The Ischell contact microphone has become a reference for gypsy jazz guitars, known for its fidelity to the acoustics of the instrument, feedback resistance and ease of use on an amp. The J48C is particularly appreciated for its operation on phantom power and its balanced output. It can remain installed permanently on the instrument while remaining removable. Those who want an unbalanced mono jack output can take the 9v battery option (the battery goes inside), or choose the inside BOX + CPJ.
To go further, for even more naturalness and respect of acoustics, you can choose to associate an air mic to the contact microphone to adapt to any situation. The 2X48 + ACPJ combines these two types of microphones in the same system. A version to be installed in the instrument exists for these three models, inside J48C, inside BOX + CJ and the 2X48 + ACJ
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The AirCapt air microphone is generally used in addition to a contact microphone. It is a very small microphone designed to be placed closer to the sound source for more gain, less feedback and ambient sounds. Particularly suited to acoustic stages, it faithfully and very naturally reproduces the sound of your instrument with precision, dynamics and allows comfortable levels on stage without microphone stand. It is usually placed outside, at the edge of the soundhole, treble side, pointing upward or sometimes it have very good results inside (mostly for the small soudholes).
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The J48A below is the best-selling of this category. Removable, this system can be powered by phantom power and provide a balanced signal with a Jack-Stereo / XLR cable. It can also with the 9v battery option, operate with a standard mono jack cable. It is then powered by the 9v battery automatically for about 500 hours of use. The battery will not discharge in the presence of phantom power.
The inside J48A is the installed version of the J48A described above. Drilling is therefore required. Same possibilities …
The inside BOX + APJ is appreciated for its operation on battery and its output Jack. The microphone kit can remain on the instrument. The inside BOX + AJ is the fixed installation
The AirBag-C contact microphone is a reference for string acoustic instruments that have to be performed on stages with high levels. It’s the sound of a microphone, natural and faithful, with the feedback resistance of a pickup. You can easily use it in an amp, apply effects and make clean loops…
The J48C is appreciated for its operation on phantom power and balanced output. It can remain permanently installed while remaining removable, the instrument becomes autonomous with its system ready to function. Those who want an unbalanced mono jack output can take the 9v battery option (the battery is installed in the guitar with access through the soudhole), allowing both operation modes, balanced and unbalanced.
The inside BOX + CPJ is another possibility. It remained the most sold model in this category for a long time but was replaced by the new J48C. An installed version exists for these two models.
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The J48C is a removable version. The jack is placed on the side, at the bottom of the neck and the microphone is placed generally under the strings or beside. This system can be powered by phantom power and provide a balanced signal with a Jack-stereo / XLR cable. It can also work with a standard mono jack cable with the 9v battery option, it is then powered by the 9v battery automatically for about 500 hours of use. The battery does not discharge in the presence of phantom power.
Inside J48C is the installed version of the J48C described above. Drilling is therefore required. The same possibilities …
The inside BOX + CPJ, appreciated for its operation on battery and its output Jack, but also because it is removable. However, the microphone kit can be permanently installed on the instrument.
The inside BOX + CJ, installed version of inside BOX + CPJ
The combination of the two types of microphones is complementary for an instrument playing on high level stages and optimizes the sound in all situations by combining power and respect of the acoustic sound of the instrument.
The contact microphone gives you the power for the front and in the monitors, high accuracy in bass and midrange, dynamics … The air microphone brings you the reverberations of the instrument, player details, the air, the finesse in the trebles. For situations that require high levels on stage and front and to have an acoustic sound, faithful to the instrument.
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The 2X48 + ACPJ is a removable system that has a contact microphone and an aerial. The ACPJ microphone jack is attached to the side at the bottom of the neck, the 2X48 system works with phantom power and 9v battery, XLR and Jack outputs, both signals completely separate with independant volume knob.
The 2X48 + ACJ is the installed version of the 2X48 + ACPJ described above. The drilling is therefore required for the Jack.
N°1 : The J48C is the most sold in this category, removable version, particularly appreciated for its fidelity to the instrument combined with the advantages of the contact microphone.
- Exceptional sound quality for a contact microphone
- Very good resistance to feedback
- Do not catch the sounds of stage.
- The ability to use effects and make clean loops
- Balanced jack output with a Jack-stereo/XLR connecting cable.
- Balanced connection allows the use of phantom power.
- The 9v battery option allows the use of a standard mono jack.
- The battery life is 500 hours. With presence of phantom power, it does not wear out.
- The installation is removable, without drilling or intervention on the instrument.
- The system can be permanently installed
N°2 : The inside BOX + CPJ is the second in this category with its battery operation and its unbalanced output mono Jack …
N°3 : The 2X48 + ACPJ 2×48 with its combination of both pickups optimizes the sound in every situation by bringing power and respect of acoustics. The contact microphone gives you power for the face and monitors, high accuracy in bass and midrange, dynamics… The air microphone brings you the proximity reverberations of the instrument, game details, air, the finesse of trebles…
“We just came back from a heavy European tour, Ischell pickups are the very, very best in the market”. Stephane Wrembel
“…I’ve been using the Ischell on all my gigs and so far it has worked beautifully. I’ve been looking for a fatal flaw but so far can’t really say I’ve found one. Last week I used it at a super noisy restaurant and had it cranked pretty loud and it didn’t feedback at all. Of course, the sound is truly natural as it’s a mic. It’s a joy to play gigs like these without resorting to a highly modified pickup sound….felt like I was doing an acoustic gig!… MichaelHorowitz
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” Le 2X48 + ACPJ est sans aucun doute le meilleur système de micros que j’ai pu essayer. Le son du micro de contact est exceptionnel de naturel, on y retrouve vraiment le son de la guitare, du bois… Il sonne tout le temps dans n’importe quel ampli avec précision, présence, gain… ! Sur scène, le niveau des retours n’est plus un problème, c’est un réel plaisir ! Le micro aérien quand à lui, apporte la finesse et les détails du son pour la façade. Un système complet et parfaitement cohérent, excellent… !” Daniel Givone
“Après avoir essayé beaucoup de systèmes, enfin une combinaison de micros fidèle à l’instrument avec de la puissance ! C’est carrément terrible ! La classe.” Kevin Goubern
Used the J48C for his live recording at the Sunset (Paris)…
The Ischell Inside Box + CPJ is a really fantastic system for gypsy jazz guitar amplification. I’m really blown away by the natural sound that the microphone produces through my Fishman amplifier. There is no feedback problems now that I have applied the putty correctly, I’m looking forward to playing loads of gigs with my trio!
mattdowie92 wrote a review for product: ISCHELL inside BOX + CPJ on lundi 17 août 2015
Hallo! I recently bought an ischell inside box mic pickup for my gypsy guitar. I love it! Thank you so much. You did a great job. We played a huge show last night and the sound was amazing. Just plugs right into a fishman amp with no effects. Couldnt ask for anything better!
Gustav V wrote a review for product: ISCHELL inside BOX + CPJ on mercredi 29 octobre 2014
I’m really pleased with the Ischell, I’ve been using it on several gigs with a quintet that includes two horns and a drummer. On the Dupont MDC-50e, the ischell has delivered a very good acoustic sound without feedback issues.
Mark wrote a review for product: ISCHELL inside BOX + CPJ on dimanche 12 octobre 2014
I have used this mic on several gigs now and it is a truly fantastic unit ! The sound is excellent and no feedback! I’m using a Zoom A3 box in between the mic and the PA so I can use the EQ and boost function. Actually I just roll off some treble and that’s about it. It doesn’t need much at all. Excellent product!! Doug Martin, member of Lulo Reinhardt’s Latin Swing Quartet and John Jorgenson Quintet
Doug Martin wrote a review for product: X48+CPJ on dimanche 12 octobre 2014