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Preamp FlagShip

FlagShip
Sounds - you never thought possible

With this groundbreaking class A preamp your playing has never sounded better. Clear smooth highs, soulful mids and bodacious bass combined with an impressive dynamic range of 115 dB will lead your inspiration to new levels.

With a true bandwidth of 1Hz to 20 kHz at +/- 0 dB our state-of-the-art FlagShip circuitry provides unprecedented signal fidelity along with exceptional operational convenience.

And because of FlagShip‘s leading-edge rail-to-rail technology a single 9V alcaline battery will provide you with 1.000+ hours of play time.

Enjoy a self-sensing circuitry automatically switching in mono- or stereo-operation respectively by sensing which kind of chord you plugged in. In addition the FlagShip preamp offers an ultra-silent operation with a signal-to-noise ratio of -115 dB and a noise floor of just 20 dBµV. Schaller‘s own FlagShip gold contact 5-way lever or 3-way rotary switch lets you choose from a vast variety of piezo and magnetic switching options and –combinations never seen in any preamp before.

Please note:The FlagShip 5-way lever or optional 3-way rotary switch are for controlling the preamp only. They do not replace the guitar`s 5-way lever or 3-way toggle pickup selector!

Sound
Innovation
Performance
  • Suitable for all piezo pickup systems
  • plug & play
  • solderfree connections
 
5-Way Lever Switching Options in Mono- and in Stereo-Mode:

Mono and stereo positions 2 through 5 feature identical controls and functions allowing for a transparent layout and easy handling. Pos 1 mono and Pos 1 stereo feature special utility settings.

Pos 1 mono: piezo raw-mode (1) / stereo: mute, silent-mode (2)
Pos 2 piezo signal into FlagShip preamp
Pos 3 magnetic pickups and piezo signal into FlagShip preamp
Pos 4 magnetic pickups into FlagShip preamp (buffered)
Pos 5 magnetic pickups pure and unaltered / electric true bypass

(1) for reference purposes use this option to hear the raw piezo signal
(2) when playing live use this option for silently changing instruments

3-Way Rotary  Switching Options in Mono- and Stereo-Mode:

Pos 1     piezo signal into FlagShip preamp
Pos 2     magnetic pickups and piezo signal into FlagShip preamp
Pos 3     magnetic pickups pure and unaltered / electric true bypass




Features, specs & Benefits
  • Advanced class A circuitry for sweet, transparent sound
  • Compact, robust and perfectly shielded
  • Attractive and protective casing with see-through window
  • Original Schaller gold contact 5-way lever switch for outstanding signal flow and switching options
  • Optional 3-way rotary switch available
  • Stereo/mono self-sensing and –adjusting circuitry (no extra switch required)
  • Rail-to-rail energy efficiency technology
  • Reverse polarity and static discharge circuit protection
  • Automatic power shut-off when cable is disconnected
  • Plug-in contacts for easy solderfree installation
  • 1.000+ hours of playtime on a single 9V alcaline battery
  • True 1Hz - 20kHz bandwidth at +/-0 dB
  • Ultra quiet -115 dB signal-to-noise ratio
  • Input impedance: 3 megaohms magnetic / 1 megaohm piezo
  • Output impedance: 5 kiloohms
  • All parts and components 100% made in Germany
  • Comes complete with preamp, 5-way lever or 3-way rotary switch, mono-/stereo-jack, Schaller control potentiometer (22K-Ohm), wiring and plugs
  • Weight in grams: 49
  • Size in mm: 89 x 24 x 7

(all specifications subject to change without notice)

Volume piezo bridge and passive pickup with variable adjustment.
Supplied with a stereo jack socket. This allows the piezo and pickup signal to be separated using a stereo splitter y-cable and then connected to two different amps or channels.

Caution: When a connection is made to pickups that are already live, the output signal increases automatically!

A 9 volt battery can be used as a general power supply.
Please note that piezo bridges are not earthed.

A comprehensive instruction and installation guide with additional detailed information and illustrations are available to download on our webseite under products/product help/flagship.  
  
Quick 10 Step Guide to FlagShip

01. signal-to-noise ratio
ratio describing the level of signal to the level of background noise in dB (higher is better)

02. dynamic range
measured gap from the loudest possible undistorted signal amplitude to the most quiet one in dB (higher is better)

03. bandwidth
span between the lowest (here 1 Hz) and the highest frequency (here 20 kHz) the preamp can linearly (meaning without distortion) amplify or reproduce

04. noise floor
signal created from the sum of all noise sources (lower is better)

05. hardwire-bypass or true bypass
pure and unaltered guitar signal by way of bypassing any form of active signal-processing

06. reverse polarity protection
circuitry protecting the electronic components from interchanging plus and minus polarity (here: protection from interchanging the +poles and -poles of the battery)

07. static discharge protection
circuitry protecting the electronic components from an electrical voltage spark or 'spike'

08. piezo pickup
piezo-electrical signal created by transforming pressure/vibration into output voltage

09. magnetic pickup
magnetic pickup signal is created by transforming string motion and magnetic resistance into output voltage

10. buffered signal
high impedance signal transformed into a low impedance signal, therefore unaffected by high capacitance of excessive signal-cable and/or patch-cable lengths

Another significant benefit of switching pos 4. is the buffered signal, i.e. the conversion of the high capacity passive pickup signal into a low capacity active pickup signal. This prevents sound degradation commonly associated with running extended cable lengths or using inferiour cable qualities. Your magnetic pickup signal will remain strong, clear and detailed even on the most unfavourable conditions.
(see: Quick 10 Step Guide to FlagShip)

 Schaller FlagShip preamp – Stereo / Mono Operation

For mono and for stereo use the FlagShip preamp features an advanced mono / stereo self-sensing output stage. The FlagShip preamp senses whether a mono 1/4“ or a stereo 1/4“ plug is inserted and switches into the appropriate mode automatically. Not only does this prevent misuse so commonly known from mono/stereo toggle switches. It also allows for just one output jack (see stereo jack enclosed) in your guitar to operate the FlagShip to its fullest potential.

In mono mode the sound of the magnetic pickups is mixed with the sound of the piezo pickups within the preamp. We recommend using a regular 1/4“ plug guitar cable. Please refer to the FlagShip manual for all dedicated sound options in this mode.

In stereo mode the sound of the magnetic pickups and the sound of the piezo pickups are sent seperately to the stereo output jack. Please refer to the FlagShip manual for all dedicated sound options in this mode.
We recommend two ways for routing the signals:

1. Using a stereo cable with two 1/4“ plugs for routing the magnetic and piezo signal seperately to a mixing console’s stereo input.

2. Using a Y-cable with two 1/4“ mono plugs and one 1/4“ stereo plug for splitting your signal between a guitar amp for the magnetic pickups and a PA or acoustic amp for the piezo signal.

The stereo and mono plugs should be connected as follows:


Tip of stereo plug goes to tip of mono plug left.

Ring of stereo plug goes to tip of mono plug right.

Sleeve of stereo plug goes to sleeve of mono plug left.

Sleeve of stereo plug goes to sleeve of mono plug right.

Please note that by connecting the grounds of two amps or an amp with a PA a low-frequency ground hum may occur. This is an inherent problem caused by ground loops and in no way a fault within the FlagShip preamp.

Images

Technical drawing

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User instructions

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Downloads

User instructions

Technical drawing

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Here you will find some additional, useful information about our Schaller product catalog.

Schaller Pickups, Single Coils and Humbucker Schaller Pickups, Bass Pickups

Measure specifications

All measurements in the product catalogue are given in mm (inch), unless a different unit of measurement is stated.

 

Technical drawings and operating instructions

We do not accept any liability for the correctness of the technical drawings. Prior to installation, please measure for yourself once more, so you can consider regular manufacturing tolerances.

Please note that the technical data can also vary slightly, depending on the surface color. This is due to the difference in the galvanic coating and the galvanic layering, which depends on the color (nickel, chrome etc).

The technical drawings can be printed on one page width. Should the technical drawings not fit on one page, however, please check your print page setup (note: they can be several pages long).

Measurements Pickup-Cover

All measures in mm.
(The distance between the two rows of holes is always 17,5 mm.)

Metal-Cover:

Cover

Distance between
outside holes

Distance hole to hole
Hole Ø Length
Width
Height
6 Hole Bridge
50,7
10,14
5,5
70,5
39,0
15,0
6 Hole Neck
49,0
9,8
5,5
70,5
39,0
15,0
8 Hole
48,0
16,0
5,2
70,5
39,0
15,0
12 Hole Bridge
50,7
10,14
5,5
70,5
39,0
15,0
12 Hole Neck
49,0
9,8
5,5
70,5
39,0
15,0

 

 Acryl-Cover:

CoverDistance between
outside holes
Distance hole to holeHole ØLengthWidthHeight
6 Hole Bridge50,7
10,14
5,5
71,4
37,4
22,0
6 Hole Neck49,0
9,8
5,5
71,4
37,4
22,0
8 Hole48,0
16,0
5,2
71,4
37,4
22,0
12 Hole Bridge50,7
10,14
5,5
71,4
37,4
22,0
12 Hole Neck49,0
9,8
5,5
71,4
37,4
22,0

 

Additional measures of Pickup Covers can be found in the technical drawings.

Humbucking Pickups

All of our single-pole Humbucker pickups are built to fit in any common frame.
Our frames provide mounting with four height adjustment screws to prevent tilting. When winding the coils we pay special attention to the precise matching of each pair of coils – essential for ensuring 100% humbucking function.
As with our single-coil pickups, all Humbucker coils are soaked in a special process
to minimize microphone feedback.
The single-pole Humbuckers offer variable pole piece spacing at neck and bridge pickups, which permits full use of the magnetic field.
All pickups are available in Cream, Black or Cream Black (Humbuckers only).

Kinds of Strings

Steel strings can be used with all pickpus.
The following table shows which pickups can also be used with nylon/gut strings:

ArtikelgroupModelArticlenr.Nylon/Gut Strings
Oyster PickupsS/S16050201X
Oyster PickupsS/D16050202X
Oyster PickupsS/P16050203X
Oyster PickupsS/P16050501X

 

FAQ

FAQ60001 Where can I get wiring diagrams for pickups?

Please use our Pickup Finder, or take a look at the product details or under "Downloads", where we have provided all technical data and wiring diagrams in a downloadable format for your use. Multiple downloads can be found using our Pickup Finder and in the product details: technical drawings, tone descriptions, wiring diagrams etc. These will help you in finding the pickup that is right for you, as well as in installing and connecting it without any problems.