Fishman Platinum Pro EQ/DI Analog Acoustic Preamp Pedal

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89 out of 100. Incorporating 125+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$300

Being the most popular supplier of built-in electronics for acoustic guitar manufacturers, Fishman knows how to make acoustic guitars sound good. As such, it is only natural for them to come up with a quality acoustic preamp like the Platinum Pro E, an analog Class A preamp with 5-band EQ, phase control, notch filtering and compression.

It has two footswitches, first of which is a boost switch for upping your volume on specific song parts, while the other one lets you engage the unit's built-in chromatic digital tuner,

Features:

  • Fishman Class-A 17-Volt preamp
  • 5-band Equalization
  • Notch Filter and Phase control for feedback reduction
  • One-Knob Compressor
  • Built-in Chromatic Digital Tuner with Dedicated Footswitch
  • Volume Boost with Dedicated Footswitch
  • Input: 1/4"
  • Outputs: 1 x 1/4", 1 x XLR
  • Runs on 9V Battery
  • Weight: 1.4 lbs.

Pros

The Fishman Platinum Pro EQ continues to receive welcoming reviews from guitarists, cellists and other acoustic musicians. There are a lot of good feedback on its 5-band EQ and compression, specifically on how versatile and intuitive they are. The unit's feedback resistance also prompted many to give this unit high ratings.

Cons

One user noted that this preamp drains batteries quite fast, and wished that it could run on Phantom power like its predecessor. There were also a few who experienced issues with the tuner.

Overall

Although it's no longer on our recommended list, all in all with Fishman's big brand backing and reputation, the Platinum Pro EQ is a safe pick if you're looking for a reliable acoustic preamp.

To see which ones are on our recommended list since our December 2018 revision of the category, see our guide to The Best Acoustic Preamp Pedals.