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LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System  

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After 30 years of effort, LR Baggs has created the Anthem Tru-Mic acoustic guitar microphone which does what every amplified acoustic guitarist has dreamed about and no other pickup manufacturer has b... Click To Read More About This Product

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After 30 years of effort, LR Baggs has created the Anthem Tru-Mic acoustic guitar microphone which does what every amplified acoustic guitarist has dreamed about and no other pickup manufacturer has been able to create yet-unlocked the potential of a microphone to capture the very essence of your guitar with high-feedback resistance for demanding stages. Not obvious, but equally important, is that the natural ease and dynamics of the Anthem Tru-Mic guitar microphone liberates you to play freely without having to compensate for the pickup system. Now you're free to play the way you like, plugged in or not.

For the Anthem acoustic guitar mic, LR Baggs used no modeling or illusions. It's not "like" a mic. It's not "like" your guitar. This is a mic, and what you will experience is your guitar-loud and with the fidelity and dynamics that come from a real microphone.

Tru-Mic Technology
At the heart of the LR Baggs Anthem guitar mic is a revolutionary type of microphone. Using a proprietary noise-canceling mic, the Anthem Tru-Mic eliminates any annoying honky or boxy qualities that have been previously associated with internal miking, leaving the pure and natural sound of your guitar the way only a real mic is capable of doing. Because this LR Baggs acoustic mic is positioned within a few millimeters of the guitar top, it has very high gain before feedback. The mic housing mounts easily to the bridge plate and the mic capsule hovers just 3mm above its surface to take advantage of the PZM or boundary effect. This Tru-Mic technology picks up the sound of the vibrations of the entire soundboard and makes the LR Baggs guitar mic unusually free from placement issues.

Mic and Piezo Pickup: A Radical Technology
The sound quality and feedback resistance of the Anthem Tru-Mic acoustic microphone now allows the mic to be the primary sound source in a mic/pickup system. This is unlike previous systems where only a small amount of the mic could be used to add some air to the dominant pickup signal. This is a radical new relationship between a mic and a pickup, as all of the detail, warmth, and personality of your guitar is captured by the Tru-mic. The mic is augmented, for only the very lowest frequencies, capturing the punch and authority of your playing, by the LR Baggs Element under saddle pickup.

Controls
The featherweight control unit controls all of the essentials, volume, mix, and phase. It nestles securely just inside of the soundhole for easy fingertip access. The mix control allows a full-blend between the augmented mic and full-range pickup. A multi-segment battery check allows you to maximize battery life and peace of mind.

Under the hood is an all-discrete preamp/mixer with the pure, clean LR Baggs signature sound that is trusted by top artists around the world. Thanks to it's intelligent engineering, you can just plug in and enjoy the real sound of your acoustic guitar and the way you play, night after night.

Features
  • Designed to work with standard acoustic guitars
  • Note: Not good for a split saddle or an adjustable saddle
  • Allows you to adjust a full blend between Element undersaddle pickup and microphone
  • Controller rests inside top of soundhole
  • Tru-Mic technology features noise-canceling mic with very high gain before feedback
  • Mic housing mounts to the bridge plate and capsule hovers 3mm above its surface
Specifications
  • Tru Mic dimensions: 2.27" x .735"x .48"
    Tru Mic weight: 0.5 oz
    Pickup active sensor length: 3.4"
    Pickup thickness: .038"
    Pickup width: .092"
    Battery type: Single 9V
    Battery life: 170 hrs.
    Mic range: 250Hz - 20kHz
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty. (Self-installation voids warranty.)


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LR BaggsAnthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System
 
4.8

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (33)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (13)
  • Good quality (12)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Improves sound (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (10)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Genuine Acoustic Sound

As a player, the acoustic guitar is my main instrument. I've been playing long enough that my guitars run in the thousands of dollars rather than hundreds. I just put the Anthem in...Read complete review

As a player, the acoustic guitar is my main instrument. I've been playing long enough that my guitars run in the thousands of dollars rather than hundreds. I just put the Anthem in my Santa Cruz OM/PW this week. I am truly knock out! I've had numerous Fishman, B Band and the K&K systems but the Anthem I believe is considerably superior. When you own a expensive guitar that sounds incredible you don't want put a system in it that mangles the beauty of it's sound. I've have spent lots of time and money in the search for pure acoustic tone. I have never been happier with the sound of my guitar than I am with this set up. When I picked up my guitar from my luthier who works in a high end acoustic shop he was impressed after he installed the Anthem in my guitar. Being a newer product he had not heard it yet. He was so impressed he was going to tell to the guys who run the retail side of the shop to place a order with L R Baggs and have some of these systems in stock. For those who may shy away from a mic set up because of feedback, I've already done several gigs playing pretty loud at times and never once had any feedback issues. The Anthem is a smart purchase for those who are seeking to amplify yet preserve the pure acoustic sound of your guitar.

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Horrible! Hopefully the issue is the person who installed it.

I'm hoping the issue is the install or something wrong with the product. All I get is the mic portion of the mix, which is thin and tinny sounding, with a ton of...Read complete review

I'm hoping the issue is the install or something wrong with the product. All I get is the mic portion of the mix, which is thin and tinny sounding, with a ton of reverb. For literally buying the most expensive pickup Guitar Center had without having to do a cut job, I'm terribly disappointed. Even with turning the gain all the way up, I'm getting nearly nothing through our system at church. My main guitar has a Baggs Duet, and the sound is amazing, with plenty of gain. Anyway, I hope that it was just a poor setup, and nothing else. But if not, and this is what Baggs wants this much money for, save your cash.

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5.0

Amazing amplified acoustic tone

By Chris

from Minnesota

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts

    Comments about LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System:

    The LR Baggs Anthem is the best amplified acoustic tone I've experienced, hands down. I have worked with Fishman, Taylor Expression, etc. and I look nowhere else but Baggs Anthem now. I have a nicely matured Taylor 514 with the expression system that I had essentially stopped using because it sounded so awful through a PA. I finally swapped out to the Anthem and the tone is amazing! Warm, natural, just the right punch and brightness- paired with a Baggs Venue DI its a fantastic combo. I have a friend who is a professional musician who plays all custom built high end acoustic and he also uses this system exclusively. This is worth the cost you pay above other systems!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Finally tone I've searched for!

    By Cubby

    from Kingsburg , CA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy install

    Cons

    • No detent on spin knobs that's all it needs

    Best Uses

    • Live band

    Comments about LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System:

    This is what I've searched and spent a ton of money trying to find. Sold a 714 Taylor because no matter what I tried ,I couldn't find a usable tone for the band. I returned to a Breedlove Pro Series D/25SRH I've had and loved for years. Put the Anthem in and my prayers have been answered ,the search is over. This is the best pickup combination I've ever experienced ,it truly sounds like my guitar only louder. I couldn't be happier , and thank you to Caleb at LR Baggs for his answers to many questions,his customer service was so very helpful. P.S.- I'm running it straight thru an Orchid di to a pa,sounds so pure ,rich, and awesome.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    LR Baggs Anthem

    By Dusty

    from Oklahoma

    About Me Experienced

    Comments about LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System:

    I have used many acoustic pickups including Taylor es1 and es2, and Ellise Blender. I have also mic'd my acoustic. Of all these systems, the LR Baggs Anthem is the best yet. My last acoustic came with it an I was amazed.

     
    5.0

    Worthwhile Product

    By Jon Hansen

    from Utah

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System:

      I ordered this product primarily to boost the weak input signal from my Taylor 814 (with L.R. Baggs Anthem) going into the P.A. (I had been using a Radial JDI for this purpose previously, the sound of which was wonderful but, as I said, weaker than desired going into the mixer. I wanted to achieve superb sound while keeping the gain on the P.A. lower.) My secondary aim was to thicken up the sound of the first and second strings, perhaps achieve a more balanced tone across the high notes, particularly during leads. And my third objective was to have more control of possible feedback during live acoustic performance. I chose this active D.I. over others, such as the Tonebone PZ Pre and L.R. Baggs Venue and Para D.I.'s, because it seemed to suit my needs best given my other equipment. (I have a PedalTrain Jr. with a TC Electronics Polytune Mini Tuner, Rothwell Love Squeeze Compressor, MXR 10 Band EQ, Xotic RC Boost, MXR Carbon Copy, and Strymon Big Sky.) The features of the Session seemed to complement my gear. The Session has performed wonderfully. I like the LED display for setting gain appropriately (and muted). The notch and high pass filters work like a charm without killing the beautiful tone of the guitar. I so appreciate the 48V phantom power feature of the Session. I don't want to have to worry about batteries or power supplies. It's plug-and-play ready. The saturation is fine. I use it a little to thicken tone but not much. The Session's compression evens out the tone as much as anyone would like, I believe. I have it set rather low so that there is plenty of juice for leads, but I can see how one would use it quite a bit for performances involving mainly strumming or recording. In sum, the Session has improved my tone, given me more options as an acoustic performer, and with that the knowledge that I will achieve superb sound and avoid possible feedback. I'm pleased with my purchase.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      The installation was a snap. The sound is great. I would rec

      By Tommy Tunes

      from Casper Wyoming

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts

        Comments about LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System:

        What I really like is the difference in sound as opposed to other like pick ups. The advertisement is that it is based on the microphone with the piezo supplementing the sound. it is a maked difference

         
        5.0

        Everything I hoped it would be

        By Der Kuru

        from Minnesota

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • Requires luthier

        Best Uses

        • Live band
        • Performance

        Comments about LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System:

        I've owned an acoustic-electric Taylor for several years now, and I love the natural acoustic sound of my guitar but have been unsatisfied with the sound quality of the Expression System pickup. The ES pickup, which has an under-saddle pickup, sounded tinny, metallic, and made my guitar sound unnatural when it was plugged in. And even after much EQing, the sound was still unsatisfactory.

        Now, after installing and using the Anthem in my guitar, I can say definitively that the LR Baggs pickup is exceptional. The sound quality is outstanding. The pickup alone is an upgrade from the Expression System, but mix it with the Tru-Mic and the sound is completely natural, and I don't even need to EQ it - and, isn't that really the goal with acoustic guitar pickups?

         
        5.0

        Very recomendable piece of gear

        By Fran

        from Monrovia. CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System:

          As much as I love acoustic guitars, and I play them a lot, my usual environment to play them is at the studio or at home. Playing acoustics on stage is something that I've always avoided. Too much of a trouble and not a enjoyable sound at all... I'm really feeling that this is changing with the LR Baggs Anthem.

           
          5.0

          Perfect pickup

          By Dave

          from Monterrey, MX

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • Someone else had to putit

          Best Uses

          • Live
          • Studio

          Comments about LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System:

          It sounds awesome. It has great features for live playing, the phase works great for removing Feedback. Has a great tone almost the same as my guitar. And is perfect for recording too.

           
          5.0

          A Very Accurate Acoustic Amplification System

          By JP-200

          from Rattlesnake Mountain

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Have A Pro Install It
          • Reproduces Guitar Sound
          • Top Quality

          Cons

          • Have A Pro Install It

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Higher End Guitars
          • Practicing

          Comments about LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System:

          Excellent Pick-up. Excellent. The Anthem reproduces and amplifies the truest actual sound of the guitar. I had an Element installed professionally in an older Gibson J-200 Artist and had this Anthem installed professionally in a Furch D-35AR. LR Baggs is my choice. I tried out a D-TAR System which was top quality but my ear loves the LR Baggs. A very high quality, realistic pick-up. I spent the extra coins and am happy with my choice.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sounds like your guitar, not a pickup.

          By Matthew

          from New Castle, PA

          Comments about LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System:

          If you're looking for a way to amplify the natural sound of your acoustic guitar, this is it. I couldn't be happier with the results the Anthem has given me in my Taylor 214 CE-G. The stock pickup in my Taylor was the ES-T which is just a traditional undersaddle piezo that sounded fine for what it was. The Anthem Tru-Mic, however, is on a completely different level than traditional acoustic pickups. The combination of the mic and the undersaddle Element pickup blend to make a truly acoustic sounding pickup. I'll definitely be looking to LR Baggs in the future for all of my acoustic guitars.

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