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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
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty. (Self-installation voids warranty.)


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4.4

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5.0

Pickup-5 stars: Instructions-2 stars

By Jerry

from Baltimore, MD

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.

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3.0

too muddy

By Dana Hales

from Toledo Ohio

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....

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4.0

Good Passive Pickup for the Price

By Logan Higgins

from Indiana

I bought this pickup to put in my Taylor guitar rather than dropping the cash to buy an acoustic electric. I am happy with the performance of the pickup. The amplified effect maintains the natural tone of the acoustic guitar. Once i get the pole pieces adjusted i'm sure the sounds will only improve. I've not had any issues with feedback thus far either. I went with the permanent installation option and installation was very easy and straightforward once i got the correct size/type drill bit. I already had a strap button in my guitar so the location for the pickup jack was already located for me. The only complaint is the volume of the pickup can be a little lacking when playing with electric instruments, but i knew this going in when buying a passive pickup. Overall it is a great buy and I'm not in the least disappointed in the M1 pickup. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for an inexpensive but not "cheap" option to adding plug-n-play capability to their acoustic.

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4.0

It's Good, But...

By Joe Roberts

from LA, CA

I'm a little disappointed and not blown away like the other reviewers. Does not pick up the lowend like my Seymour Duncan Woody. In fact the overall tone of the Woody is slightly better to my ears. Certainly the M1 is silent compared to the Woody and the clarity is slightly better, but IMO not the overall tone. After adjusting the poles and experimenting with different heights, I'm left realizing I'm gonna need a good DI/EQ to get the lowend expression and character I had with the Woody. Regardless of pole height, the Seymour has more power in the lower frequencies. The M1 has it's advantages over the Woody for sure in regard to clarity and noise. But I'll have to shape the sound to get the tone I'm after.

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5.0

Acoustic Sound in a Magnetic Pick-up

By Ken

from Canal Fulton, OH

This is proving to be the best sound-hole pick-up I've ever had. I bought it for use with my Martin HD-28. It comes fully equipped either for permanent or temporary installation. The guitar-to-amp cable is fully detachable. I find that this makes the pick-up and cable more manageable for temporary installation. The corner points on the pick-up where it attaches to the sound hole of the guitar are made of smooth, high impact plastic; they will not harm finish if you're careful. And this gives the pick-up a connection to the body so that the pick-up receives vibrations from the top, as well as the vibrations of the strings. This captures acoustic tone better than other sound-hole pick-ups I've worked with. I have been running it through an L. R. Baggs Para Acoustic D.I., with everything on the D. I. and the amp set "flat," and I find that this rig captures acoustic tone just fine. The adjustable pole pieces as well as the versatility of the D. I. offer much potential for future twesking. Ease of use and, most important, tone, make this the best sound-hole pick-up I've used.

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LR Baggs M1 pickup

By Phil

from Freeport, IL

i found a great deal on a 12 string seagull recently and needed a pickup for it in order to use it in my band. for the price of buying a non-electric acoustic guitar and installing the M1 in it, it's well worth it. i was very skeptical about feedback issues, since my other acoustic electric needs a soundhole cover in order to not feedback on stage. however, the first thing i did once i got home was TRIED to get it to feedback with our PA cranked--i couldn't get it to! besides that, the clarity of the sound was phenomenal. if i were to do it all over again, i would buy all acoustics without electronics built in and would have the M1 installed. the price is cheaper and the sound is better!

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4.0

High quality, reasonable price.

By Brandon Reynolds

from Oklahoma

I just recently purchased this pickup and I have to say I'm extremely happy with it. It's not solid gold, but it's amazing for the price. I tried quite a few different pickups on my Taylor 214 at the store before deciding on this one. It does a very good job picking up every style you can hit a string with. Slaps are really clear and bright, and are just loud enough. Body taps come out really well, but the bass is a little lacking. Harmonics are crystal clear. Finger-style sounds great. Picks sound like your using a pick. It basicly takes the same unplugged sound and makes it louder and more clear. It does have a tendency to resonate at high volumes, but that is pretty normal even on an electric. It is a little heavier on the lows than the highs. Those are the only negative things I can say about it, but those two things are minimal at best. I would recommend it over any in its price range.

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5.0

M1 Active pickup

By djwayne

from Northeast Ohio

I bought the higher priced M1 Active pick up with the built in pre-amp, I love it !! The sound is great for recording and I can record direct in to my computer, meaning I don't have to deal with room noises anymore. My guitars sound great and I can switch it between guitars as needed.

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