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LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp  

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The L.R. Baggs Para Acoustic DI and Preamp treats your acoustic guitar to the best. Studio-quality direct box/preamp/equalizer. Quasi-passive 5-band EQ includes sweepable mids, notch filter, and prese... Click To Read More About This Product

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The L.R. Baggs Para Acoustic DI and Preamp treats your acoustic guitar to the best. Studio-quality direct box/preamp/equalizer. Quasi-passive 5-band EQ includes sweepable mids, notch filter, and presence control. Boosts your signal up to 24dB. Runs on 48V phantom power or a 9V battery. Phase inversion for the best recording mix. XLR balanced output. Ultrahigh input impedance to get the best out of any pickup. Series effects loop. Low cut filter to eliminate thumps. The L.R. Baggs Para Acoustic DI is made in the USA.

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LR BaggsPara Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp
 
4.8

(based on 82 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (72)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (20)
  • Good quality (18)
  • Functional (17)
  • Improves sound (17)
  • Portable (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (11)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Performances (5)
  • Back-up (3)
  • Home studio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (13), Experienced (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Absolutely the Best Acoustic Preamp Around!

The LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI is an awesome preamp for electro-acoustic instruments, and comes with so many valuable features! Since early 2004 I've used it in conjunction with a McSpadden SH12KK Custom dulcimer...Read complete review

The LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI is an awesome preamp for electro-acoustic instruments, and comes with so many valuable features! Since early 2004 I've used it in conjunction with a McSpadden SH12KK Custom dulcimer with custom LR Baggs piezo bridge pickup, and this LR Baggs preamp makes it play like a dream! The most useful features for me have been the equilizer, gain control, volume control, effects loop, reverse polarity button, and its dual output of both a 1/4" and an XLR jack. This unit can run on phantom power through the XLR, although I prefer to use 9-volt batteries in it. Battery life in this preamp is quite long, as it doesn't use much power while it's operating (less than 3mA!). The discrete pure class A field effect transistor input gives the very best sound possible and virtually no noise. If you play any electro-acoustic instruments, be sure to pick up this awesome product! It's well-worth the investment, gives you more control over your sound, and improves your music!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not what I expected

From reading all the rave reviews, I expected an extraordinary piece of equipment. Not so. I was planning on using it with my mandolin, and if it worked out, I'd think of...Read complete review

From reading all the rave reviews, I expected an extraordinary piece of equipment. Not so. I was planning on using it with my mandolin, and if it worked out, I'd think of getting another for my D-35. All the different settings did not accomplish much as far as reproducing a natural sound of the instruments. When pushed, I would get barking and distortion. I tried reducing the gain to less than a quarter and still it overloaded. I have a couple of different Fishman preamps that are far superior. Needless to say, I returned it.

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5.0

PERFORMANCE EQUIPMENT

By pt

from westport ma

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp:

    Had a smaller preamp to perform with my concert ukelele and received this for christmas used it new years eve and it enhances the sound of my ukelele . teacher has one like this and we noticed the difference between both preamps so i am glad that my wife purchased this for me to use when i perform out with our teacher at his gigs.

     
    4.0

    Decent DI

    By Zman

    from Iowa

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Portable

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp:

    This is a decent DI that lets you dial in that plugged in acoustic sound. The controls are small and the functions pretty basic but for the price you get a tweakable unit that performs well.

     
    5.0

    Perfect solution at a reasonable price

    By TarheelGuy

    from Richmond, Va.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp:

        I cannot say enough good things about the LR Baggs Para DI 5-Band EQ and Direct Box. Don't be fooled by the minimal knobs/settings...you have a lot of control over your acoustic guitar's sound with this--highs, lows, middle, overall power and umph, relative brightness or crunch. I use it with an Anthem SL pickup, and it's just what the doctor ordered. This is ideal for someone, like me, who frequently plays at places with either a not-so-great mixing board or no sound/mixing person (or a less experienced sound person).

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very useful tool

        By James Faretheewell

        from Portland Oregon

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • solid

        Cons

        • no power adaptor input

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp:

        I have used many pre-amp, EQ, direct boxes. I have an LR Baggs Venue DI and I didn't like it. The tuner was squirrelly, the boost was useless with no tone control and a tiny volume knob on the back that was impossible to adjust on the fly. I got the LR Baggs Session pedal which I am loving. The compression and saturation are awesome but it has no EQ so having seen many of my friends use the Para Di, I got one and it is better then the Venue Di. The EQ is spot on for acoustic guitar, it is built like a tank with a very professional appearance. I go into the Session pedal, then a Exotic A/C pedal for a boost on solos, then into a MXR delay, then into the Para Di, from there I go from the Di balanced out straight into a QSC K10 sitting sideways on a tilted amp stand. With this I get an awesome amplified acoustic sound. The only thing I would add to the Para Di is a power adopt. input but that's just because I am not going into a mixer but straight into the QSC which doesn't have phantom power.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Well worth it

        By Sean

        from MA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp:

          I received this preamp for Christmas and I could not have been more pleased. I can use it for playing at home as well as playing shows and the sound is consistently great. I use it primarily with my fender acoustic which is set up with an LR Baggs M1 soundhoule pickup and this system works great for me.

           
          5.0

          Perfect tone now!

          By Bob

          from Madera, California

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp:

            It took two gigs for me to dial it in, but on the 2nd gig, I couldn't believe how natural my guitar sounded. Then some!

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great product for worship services!!!

            By guitarguy1981

            from Meraux , LA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp:

              Well you know how some people are when it comes to amplifiers on stage for church worship services. They don't want them because they think everyone will start cranking up and jockeying for sound. So I bought this direct box. Its amazing! You will like it a lot. I plug my acoustic guitar straight in and then send it to the house speakers. We have a Presonus 32.4.1 AI mixer in the new building. My favorite thing about this is the eq settings. I can dial in a sweet tone, my settings are bass at 2oclock, mids at 2 o'clock and presence and highs at 1 o'clock. Gain at 12 and volume at 3. This box is really all you need. I don't like tinny trebly sounding acoustic guitars. The bass and mids are wonderful for balancing out some highs and giving the guitar a "fullness". This box sounds very realistic. It is a very good representation of how the guitar sounds unplugged. I have a B Band pickup under the saddle so i have never had any frequency issues. I don't use the notch. I also use a TC electronic arena reverb pedal. Make sure you send the acoustic into the Para DI first and then to the reverb pedal or else it don't sound good. You can do this by getting an effects send return 1/4" cable and using the FX jack on the DI. Nice feature!! I will say i think this box sounded better on the old analog mixing board at our church, but I'm sure we can tweak it to the Presonus. Our church just moved from a 14,000 sq ft building into a 30,000 sq. ft. new building and new sound system so the room is playing into effect also. You need to keep this in mind. The old room had 12 ft. tile ceilings. The new building has 40 ft. ceilings. I think it sounds good coming out the house but it still sounds a bit digital in my headphones. Especially the b and e strings. That has more to do with the digital mixer though i think.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Pre

              By Mick

              from Prarie Divide, Co

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp:

                this little preamp is an amazing tool. Have 3 acoustic guitars with 3 different pickups-2 active-1 passive the LR Baggs Para preamp vastly improves sound clarity and tone. If you have sound hole, under saddle, passive or active pickups this para preamp is way to go. very portable and great low cost for what you can achieve with it.

                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The best.

                By CCHarpo

                from Corpus Christi, Texas

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp:

                    Used the LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI several times in the past and finally got my own. Works great with guitar, mandolin & fiddle. Easy to use, well built, and all the other good stuff you'd expect. Highly recommended.

                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    sounds great

                    By Fender0727

                    from Herscher, Il.

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp:

                        Love the fact that you can increase or decrease the frequency of an individual string. This allows you to get a really hot signal without feedback. I use this every Sunday as a worship leader with my Taylor and it sounds great.

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