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Shadow PerformerTuner Preamp

(As fitted to all Natural, HiGloss and Trembesi series) The perfect way to bring your acoustic tone to life, Shadow Electronics’ PerformerTuner preamp offers a great EQ, an ultra-accurate tuner, and a feedback-busting phase switch.

Adjustment of the EQ controls (bass & treble) will let you easily find your perfect acoustic tone. With a simple press of the ‘Tuner’ button, the onboard tuner is activated. Bright LED lights give a clear indication of your instrument’s tuning status and make adjustment simple in any environment. The output signal is cut when the tuner is in operation.

In case of on-stage feedback, just press the ‘Phase’ button. This switches the phase of the output signal and therefore cuts the offending feedback-causing frequency. No more feedback. Simple.

The 'Battery' light will only show when the battery level is low. When the light is on, it is advised that new batteries are fitted within 30 minutes to ensure no unexpected loss of signal. New batteries (2 x CR2032 cell-type) are simply fitted by sliding the top cover up, and removing the old and replacing with the new.

The Shadow PerformerTuner preamp is perfectly matched to Shadow’s Nanoflex II undersaddle pickup system.

Shadow Nanoflex II Pickup

(as used on Faith Natural, HiGloss, and Trembesi series) The Shadow Nanoflex pickup is incredibly thin and flexible, and at its core is the sensor which consists of seven flexible layers of carefully selected materials.

With extreme precision, these special layers pick up the pressure of the saddle, which conveys string vibration, while simultaneously sensing the vibratory movements of the guitar’s surface and body.

Also, due to the ultra-small preamp section located at the end of the NanoFlex pickup strip, the signal is 100% shielded while being amplified to a sufficient level to be handled by the preamp, thus guaranteeing a totally hum-free output.

Shadow L4020 Hex Preamp

(As fitted to the Eclipse series and selected other models) The latest innovation from Shadow Electronics, the L4020HEX preamp system offers individual trim controls for each string, plus the latest HEX stereo string separation technology. An unrivaled level of sonic possibility.

With a turn of the six individual string ‘trim’ controls, the relative output level of that string can be reduced or boosted. Just use a plectrum or fingernail to make the adjustment. With the ‘Pan’ Control fully over to the left, the output of the guitar is normal: mono output transmitted through a mono guitar cable.

With the ‘Pan’ Control fully turned to the right, the output of the guitar is operating in its Stereo HEX capacity. Now the strings are separated across the stereo spectrum: the Low E is panned far left and the High E is panned far right with all other strings in relative positions across the spectrum.

 

The stereo output goes through a stereo ‘Y’ cable which can be connected to two separate amplifiers, a stereo PA amplifier or 2 channels of a mixing desk etc.

NB: You can also use a regular Mono Jack cable with the HEX system. In this case, the guitar will function like a regular electro acoustic with a mono output. However, the individual string trim controls will still be effective.

How the strings are separated with the 'Pan' control on full (turned to the right):

  • Low E-string 100% Left
  • A-string 75% Left, 25% Right
  • D and G-Strings 50% Left, 50% Right
  • B-String 25% Left, 75% Right
  • High-E String 100% Right.

This is ideal for widening the sound-field of your solo acoustic performances, and a revelation for those who like to experiment with sound-layering, looping and multi-tracking. Adjustment of the 3- band EQ (Bass, Mid, Treble) ensures you find your perfect acoustic tone.

With a simple press of the ‘Tuner’ button, the on-board tuner is activated. The bright LED display gives a clear indication of your instrument’s tuning status and makes adjustment simple in any environment. The output signal is cut when the tuner is in operation.

In case of on-stage feedback, just press the ‘Phase’ button. This switches the phase of the output signal and therefore cuts the offending feedback-causing frequency. No more feedback. Simple.

The Battery light will only show when the battery level is low. When the light is on, it is advised that new batteries are fitted within 30 minutes to ensure no unexpected loss of signal. New batteries (2 x AAA type) are simply fitted by sliding the top cover up, and removing the old and replacing with the new.

Nanoflex Hex 6

(as used on Faith Eclipse series, and selected other models) Shadow’s NanoFlex HEX 6 pickup offers all the immense advantages of the regular NanoFlex II pickup, but features six individual sensors contained within a single strip which correspond to the location of each of the guitar strings.

So now, not only can you enjoy the hum-free, natural acoustic sound of your instrument, but in conjunction with the L4020 preamp system, you can now have complete control over the level of each string, plus the ability to create a stunning panoramic stereo effect with your guitar.