Schatten Design M-06 Pro Mandolin Pickup

Pickup for Mandolins

  • Suitable for mandolins with adjustable bridge and flat back
  • Suitable for frame heights of 41.3 to 62 mm
  • Including SJA plus jack socket with volume control

Further Information

instrument type mandolin
Active No
Passive Yes
Incl. Preamp No
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A useful pickup

Jonathan7897, 05.01.2015
I needed a pickup for my mandolin to play in my church band. The pickup arrived promptly from Thomann and so far I have been very pleased with it. I have a hand-made mandolin with carved top and back and adjustable bridge. I needed the longer 'legs' which came supplied but the carpenter clamp has remained secure since installation (I slipped some paper behind the legs while fitting it to avoid any scratches to the mandolin). I have moved it once to allow the mandolin to sit in an instrument stand. Removal is easy and despite the legs being firmly tightened, there was no marking of the mandolin finish thanks to the cork protection on the clamping surfaces.

Attaching the pickup is easy but placement is critical for a good sound. If it is attached high on the bridge (near the strings), it results in a harsh tone with a lot of pick noise but moving it down to about halfway gives a much warmer, cleaner sound with negligible pick noise though at the loss of a little volume. I plug in to a sound-desk via a DI box so any loss of volume due to pickup-position can be compensated for. I used sticky putty to attach the pick up and this works very well and cleans off easily. It seems a little pointless to have a removable device and use the permanent sticky pads provided, especially as the the little wire is soldered into the Schetten's body (a mini jack would have been sensible).

Although the Schetten is mostly well made, I gave only 3 stars for quality because, in addition to the lack of a mini jack for the pickup wire, the felt back is peeling away a little exposing the soldering. This can be solved by a little glue but, although not critical to the functioning of the device, I had expected a better finish.

Overall I consider this product good value for money, but some experimentation with pickup position is essential to fine the best sound (so do not attach the pickup permenantly until you are sure of the best position). In some situations a pre-amp may be advisable.
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Amazing sound, purposeful concept

gromit, 24.10.2016
The pickup is worth the money:

INSTALLATION: absolutely easy (even for crafty little savvy / enthusiastic), depending on body size long or short thread pair. The threads are very easy to tighten with a wire pin (office clip), the clip does not leave any print marks.
The pickup itself I have attached to the bridge with the adhesive (kneading): holds absolutely reliable and is actually residue-free and easily removable.
THAT is an advantage of this system: you can upgrade the PA and make the whole thing for kitchen use undo: Prima!

SOUND: Clear, many (good) overtones, nothing is missing. All four pairs of strings balanced, really VERY close to the unreinforced or microphonic sound. Nothing of the feared piezo chirping of the guitar system, though a lot of attack, does not affect the sound transmission, as there is no foreign body between the bridge and the ceiling. In doing so, total feedback RESISTANCE.

BUT: ALL is amplified: also hand-sounds (play- and gripping hand). The cable, which goes from the pickup over the ceiling to the volume control, is just as touch-sensitive and reinforces all contact noise. Hand rest problematic.

The whole thing can be obtained by means of pre-amplification (brauchts eh, ifs in the PA) and with EQ and Comp get well into the handle, the Nebengeräusche are negligible in the bandkontext, with the Solokonzert and recording would be the system because of it, but need not synonymous This solution.

CONCLUSION: For the money and the purpose of use (good amplification without instrument modification) absolutely good. Had to listen to / get used to, but simple handling and above all the sound (Which pickups / transducers have no disadvantages?).
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