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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 to Amplify a Banjo

Posted by Ted Blue on 6/1/2016 to FAQ
K&K Banjo TwinThe pickups used to amplify a banjo are completely different than for guitars and other instruments. Compared to a guitar, a banjo head has significantly higher and more percussive resonance and is also in a higher frequency range. Slapping a guitar pickup on a banjo will result in a very tinny, thin sound with a tendency to clip, distort and feedback significantly.

About 80% of the banjo sound comes from ...
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