Fire-Eye Red-Eye

The Red-Eye you see here is Fire-Eye's basic, single-channel model. Like the Baggs PADI or Radial PZ Deluxe, it functions as both a preamp and DI. Unlike those other models, the Red-Eye has virtually no knobs to fiddle with, no real EQ to speak of. But here's the beauty of this design: Fire-Eye's gear is built to make your instrument sound great without all the knobs and adjustments. With flat response and high headroom, the Red-Eye gets you one step closer to "my instrument, only louder". Throw in a boost switch for the occasional solo, and you have one truly high-performance preamp. I recommend it without reservation.

Customer Reviews

Based on 16 reviews
Easy to use. Natural acoustic sound.

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!

Pure Tone. Simple to use. Battery only.

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.

Please note: The Red Eye defaults to phantom power in the absence of a battery, so AC power is not technically necessary.
Awesome pedal

Great for my acoustic guitar. Sound perfect.

It sounds like my guitar!

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

Just What You Need and Nothing More

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.

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