I'd been eyeing a K&K Mini pickup for some time, after buying a Larrivee from Shoreline. Shoreline's write-up for the K&K was encouraging the use of a Red Eye to bolster the pickup's sound, and my own ignorance of these matters led me to follow this advice. Boy, am I glad I did! The pickup is great, but the sound is subdued, muffled even, when used without a preamp. However, when I plugged into this Red Eye, what a difference. It sounded just like my Larrivee (high praise) only amplified. The natural sound and clarity came through crystal clear - and that with a mediocre amp. Frankly, it produces better sound quality than I ever expected, and I am playing with the sound on far more than I'd anticipated. I'm giving it all the stars!
I use the Red Eye with a LR Baggs M1A soundhole pickup. Previously I used a DI with low, mid, and high adjustable EQ, but still couldn't get a sound I liked. The Red Eye with only it's treble knob gives me a much truer sound. I also play lead as well as rhythm, and the adjustable boost gives me plenty of extra volume with room to spare. The only reason i am giving it 4 stars is because it is powered by 9 volt battery only. No option to use AC power without altering the unit. Except that it is a great sounding and easy to use unit.
Great for my acoustic guitar. Sound perfect.
I like the way my guitar sounds, so the most important thing to me is good representation of that sound. This really is transparent. I like the boost, even as a rhythm player I dial in a little bit to add energy to the music when I need it. Great tool
Great battery life, perfect input impedance for passive and active guitars, phantom power, DI, boost switch, treble control. Reverb you've already got in your amp or mixer. Detailed EQ for a pickup you don't really like is not the Red-Eye's goal (I've never tweaked anything besides treble on my pedal or guitar or amp or mixer). I'm a big believer that if you avoid floor monitors, or have an appropriate pickup, or worst case a sound hole cover, that notch filters are the wrong way to deal with high stage volume feedback. So without the dozen or more knobs to get set just right, the Red-Eye does just what you need with a minimum of fuss.