The L.R. Baggs iBEAM Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup System combines the iBeam transducer pickup with an all-discrete, Class A FET preamp built on a stereo Strapjack and pre-tuned to deliver plug-and-pl... Read More
The L.R. Baggs iBEAM Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup System combines the iBeam transducer pickup with an all-discrete, Class A FET preamp built on a stereo Strapjack and pre-tuned to deliver plug-and-play L.R. Baggs performance. The preamp also features a second active input, so you can easily run a second pickup to complement the L.R. Baggs iBeam.
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I put one of these in my Taylor GS mini and it sounds fantastic. Very lively on the string attack, excellent reproduction of taps on the top and sides of the body. It has a very warm sound to it, similar to the sound of my 816, but obviously not on the same level. I initially strung the mini with Martin 80/20 bronze 12's, as I don't keep 80/20 Elixirs on hand...it didn't sound quite right to me, I replaced them with Elixir nanoweb phosphor 12's after playing an open mic with the martins and the sound is perfect. Installation took me about 20 minutes from taking the guitar out of the case to plugging it in to test. It's extremely easy, I'm no guitar tech.
I recently bought a used Martin D16GT that had a basic under the saddle pick-up and it sounded awful. After shopping and reading all the reviews I decided to buy the L R Baggs I Beam. It was also recommended by a local luthier. It sounds great and was a piece of cake to install. Check the "how to" videos on Youtube. Even without the videos, the directions are very clear from the manufacturer. Note that self installation voids the warranty.
Sounds Great - better than I expected. I installed this pickup in a Taylor Big Baby and chose this one, because I really didn't want to install an "Under Saddle" pickup and mess with the Bridge, Saddle, String action, etc.... just seemed to complicated and touchy to me. Anyway - installation of the iBeam was pretty easy. Hardest part was drilling out the 1/2' hole at the back end (end pin) of the guitar. I used 2 videos to do the installation. I ran the wiring inside, along the top of the guitar, so there would be less of a chance of people seeing it when standing in front of you, while playing. Also - I mounted the Volume knob at the top of the sound hole towards the bridge. Figured this was the easy & fastest access spot (just roll your finger across it). Pickup was mounted in-line with the saddle using the placement-tool they provided. Sounds Great! I would say the only negative would be - being able to reach into the guitar sound whole above or below the strings to change the 9V battery, and then get the little battery bag velcroed back inside. I mounted the battery bag (& velcro) on the block of would directly under the part Neck as it overlays on the body of the guitar. I didn't want to put it directly on the inside of the body - because I feared that it might be too much pressure in that area, when pulling it off and pressing it back on during battery changes. Hope this helps!
A Guitar Center tech recommended this for my classical guitar. I was concerned that this item is for acoustic steel string; they make one for classical. The difference is the shape of the pickup. However, my guitar has a lot fan bracing with no flat space on the undersaddle area. He mounted it on the fan braces under the saddle, but the sound wasn't great. As per installation instructions, he moved the pickup a little toward the sound hole with great improvement in the sound. I'm an amplified tenderfoot, so I don't know the code words to describe the sound, other than to say it sounds fantastic on my Behringer ACX450.
I bought 2 IBeam active elements for 2 different guitars. I was interested in staying away from the under-saddle configuration due to variation in performance due to difficulties in setup. IBeam is set under the bridgeplate and avoids these hassles. Setup by local luthier was easy and performance is great. Surprisingly bright sound but not overly so. Best performance is with an acoustic amp. Some feedback when using a normal amp but not a major problem.
Great pick-up. Had it installed on a Fender F-210 Accoustic guitar and the sound is outstanding. I love the volume control. It gives me flexibility on sound level and feedback. I recommend it for anybody who currently owns an accoustic guitar they love but want to connect to an amp.
This is a great acoustic pickup. It has wonderful clarity and tone. I think for the money it is the best one on the market. I believe that as an after market device it sound even better than built in pickup on many acoustic guitars that I have heard. I plan on buying another one soon for my twelve string. Dennis Swanner
After comparing a number of soundhole pickups for my Taylor 110 I was left with a sour taste. Anything magnetic just sounded like an electric guitar for the most part without any of the 'woodiness' of the acoustic. After a lot of research into different acoustic pickup types I was torn between the an under-saddle piezo and a transducer type of pickup, the iBeam is a transducer. In the end I went with the transducer, hoping to capture more of the acoustic tone from the vibrating top. The iBeam certainly captures all of my acoustic tones with surprising accuracy, I think the only way I would get a more true acoustic sound would be to just mic the guitar. The installation was not particularly complicated, but unless you are comfortable with guitar repair it is probably best left to your local luthier as it requires drilling out your endpin hole to one half inch. It is also easy to leave too much slack in the wires and not secure them properly, making the guitar prone to some rattles. The biggest negative to this pickup is its tendency to feedback. Then again, this may have been more a product of not playing it through the right kind of amp (electric instead of acoustic). I found that the LR Baggs Feedback Master took care of most of these issues and will let me perform live without having to worry about feedback once I've gone through a sound check. If you are looking for a true acoustic reproduction without using a mic, then look no further than the iBeam active.
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