These guitars are quite rare and to the best of my research ability I believe this guitar is a Shadow SH3 model built around 1988-89 in West Germany. I've included some images from an original brochure. The goal of Shadow Electronics at the time was to build a guitar that perfectly complimented their pickups. These guitars were handmade in Germany to exacting specifications and are very high quality instruments. For more info see the brief history I've included below from Shadow's website.

This guitar is approximately 30 years old. There are signs of wear in the paint; swirls, scratches, dings, dents, chips etc. There is evidence of neck repair at the head stock (see images). The repair was sanded and smoothed but no body filler was used to hide the marks. The area is smooth and does not effect play-ability. There is also two screws missing from the back body cover and there is no tremolo arm for the Floyd Rose. This sale includes the guitar as shown in the pictures, an old Yamaha gig bag and nothing else. No hard case, no guitar stand, no brochure, no cool 80's comic get the picture. If you have any questions please ask.

Shadow SH3 Features:
- Basswood body
- Maple neck
- Contoured neck joint
- Rosewood Fingerboard
- 2 x Shadow 669 single coil pickups
- 1 x Shadow 681 Humbucker
- 1 x volume control
- 1 x tone control with coil tap for Humbucker
- 1 x 5 position pickup selector switch
- Floyd Rose II locking nut tremelo system
- Machine heads by Schaller
- Black hardware
- Black, hard, high gloss Polyester finish

A bit of Shadow Electronics history (from their website):

In The Beginning
Shadow Electronics was founded in 1971 in Erlangen, Germany by Joe Marinic who continues to own and operate the company today. The original concept was to make solid body guitars and pickups, but Joe ultimately decided to focus solely on pickups.

Not long after the company’s founding, Shadow invented the world’s first undersaddle pickup (“Shadow 1”) for acoustic and classical guitars. The world’s first violin pickup wasn’t far behind.

New inventions

During these years, Shadow continued to lead the way in the design and manufacture of pickups with inventions like the first endpin output jack for acoustic guitar and the first dualpickup system, which combined both an undersaddle and magnetic bridge pickup into one system.

The invention of the first piezo bridge for electric guitars and the world’s first active humbucker with a built-in equalizer were major Shadow milestones during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Jazz legend Attila Zoller and Shadow also co-designed a new jazz guitar pickup (SH AZ 48) during this period.

Guitar production

Shadow began producing guitars in Germany in 1987 using their cutting edge production and manufacturing techniques. Being in control of all aspects of their guitar and pickup production allowed Shadow to match their systems specifically to each guitar for the most complimentary sound.

In recent years
2004- onward

Shadow invents new pickup technologies
More recently, Shadow developed the revolutionary NanoFlex transducer and NanoMAG magnetic pickup systems. Shadow also debuted their Panaflex system, which utilizes a dual NanoFlex pickup mounted under the saddle for independent tone and volume control for the low and high strings. The NanoMAG4 pickup for mandolin which allows players to adjust the volume on individual strings was also released.

In 2010, Shadow continued to expand on the individual string pickup concept when they released the NanoFlex6 hexaphonic guitar pickup. This pickup gives acoustic guitar players individual volume control over each guitar string using a specialized 6 sensor NanoFlex pickup.

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Shadow SH3 1989 Black
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