buy this separately!

Pros and Cons of the Platinum Pro PreampThe Fishman Platinum Pro EQ/DI Analog Preamp - left side

Pros

  1. The overall sound of the pedal.  It helps produce clean sound.
  2. The boost pedal helps when switching from ryhthm to lead.  You can also adjust the boost level.
  3. A little bit of compression will usually help tighten up an acoustic guitar’s boominess. (Of course, combined with EQ)
  4. The compression does sound pretty good, too.
  5. I appreciate the effects loop and the DI/XLR output. It provides good versatility
  6. I haven’t really used the feedback reduction, but it could come in handy.  It may have a steeper learning curve.
  7. Can use a 9v, so it’s portable.
  8. Works for bass and guitar.

Cons

  1. Sometimes it can sound a little tinny.  You can figure out how to reduce the tinny-ness, but it can sound a little weird if it’s not adjusted correctly.
  2. The power cable is a little cheap feeling.  And, you have to buy in addition to the pedal.

The Fishman Platinum Pro EQ/DI Analog Preamp - right sideOverall

Overall, I think this is a very good pedal. Sure, there’s better preamps.  But they probably cost twice as much and may not be as versatile.

 

 

 

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