Acoustically the sound is not dissimilar to that of the Crafter, sharing a mildly scooped tonality and sense of sweet-edged openness that’s easy on the ear.
Volume and dynamics are roughly the same, too. Earlier- generation Shadow systems could be coruscatingly bright, but the SH863, partnered by a Nanoflex under-saddle pickup, is much more refined, with sparkling rather than strident highs and a generous low-end range.
Two-band EQ seems a tad mean, but the instant smile- curve ‘scoop’ switch compensates well for the absence of a dedicated mid-range. Most of the volume control’s gain comes near maximum, which may or may not bother you, but the controls’ recessable knobs are a nice touch.
Pros: Clean build; sprightly sweet-toned sounds.
Cons: Nothing of note.
Verdict: Faith, as usual, comes up with the well-priced quality goods.