Schertler Bluestick Onboard Pickup for Guitar
Schertler's "onboard" acoustic guitar preamplifier is based on the standard BLUESTiCK and includes all the features necessary for producing great sound: Volume, treble and bass controls, notch filter with bass control, battery check and an innovative three-stage gain structure. Plus, thanks to its compact size and ease of installation, Onboard is right for any guitarist seeking a variety of tone configurations adjustable at the guitar. Sound quality and long (9v) battery life (approx. 200 hours), combined with extremely quiet operation, are ensured by class A (constant current) circuitry. Schertler's "onboard" is suitable for all BLUESTICK types.
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One-thousandth the weight of a piezo. The heart of BLUESTiCK is a miniaturized electrostatic condenser microphone with a moving mass of just 0.0014 milligrams. Because it’s so remarkably light, it can fully respond to the incredibly subtle harmonic vibrations that truly determine the sound of your guitar. You’ll immediately hear a richer, more complex sound without the “midrange suck-out” that plagues piezo pickups.
A true story from the road. Schertler recently demoed BLUESTiCK for a highly respected manufacturer of acoustic guitars. Their initial reaction was that “the midrange was thick” when compared to the piezo pick-ups they were used to. So we had them sit halfway between the guitar and amp…and then turned the amp all the way down so they were just hearing the guitar. As we slowly brought up the amplifier (and BLUESTiCK pick-up), jaws dropped. The listeners realized they were hearing an identical sound with all of their guitar’s rich midrange correctly reproduced by BLUESTiCK!
Up to 10dB more volume before feedback. The BLUESTiCK microphone element is housed in a hermetically sealed sound chamber just two-tenths of a millimeter thick. This unique acoustic resonator evenly collects sound from each string and delivers it to the transducer via a logarithmically-scaled high pressure zone at the exact center.
System resonance remains out of the audible frequency spectrum, so you get considerably more volume before feedback - without resorting to notch filters or equalizers. Quit compensating for your transducer. One of the first things seasoned players comment on is that with BLUESTiCK, they can finally play naturally when amplified at stage volumes. They no longer have to hold back to avoid saturation, clipping or feedback… because BLUESTiCK provides far more feedback resistance than piezo pickups thanks to its extreme acoustic isolation. You can play louder - and softer - than before.
Simple, non-invasive installation. BLUESTiCK consists of a micro-Class A preamp module with over 1,000 hours playing time between lithium battery changes, the patented undersaddle condenser transducer, and an ingenious Sound Wheel that allows quick volume changes while maintaining full gain control. Just one small hole needs to be drilled under the guitar’s saddle. BLUESTiCK requires no visual modification of your instrument - no more unsightly control panels, volume knobs, and so on. We offer eight BLUESTiCK models to fit any acoustic guitar, from classic to western, nylon to steel string, as well as 12-string and acoustic bass guitar.
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