Shadow AZ48

Pickup

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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It’s not what I expected.
A d a m, 04.07.2020
I have an Ibanez AFC 151 which is an all laminate maple and laminate spruce top guitar with a floating pickup. The guitar is great but I didn’t catch the point about a floating pickup on a laminated guitar.
Anyway I ordered this pickup don’t knowing what to expect. On the Shadow site it says that the pickup is a warm sounding humbucker pickup. Exactly what I was looking for, but on the other side, on the forums they claimed the pickup is clear and pretty bright. Well, now I can say that the people from the forum are right.
The pickup is bright, clear, quite nice sounding, but a bit muddy on the heavier strings(the pickup resistance is 15,78kOhm).But it’s not for you, if you have a PAF sound in your head(Peter Bernstein for example). And the other thing I found is that is a pretty quite pickup. On my setup the pickup needs twice as much power to be equaly laud as my guitar with a normal PAF style pickup(Dimarzio 36ann.).

Conclusin: If you are looking for a clear, almost acoustic floating pickup, go for it! The build quality is pretty nice, and for the price it’s great.
But, if you’re looking for a warm, full humbucker PAF sound, this one is not for you.
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framus az-10 , 24.04.2020
I use it for Oberkrain music on a Framus AZ-10 and it sounds very good.
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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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Fantastic Pickup
WestcoastBlues, 17.11.2018
Fitted this onto my 10 year old Peerlees Monarch - lovely pickup - sounds great & has given the guitar a new lease of life.
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