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Pickups No Longer Available On Production Models
These pickups were at one point installed OEM on Larrivee Guitars. These pickups are not available for purchase through Larrivee Guitars for new orders or retrofit. This information is provided for historical purposes only. For more information on these pickups, please contact the pickup manufacturers via the attached web links.



B-Band A2

The B-Band A2 endpin preamp has two inputs and a special stereo (two output) jack. The two input channels can accommodate the UST and AST pickups or UST pickup and AG-MIC condenser sound hole microphone. The stereo output provides a separate output for each channel. The preamp features class A 9-volt powered active electronics and a high quality stereo output jack. Use with steel or nylon string guitars. The battery is house in a battery clip usually attached to the head block. This pickup pre-amp was used by Larrivee between 2002 and 2004 at which point we switch to the B-Band A2.2. For more information visit http://www.b-band.com Currently there is no user manual available from B-Band on this pickup.
   

B-Band A2.2

The B-Band A2.2 onboard preamp has two inputs for UST and AST pickups and a mono mixed output. The preamp features two adjustable input gain controls and a remote master volume and mix control that mount at the inside edge of the sound hole without any modification. The preamp features class A 9-volt powered active electronics and a high quality stereo output jack. Used with steel or nylon string guitars. The battery is usually housed in a battery pouch attached via Velcro to the back of the guitar. This pickup pre-amp was used by Larrivee between 2004 and January 2006 at which point we switch to the L.R. Baggs iMix. For more information visit http://www.b-band.com Currently there is no user manual available from B-Band on this pickup.

   
B-Band A5 (Single Source)

The B-Band A5 side mount preamp has a single input for the UST pickup. The slider type controls include volume and a 4-band EQ. The preamp also features a rotary notch and frequency control, phase switch, battery low LED light and 9-volt powered class A electronics. Used with steel guitars. The battery is usually housed in a clip mounted the head block or a battery pouch attached via Velcro to the back of the guitar. The battery pouch is the better alternative as it affords more protection if the battery comes loose. This pickup was used in 2002 until January 2006 when we switched over to the L.R. Baggs Element Notch. You would originally find this preamp on -03 series Guitars. For more information visit http://www.b-band.com Click HERE for a user manual of the B-Band A5.

   
B-Band A6 (Dual Source)

The B-Band A6 side mount preamp has dual inputs, for use with UST and AST pickups, and a mono mixed output. The slider type controls include volume and a 3-band EQ. The preamp also features a rotary notch and frequency, phase switch, battery low LED light and 9-volt powered class A electronics. Used with steel or nylon string guitars. he battery is usually housed in a clip mounted the head block or a battery pouch attached via Velcro to the back of the guitar. The battery pouch is the better alternative as it affords more protection if the battery comes loose. This pickup was used from 2002 until January 2006 when we switched over to the B-Band L.R. Baggs iMix Notch. This B-Band A6 was available on the -05 series and up. For more information visit http://www.b-band.com Click HERE for a user manual of the Element Notch System.

   
B-Band UST (Under Saddle Transducer)

The B-Band UST (Under saddle Transducer) pickup is made of a non-piezo material that provides a wide frequency response, dynamic range and fast response time so the reproduced sound is natural, open and free of compression. Used on all OEM installed B-Band Pickups.

   
B-Band AST (Acoustic Soundboard Transducer)

The B-Band AST 1470 (Acoustic Soundboard Transducer) pickup is made of a non-piezo material that provides a wide frequency response, dynamic range and fast response time so the reproduced sound is natural, open and free of compression. The AST is ultra thin and is easy to install to the bridge plate or soundboard of a guitar. Installed on the A2, A2.2 and A6 models.

   
Fishman AGP-2

This was one of the first pickup systems to be offered by Larrivee Guitars. It was the Fishman's first onboard preamp to provide players with fingertip controls for volume, bass, and treble. This preamp was the first major pickup to be installed OEM on Larrivee Guitars - Other than a few FRAP pickups (see below). It was easily discernable by the two knobs on the bass side, by the neck block. This pickup was released by Fishman in 1987, and was first ordered by Larrivee in early 1988 and was retired approximately in 1993-94 . For more information check http://www.fishman.com. Click HERE for a user manual of the Fishman AGP-2.

   
Fishman Prefix Stereo Blender

The Prefix Stereo blender offered stereo or mono signal paths and a low-noise circuit for the systems under saddle piezo and internal microphone. It included all of the features of the Prefix Plus except for Brilliance control. The battery compartment was located on the back of the pickup which could be rotated by unclipped a latch at the top of the preamp. The downside to this pickup was the immense size. It required a large hole to be routed in the the side of the guitar. The sound quality of this preamp was very good. This preamp was only seen on Dreadnaughts and was used between 1998 and 2002 until we switched over to the B-Band A6. For more information check http://www.fishman.com. Click HERE for a user manual of the Prefix Stereo Blender.

   
Fishman Prefix Pro (Single Source)

The prefix pro was popular during the years we were with Guitar Center. This single source preamp was available on small and mid size bodied guitars such as the 'L' and 'OM' bodies. The battery compartment was located on the back of the pickup which could be rotated by unclipped a latch at the top of the preamp. The downside to this pickup was the large size. You would find this preamp on our -03 Series and RARELY on an -05 or up. This pickup was used in from 1997 until 2002 when we switched over to the B-Band A5. For more information check out http://www.fishman.com. Click HERE for a user manual of the Prefix Pro.

   
Fishman Prefix Pro-Blender

The Fishman Prefix Pro-Blender was one of the two mainstay pickups we used during the Guitar Center years. It offered two primary inputs: an under saddle piezo and internal microphone. The battery compartment was located on the back of the pickup which could be rotated by unclipped a latch at the top of the preamp. This preamp was primarily used for the small and mid size bodies such as the 'L' and 'OM' due to its small footprint compared to the "plus" blenders. The downside to this pickup was the large size. You would find this Preamp on our -05 Series or higher and RARELY on an -03 (only for a customer order). This pickup was used in from 1997 until 2002 when we switched over to the B-Band A6. For more information check out http://www.fishman.com. Click HERE for a user manual of the Prefix Pro Blend.

   
Fishman Prefix Plus (Single Source)

The Fishman Prefix Plus was primarily installed on the model D-03 during the late 1990's. It used a single source under saddle transducer. It was only used for "Dreadnought" bodies due to its sheer size. The battery compartment was located on the back of the pickup which could be rotated by unclipped a latch at the top of the preamp.The downside to this pickup was the immense size. You would find this preamp on our -03 Series and RARELY on an -05 or up. This pickup was used in from 1997 until 2002 when we switched over to the B-Band A5. For more information check out http://www.fishman.com. Click HERE for a user manual of the Prefix Plus.

   
Fishman Prefix Onboard Blender

The Fishman Prefix Onboard-Blender was another of the heavily used Fishman pickups we used during the Guitar Center years. It offered two primary inputs: an under saddle piezo and internal microphone. The battery compartment was located on the back of the pickup which could be rotated by unclipped a latch at the top of the preamp.This Preamp was used on many different guitars, but mostly Dreadnoughts. The downside to this pickup was the large size. You would find this Preamp on our -05 Series or higher and RARELY on an -03 (only for a customer order). This pickup was used in from 1997 until 2002 when we switched over to the B-Band A6. For more information check out http://www.fishman.com. There is currently no electronic user manual provided by Fishman for this Preamp.

   
Fishman Deluxe SC

The Fishman Deluxe SC replaced the "Fishman Classic 4" pickup and was used only on the now retired -02 Series. It was designed by Fishman to be a low-cost pickup for guitars under $1000. It was a single source pickup with the four primary controls and designed for easy installation by manufacturers. The battery compartment was onboard. This preamp was used from 1999-2001 when we discontinued the -02 series. For more information check out http://www.fishman.com. There is currently no electronic user manual provided by Fishman for this Preamp.

   
Fishman Classic "4"

The Fishman Classic 4 was the predecessor to the Fishman Deluxe SC and was used only on the now retired -02 Series. It was designed by Fishman to be a low-cost pickup for guitars under $1000. It was a single source pickup with the four primary controls and designed for easy installation by manufacturers. The battery compartment was onboard. This preamp was used from 1998-1999 when we switched to the Fishman Deluxe SC. For more information check out http://www.fishman.com. There is currently no electronic user manual provided by Fishman for this Preamp.

   
Fishman Matrix Natural 1

The Matrix Natural I pickup/preamp system was first officially called the "Acoustic Matrix Natural" until its name was change by Fishman in the late 1990's. It was first available OEM installed around 1995 - though a few custom orders had been installed between 1992-1995. This pickup used a special co-polymer piezo and active end-pin mounted preamp. There were no on-board controls. The battery clip was mounted on the head block of the guitar. The original clip was the only weakness of this preamp. It produced a wonderfully rich natural sound. This preamp was particularly well suited for small bodied guitars. It was replaced by the B-Band A2 in 2002. For more information check out http://www.fishman.com. There is currently no electronic user manual provided by Fishman for this Preamp.

   
Fishman Matrix Natural 2

The Matrix Natural II pickup/preamp system was first officially called the "Acoustic Matrix Hot" until its name was change by Fishman in the late 1990's to the now known "Matrix Natural II".
It was first available OEM installed around 1995. This pickup used a special co-polymer piezo and active end-pin mounted preamp. There were no on-board controls. The battery clip was mounted on the head block of the guitar. The original clip was the only weakness of this preamp. It produced a wonderfully rich natural sound. This preamp was particularly well suited for larger bodied guitars. It was replaced by the B-Band A2 in 2002. For more information check out http://www.fishman.com. There is currently no electronic user manual provided by Fishman for this Preamp.

   
FRAP - Flat Response Audio Pickup

This pickup was truly the first pickup to be OEM installed on a Larrivee Guitar, though very few of them were actually used. To our best recollection these were used in the middle to late 1970, possibly as late as 1982. This pickup is not made by the original manufacturer anymore. Today a similar one is make by Trance Audio Inc called the Acoustic Lens. The FRAP pickup used a three dimensional transducer to capture sound waves traveling vertically, horizontally, and isometrically. For more info on the original check out THIS original flyer on the frap system. For more info on the Trance Audio Pickup please go to http://www.tranceaudio.com/lens.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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