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Schatten Magnet Polarity Tester

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Refined by Les Schatten especially for guitar shops, this tester is useful for troubleshooting and testing pickups and wiring.

Pickup rewinding specialist J.M. Rolph has noted, "How many times have you wired a pickup and found it's magnetically out of phase, with the same thin, low-powered sound as a pickup that's wired out of phase, even though the lead wires looked right?" By indicating the north or south magnetic orientation of a pickup's polepieces, this polarity tester can help you avoid the problem.

With a basic knowledge of vintage pickup magnet polarities (instructions are included), this tool is also a quick way to determine a pickup's authenticity.


Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

How to open a humbucker and reverse the polarity

Erick answers a customer question about reversing a humbucker's pickups, and finds that the hardest part is getting the cover off the pickup!

Instructions

Product Instructions

Schatten Magnet Polarity Tester Instructions

Jim Rolph explains the importance and use of the Schatten Magnet Polarity Tester.

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5.0

Like most things 

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perfection lies in simplicity of design. It's so much easier than futzing with a compass and it doesn't wander around if other things like repair magnets or speakers are within 5 miles of your pickups. Highly recommended.

4.0

great tool if you don't own a compass

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OK, I get it, a new tool to check pickup magnet polarity. I have been using my old compass from the Boy Scouts and that works too. So if you already have a compass why bother getting another one?
Just tried the compass on my iPhone, that's not going to work!

5.0

get off the couch...

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Mysteries of the universe solved!

5.0

Very useful guitar pickup tool

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I used to check polarity of my pickups using other devices which originally were meant to provide different functionality but I have finally found something very small and practical that was designed to do the exact action of checking pickups' magnet polarity. Basic tool for every guitar player who wants to make sure that all pickup positions are correct and there are no weird out-of-phase and similar artefacts present in your guitar.

5.0

Small, cheap and usefull!

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Nothing more to say. Just buy it already!

4.0

Simple useful tool

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Not much to it, but sure comes in handy when installing pickups that you don't know anything about.

5.0

nice

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this just takes the guess work out of the polarity of the pickup... i would recommend this to anyone....

3.0

Could be better

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The product works as advertised. But StewMac keeps us customers spoiled with great products, and this is not great. See the picture: 1 - The plastic tube is robust and nearly unbreakable, so is the rubber cap. But the bottom, where the magnet sits, is cloudy (probably due to excess acrylate glue. 2 - The inside label is glued around a piece of soda straw (you can see the stripes). Although perfect to limit the magnet range inside the tube, makes the product look cheap. I'll take mine apart and assemble in a pet lab tube, which has a round bottom. The cap and polarity indicator will be a maple plug. We fancy our tools here. We take proud in sharp blades and well polished handles, as we do with every part we craft. It's kind of a philosophy, "no cheap stuff here".

4.0

QC issue, but fully functional

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The first one of these I received broke (black dot came off) within about 5 minutes. StewMac support apologized profusely and had a new one in my hands within a few days (which has been fine so far). Very handy little tool to have!

5.0

Work just as described!

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This tool does just what it is advertised to do and does it well. I could have built my own out of a neo magnet, a small plastic tube, and some paint, but it would have cost me about the same and taken all that time! I really like that I can quickly test without having anything actually touch the pickup or pickup magnet...unlike the way I used to do it with a painted disk magnet.

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