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LR Baggs Element Active System Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup  

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The Element Active System Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup from LR Baggs delivers performance previously unattainable from an undersaddle guitar pickup. The streamlined and efficient design of the acoustic... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Element Active System Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup from LR Baggs delivers performance previously unattainable from an undersaddle guitar pickup. The streamlined and efficient design of the acoustic guitar pickup removes every unnecessary internal component to improve the coupling between the transducer and the guitar. This substantially improves the sensitivity of the LR Baggs pickup's transducer for a robust, lively, and open sound with great dynamics and a delicate high end.

The Element Active System pairs the Element undersaddle transducer with a pre-contoured all-discrete class A endpin preamp and includes a small, removable soundhole-mounted volume control for added convenience and versatility. The entire acoustic microphone and guitar pickup system is designed to install easily and features plug-and-play performance. Also included with the Element Active System is LR Bagg's Battery Bagg for secure storage.

Features
  • One-size-fits-all common string spacings and saddle widths
  • Even string-to-string balance
  • Includes easily-accessible, yet unobtrusive soundhole-mounted volume control
  • Pre-controlled discrete class A endpin preamp
  • Come with Battery Bagg for secure and unobtrusive battery retention
Specifications
  • Pickup active sensor length: 3.4"
    Pickup thickness: .038"
    Pickup width: .092"
    Battery type: Single 9V
    Battery life: 1000 hrs.
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty. (Self-installation voids warranty.)


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LR BaggsElement Active System Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup
 
4.6

(based on 7 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Functional (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

I do not recommend this pickup

By JackWillFred Acuestick

from Charleston

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Materials

Cons

  • sounds bad
  • Unresponsive

Best Uses

  • Dog Toy

Comments about LR Baggs Element Active System Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup:

The element produces a dull, flat tone, regardless. No amount of tweaking brings it to life. The endpin preamp is the source of the problem. The Element uses the exact same thin coax piezo transducer as the DTAR Wavelength. The DTAR sounds 10 times better. That said, the Wavelength, and DTAR products in general are poorly constructed and constantly break. The thin transducer used by LR Baggs and DTAR is flat making string balance much easier to achieve than other coax USTs. However, the Highland is far superior to the DTAR, and every other UST for that matter if you can get the string balance right. In conclusion, only buy the Element if you don't care about tone.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great pickup!

By ToddAllenHooper

from Tennessee

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about LR Baggs Element Active System Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup:

    This pickup works great. It's easy to install yourself if you're brave. It took me about an hour. I recommend several pieces of tape over the end pin hole before you drill the guitar, this helps prevent chipping the finish, I also recommend access to a good belt sander to get the bridge sanded down just right to compensate for the pickup underneath it.
    I use this pickup with an LR Baggs ParaDI and I always get a great sound with them.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Just say yes

    By Sam

    from Sweet Home Alabama

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about LR Baggs Element Active System Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup:

      Thanks musiciansfriend for your quick service. The lr baggs element active does the trick for me. I'm feel like I made the right choice. Sounds great. I put it in an Alvarez AD60 SB...I really can't beleive the sound..WOW..

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Outstanding!

      By Mercy!

      from Meridian, Miss.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Simple To Install

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Stage Performances

        Comments about LR Baggs Element Active System Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup:

        I installed this pickup into an antique Yairi. Wow! I created a monster! I recently purchased two Gibon's from M/F. The J-45 I ordered, came with the L.R. Baggs Element Active pickup in it. I knew the Yairi needed one. If your guitar maintanance skilled aren't up to par, your may want a professional to install it. It's really very easy, but there are no second chances when drilling into your saddle, other than replace it. Do exactly as the instructions say, and all SHOULD go well. After 25 yrs. of no electronics, I have awakened a gaint! Very pleased...

        (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Money verses sound quality verses ease of installation

        By EVARISTO DURAN

        from Portland

        Comments about LR Baggs Element Active System Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup:

        Great pick up, go for it.
        I have owned a lot of fancy higher end guitars, Goodalls, Collings, Taylors, Martins, Gibsons and then some. Usually the higher end guitars come without pick ups and I have had to choose and install pickups in several. At the recommendation of the folks who normally do my set ups, I have had about 4 guitars equipped with KK pure western mini's. That's a nice pick up but I was never comfortable with the sound of it. Then I went to M1 active soundhole, that one is cool, but didn't quite do it for me. Went through a few more and then stumbled upon this one. I put it in a Taylor 12 string, by myself. Really easy, just have to drill the hole ( make sure you put tape on the hole before you drill so it doesn't splinter) Anyways, this pick up is affordable and sounds amazing. Excellent clarity throughout all the strings. Getting the sound balanced can be tricky, make sure you have your saddle sanded flat on the bottom (easy) and just measure the volume of all the strings, it should only take a couple tries. Mine came out perfect. I would definately buy another one and put it in myself. There are videos on the website and on You tube on how to install them. One of the coolest things is that it has a hidden roler volume knob that fits right in your soundhole which is convenient when you need to bump up your volume a little, or turn it down.
        Great pick up, affordable, easy to install, Get it, You won't be disappointed. Just call me experience : )

        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sounds the Best !

        By John R

        from Bristol, PA

        Comments about LR Baggs Element Active System Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup:

        Introduced to this pickup via my Gibson J45RW...gotta say I love the sound...very natural sounding. Just bought another LR Baggs Element pickup from Guitar Center online and had it installed in a Guild DV52 that had a high end Fishman pickup and preamp system in it when I purchased it used. Although this Guild sounded excellent unplugged I did not like the sound of the pickup and preamp that was in it. Way too artificial and "pingy".... The LR Baggs Element pickup changed everything... Now my Guild is a complete workhorse..sounds great onstage and off... I'm very pleased

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfection

        By Sean Olds

        from Kansas City, Missouri

        Comments about LR Baggs Element Active System Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup:

        I just put this baby in my Takamine GS330S and it amazingly represents the true sound of an acoustic guitar. It sounds like it's mic'd whether strumming or picking! It was super easy to install. No soldering and it came with 3 ties to keep the wires from jiggling around inside the guitar. The only problem I have is that the end-pin needs to be a bit longer so I can fit my strap all the way on. Also the jack is a little too snug, but that will loosen over time. All in all, best purchase I've made in a looooong time!

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