Schatten Artist II Endpin Jack Preamp

Two Channel Preamp with Phantom Power Capability


      This two channel preamp is the same preamp that is supplied with our HFN series of guitar pickups.

      So the choice is your' I stick a battery in there or don't I?

      The preamp is capable of running from virtually any power source. It can be run from a 9 volt battery onboard the instrument or by any outboard power source between 11 and 48 volts such as Phantom Power as provided by a mixer, PA system, amp or outboard battery pack .....this multi power capability is not just an option, it comes as a standard feature.

         Control at your fingertips

         The Artist II Endpin Jack Preamps are available with Thumbwheel volume controls. These discrete units attach simply and easily to the underside of the top at the edge of the soundhole with 3M VHB foam tape.



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Artist II Endpin Jack Preamp In Stock Price Quantity
Artist II - Endpin Jack Preamp Yes $89.95
Artist II Plus 1 - Endpin Jack Preamp with 1 thumbwheel volume Yes $107.95
Artist II Plus 2 - Endpin Jack Preamp with 2 thumbwheel volumes Yes $114.95
Accessories for Artist II Endpin Jack Preamps
Gold Button for endpin jack preamp (replaces the original) Yes $6.95
CAB-1 cable  10 feet (required for using phantom or remote power)  more Yes $26.95
RP-1 remote power module (provides 18 volts d.c. from batteries)   more Yes $69.95

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 2 Channels - allows the independant mixing of two pickups
Trim pots on the circuit board allow setting of maximum gain levels for each channel
Gain variable from 0 db to 24 db
Battery life extended to approx. 800 hours with a 9 volt battery
Multi power capability - Preamp may be run from 9 volts onboard or from any Phantom Power source outside the instrument (up to 48 volts dc).
Thumbwheel volume controls are available
CAB-1 cable allows you to run from outboard power sources
RP-1 remote power module (18volts) allows you to run from an outboard power source when mixer/PA/amp Phantom Power is not available. (requires CAB-1 cable)


      Having 2 separate channels on this preamp will allow you to mix and balance any of our piezo pickups with a mag pickup that you might already have.

Output of the Artist II preamp is mono.

     This preamp also will match up well with virtually any other piezo crystal pickup from any manufacturer and as such is a good replacement preamp for other brands as well.

View Instructions: Artist II Preamp (pdf)








Thumbwheel Volume Controls



Artist II Plus 2 (shown)










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.