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.