Shadow SH Z1-NFX Zither Pickup

Nanoflex Pickup

  • Suitable for zither
  • With preamplifier
  • Easy installation - without drilling and / or milling on the instrument
  • 3V cell battery
  • Low energy consumption

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instrument type Zither
Active Yes
Passive No
Incl. Preamp Yes
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Shadow SH Z1-NFX Zither Pickup

Robert814, 02.08.2016
The Shadow SH Z1-NFX Zither Pickup appears to be a very rare and specialised item. I have used a condenser mic very successfully, but really wanted something that would also provide for easy chromatic tuning and not miss out on some of the strings (particularly the high register). The built in pre-amp boosts the signal enough for a tuner. The attachment clamp was unusable with my zither because there is simply insufficient space around the edges of the instrument. The tuning pegs were always too close to the pre-amplifier housing. Eventually I removed the clamping components completely and used double sided adhesive tape to secure it to the side of the instrument. The main pickup element is attached with the double sided tape provided to the underside of the instrument as detailed in the instructions. The output from the Shadow pre-amp is rather low and muffled, but cleaned up impressively when fed through a BBE Acoustimax. Unfortunately when cleaned and boosted, there is noticeable hiss from the Shadow pre-amp. This is the only downside to it and it is tolerable, particularly if a microphone is used as well. I have at last been able to tune up quickly and easily. The BBE Acoustimax is not required for tuning. One star down due to the hiss.
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Practical upgrade for the Zither with good sound

LPro, 25.11.2009
With the Shadow SH Z1-NFX you can easily retrofit a zither with a pickup. The pleasant thing is that there are no structural changes to the zither. The piezo pickup is stuck full length down on the zither, capturing the full sound of the zither.

The sound quality is very pleasant, although you should still use a small EQ to tune your own sound. A drawback is the low volume of the pickup, which does not raise the preamplifier sufficiently. You can fix this, for example, by another Vorverstärke (eg Fishman G2) - then you reach a pleasant Lautsterke.

A bit problematic is the mounting of the supplied preamplifier, because it does not hold optimally to an Ecker of the Zither, because it is just clamped.

Apart from these small flaws, the product is definitely recommended in terms of sound.
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