I found this on the closeout page of Shoreline and had been somewhat looking for a new pre-amp for my guitars. I play several different guitars with a wide variety of pick-ups from K&K Mini to Taylor's expression to a Sunrise soundhole to Baggs M-1 active and M-80 and I wanted a pre-amp that would work and sound well for all. I have been using the Baggs Para DI and was very happy with it, but after reading some of the reviews for the Red-Eye, I decided to take the plunge especially since it was on sale. I am so glad that I did. The difference is subtle but significant at the same time. My listeners will probably not notice much change unless I was to A/B them side by side. But I noticed a difference immediately, the sound was more open and airy, much like my guitar when I don't plug in and play in the glass stairwell in my workplace. (I take time to play during lunch as a stress reducer.) I don't have the EQ capability with the Red-Eye but I don't miss it as I have excellent EQ capabilities on my mixing console. The benefit of having two sources allows me to switch between guitars with alternate tuning's and also to switch out guitars when playing a gig as I can mute one and have my son exchange guitars when he re-tunes one that I will be using later. I have never had a boost switch before and that is another blessing as now I don't have to attack certain passages when I want to be louder. I can play consistently and increase the volume with a mere foot tap. I have already recommended this to several friends. As always John and the Shoreline staff are first class in their help and quick shipping.
BTW, I recommend you visit the closeout page from time to time as there are frequently some great deals at respectable prices and John ALWAYS stands behind his products. I have found many toys to supplement my instrument gallery from this venue. I find I can try things at a more reasonable cost that I might not have tried if I paid full price.
Only had for a couple weeks now but amazing the difference in sound quality with my a/e guitar and electric banjo!
I'm not a fan of under saddle piezos so I mix a k&k pure mini and fishman blackstack mag. I have a shelf of preamps including dtar solstice, radial pre-z, and k&k dual preamp. The pure mini pickup really does sound best with a 1M input impedence, which only the K&K dual and Red Eye have. The Red Eye sounds best, plus has the convenience of being powered by 48v phantom, has a boost switch, and the a/b switch acts as a mute when using A&B mode. Well worth my investment.
I am an avid red-eye user but found at the jams I attend it was a hassle when switching instruments and having to mess with the tone and gain whenever I switched over. Now I just bought a bouzouki as well so would be doing even more switching of instruments. Now with the red-eye twin I can get two instruments plugged in to the same box, set the tone and gain for each, and with the flick of a switch in seconds go from one instrument to the other. An added bonus is that with the red-eye twin I can adjust the volume too without going to the board to do it and I canf also mute at the box too instead of going to the board. So same great red-eye acoustic sound but now with more capabilities
I have a Fire Eye Red Eye, and have been very happy with it. I've found myself swapping between guitars more on stage lately, and wanted something a little more flexible than having to swap cables between guitars. The Fire-Eye Twin fits the bill wonderfully - same great sound and ease of use as the original Fire-Eye, but with a greater range of use. You can easily swap between guitars, or blend two guitars, and it's easy to set up and equate the volume of different instruments that you might use. A great solution for multi-instrumentalists who want great sound that's easy to deal in. This one's a no-brainer, folks!