Schatten Player Series Endpin Jack Preamp


          A great new endpin jack preamp, designed and built in Canada

Player Preamp   Player Preamp VT

The Player - We've taken the best features of our renowned Artist II preamp and built them into our new Player Series Endpin Jack Preamps.

* Single Channel Preamp
* Clean, crisp sound amplification.
* Even, flat response.
* Long battery life (up to 2000 hours).
* Trim pot on the circuit board for setting preamp gain from 0 to 20 db.
* Thumbwheel volume and tone controls on the Plus 2 model.

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Player Series Endpin Jack Preamps In Stock Price Quantity
Player Preamp Yes $64.95
Player Preamp VT (with volume & tone thumbwheel controls) Yes $94.95

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    The pictures below show the circuit board of the Player Preamp. With the model Player Plus 2 the 'Trace Cut' on the circuit board is cut when the preamp is built to allow the outboard volume and tone thumbwheel controls to function properly. For the Player Preamp (without thumbwheels) the trace is not cut when the unit is built.

For more information - Download the installation instructions (pdf)





Player Preamp




Player Preamp VT with 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 Instrument Amps: A passive pickup has an impedance of approximately 2 mega ohms (2 million ohms) which virtually all 'normal' electric instrument 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.