Shadow AZ48

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Among jazz guitarists the SHADOW - AZ48 "Atilla Zoller" has long been an insider tip. A special mounting bracket "floats" the pickup practically between body top and strings, its wide magnetic field picks up all the nuances of the play. The result is a overtone rich and balanced sound in all fingerboard positions. Actually a loud single coil but by means of abundant shielding there are no side noises.

  • Humbucker for jazz guitar
  • Warm sound with precise definition, even when playing chords
  • Assembly at the end of the fingerboard
  • Hovers between body top and strings
  • Attila Zoller Design
  • One of the most popular jazz pickups
  • Played, among others by Kevin Eubanks, Jim Hall, Woody Mann and Peter Leitch

Further information

Active No
Wiring 1 Conductor
Output Low
Kappe Yes
Colour Black
Position Neck

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Shadow AZ48

Christian M. 401, 16.09.2013
I'm using this pickup on my Loar LH600 (on which it just about fits (!)). Pretty happy with it. The sound is perhaps a little trebly for those wanting a classic humbucker sound, but I find in combination with the acoustic sound of the guitar, or a bit of EQ from the amp or soundman, one can get a really good, transparent contemporary jazz tone. I'm using this pickup with a ZT Acoustic Lunchbox, which gets use both as a small standalone amp and a DI into the mixer on larger gigs.

String wise- this doesn't balance awfully well with bronzes (although it depends on amp). I've switched over to nickel round wounds which have a good acoustic tone and work much better with the pickup.

Thomann service - excellent.
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Very good smooth jazzy pickup

18.04.2016
This floating pickup is easy to fit, and sounds great - exactly what you want. Very smooth jazzy humbucker tone, albeit in quite a large package. Looks good too which always helps.

My only complaint is that there's only a 2 wire output, so coil taps are out of the question.
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