Schatten MVC Series Jack Assemblies For Mandolin, Resonator Guitars, Bouzouki, Mandola, Tricone


          The simplest way to wire your pickup to an output that utilizes a standard 1/4" phono jack is to use one of our handcrafted, specially designed jack assemblies.

 MVC -  Low Profile Jack Assembly    MVCplus - with Volume Control

MVC Series Features 
     Measuring only 1/2" in height and about 1 3/8" square, the MVC jacks give you a quick and convenient way to attach a 1/4" output jack to an instrument. The MVC jack assemblies, with our exclusive tailpiece mounting, are much more secure and a lot less likely to damage an instrument than the older 'clamp on' type of jack assemblies...and they stay out of the way of your hand.

      The underside of and MVCjack assembly has a protective felt backing to protect the instrument from scratches. MVC jacks will mount quickly and simply to virtually all normal tailpieces. Some tailpieces (such as a Weber) require a slight trimming of the mounting materials supplied with the jack assembly.

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MVC Series Jack Assemblies In Stock Price Quantity
MVC Jack Assembly Yes $54.95
MVCplus Jack Assembly with volume control Yes $75.95
Accessories for the MVC Series
NEW Schatten Mini Pre Acoustic Instrument Preamp more Yes $64.95

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     An exploded view of the mounting of an MVCplus illustrates how the jack assembly attaches to the underside of the a mandolin tailpiece with 3M VHB foam tape.

Installation Instructions:   MVC series pdf













MVCplus with volume control shown on a Tricone






About Pickups and Amplification


Passive Pickup - A piezo pickup.

Impedance - To simplify things as much as posssible we'll say that impedance refers to the range in which an amplifying device can 'hear' a pickup plugged into it.

Preamp - A device specifically designed for use with piezo pickups that increases the signal strength and lowers the impedance of a passive pickup.

Active Pickup - A piezo pickup with an attached preamp.

Microphone Preamp - a device that may be built into and mixers that is designed to work with microphones. These units will not generally work with passive pickups.

'Normal' Electric Bass Amps: A passive pickup has an impedance of approximately 2 mega ohms (2 million ohms) which virtually all 'normal' electric bass amps can generally handle without issue.

 'Acoustic' Amps: may or may not require the use of a preamp with a pickup and that will depend upon whether or not there is a special built in preamp section to that amp that specifically allows for the choice in plugging in either a passive (non-preamped) or active (preamped) pickup. This choice is quite often in the form of pushbutton on the amp's control panel. Many acoustic amps show a selection that may indicate the choice of 'high impedance' and 'low impedance'.

Low impedance in these instances usually indicates that in this range the amp will handle an impedance of 1000 ohms or less - which will allow active pickups with preamps to be used.

High impedance in these instances may indicate an allowable impedance into the 2 or 3 mega ohm range - which will allow passive pickups to be used. Or it may indicate a maximum input impedance allowed of  20,000 ohms or less - which will handle magnetic electric guitar pickups but not passive pickups. You should carefully read the technical specifications of your acoustic amp in order to see what it will do.

P.A. Systems, Mixers: all of these units will require the use of a preamp between themselves and a passive pickup. Microphone preamps built into P.A.'s and mixers are not designed for use with passive pickups and will not work properly.

Computers: Due to the vagaries and variables inherent in the sound cards found in computers, the only thing that we can advise is that a preamp will almost certainly be necessary.