I'll chime in here with my feeble 2 cents. I think the FTP is fantastic. Perhaps my expectations are not as high as those of others. I want a MIDI guitar device to enable me to easily enter MIDI data for the purposes of composition. Eliminating a few transients after the fact doesn't bother me. For me, with the FTP there is a significant improvement in tracking and very low latency. This is at home with an i7 running at 3.40Ghz and 16MB of RAM. I do NOT use the sounds that come with the FTP - instead I am driving a variety of soft synths runnning in Cubase. I am presently setting up my now ancient laptop to see how the FTP works with its Bidule/Mobius "cabling".
I've got a Casio MG500, several guitars with the RMC pickups, had a couple of Godins with their factory-installed system (sold because I wasn't fond of them as GUITARS) , and a Graphtech-equipped PRS archtop.... so lots of history with systems for comparison.
Sidebar - in the late 90s a very respected guitar tech in the Delaware Valley refused to discuss putting an RMC system on my Les Paul, as he regarded the idea as blasphemy. I now use it with the FTP, which was incredibly easy to install in a totally reversible
I do have one beef with the FTP- the patch settings for dynamic sensitivity are not saved, so I set that anew for each session.
I should also qualify my support for the FTP by mentioning technique. I rarely play with a pick now, having gravitated back to fingerstyle grounded in classical technique. When I do play with a pick it is because I'm aiming for raw or speedy (I can't say
I get too close to the latter), and if I use the MIDI data from doing so then I don't expect it to be anything but sloppy.
One last point - I've had a few communications with Fishman that have made me think they really care about this product, so feedback to them might result in improvements.
I have been helping a friend get his set up and running. It took a second to get throughout the “coupling” of the device to the receiver.Once it’s set up it works pretty well..
Bottom line: Everything that has ever sucked about MIDI guitar is still rampant on this thing.Doesn’t track vibrato.Very picky about tuning (plenty of semitone “accidentals” spontaneously generated).Latency Latency Latency.