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LR Baggs M1 Soundhole Pickup  

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New TriAxial Dynamic Technology allows the LR Baggs M1 Soundhole Pickup to respond to the guitar's string and body vibrations, redefining what is possible from a soundhole pickup.

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Overview

New TriAxial Dynamic Technology allows the LR Baggs M1 Soundhole Pickup to respond to the guitar's string and body vibrations, redefining what is possible from a soundhole pickup.

The L.R. Baggs M-1 is a humbucking pickup with a twist. In a common stacked humbucker, the second, lower coil cancels hum, but doesn't contribute anything positive to the sound. In fact, it can muddy the sound of the main coil. The M1 unlocks the second coil. This allows it to make a positive sonic contribution while maintaining the pure open sound of a single coil -- but without the hum.

The hum-canceling coil is suspended under the main coil by a tuned support that allows it to move in 3 dimensions. The primary coil moves with the guitar top and creates a body signal in the suspended secondary coil. This brings the M1 to life, with string and body sound all in one. It's like having a dual pickup system in your soundhole. The support is carefully tuned to control motion in all 3 dimensions. This allows you to selectively add the presence and realism from the body signal while suppressing runaway feedback.

Gold-plated 1/8" jack. The L.R. Baggs M1 Pickup includes a prewired strapjack harness and a 12' Mogami audiophile-grade cable.

Features
  • Completely passive operation: no batteries to worry about
  • Quiet, hum-free operation under the most challenging live conditions
  • Highly feedback resistant
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty. (Self-installation voids warranty.)


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LR BaggsM1 Soundhole Pickup
 
4.6

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Good quality (10)
  • Functional (7)
  • Improves sound (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (8)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just what I was looking for!!

I bought this for my Rogue RA-100D Dreadnaught acoustic guitar because I wanted something that would boost my sound when needed and this little pickup met every expectation plus gave more. This pickup...Read complete review

I bought this for my Rogue RA-100D Dreadnaught acoustic guitar because I wanted something that would boost my sound when needed and this little pickup met every expectation plus gave more. This pickup is passive so requires "no" batteries. It also has 2 installation methods. 1=comes with cable you can plug directly into pickup and out through sound hole, which in completely non-invasive to your guitar. 2=comes with strap jack, which requires a 1/2 inch hole drilled in endpin for installation. My Rogue did not have a pre-existing strap jack hole, but I easily drilled out 1/2 inch hole with a 1/8-1/2 tapered reamer and self-installed the strap jack. VERY pleased with sound and quality of this product and its easy installation. I will definitely consider this and other LRBaggs products in the future.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not too happy with this

Unlike most of the other reviewers, this pickup is not what I had hoped for. I can't seem to get a good sound out of it, especially through a P.A. I have the...Read complete review

Unlike most of the other reviewers, this pickup is not what I had hoped for. I can't seem to get a good sound out of it, especially through a P.A. I have the Baggs preamp, and it still sounds thin and lifeless! I highly recommend trying this out on several amps before buying it.

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5.0

Works great! Sounds great!

By musician

from Lawrence, KS

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about LR Baggs M1 Soundhole Pickup:

      Works great! Sounds great!

       
      5.0

      Only pickup i'll use

      By SPHenni

      from MA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

      • Needs preamp

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about LR Baggs M1 Soundhole Pickup:

      I was very pleased with this pickup. I use it on my fender acoustic and the sound through the amp is very satisfying. The only con is that you need an acoustic preamp unless you have an acoustic amp. I personaly use the LR Baggs Para acoustic preamp.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Tried many, like this one the best

      By Driftwood Dan

      from Grand Rapids, Michigan

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about LR Baggs M1 Soundhole Pickup:

        Compared to the similar Fishman product (Neo D Humbucker), this is more versatile in the sense that the pole pots can be adjusted and that it comes with the necessary gadgetry for both temporary and permanent installation. I like the adjustable pole pots because it allows me to tweak the sound, and in some cases the amplified guitar can sound more balanced than the actual instrument. The downside of the pole pots is that string spacing is an issue. It is a fairly quiet pickup, but (unlike the Fishman) picks up a little noise under extreme conditions. Depending on your system, you might need a pre-amp. Compared to the K & K mini, this is much more resistant to feedback. Less invasive than an under saddle transducer (I have the Fishman Matrix blend) and more reliable.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Just what I was looking for!!

        By musiclover

        from Richmond, KY

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • 2 Installation Methods
        • Easy install
        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Great Sound
        • Improves Sound
        • No Battery Required

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about LR Baggs M1 Soundhole Pickup:

        I bought this for my Rogue RA-100D Dreadnaught acoustic guitar because I wanted something that would boost my sound when needed and this little pickup met every expectation plus gave more. This pickup is passive so requires "no" batteries. It also has 2 installation methods. 1=comes with cable you can plug directly into pickup and out through sound hole, which in completely non-invasive to your guitar. 2=comes with strap jack, which requires a 1/2 inch hole drilled in endpin for installation. My Rogue did not have a pre-existing strap jack hole, but I easily drilled out 1/2 inch hole with a 1/8-1/2 tapered reamer and self-installed the strap jack. VERY pleased with sound and quality of this product and its easy installation. I will definitely consider this and other LRBaggs products in the future.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The absolute BEST acoustic pickup around

        By Dogsweater

        from Hawaii

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Everything
          • Practicing

          Comments about LR Baggs M1 Soundhole Pickup:

          Oh good lord is this pickup great. I would recommend this everyday. Way fun, sounds good, and looks absolutely amazing. I play a mahogany gs mini and boy does it just look and sound so good. Ps. Dont get the active because to switch out the battery would be a pain. Anyways, 10/10 <3

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Pickup-5 stars: Instructions-2 stars

          By Jerry

          from Baltimore, MD

          Comments about LR Baggs M1 Soundhole Pickup:

          This has turned out to be a great pick-up for me. But out of the box it was disappointing. Baggs could do a better job guiding those of us who have been playing acoustic guitars only through a mike for years. I've played in church since the 70's. Sounding acoustic is really important and I've always played with small groups through a mike into the house system or small PA. Recently starting to play with a much larger group of singers, in a larger room, and no monitor speakers, called for stepping up to playing through a 35W Sienna Acoustic amp. My 70's vintage Yamaha Red Label Folk Guitar has a bracing design that does not leave room for adding a saddle pick-up so I bought the Baggs M1. Out of the box it was muddy, boxy, and low on gain. Baggs gives you a hint that running the poles further out of their sockets will help with the box-i-ness. What they didn't say was that its important to mount this pick-up so that each pole is directly under one of the strings. You need to rotate the M1 until each of the poles is directly under a string rather than mount it parallel to the bridge. In my case its about 40 degrees off parallel from the bridge. Once I did this I suddenly had lots more gain, more clarity, and the adjustments on the poles made more sense. I'm amused that my acoustic guitar now looks a little like a Strat with the pickup mounted on the bias but it finally works really well. Baggs should consider the fact that many of their buyers may be making their first move out of totally acoustic mode and could use more professional advice.

           
          3.0

          too muddy

          By Dana Hales

          from Toledo Ohio

          Comments about LR Baggs M1 Soundhole Pickup:

          I have a Maton EM325C which has a nice well balanced tone with excellent projection.I use it for everything from finger style to flat picking.It has excellent natural raspy bluegrass sass and volume.My pre amp went south so I installed an LR Baggs while waiting for a new pre amp from Australia.The LR bags fails to convey the guitars natural boominess and well balanced highs.It muddies the tone so much that I have to completely zero my mixers mids and low mids and bring up the treble to at least get a plausibly decent sound.I guess I would say that if you are looking for a pick up for any other tone except muddy then this is not the pick up for you because it simply does not convey a guitars natural tone at all.It will do in a pinch at best....

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This is it!

          By Peeb

          from Oklahoma

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Everything

          Comments about LR Baggs M1 Soundhole Pickup:

          Tried a competitor's passive soundhole pickup with endpin jack, but it came with NO (and I mean zero) instructions- so I had to return it. LR Baggs is a great company, and I tried the M1- perfect! Hole drilled and pickup installed in less than an hour.

          Works, sounds, looks GREAT. So happy.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Faithful to your guitar's sound.

          By PedroBrum

          from Brazil, MG

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • No Batteries

          Cons

          • It Needs A Pre-amp

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about LR Baggs M1 Soundhole Pickup:

          I've been playing strats for 12 years and finally decided to dig in acoustics. Got my Epiphone DR100 loaded with this Baggs and like it pretty much. Perhaps a DI will not be a bad a ideia, since the pickup is passive. My acoustic isn't that good, the Baggs only sounds faithful to the guitar sound when plugged. So, better guitar, better plugged sound.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Sounds good

          By Don

          from Okinawa, Japan

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • No Volume Control

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about LR Baggs M1 Soundhole Pickup:

          I installed the jack through a sidewall just a little south of the end pin--saved a bunch of trouble & let me keep my strap lock. Once dialed in it is great on stage.

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