L.R. Baggs Element Active System

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An undersaddle transducer that fits most common string spacings and saddle widths.

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L.R. Baggs Element Active System

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An undersaddle transducer that fits most common string spacings and saddle widths.

The Element™ undersaddle transducer for steel-string guitars is flexible, to contact the bridge and saddle more efficiently. The improved coupling increases sensitivity, for a more lively and open acoustic guitar sound with a delicate high end. It works with most common string spacings and saddle widths, including 3/32" and 1/8", for uniform string-to-string balance.

The system features a discrete class-A preamp/endpin jack with pre-contoured EQ for plug-and-play convenience, and a soundhole-mounted mini volume control that requires no soldering or drilling. A handy no-drill mesh battery bag is also included. 9-volt battery required.

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L.R. Baggs Element Active System

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Best Acoustic Pick-up for DECADES!!!!

By Bruce Edward from Minneapolis
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 09, 2014

Although I miss it's original ribbon version, this pick-up has been unrivaled as my all time favorite for 25 years. I'm afraid it gets overlooked because it's been around for so long. As a guitar repairman for over 30 years, I'm telling you.... Nothing touches it!!!!!!

Very good

By Glenn's guitar repair from Golden Lake Ontario, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 06, 2013

I installed this system on two Martin guitars for a customer. One was a six string acoustic and the other a twelve string, On the six string the sound was excellent plugged in with no need for an (additional) pre amp whatsoever. I found on the twelve string though, that the high E strings tried to take over. I would recommend a pre amp with this system on a twelve string guitar to bleed away some of the high frequencies that the Baggs electronics cannot overcome. All in all an excellent system. P.S. Do drill a small hole on the treble side of the bridge to insert the strip in about one eighth of an inch. It really helps to even out the sound of the pickup.

I like it

By Andrew t Bruton from st Catharines Ontario Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, September 29, 2013

Easy to install and sound nice


By Bosco Giancarlo from Cirie' (TO) Italy
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 15, 2013

The best undersadle on my Breedlove!!!!

Electric Cittern

By T W Docherty from UK
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 18, 2013

This is the second time I've fitted the L. R. Baggs Element Active System in my carved-top 5 course citterns and the results have been consistently outstanding each time in terms of power, clarity and evenness of response. I also find it an easy system to fit in an instrument in which internal access is restricted because of the smaller sound-hole but the flexible nature of the transducer allows it to be passed up easily through the top and floating bridge. My customers love its performance and so, as a professional luthier, it ticks all my boxes.

If you can't use the iBeam...

By sbuntrock from Buchanan Dam, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 04, 2012

I gave this 4 stars because I like the LR Baggs iBeam active pickup system better for ease of installation. However, the iBeam won't fit a smaller guitar like my Martin OOO-18 making the Element system a necessity. Drilling the bridge hole was simply making sure no braces were hit below deck but sanding down a saddle perfectly is always a pain. Nevertheless, the Element went in easily and works fine.

Lr baggs active element

By Gino from qld,australia
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, September 10, 2012

If you can eq the bottom end out of this pickup its great..installed in my walden(maybe the version with vol/tone would be a better choice)

Better than the RTS2

By John MacDonald from Ottawa, ON Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 18, 2011

This is a great pickup. I like it better than the RTS2. The RTS2 will noticably change the sound of your guitar acoustically. It is a soft strip so naturally it will dampen the sound. The element doesn't have this problem.
It holds a sound quite true to your guitar and will handle stage volumes even when you are playing with a bassist and drummer.
Volume balance can be a problem as with any under the saddle pickup, so be prepared to do some dickering. Be happy and thank the builder if you don't have to.

how i can say ......???

By Utopia Custom Shop from Alessandria -Italy
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, July 14, 2011

Simply the best pick up ever ....

Sonicaly Stellar!!

By Tim "Doc" Creek from Nashville, TN
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 02, 2011

Having installed and used several transducer pickups in the past, I installed the Element Active in a customers guitar fully expecting to have to use some type of external preamp in order to get the amplified signal to sound reasonably close to the quality of the "room" tone of the guitar. I was surprised to find that his pickup/pre is quite an improvement over the past Baggs and most other systems from other manufacturers.

It doesn't generate an over-EQ'd signal and having the miniature volume control mounted in the soundhole (an inovation that's been around for a while with LRB but still a natable feature) makes it pretty non-invasive for those who are concerned about damaging or the devaluation of a vintage instrument. The only noticeable alteration is drilling out the endpin to accept the preamp/jack.

It's actually pretty simple to install and requires very few tools so the less experienced tech can do it themselves with care and minimal tools. I typically recommend and install the iBeam but now I have both systems here in the shop and would feel completely comfortable endorsing both of them.

One other note, I've successfully installed the preamp internally and connected a small shielded cable and mini jack on the outside of a vintage 64 J-45 to avoid drilling any visible holes on the guitar. It worked quite well & I'll post some photos later on.

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