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LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup  

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The M1 Active features built-in all class A electronics, so there's no need for any external preamps and it's compatible with any outboard equipment. The new volume control gives you fingertip access ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The M1 Active features built-in all class A electronics, so there's no need for any external preamps and it's compatible with any outboard equipment. The new volume control gives you fingertip access in any performing situation.

The M1 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.

TriAxial Dynamic Technology
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. And it's all passive! 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.

Features
  • Outstanding body sensitivity with great warmth and presence
  • Class A electronics
  • Long battery life
  • Top-mounted volume control wheel
  • Quiet, hum-free operation under the most challenging live conditions
  • High feedback resistance
  • Adjustable pole pieces with smooth threadless tops preserve fingerstylists' nails
  • Built-in gold-plated 1/8" jack makes moving or removing the pickup a snap
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty. (Self-installation voids warranty.)


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LR BaggsM1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup
 
4.6

(based on 62 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (16)
  • Functional (15)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Improves sound (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (11)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Back-up (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Buy

After doing some research, I decided to go with the M1A. Two reasons attracted me to this particular pickup. First, the brand is quality and I know several people who also trust this...Read complete review

After doing some research, I decided to go with the M1A. Two reasons attracted me to this particular pickup. First, the brand is quality and I know several people who also trust this brand. Secondly, the battery is small and has a life of 1000 hours. After playing with this pickup for a couple of months in my Alvarez, I can honestly say this is one of the best investments for an acoustic guitar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Impressed

As others have stated, I had heard about this pickup and listened to some samples online. Sounded good. Bought it, installed it without a problem and disliked it as soon as I used...Read complete review

As others have stated, I had heard about this pickup and listened to some samples online. Sounded good. Bought it, installed it without a problem and disliked it as soon as I used it.

Someone else said in a review that the mid-range is honky, and that is very true. Highs are also shrill, and lows aren't full. I've adjusted the posts time and again and still can't get a true acoustic sound out of it. It's basically an electric guitar pickup stuck in an acoustic guitar soundhole, and it sounds like it.

Another problem is that it's noisy. It picks up unwanted pick sounds, taps, ticks, bumps...everything. The manual says that padding is not recommended since the M1A absorbs resonance from the guitar body to create a fuller sound, but it also absorbs every little creak and crack that's produced when performing live. I use a percussive effect on my guitar during some songs, but that's intentional. Unintentional noise is distracting, maddening and unprofessional.

I'm gigging almost every night, sometimes playing 6 or 7 shows a week, 3 to 4 hours a show, performing mostly covers crossing several genres. My main guitar is a Larrivee and it has an LR Baggs Stage Pro Element under-saddle pickup, which I love, but that guitar needed some body work and I put it in the shop. I'm using my backup guitar now, an older Takamine. The onboard electronics on this instrument produce a 60 cycle hum, probably because of some decay in the circuits, so I got the M1A, trusting LR Baggs to produce a quality unit. The Takamine sounds bright already, but this pickup makes it sound like a toy. I'm running it through a Line 6 POD Pro, a Boss GEQ 7 and a Bose Tone Control module with an L1 Model II Bose stick sound system, and, with all the modeling and EQ shaping, I can make it sound alright, but it still needs more mothering than I'd like to give. When you're a working musician, you can't afford to waste time and nerve endings messing with settings all night long. Others I've talked with feel the same, all industry professionals (performers, writers, luthiers, promoters, etc.).

I have to keep using it because I just don't have the time, money and energy to replace the pickup on my backup guitar right now. Once I get my main instrument back, I'll work on bringing the Tak up to snuff, probably installing a REAL acoustic pickup, and probably using an LR Baggs unit like the Element or something similar.

Bottom line: not a product worthy of more than a glance.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Recommend this highly

By John w The Shine

from Kentucky

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

      Night and day from old pickup on my Martin d28. Band thought I bought a new guitar... It's pro gear and easy install...

       
      5.0

      Excellent tone

      By Matteop

      from Ridgefield, CT

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

          After reading reviews for many alternatives, I chose the LR Baggs M1A for my Yamaha 12 string. Simply put, this pickup has a more natural tone than almost any piezo/preamp setup. Although not as loud, it is clearly a more realistic acoustic sound through a PA. In my case, because I am changing guitars on stage through the same channel, I simply use an EQ to bring up the gain a bit.

          Although I have not tried other magnetic pickups, this one does a terrific job and was very simple to install with a 1/2" drill bit and a variable speed drill.

           
          5.0

          It serves a purpose well

          By JC Causeway

          from Spokane Valley, WA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Cuts Through The Mix
          • Feedback Resistant
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • Acoustic sound is limited
          • pick/finger noise

          Best Uses

          • Amped setting
          • Band settings
          • Concerts

          Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

          It serves it purpose...there are always trade offs.

          I love the feedback resistance and its ability to cut through a band or loader solo/duo situation. I have a colleague that has the LR Baggs Anthem System, which he loves the natural sound reproduction. However, when the volume goes up he has feedback issues and I that do not have.

          It has been my experience that a good stage sound is not always a good front room sound (kind of like a great strat blues tone at home doesn't always cut through a band mix). I get most of the acoustic tone and string response I need playing live without having to EQ out the "natural overtones" and airy bass noise that muddies up that air space of some amped situations. I do get some unwanted pick and finger noise if I get aggressive directly over the pickup, so I have to move my picking hand back a bit.

          I do also use the LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI which really thickens and warms each note; from there I go into a Fishman Artist which is a great stage monitor then to the PA.

           
          5.0

          It serves a purpose well

          By JC Causeway

          from Spokane Valley, WA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Cuts Through The Mix
          • Feedback Resistant
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • Acoustic sound is limited
          • pick/finger noise

          Best Uses

          • Amped setting
          • Band settings
          • Concerts

          Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

          It serves it purpose...there are always trade offs.

          I love the feedback resistance and its ability to cut through a band or loader solo/duo situation. I have a colleague that has the LR Baggs Anthem System, which he loves the natural sound reproduction. However, when the volume goes up he has feedback issues and I that do not have.

          It has been my experience that a good stage sound is not always a good front room sound (kind of like a great strat blues tone at home doesn't always cut through a band mix). I get most of the acoustic tone and string response I need playing live without having to EQ out the "natural overtones" and airy bass noise that muddies up that air space of some amped situations. I do get some unwanted pick and finger noise if I get aggressive directly over the pickup, so I have to move my picking hand back a bit.

          I do also use the LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI which really thickens and warms each note; from there I go into a Fishman Artist which is a great stage monitor then to the PA.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Sound

          By Bob

          from Madison WI

          Site Member

          Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

          I have a Heritage Series Gretsch Rancher jumbo 6-string. I had been using a Fishman passive pickup. The Fishman sound was thin and weak. On the recommendation of Bruce at the Guitar Center in Madison, I ordered the LR Baggs M1A pickup. The install was a little tricky due to the large body of the jumbo acoustics and the limitations of getting one's arm into the sound hole ... a set of channel locks were required. More importantly, the sound is superb. Strong, clean tone through the PA or into the clean channel of my Fender amp. I've tested any number of other pickups and this one outshines them all. The volume control is simple and accessible. There is no hum, it is clear as a bell. I run it through my pedalboard, but only to use the tuner. I wouldn't mess with tone that is so good. I have never had any feedback problems. If you need a pickup for an acoustic guitar, get this one.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          big ol NOPE

          By jeffrey wright

          from georgia

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy to install

          Cons

          • Not A Good Choice

          Best Uses

          • Solo Acoustic

          Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

          OK, let me just preface this by saying that i only literally used it live on 1/2 a set, but that was enough for me to get rid of it. I was playing an acoustic DUO with a drummer. I installed this on a Guild guitar all wood. The snare drum was coming through the M1A and it sounded like you were hearing it through a telephone. Basically any sound your guitar makes, or any sound that resonates the top of your guitar comes out in this pickup. it wouldn't have been a big deal if it was a good tone, but the m1a's body sensativity has a very nasal and irritating tone to it. It will interrupt your performance due to you just being annoyed by it.

           
          5.0

          Sound comes alive.

          By JimJam

          from Wild Wonderful West Virginia

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Anytime

            Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

            Bought two of these, and just love them.

             
            5.0

            Nice live perfomance pickup

            By RockerDuck

            from Marietta, Ga.

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

              I put the M1a pickup in my Alvarez/Yairi acoustic guitar so I could perform without mic'ing it. It has some midrange to it that makes it cut thru a band mix. For softer play I use a Boss GE-7 eq to adjust the mids out. Luv it for playing slide too.

               
              5.0

              Great Pickup

              By Blind Joe Death

              from Davenport, IA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

                Was not thrilled with the preamp system in my Lag T200DCE (but love the guitar!) so I bought this pickup. Excellent sound quality and picks up percussive taps and slaps (a la Michael Hedges) but doesn't pick up subtle movements like an in-body mic. With the 6 adjustable pickups, you cannot go wrong if you want to amplify the true sound of your guitar.
                P.S. Small shipping issue since I bought this item restocked, but Musician's Friend was extremely helpful and overnighted it in order to get it to me in the original shipping timeline. EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE, which I'm always worried about when buying something online.

                 
                4.0

                Awesome for the price!

                By Rarefaction

                from Bristol, CT

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Volume Is Easy To Bump

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

                I have an Ovation legend that came with a poor quality saddle pickup that was cutting out on me so i went cheap and got a Seymour Duncan woody humbucker that has a terrible ac buzz, so I decided to try the M1A. Installation was a snap and bang I was back in business. This thing sounds great with my radial pz delux preamp. It is very bright but also has a rich low end. I had to dial back the high mids a bit but it eq's really well. It is also very active and brings out some of the imperfections of my instrument i had not previously noticed due to the extreme clarity this pickup brings to the table. I also play a bit of percussion on the body of my guitar and this unit picks up the finger tapping on the sound board well (the Seymour Duncan did not). For the price this is a great pickup. My only real disappointment is that I cannot use my sans amp distortion anymore because the M1A is so active it squeals wildly with feedback when overdriven. Oh and I had to put a little piece of clear tape on the volume knob so I would stop bumping it down when playing aggressively.

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