L.R. Baggs iBeam Active Pickup System

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L.R. Baggs iBeam Active Pickup System

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L.R. Baggs iBeam Active Pickup System

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Pickup, preamp jack and volume control! This is the most popular complete iBeam setup for X-braced steel string guitars.

It features a discrete class-A preamp/endpin jack with pre-contoured EQ for plug-and-play convenience, plus a handy soundhole-mounted mini volume control.

L.R. Baggs iBeam Active Pickup System features the iBeam bridge plate transducer, adhering to the bridge plate beneath the soundboard. It weighs only 8 grams (1/3 ounce), and won't alter the unplugged sound of the instrument.

iBeam is faithful to the tone and attack of any playing style, with full dynamic range and excellent string balance, but without the harshness of piezo transducers. It features the best characteristics of a studio microphone, with less of the feedback that can occur with many internal mini mics. A simple installation jig is included, with complete instructions to help you find the ideal pickup placement inside the guitar for optimum sound.

The new mini volume control adheres to the edge of the guitar's soundhole for unobtrusive fingertip access. An easy no-drill self-adhesive mesh battery mounting bag is included. 9-volt battery required.

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exellent tone

(Customer's Reviews)

Very "natural" and clean tonal quality given the absence of an EQ control. It's sound can be "dialed" in exceptionally well when using an external EQ More than adequate response and sensitivity. I have had a lot of experience installing these and while it's a relatively easy first time install, and to utilize the effectiveness of the adhesive strips, it would definitely aid the first tmer to do do a couple of practice runs without them to get the right positioning before using the strips since they work best when applied once.... All things considered this system gives a good bang for your buck!!! .


Iranian Tanboor!

(Customer's Reviews)

The system works very well for Iranian Tanboor, the instrument has the narrow strings!

Crimson Oath guitars


in an Ibanez AC240

(Customer's Reviews)

I recently had the iBeam active pickup system installed in my Ibanez AC240. I really wanted a natural sounding pickup that would not only get the string tones but the wood and air as well. I initially opted to get an M1 LR Baggs, but I checked out their soundcloud samples, and thought that it did not match the sound that I wanted. This pick up is perfect for my guitar since it's an OM size. It gets the tapping, fingerpicking, and strumming really well. I get the air and wood sound that I want. I also tested this through my interface with nothing added, and it sounds like it was mic-ed (what I wanted from a pickup). I recorded the guitar plugged in and with a condenser combined and it just absolutely sounds divine. If you want that mic sound and not spend as much for the hybrid pickups that LR Baggs has, then this one is for you. I wouldn't recommend this though in bigger acoustic guitars like dreadnoughts because it might get too boomy or low for large bodied guitars; losing the high brightness it delivers.

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