Schatten Design HFN Player VT aktiv

Pickup for Steel String Guitar

  • With endpin preamp
  • 9 V battery operation with approx. 2000 h running time
  • Subtle volume / tone controls for fixing in the soundhole
  • Installation directly on the top below the bridge
  • Fixation with double-sided special adhesive tape or special adhesive compound
  • Balanced and extremely authentic sound reproduction
  • Excellent anti-feedback properties
  • Rosewood bridge (Dalbergia Latifolia)
  • Suitable for all body types
  • Quick and easy installation
  • Completely prewired
  • Including endpin jack and mounting material
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Good alternative to the ordinary ones

Klaus-Dieter H., 21.12.2016
The shadow design HFN Player VT active pickup I have acquired for my new Furch G-23 CR on good luck. Crucial for the purchase were both information from the Internet, as well as reviews from my colleagues here on the site. In addition, I deliberately did not want an UnderSattel PU because I have learned from experience that this can also have a negative effect on the purely acoustic sound. The removal under the bridge at the level of the bridge insert is a good solution and leads - in order to anticipate it - to very passable results.

The installation was very easy for me as a longtime guitarist and screwdriver. Especially since guitars from Furch are already equipped with the corresponding hole on the frame for the preamp and endpin. Only a very decent post-processing with the round file was necessary. After inserting the preamp, the actual pickup was glued under the ceiling in height and in the course of the bridge insert. For this I used the supplied double-sided adhesive tape. The adhesive composition, which was also supplied, remained unaffected. In the English-language installation instructions there is corresponding information. At this point, the indication that one always has the possibility of several attempts, since the adhesive tape and glue mass can be completely removed at any time and there is sufficient material. When fitted, a small mirror and a flashlight are used. The control unit (volume and sound) is mounted in the same way. The performance of the guitar is designed in my case so that the cogs protrude 2 - 3 mm too far into the sound hole. There are certainly units that are not quite as big (deep). But it does not bother me. Then attach the battery holder to the floor next to the neck with the adhesive tape already attached, click on the battery and clean it. Now the cables with attached clips beautifully cleanly lay, finished.

It is also important that the Gaine setting can be set in the preamp. I decided to keep the factory setting (about 20%) before installation, in order to exclude overruns and feedback by an excessive gain. This is also recommended by Andreas Cuntz (Cuntz Guitars), who favored shadow pickups on his website. This output is sufficient for my equipment (Fishman Ton DEQ - Mixer - two Bose L1 Compact).

Now to the sound: the unreinforced sound of the guitar is very noble, so you have to compromise with any kind of amplification, whose origin lies within the guitar. With a little bit of fingertip in the tuning of bass, mids and highs, however, you can achieve sound results. The typical metallic piezo sound image is completely elimi- nated. The system is warm and balanced. You can work with it! In my opinion, the quality of the sound output does not quite approach the LR Baggs Anthem system; But this is also twice as expensive.

Conclusion: the shadow design HFN Player VT Pickup System is well thought-out and should fit for most applications. The sound characteristics are good. It does not play in the very high league with, but the price is moderated.
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Natural and powerful

Ralf870, 29.12.2014
For my taste, the pickup combines the naturalness of a micro pickup with the presence and pressure of a bridge transducer, with just one pickup. Due to the positioning inside the bridge (not under the bridge insert), I could not really make any changes to the unreinforced acoustic sound. The amplified sound sounded very natural in my ears over a good acoustic amp. So I imagined that. The components are stable and solid, which is what you want more. I decided to stick with the glue, so I can not say the sound with the included adhesive strips (according to the manuals there are probably differences). You should pay attention to a tiny Gain-Input-Controller (with miniature screwdriver), which sits on the preamp-PCB. If, at the beginning, the output appears too quiet despite the volume turned up, this control has further possibilities. I have turned it around 75%, and the output is quite high. Thanks to this system you can create a basic setting and then, together with the Volume control, has a wide range of possible volume. All in all: Full score.
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