Schatten RG-03 Series Pickups for Spider Bridge Resonator Guitars


 Designed For 'Dobro' Style Reso's - The Original Center Mount Reso Pickup


    Until we designed the RG-03, all resonator pickups were either stuck onto the side of the cone (which invariably caused feedback issues) or else required the replacement of large parts of the resonator assembly (not to mention a lot of expense and probable modification to the instrument). There also were some magnetic pickups that were meant to fit under the strings at the end of the fingerboard - but these were never particularly acoustic sounding

      It took several years to accomplish but about ten years ago we finally produced a resonator guitar pickup that met our exacting standards. The RG-03 is the way to go for faithful sound reproduction, ease of installation, great anti-feedback characteristics, and so much more.

     All RG-03's are passive pickups and are available with your choice of either an endpin jack or one of two jack assemblies (one with a volume control) - both of which simply adhere to the instrument and snuggle in right next to to the tailpiece.  Featuring our new MVC jack assemblies, which simply attach to the underside of the existing tailpiece or the area next to the tailpiece.

     For those players who need or want to use a preamp, choosing the basic RG-03 or the RG-03 Std and pairing that choice up with our Mini Pre belt clipable outboard preamp would be the way to go.

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RG-03 Series Pickups For Spider Bridge Reso's In Stock Price Quantity
RG-03 with endpin jack Yes $119.95
Outboard Preamps
Schatten Mini Pre Acoustic Instrument Preamp more Yes $69.95
Accessories for the RG-03 Series      
Gold Button for endpin jack or endpin jack preamp (replaces the original) Yes $6.95
RG-03 mounting kit - screws, nuts, putty, washers, tubing, clips     more Yes $29.95

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* Passive models, no preamp.
* Excellent feedback resistance.
* Light weight. Does not alter the acoustic sound of the instrument.
* Only a tiny 3/32" hole need be drilled for the lead wire and that hole is hidden under the tailpiece - on RG-03 Std and RG-03 Pro installations.
* Superb Sound.

Clean, clear sound reproduction.
     In passive format, this pickup has been designed to operate properly and sound terrific without the use of a preamp when plugged into any 'normal' amp (guitar amp, bass amp, etc.). As with any passive pickup, the sound can be further enhanced with an outboard preamp. If you require the added ability to be able to plug directly into a P.A. or mixer then you may wish to add our Mini Pre belt clipable preamp.


View the RG-03 installation instructions (by model):

RG-03 (passive) pdf     RG-03 Std, RG-03 Pro pdf    


 MVC Jack Assemblies - These low profile jack assemblies are only 1/2" high and may be mounted either from a thin stand-off plate that adheres securely to the area under the tailpiece or may be mounted directly to the top with 3M VHB tape.
The MVCplus with volume control (shown right) provides a non-invasive means of putting an output jack assembly on a reso without damage.






RG-03 with endpin jack




RG-03 Std with MVC Jack Assembly




RG-03 Pro with MVCplus Jack Assembly with volume control




The basic RG-03 comes prewired to a high quality endpin jack. This jack may be mounted through the end block of an instrument and used as a strap button or it may be used as a standard output jack and mounted through the side of an instrument.

RG-03 Std
     The RG-03 Std combines our RG-03 center mount sensor with our MVC non-invasive low profile 1/4" output jack assembly


RG-03 Pro
The RG-03 Pro combines our RG-03 center mount sensor with our MVCplus non-invasive low profile 1/4" output jack assembly with volume control




     Special thanks to Dan Walsh for sending in these samples. Dan's reso is a 1985 Dobro with a quarterman cone installed. The pickup is our RG-03 and we'll let him tell you about the clips. Here you go......

     This first clip was recorded with a Fender Deluxe Reverb Re-issue amp. The dobro was plugged directly into the amp. Treble on the amp was set at 6 and the bass was set at 3. The amp was mic'ed with an Audio Technica AT 4033. It was recorded into a Roland VS 2480 digital workstation with absolutely no EQ or effects added. The sound from the pickup to the amp is as true as it gets. I can't believe how true the sound of the dobro is thru the amp as it is when I mic it. It's amazing............

RG-03 - Dobro Sample One


     For the second clip, I plugged the Dobro directly into the VS 2480. Again there was absolutely no EQ or effects added. Once again I can't believe how true the dobro sounds with this pickup.........

RG-03 Dobro Sample Two


Thank you to Jason Fowler for the following MP3 (played on a National Style O)

Blues For Ry  (2.1 mb)


     Here are a couple of videos featuring me playing my Wechter/Scheerhorn squareneck with the RG-03 installed. The mics were basically "decorative." The Schatten gives me a well-controlled sound in an instrument that is typically a nightmare to amplify. Thanks, Schatten!

Good Kings Highway - RG-03 Spider Bridge Reso Pickup

Benediction - RG-03 Spider Bridge Reso Pickup


Bob Knight
Guitar, bass, mandolin, bouzouki, lap steel,
Dobro, vocals, arranging, production, hand percussion
"Guess what?! I've got a fever, and the only prescription... is more cowbell!"






     I chose the Schatten pickup simply because the RG in the RG-03 is the same as my initials, so I took it as a sign that I was meant to try this pickup.....just joking.     I chose the Schatten pickup simply because the RG in the RG-03 is the same as my initials, so I took it as a sign that I was meant to try this pickup.....just joking.
     The passive RG-03 is a great pickup for resonator guitar. I have one in my wood bodied spider bridge resonator and it provides a full bodied signal that gives a pretty close representation of a resonator cone.
I haven't had any problems with feedback playing either through amplifiers or live with PA systems.

    I play in a three piece folk and blues group ("Latitude") that plays at a variety of venues and need a no-fuss pickup system as we often can't be guaranteed what kind of sound system will be available.
     The instructions are clear and concise and it includes extra installation components that competitors seem to overlook. The people at Schatten were also very helpful in negotiating postage methods over here to Australia and the pickup arrived a lot earlier than expected!!

Richard Galluzzi "Latitude"





     Chris Kleeman is "Vermont's best-kept blues secret... a virtuoso guitarist and singer... red hot, real and electrifyingly talented..."

 ....."The Schatten RG-03-A is the only pickup I have ever used that faithfully reproduces the actual sound of my 1933 National Steel Duolian... No other pickup has ever done that!"
"Thanks, I am really getting happy with this pickup!"

     Chris Kleeman is a master blues singer and song stylist. A performer of great energy and focus, Chris is based in the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont. Now, you may say, a Blues musician from Vermont??? You better believe it! In 1970, B.B. King produced Chris' first album.....




Hi Les,
     I just wanted to let you know that I played the new reso bass at our blues festival at the weekend (see photo). The first night it was plugged straight into the PA, it didn't even need a DI box, and the next day I plugged into a borrowed combo amp.
     On both occasions the pickup behaved impeccably and both times other bass players in the audience complimented me on the bass sound.
Can't wait to try the pickup in a biscuit bridge!
.....I really am pleased with the RG-03 in the bass. It's already my pickup of choice for spider bridge instruments - it sounds good, it's easy to install and it's hassle-free because it doesn't need a preamp.....

Peter Woodman 





 I have installed the RG-03 in my National Estralita. What a wonderful pickup...! Natural cone sound and mid-range bite and definitely the best resonator pickup I have tried to date. I appreciated the ease of installation too. I have to get one for my Style 1 Tricone next !
Mark Searcy
















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.