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Schatten Thumbwheel Controls

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A fingertip solution for archtop acoustic guitars. Compact, lightweight audio-taper tone/volume controls install easily under the edge of a raised pickguard.

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Less than 3/16" thick, the thumbwheels are mounted directly to a miniature low-profile circuit board that attaches easily under your pickguard with supplied foam tape. Mounting surface is approximately
1-1/4" x 3/4" (31.75mm x 19.05mm).


Prewired as volume control, with 24" 2-conductor mini shielded cable. Includes instructions for making a tone control with the supplied .047uF ceramic capacitor.

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Schatten Thumbwheel Controls
Schatten Thumbwheel Controls
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5 8-28-2013

Fit perfectly under the pickguard of my old acoustic jazzbox (converted to slide guitar), and connected to two piezo discs. Sounded better than I had hoped, and hardly visible at all.

yngvegr  Norway Read my reviews (8)
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5 11-15-2012
Lovin these

Yes, these are plastic and sort of delicate, but they work and sound fabulous and there is nothing else like them. I used these under the floating pickguard on a ES-165 archtop, hidden at the bottom end of the pickguard down near the bridge. You can't see them at all from more than two feet away and they are conveniently located right where your fingers rest. And, an archtop with a floating humbucker and no holes in the body or pickguard looks really apropos. Love these. Best product I've seen in a long time.

The_Audacity  San Francisco, CA Read my reviews (3)
5 9-19-2012
Les paul custom

So i had a burny les paul custom which used to have a sustainer in the neck and thus only had a master volume and tone. not wanting to drill any further holes, I looked at various concentric pots but didn't find any of them looked good on it. So now i have these, they are smooth as heck to use, no fuzziness whatsoever, plus i get to confuse all my friends when i magically roll the volume down on the neck pickup by sliding my finger on the edge of the pickguard. An awesome product that is much appreciated.

Mayank Saul  Champaign, IL
5 3-12-2011
Real Stealth

These thumbwheels are smaller, prewired (hence quieter thanks to the sheilding), and less expensive than the ones I bought elsewhere. I paid almost twice as much for Thumbwheels almost twice as big that I had to wire myself. Never again! Save $ and get superior quality. Always shop Stewmac. Without the paper under the pick guard you can't even see them! They work great. There's a real tone difference. Eight solders, 5 minutes and BOOYA! Stewmac Rules!

Jonesy  Vancouver BC Canada Read my reviews (3)
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5 3-06-2011
Thumbwheel controls

Great for archtops and mandolins

Jamiec  moncton Read my reviews (2)
5 11-25-2010
solid control, tiny package

This is the first set of controls that really stays out of the way on modern jazz guitars. You could probably use it in a custom flat top sound hole arrangement, as well. I wouldn't be surprised to find someone using it on a violin (under the chin rest?)or on a mandolin, either. The single control wiring diagram could be clearer, but the double wiring diagram is spot on. The tone control is fully functional and doesn't just attenuate the total sound. Worth the price since it ads to the total quality of a custom instrument.

Paul Hartmann  Hyde Park, NY Read my reviews (4)
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