AXOLOGY: Fishman to Debut Jerry Douglas Artist Series Aura Imaging Pedal

Fishman’s line of Aura pedals have made it possible for acoustic musicians to reproduce the sound of their instruments as miked in a professional recording studio—and to do so anywhere, most importantly onstage.

Now Fishman is expanding its lineup with the first Aura for players of resophonic guitars. The Jerry Douglas Artist Series Aura Imaging pedal was created in collaboration with Douglas, a multiple Grammy Award–winning artist who has been influential on bluegrass and related genres.

The Jerry Douglas Aura pedal uses 16 custom Fishman Aura images created and used by Douglas specifically for resophonic guitars. These one-of-a-kind "signature" sounds were recorded using premier vintage microphones and Class A discreet mic preamps.

The pedal’s main features include volume, blend, input trim and Image Select controls; a phase switch to fight feedback, and a bypass/mute foot switch. It employs 24-bit ADA and 32-bit internal processing for superior audio quality, runs on a nine-volt battery or power adapter and features a clip/low-battery indicator.

Fishman will give the pedal its official debut at Summer NAMM and begin shipping soon after. No word yet on pricing.

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Christopher Scapelliti

Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World, a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.