The Fishman pickup supplied by Bear Meadow can be easily retro-fitted. First, an overview of the installation's main points. (By the way, click on any of the small images in this procedure to link to larger images or to the following section.)
This is an under-the-saddle mounted discrete element device, with elements arranged so that you can arrange the strings on the nut and saddle in 4- or 3-string configurations, or 3-string with doubled 1,2 configurations, with the same responsiveness from the electronics. Here the pickup element is shown during testing.
This is a view of the transducer as installed. Arrayed on either side of the fretboard are the two matched cowlings, ready for installation. The lead side cowling serves to cover the pickup lead. The opposite cowling retains the saddle and gives a pleasant symmetry to the installation. Notice that the lead length is kept very short, so there is minimal stray pick-up, and no chance for the lead wire to rattle against internal structures. Note also that the wire lead comes down the fretboard next to the bass string position. Since this is a discrete element pickup, orientation to the existing string positions is important.
The output plug is mounted in the tailblock, centered in the clear surface of its face. The output plug is a 1/4" monaural plug which screws into a mounting shell which is glued into the tailblock. This is fabricated from a standard gold-plated inline plug.
Here is what you will receive in the Bear Meadow Fishman Retro-fit kit:
Alright, let's get to specific instructions on installing your new acoustic pickup: