L.R. Baggs Anthem System

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L.R. Baggs Anthem System

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L.R. Baggs Anthem System

Mic-based hybrid pickup system! A breakthrough in natural acoustic sound, with impressive feedback resistance even at high volume.

Revolutionary L.R. Baggs Tru-Mic technology captures the voice of the traditional X-braced acoustic guitar as only the fidelity and dynamics of a well-crafted microphone can. The bridge plate mounted noise-cancelling mic is supplemented at the lowest frequencies by the clean, clear Element undersaddle transducer. This microphone-centric approach is unique among hybrid pickup systems.

"L.R. Baggs has taken a truly giant leap forward with the Tru-Mic Anthem system. And by focusing on a microphone-oriented solution—an approach that many players and certainly engineers regard as the best way to capture a guitar's natural tone—L.R. Baggs is helping raise the bar for what players can expect from an accessibly priced system." —Premier Guitar Magazine review

L.R. Baggs Anthem System includes:

The Tru-Mic adheres to the bridge plate inside an X-braced guitar. It weighs only 1/2 ounce, avoiding any significant dampening effect on the instrument's natural sound. The housing positions the mic just 3 millimeters from the guitar surface, to achieve very high gain before feedback, and capture the sound of the entire vibrating guitar top. The sound quality and feedback resistance of the Tru-Mic set it apart from other "hybrid" mic/transducer systems that are primarily undersaddle-pickup based.

The Element undersaddle transducer in the Anthem System normally augments the mic at only the lowest frequencies, to add punch and authority. It works with common string spacings and saddle widths, for uniform string balance, and is flexible for more efficient contact and sensitivity. (Note: L.R. Baggs recommends professional installation for all undersaddle pickups.)

The Preamp/Controller is a featherweight unit that adheres below the edge of a 4"-diameter soundhole on a standard X-braced guitar. It puts you in control, with volume, mic/pickup mix, phase inversion (for feedback control), critical mic gain and battery-check right at your fingertips. The mix control allows a blend between the augmented mic and the undersaddle pickup at full-range when desired.

Also included are an endpin jack (1/2" hole required) with wiring harness, battery connector with no-drill battery bag, self-stick internal wire clips, and peel-and-stick adhesive for the mic, preamp and battery bag.

9-volt battery required.

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Best of both worlds

(Customer's Reviews)

Installed these in a Martin HD 28v, and a Taylor guitar. The piezo sounded a bit brighter on the Matin than it did on the Taylor: but having the ability to blend in a deeper sounding mic, is just the best way to dial in your tone. Love these.


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(Customer's Reviews)

I installed this on my Custom Shop Martin D-14 and it is definitely the most natural system I've heard. The one downside is that the Element under-saddle pickup changes the guitars acoustic tone slightly. On some guitars this will not be obvious or even an improvement, but I couldn't miss it on the Martin.

The braided pickup seems to work as a shock absorber, damping the dynamics and tone slightly.

I'm going to get the Lyric mic only system instead.


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(Customer's Reviews)

This is probably the best pickup system for acoustic guitars. This hybrid system combines an excellent noise-cancelling microphone with a fantastic under-saddle piezo transducer. All connections are solderless and no glues are used to install it. This makes this system the easiest to install. It is invisible! The amplifier goes under the internal side of the soundhole. You have to make just two holes to install it. One for the piezo transducer under the saddle slot and another on the bottom side for the endpin jack. Never seen easier installation methods than this and the sound...it is beautuful! The noise cancellation system works very well: as you lift your hands up from unpicked strings it seems your guitar is disconnected! No larsen, no feedback while your hands are not on strings!! And no damping frequencies are cutted off by the cancellation system: sound remains natural! You can regulate with a mini screwdriver the sound's brillance and two control wheels allow you to mix the piezo sound with the mic one and to regulate the volume. There is also the phase inverter to avoid further feedbacks and a special button which illuminates, when pressed, up to 5 led green lights for the battery check. I installed it on my Cort Earth 700 NAT. The result is great. Sound was good without the pickup and now i have the possibility to reproduce an identic sound and to amplify it without any changes! Maybe the battery life is too short but it is acceptable if you consider how excellent is the sound!

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