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LR Baggs Pickup Buying Guide

LR Baggs Pickups continue to set the benchmark in Acoustic Sonic Reproduction. This easy to follow guide will help select the right pickup for your style and needs. 

Internal Microphones

Produces a faithful reproduction of your guitars Acoustic sound

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For decades players and sound techs alike have struggled to emulate the high fidelity recorded sound of an Acoustic guitar mic’d with a studio condenser microphone in a live situation. LR Baggs have managed to develop a feather weight pressure-zone microphone element that mounts just 3mm under the top of your Acoustic guitar – effectively turning your Guitars top into an extention of the microphones diaphragm! With a built in noise cancelling system to eliminate unwanted boxy sound of the usual under saddle pickups the LR Baggs Lyric system is designed to give you that studio ‘mic’d up’ sound Live, or direct in when recording. Perfect for players wanting natural tone, and recording situations where a studio mic is not present.

Lyric Microphone Features:

  • High-fidelity microphone for amazing sound
  • Soundhole volume and presence control
  • Microphone mounts easily to the underside of your bridge plate
  • Tru Mic noise-canceling technology delivers optimized tone
  • Tight low end and sweet overall tone
Product Pickup Type Battery Key Points
Lyric Microphone 200 hours, single 9V • Optimised for steel-string guitars
Lyric Classical Microphone 200 hours, single 9V • Optimised for nylon-string guitars

Hybrid Mic and Pickup System

Produces a big, full range tone

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The ‘Anthem’ pickup systems combine the noise cancelling and microphone technology of the Lyric with an under saddle Element Pickup to produce a much bolder tone. It does this by using a crossover circuit to mix the sweet sound of the Microphone (above 200hz) with everything below 200hz coming from the piezo. These tone can be mixed to taste and result in a fuller bottom end for those who prefer to stand out in the mix, solo or Duo players, and studio recording where a bigger sound is preferred.

Anthem Hybrid Pickup System Features:

  • Hybrid microphone and piezo pickup system optimized for guitar
  • Feedback-resistant with even, string-to-string balance
  • Tru Mic noise-canceling technology avoids “boxy” tone
  • Discrete Class A preamp with preset crossover
Product Pickup Type Battery Key Points
Anthem Mic + under-saddle Pickup 170 hours, single 9V

• Optimised for steel-string guitars
• Soundhole remote features volume, mix, and phase controls
• Mix control tailors the mic and pickup blend
• Phase control minimises feedback

Anthem SL Mic + under-saddle Pickup 170 hours, single 9V

• Optimised for steel-string guitars
• Pre-set mic and pickup mix for optimum performance
• Soundhole remote with volume and trim controls

Anthem SL-C Mic + under-saddle Pickup 170 hours, single 9V

• Optimised for nylon-string guitars
• Pre-set mic and pickup mix for optimum performance
• Simple soundhole remote with volume and trim controls

Soundhole Pickup

Natural sound on stage

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What is unique about an LR Baggs sound hole pickup over the dozens of other similar products on the market..? Well, the LR Baggs sound hole pickups have built in ‘Body Sensitive Magic’ which mixes the natural vibrations of your guitars top with the Pickups direct string sound - resulting an a crisp, clear and natural tone not usually obtainable from a sound hole pickup. These are perfect for players who like it loud on stage, and don’t want to deal with feedback issues associated with microphone based pickups in these situations. Complete with volume control and out put jack, these are easily installed.

Soundhole Pickup Features:

  • Body sensor captures the sound of your guitar’s body
  • Quiet, hum-free operation for your stage performances
  • Reproduces the richness and complexity of your guitar’s sound
  • Extremely resistant to feedback
  • Built-in volume control
Product Pickup Type Battery Key Points
M80 Soundhole/magnetic 1000+ hours, single 3V lithium coin cell • Active and passive pickup modes
M1 Active Soundhole/magnetic 1000+ hours, single 3V lithium coin cell • Active pickup

Under-Saddle Pickups

Advanced Film Sensor Transducers

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Traditional style under-saddle pickups that can easily replace your guitars existing old technology piezo giving you a highly dynamic and natural sound without the ‘quack’ associated with the older style piezos found in most guitars. Also with extremely high feedback resistance and super long life battery LR Baggs have nailed it with this innovative design - which is why so many famous Acoustic Guitar brands have opted to use or license LR Baggs transducers pickups. Complete with end pin mounted preamp and output Jack for easy installation - Simply the best install or piezo ‘upgrade’ on the market.

Under-saddle Pickup Features:

  • All-discrete Class A end-pin preamp delivers pristine sound
  • Tracks your soundboard’s movement instead of string pressure
  • Soundhole remote with volume control
Product Pickup Type Battery Key Points
Element Under-saddle 1000 hours, single 9V • Under-saddle element pickup system for steel string guitars
Five.O Under-saddle 300+ hours, single 3V lithium coin cell • Under-saddle element pickup system for ukuleles

Bridge Plate Pickup

Direct Soundboard Tone Reproduction

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The LR Baggs Element Transducer contains a pair of their amazing Film Sensors that pickup every nuance of your soundboards vibration – sort of like a matched stereo pair of microphones, so nothing is missed! This pickup is the preference of Instrumentalists, finger/flat pickers, and anyone who desires Perfect string balance with a wide and natural feeling dynamic range.

Product Pickup Type Battery Key Points
iBeam Bridge-plate Pickup 1000 hours, single 9V

• All-discrete Class A FET-based preamp for a naturally warm, analog sound
• Natural string-to-string balance and dynamics
• Soundhole remote with volume control

Pre-Amps

The perfect compliment to the LR Baggs range of pickups – or ANY acoustic guitar to be honest. These specialist preamp/DI boxes improve the signal, tone, transparency and dynamic response of ANY acoustic instrument – without fancy trickery!  They simply must be heard and played to be believed.

Venue DI

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An ‘All you need’ solution for professional or aspiring Acoustic guitar players. The Venue Di has quickly become the must have toolbox for Acoustic musicians across the world, and your sound guy (and audience) will love you for the phase switch and notch filter..!

  • 3-in-1 system for performing acoustic guitarists
  • Features adjustable gain for both passive and active pickups
  • Onboard tuner features a footswitch mute/tune function
  • 4-band EQ with tunable low-mid and high-mid bands for shaping your sound
  • Phase inversion for best sound and feedback control
  • Adjustable volume boost footswitch gives you “oomph” when you need it
  • XLR and 1/4″ outputs for convenience
  • Works with 9-volt battery or an optional adapter

Para-DI

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With the same high quality features and crystal clear internal signal path as its bigger brother, the Para Di has become the industry standard in compact Acoustic instrument preamp & Direct Boxes. No Tuner, no Boost switch, just the road tough construction with the now legendary tone sculpting and dynamic enhancing circuitry. This box will fit in your case and never leave your side.

  • All-discrete Class A circuitry for transparent acoustic sound
  • Adjustable gain for both passive and active pickups
  • 5-band EQ with tunable notch and midrange bands
  • Dedicated DI output
  • Phase inversion for best sound and feedback control
  • XLR and 1/4″ outputs for feeding mixers or amplifiers
  • 200+ hours of playtime on a single 9-volt battery

Gig-Pro 

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A stripped down belt or strap mount preamp with just the essential controls required for tone tweaking to get the best from your guitars built in pick. The Gig-Pro can even supply phantom power to guitar pickups and mics that require external juice to run. A portable and handy little tool for those in need!

  • All-discrete Class A circuitry for sweet, transparent sound
  • Entirely passive EQ circuitry adds no distortion to maintain transparency
  • Adjustable input gain allows the best performance and lowest noise with a variety of pickups
  • Lightweight, compact, and belt-clip ready — ideal for wireless situations
  • Controls include treble and bass, phase inversion, gain, and a low-cut trim control, adjustable from 27Hz to 200Hz
  • Super-quiet -90dB signal-to-noise ratio
  • 300+ hours of playtime on a single 9V battery

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