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Attila Zoller floating jazz guitar humbucker.
As Shadow's founder Joe Marinic met famous Jazz legend Attila Zoller in the early '60s and listened to him playing guitar, he realized that a magnetic pickup should be more than just a coil and a magnet. It was also clear that different music styles need different kinds of magnetic pickups. Together with Attila, Shadow developed the legendary SH AZ 48 which is still today the most respected pickup among jazz guitar players.
The SH AZ 48 is the world's most popular jazz guitar pickup. It features a unique "wide" string sampling field that produces a warm jazz tone with precise, clear sound. Iron cores are trimmed to provide balanced string output and clear string definition when playing chords. Coils are fully shielded and vacuum epoxy sealed for reliable, noise-free performance. Attaches to the fingerboard and floats between the body and strings. Shielded single conductor output.
SH AZ 48 is a floating jazz-guitar humbucker, completely shielded and vacuum epoxy sealed. The flat frequency response enables every single note to be heard when playing chords.
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Comments about Shadow SH AZ 48 Top-Professional Jazz Guitar Humbucker Pickup:
If I had installed this pickup as soon as I got it I would have sent it back. I would Love to get my money back on this thing.
As it was, the guitar, a 1951 Epiphone Archtop, was in the shop getting it's binding pulled back in shape. By the time I got the guitar back months had passed.
This pickup makes the unwound strings sound like breaking glass, especially the B string.
The four wound strings sound really quite good but the unwound strings are about three times louder. Even with the pickup twisted away from the high strings and closer the low strings.
I had tone and volume controls installed. I thought it might be them. I tried a number of things but eventually I took an end off a guitar cord and connected it directly to the pickup wires. Same problem! Every time I hit the B/B&E string/strings, it sounds like someone threw a bottle through the window.
I can find no support on the Internet on this pickup.
Maybe I just got a clunker, I don't know. Don't buy this thing unless you're feeling lucky. Even then install it immediately so you can send it back if you need to.