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4 Pickups for 4 Mandolin Strings

Mandolin strings project a brilliant sound but unfortunately are much too quiet when you play live onstage with your band. This is the deplorable situation that faces most mandolin players who play in bluegrass, folk, or rock bands. So what can you do?

So far, the solutions were passive piezo pickups for mandolins. Those are available either as transducers that stick to the instrument’s top or as installations in the mandolin’s bridge. Unfortunately, in many cases, both ways sound very synthetic and not authentic at all.

Instruments with a short scale and high string tension like mandolins cause another problem in combination with a bridge pickup. Every time your plectrum touches the string you will hear a “click” before you hear the actual tone. And when it gets down to business at the live gig this becomes worrisome because those passive piezo pickups only supply a little bit of output signal so your audience gets a lot of hissing and undesired feedback instead of pure mandolin tones.

Shadow has solved these problems in an “active” way: based on Shadow’s innovative NanoMAG pickup technology, a unique quad pickup has emerged which unites four active NanoMAG pickups—one for each pair of strings.

Because the NanoMAG doesn’t reside in the bridge, you won’t hear the annoying “click” like you do when you amplify your mandolin with a passive piezo pickup.

And the best feature of this quad pickup is that you are now able to adjust the output volume of each pair of strings individually and this guarantees a perfectly balanced output.

The electronics of the preamp hide elegantly underneath the supplied pick guard. With the volume, bass, and treble controls, you will be able to adjust your personal, acoustic sound easily. A high-quality endpin jack with a 6.3mm (1/4”) output is supplied.

Now, your mandolin sounds like a mandolin: faithfully acoustic with pure mandolin sound. Annoying clicks, hissing, humming, and feedback now belong in the past. It’s electro-mandolin time!

Model SH 927 NMG-4 suits all mandolins that are built in typical bluegrass style (F-type) while model SH 928 NMG-4 suits teardrop mandolins (A-type).

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