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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.

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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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L.R. Baggs iBeam Active Pickup System
L.R. Baggs iBeam Active Pickup System
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5 2-20-2014
in an Ibanez AC240

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.

April  Philippines
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5 11-29-2012
Easy to install and wonderfoul sound

I am not a luthier but I need only 45 min. to install this system.
I put it in an old Seagull 12 string guitar and the sound is magic. Natural and deep. I'm really happy.

So easy and wonderfoul sound  Lyon, FRANCE
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5 10-04-2012
Easy Install

Installation was slick! Bought this to electrify my baby, a Guild D-40 dread. An endpin jack reamer was necessary to enlarge the endpin hole, not an inexpensive acquisition, but no other tools were necessary and installation was quick following the precise directions included. The endpin jack reamer is a necessity - no other tool does the job without damaging the finish. Making sure the places you stick the parts are clean is also important or they will fall off - I used a pad w/ isopropyl alcohol. Measure everything before installing - I originally intended to buy one for my Martin OOO-18 but it won't fit. I am a happy puppy and my baby sings like never before.

sbuntrock  Buchanan Dam, TX Read my reviews (3)
4 10-26-2011
Very natural but lacks brilliance

If you're looking for a natural sounding pickup for strumming, this may be your way to total happiness. However it lacks a certain clarity and glistening brilliance. Since my playing style has evolved since I installed this pickup to more single notes, needing more attack, I have decided to remove the iBeam and installed the M1 (which is AWESOME)!

MoorMusic  Switzerland Read my reviews (44)
5 7-01-2011
L.R. Baggs iBeam pickup

Installed the iBeam pickup in a guitar I built. No drilling into the bridge, no soldering and the jig they provide makes it an easy and quick job. The sound it produces has great depth and is true to the way the guitar sounds unplugged. Much better than the under saddle pick ups I have used in the past. Will definitely recommend the iBeam to future customers as well as enjoying the sound on stage.

Michael Sumser  Frazier Park,Ca. Read my reviews (2)
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4 5-25-2011
Amplifying a12 string guitar

In our Office band we wanted to use a twelve string guitar. We tried to amplify the guitar with means of a microphone. It was not succsessful as the guitar player was always moving. The microphone was obviously not the solution.
To solve the problem I purchased a L.R. Baggs iBeam active picup and installed it into the instrument.
The installation was easy, special thanks to the help clamp for the pick-up that is included in the kit. All parts needed were included so nothing had to be added. But a mirror was essential to perform the work.
The result is very good.

breki  reykjavik Read my reviews (2)
5 5-04-2011
excellent product

first of all excuse my english
I have buy the L.R.Baggs ibeam system and I let My luthier do the installation
i put it on gibson SJ 200 and the sound plugged is very Natural I am very satisfied.

Marc Bedard  Trois-Rivieres
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5 2-04-2011
Satisfied Customer

Your staff was excellent in helping me choose the right pick-up for my old Gibson. The products I have purchased in past and now are superb. Great shipping prices. Thanks StewMac

Derryl k  canada
5 9-01-2010
Great Sound

I recently finished a rebuild of a small French Parlor guitar ca 1890-1910. After monitoring the top to see if it was coping with the Martin Silk & Steel Strings, and playing it a lot. I was amazed at its superb sound. I have used both LR Baggs and Fishman under-saddle systems before, and decided to try the LR Baggs IBeam Active system. Installation was a breeze! The small but useful jig easily allowed me to place the pick-up right where it should be - directly under the saddle. The Powered jack, volume control and self-stick battery bag were easily hidden from view. Then I plugged it in....Amazing! Full deep basses, rich mids and clear ringing trebles...what more can you ask. Oh, and loud! The Volume control is very sensitive and really delivers signal. The sound equals the instrument unplugged, with none of the usual "piezo cackiness". I can't wait to use it in performance. LR Baggs have a great product, and I happily recommend it.
Thanks Stew-Mac & Thanks LR Baggs
Gord Campbell, Luthier, UK

GK Campbell, Luthier  UK Read my reviews (2)
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