At the heart of the Zenith is the revolutionary NanoFlex™ and NanoMag™ pickup combination. Custom-made for the Zenith bass by Shadow Germany, these pickups provide a wide range of tones unavailable in any other bass. Under the saddle, the NanoFlex™ senses the vibrations of the strings and the body of the instrument simultaneously. This exclusive, low-impedance 7-layer element is not a piezo style but instead uses active electronics and 100% shielding to ensure no sound is lost and no hum is introduced. The NanoMag™ is located right at the end of the fingerboard, just like in Epiphone's award-winning Ultra-II and Ultra III Les Pauls. Positioned at this sweet-spot, the NanoMag™ captures all the subtle nuances and harmonics of every string. Like the NanoFlex™, it too is low-impedance with active electronics on-board. It features a tiny air-coil, 3 samarium-cobalt magnets and silver-platinum shielding for a hum-free output. Both pickups are controlled by an active electronic system featuring a Master Volume, pickup blend and individual bass and treble controls for each pickup.