The Variable Magnetic Shunt, VMS, sensor precisely focuses a magnetic field across the strings. VMS converts the motion of the strings, both laterally and vertically, into an extremely clean and detailed output signal, rich with harmonics extending past 30,000 Hz - far more than any other electric guitar technology. VMS is unrivaled in its pick attack, finger detail, harmonic content and true sustain.
The SAMIS (Sealed Accelerometer & Magnetic Influence Sensor) combines a vibration sensor for the bodies’ vibrations and a dynamic sensor to capture the motion of the strings. SAMIS provides a traditional high-impedance output for direct compatibility with traditional amplifiers and effects pedals. It offers the widest range of tones, and is our most-affordable operating system.
The Magic Crystal combines the transparency of piezo pickups with the convenience of traditional high-impedance output and a wide variety of tone stacks and volume controls. Better yet, no battery is required because the Magic Crystal circuitry eliminates the need for built-in electrics. Now you can have the sound that piezo pickup systems promise without the noise, brittleness, shrillness and thinness that many players criticize.
Most Acoustrons’ signal output is typical of most electric guitars — not extremely loud nor overly soft. Acoustrons using the VMS sensor are distinguished by a low-impedance output through an XLR connector, and are meant to connect directly to the microphone inputs of your digital interface, mixing console or boutique preamplifier.
Acoustron is designed not to overload most amplifier inputs, giving you clean tone. If you want to overload the amplifier inputs, we recommend a booster pedal. Try a silicon transistor for traditional overdrive, a germanium transistor for sweet and gritty tone, a vacuum tube for rich, thick saturation; or an opamp-based booster for absolute shredding solos.
Or, get one of each and have a wide variety at your fingertips.