The Rare Earth Blend
pairs the active humbucking pickup with a high quality, internally mounted miniature
microphone. The system combines the percussive attack and controlled sustain of
the magnetic pickup with the resonant, ambient qualities captured by the internal
microphone. These sonic components couple seamlessly to provide a cohesive, three-dimensional
amplified acoustic guitar tone.
The microphone is a miniature electret type, with a hypercardioid response pattern
for high volume, low feedback performance. It easily adjusts into position with
a flexible gooseneck that is permanently attached to the pickup housing.
Balance between the microphone and magnetic signals is controlled by a small rotary
pan pot, accessed through the soundhole. A simple modification to the Rare
Earth Blend allows you to split the microphone and pickup signals for
true stereo blending.