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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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.

Nice little pickup

By Davey Mandolins from UK
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, February 12, 2011

Useful in that it will fit the more obscure saddles like tenor guitars and mandolins etc. Only draw back i would say is that its a little light on the bass end. Other then that very nice


By J. Katsiaficas from Portland, ME
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 04, 2011

To update my previous review, Stew Mac was kind enough upon reading my review to offer a credit if I returned this pickup. I did return it, and so I give the five stars above for customer service (thank you, Larry), but still only one for the product.

A big disappointment

By J. Katsiaficas from Portland, ME
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 09, 2011

I installed the LR Baggs Element Active (a Christmas gift) into my Gibson WM-45 last weekend, and had a chance to play it through the PA with a band yesterday. The reason I asked for this pickup over the K&K pure western or others was that it allegedly held up better before feedback in a band setting. What a mistake!

The WM-45 already has 90 degree holes for a Fishman Matrix, so I had to drill another hole (diagonally) for the pickup entry into the bridge slot, plus the extra area for the pickup at the other end of the bridge. (I am not a professional repairman, but I have installed Fishman and Duncan USTs and know what I'm doing.) The result? The EQ is boomy, and the high E string output isn't balanced with the B string -- it has less output. I don't have a Para DI (it has an active preamp, built in, right?) so I tried to use my Dano Fish & Chips EQ to fix things (with boost off), and instead, there are ugly loud pops every time I hit a string or chord with more than an average strum. It kept feeding back oddly on upper strings while playing at an average volume with the band through the PA on a flat setting.

I get better results with a cheap Dean Markley soundhole pickup and the Fish & Chips, and if I could return the pickup for a refund, I would.

excellent pickup

By MOF Instruments from Greenwood, Ar
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 05, 2011

I have installed several undersaddle pu's. I believe this was the easiest ever. I had the strap hole already bored and I had to fill in the saddle slot and re cut because of a depth problem. I cut a new saddle and fitted put new strings on and the pickup is highly responsive.

In the past I have used fishman,martin, barcus-berry, schatten, peizo pickups. This one seems to me to be less fragile than any of the others and the sound hole volume control is a great plus.

really good

By germano Fusco from italy
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, October 15, 2010

The Lr. Baggs it's simple the best company in acoustic amplification.

The Element gives your guitar the natural sound, at difference with other similar systems that give a sound that's different and unreal.

This is the best choice.

Don't trust your guitar with just anyone, do it your self!

By Mountain Shoshone from Austin NV
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 08, 2010

If you like to fix things, you'll enjoy this.I was worried about installing it at first, however, the instructions are very easy to follow! Made it such a joy to know you can do it your self. And the sound is wonderful! I installed it on a Ovation. The only thing to watch out for is to make sure you don't change the height of the saddle. I suggest you make sure the saddle does not have shims under it or you will have to replace it. The biggest problem is the double sided tape for the battery holder, it needs to be stronger. It gave way about a week latter and fell down. Other then that I love it!

LR Baggs Element Active System

By chaploja from Landenberg, PA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I have installed this system on my Martin D-16, Guild D-35 and Gibson J-45. The installation is fairly straight forward; however, very little instruction is included by the manufacturer. Unless you feel comfortable drilling holes in your guitar, have someone else install this system, as there is the potential to cause major damage!

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