Z8 Steel Guitar Pickup
Now available for 8 string lap steel applications, the Steeltronics Z Series pickups are the only pickups on the market with the two row of magnets / steel baseplate / center pole piece design as used on vintage ZB steel guitars.
Z Series pickups are wound to the same inductance as a typical ZB pickup when in the middle position on the selector switch, and the magnetic gauss levels measured at the strings is identical to original ZB pickups. A welcome upgrade is the fact that Z Series coils are wax potted to address the microphonic nature that ZB pickups can tend to have.
Z Series pickups give you the silky highs, tight lows, and the fast/precise transient response of original ZB pickups, in addition the Z Series pickups are also very quiet for a single coil (as are original ZB pickups) due to the unique magnetic circuit and how it interacts with the coil.
The Z8 pickup is available in several pole spacings and a special version with the four mounting tabs to fit Sierra SL8 lap steels. Other pole spacings can be custom ordered, contact us for more details.
Here is a sound file demonstrating the Z8 on a Sierra SL8 lap steel.
The Z Series is designed to accommodate up to two coil taps, and these are accomplished with additional eyelets for the magnet wire connection. This prevents any gaps in the coil which can create microphonics. If interested in this option, simply select the Coil Tap Adder in the pull down menu.
This pickup is also available at no extra charge in a low profile version which has an overall depth of 0.85 inches, including the space for the the pickup wires. This version uses shorter custom calibrated magnets to provide the same field as the original Z Series, and is wound to the same inductance, giving a nearly identical tonal response. This is a great choice for steels with shallow pickup pockets, please contact us for more details on this option.
Steeltronics utilizes on demand 3D printing for key components, therefore normal production time is 4 weeks for most orders.