Schatten UST-1 Series Pickups for Steel String Guitars


 Piezo Cable Under The Saddle Pickup

  Available in one passive and two preamped models.

    Introduced at the 2010 Winter NAMM show in Los Angeles, the New UST Series of under the saddle steel string guitar pickups is now available.

     Featuring great sound and tremendous affordability, this pickup is sure to become a favorite.


     The UST Series utilizes a robust polymer cable piezo element for a full, rich tone. This pickup is designed to used with a preamp, either with our Player endpin jack preamp or with our new Mini Pre belt clipable preamp.
    We offer the UST-1 in passive format for those players that already own a preamp, either on board or outboard.



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UST-1 Series Pickups For Steel String Guitar In Stock Price Quantity
UST-1 (passive) with endpin jack Yes $99.95
UST-1 Active (with Player Endpin Jack Preamp) Yes $124.95
UST-1 Active VT (with Player Endpin Jack Preamp and thumbwheel volume and tone controls) Yes $154.95
Accessories for the UST-1 Series
Schatten Mini Pre Acoustic Instrument Preamp more Yes $69.95
Gold Button for endpin jack or endpin jack preamp (replaces the original) Yes $6.95

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    The pictures below show the circuit board of the Player Preamp that is used with the UST Active pickup systems. As the preamp supplied with the UST-1A the 'Trace Cut' on the circuit board is cut to allow the outboard volume and tone thumbwheel controls to function properly. With the UST-1A (without thumbwheels) the trace is not cut.

View Installation Instructions:   UST-1 (passive) pdf    UST-1 Active and UST-1 Active VT pdf







UST-1 (passive) with endpin jack




UST-1 Active with Player Endpin Jack Preamp




UST-1 Active VT with Player Endpin Jack Preamp and Thumbwheel Volume and Tone Controls



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 Guitar Amps: A passive pickup has an impedance of approximately 2 mega ohms (2 million ohms) which virtually all 'normal' electric guitar 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.