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Schatten Design

Posted by BSM on 6/19/2016 to Articles
Located in Waterloo, Canada, Schatten Design builds pickup systems for a wide variety of acoustic musical instruments, including acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, upright bass, cello, violin and viola, banjo, harp, piano, bouzouki and mandola, mandolin, ukulele, dulcimer, autoharp and more.

Schatten technicians hand-build and test each pickup system individually to ensure the highest possible quality. Only the finest materials are used in pickup construction and design. The majority of their pickups are purpose-built to match the frequency range and resonance of a particular instrument. The exceptions to this are ...

How Pickups Work

Posted by Ted Blue on 5/20/2013 to Articles
I would like to provide an overview of the most commonly available types of pickups available today, without getting too bogged down in technical details. In subsequent articles I will discuss pickups for individual musical instruments in more detail.

In a nutshell, a “pickup” is a device that detects the vibrations (or resonance) produced by a musical instrument and converts those vibrations into electrical signals that can be sent to an amplifier, mixer board, PA system or recording device...