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.
This preamp is very easy to use - pretty much plug and play - but the sound is very satisfying. It adds a richness to the tone. I use the boost to switch between strumming and finger picking. Excellent quality for a very reasonable price. As always, Shoreline customer service is second to none.
2016-03-17 16:17:49 UTC
Donald Reilly said: Red Eye is a Good One
Just played a gig last night with my new Red Eye single.Very impressed with airy smooth sound. I am using K&K mini and DTAR wavelength in my Seagull Dread and mini jumbo through a Bose L1. Will enhance both pickups with hassle free adjustments. So simple its scary. The circuit is high quality. You will not miss your bass & mid knobs because you do not need them ! A little treble for sparkle and your ready to go. Nice boost feature for finger picking. Been gigging for 20 years and have used them all, this is a keeper!
2016-03-01 23:52:42 UTC
Tom said: Fire eye
Great acoustic pre-amp! Transparent, let's your guitar shine. Plug and play, only 2 knobs. .yay J45 kk to fire eye to mixer and done. Oh yea, small footprint.
2015-10-16 17:09:29 UTC
Ed-in-Ohio said: Excellent Easy to Use Preamp. Outstanding for Passive Systems.
This is a great, simple to use, ruggedly constructed preamp!
It is basically plug and play (with minimal adjustment knobs), and it provides a wonderful, clean amplification of what your instrument's pickup gives it. This pickup works best with passive systems, as it is quite "hot". I have used it with both K&K Pure Minis and with a passive soundhole pickups. When coupled with these pickup systems, the results were the best amplified tone I have ever gotten with those guitars. The treble control works very well for balancing the EQ of passive systems that tend to be bottom heavy (quite common).
Excellent performance and rugged construction - This is unquestionably a Pro piece of gear.
Bottom line: If you own a K&K or a passive soundhole pickup, get this!
The only thing lacking here is a gain control. A gain control would give one the ability to lower the "heat", thereby making the Red-Eye a little easier to use with hotter, active systems.
Highly recommended and a "must have" for passive systems.
2015-10-16 05:39:08 UTC
JC said: Very good pre-amp box
This preamp box is very well build. The size is very small. It fits in the small compartment in my guitar case. I like it because it doesn't seem to color the sound of my guitar. I can also adjust the level of the treble. The effect loop is useful for pairing this preamp with any other pedal. I use it with a tuner. One think I do miss is a mute buttom, but I can mute it with my tuner pedal, so it is not a big deal. Another thing is, you need to unscrew four screws from the bottom to change the battery. It is not so convenient, but it is also not a deal breaker. This preamp can also be used as a passive DI box. Very versatile.