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Shadow SH661 4-Conductor

Pickup for Electric GuitarThe Shadow SH 661 Twinbucker guitar pickup is the size of a single coil but has a classic humbucker sound, like from the legendary PAFs.Thanks to its solid poles it is able accommodate guitars with normal string spacing as well as Floyd Rose guitars.

  • Twin Bucker (humbucker in single coil format)
  • Classic humbucker sound
  • Solid Poles suitable for all string spacing (thus can be easily used with Floyd Rose tremolo)
  • The compact size is perfect for installation on Strat-type guitars
  • 4-Conductor cable
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Aktive No
Passive Yes
Wiring 4-Conductor
Output Medium
Pickup Cover Yes
Colour Black
Position Bridge
Telecaster No
Stratocaster Yes
Other No

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Shadow SH661- nice sounding pickups

04.05.2016
For my current project, I have non-standard string spacing, pickups with regular pole pieces do not work.

I needed a compact blade pickup - which is where the SH661comes in.

In the prototype phase, this project was built using Artec Hot Rails, which have the advantage of being cheap, I've used them before, and they work well.

But (like many "single coil size" blade pickups) the Hot Rails are quite curved, to match the string curvature of a Strat - I'm running a very flat radius, and the string balance was poor as a result.
Further, the tonal quality of the Hot Rails is not exactly "delicate", tending more towards power than subtlety.

The SH661 has flat rails, which suits me much better and the resulting balance across the strings is much nicer.
They also have a more delicate and detailed sound, with quite a bit more treble and clearer harmonics. Good for this project (though maybe not if you just want to shred...)

The downside is that the output is down compared to the Hot Rails, maybe not higher than a single coil would do. I can feel a pre-amp coming on...

Oh!
And an important point I nearly forgot: The wiring diagram supplied with the pickups seems to be wrong. When I initially wired the pickups, following the supplied chart, there was a lot of hum and the output was *really* low (not just low!) Taking a coil tap into single coil mode, the output was better...

Some testing with my oscilloscope and a tuning fork, and checking each coil individually, indicated that the coils were phasing against each other, cancelling each other. Flipping the wiring got everything working much better (no hum, more signal.)

The wiring that worked (for me) was black & screen to ground, white to output, red & blue together. I'm not using a coil tap, but it would go on the "common" red+blue if I were.
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It's sounds good but I cannot recommend it

Marina aus F., 02.05.2016
I have both an old version Shadow SH661 pickup and a new one.

+ PROS:
* Good sound for a good price

- CONS
* Wrong wiring color code! (for old and new versions)
* Wires are very thin (hard to work with);
* There are no mounting screws or springs included.

The first pickup I have bought 10 years ago. To improve the sound of my first cheap guitar. I liked it much for that price and now I have purchased a new one for neck position.

The worst thing about new pickup was a completely wrong wiring color code! After soldering (according to instruction) I received a single coil with a lot of hum! I had to study about pickups and determine wires myself with Multimeter. The old version pickup had also wrong wiring code, but it was at least a humbucker but with reversed polarity.

The new Shadow version is no more made in Germany, but in China and comes in small and very cheap plastic box. It also looks different. Black wrapping is different, the rails are nickel black instead of steel, the shadow logo is yellow instead of white and a wiring color code was different.

I will recommend passive EMG pickups instead. For example EMG HZ S4. It costs only 10 euro more but the quality is just great! It also has mounting screws and springs. The wires are thick and prewired.
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