This is a list of electric guitars that ship with a set of Fishman Fluence pickups, particularly in the dual humbucker configuration.
For now, I'll assume that you know the significance of Fishman's pickup design and the value of the Fluence pickup. If you just want to get straight to the list of guitars, it's directly below the next couple paragraphs, images, and table of contents. If you want to read up on the Fishman Fluence design, I've written some about them below the guitar list.
What to Look For
When looking for a guitar with Fishman Fluence pickups, they can be easy to confuse with other active pickup designs, particularly EMG. However, one easy way to identify them is with the slanted dividing line that runs through the middle of all their pickup covers, which you can see here:
If you have other questions about how to identify these guitars that I haven't covered, feel free to drop us a line in the comments section below.
Electric Guitars with Fishman Fluence Pickups (our top picks)
Note that this is not a comprehensive list of guitars with Fishman Fluence pickups, as there are others on the market that we've likely missed. If you know of one that you'd like us to add, drop it in the comments section below. We'll take a look and then add it to the table while giving you an update credit. For the time being, we've focused on curating the 20 best selling electric guitars that ship with Fishman Fluence humbuckers installed. Note that a couple of these guitars also have the middle single coil pickup between two humbuckers, otherwise known as an HSH pickup configuration.
Schecter C-1 SLS Evil Twin
Schecter C-1 SLS Elite
Ibanez Axion Label RGD71ALMS
Schecter E-1 SLS Evil Twin
Schecter C-7 SLS Elite
Strandberg Boden Original 7
ESP E-II Horizon NT-7B Hipshot
Ibanez Axion Label RG631ALF Electric Guitar
Caparison Guitars TAT Special FX Metal Machine Adam Dutkiewicz Signature
ESP LTD Phoenix Black Metal
Ibanez Prestige RG5120M
ESP E-II M-II 7B Baritone EverTune Electric Guitar
Ibanez Standard RG80F Electric Guitar
ESP LTD M-1007 QM
ESP LTD EC-1000S Fluence Electric Guitar
ESP LTD Ken Susi KS-M6
Ibanez Axion Label RGD61ALA
Caparison Guitars Angelus-NH Nick Hipa Signature
Ibanez Prestige RG5170B
Ibanez Axion Label S671ALB
Ibanez Prestige RG5121
What's so special about Fishman Fluence pickups?
For those who aren't convinced or want more information about Fishman Fluence pickups: What's so special about them?
In non-technical terms, the Fluence design is an active pickup that combines the clarity and low-noise profile that we love about active pickups with the organic and natural-sounding quality we love about passive pickups.
Fishman accomplishes this in a pickup that is technically active, but uses stacked coil technology to give it multiple voices, where it's able to sound both active and passive.
This is a kind of technology that has dramatically changed the landscape and standard of guitar pickups.
Particularly the humbuckers from the Fishman Fluence series are some of the absolute best we can recommend.
Read more: Best guitar pickups
Which brands typically include Fishman Fluence Pickups?
While you can always buy the Fluence pickups and install them in any guitar with a corresponding pickup configuration, there are a handful of brands that seem to have some sort of agreement with Fishman, and often ship their guitars with Fluence pickups already installed.
They include the following:
- ESP LTD
Outside of these three brands, there are just a few others we noticed Fishman Fluence pickups in, more sparingly:
What about other pickup brands?
But what about other pickup brands? Are Fishman Fluence humbuckers a must-have?
There are definitely other viable options, not the least of which include:
- Seymour Duncan
For example, we've put together a similar page focused on electric guitars with EMG pickups, which implement a similar style and active design.
Active VS Passive Pickups
Curious about the difference? Read more here: Active VS Passive Pickups in Electric Guitars
These are some of the best-selling electric guitars that ship with Fishman Fluence pickups. Particularly if you like active pickups and you like a more modern guitar sound and design, this list could hold some good options for you. I'm a big fan of the Ibanez series already, and their inclusion of Fluence humbuckers just sweetens the deal even more.
However, if you're more of a guitar traditionalist, used to single coil pickup designs, you might be better off modding a Stratocaster or going with a different type of pickup entirely.
The guitars in this list are mostly heavy, designed for high gain and smooth distortion.
While the Fluence humbuckers can handle a wide range of styles, they're still an active pickup.
Having said that:
If you're sold on the active pickup's messaging, the Fluence humbucker does it better than just about anything else on the market.
Your Questions and Adding to this List
If you have questions about the guitars in this list, Fishman Fluence humbuckers, or you want to add a guitar to the table, leave it in the comments section below and we'll jump in.