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LR Baggs Anthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System

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For acoustic guitarists who prefer a minimalist approach to controls, LR Baggs offers the Anthem SL acoustic microphone and preamp system. In the SL,...Click To Read More About This Product

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An intelligently designed mic system built for steel-string acoustic guitars.

For acoustic guitarists who prefer a minimalist approach to controls, LR Baggs offers the Anthem SL acoustic microphone and preamp system. In the SL, the balance between the Tru-Mic and Element pickup is preset for optimum performance so you can have the same great fidelity in an end-pin preamp format. The preamp, with LR Baggs famous all-discrete studio quality circuitry, is also equipped with a soundhole mounted volume control.

The mic is mounted to the bridge plate inside of the guitar to capture the majority of your guitar's true voice in a way that only a microphone is capable of-plus it is amazingly feedback resistant. The Element undersaddle pickup carries only the lowest frequencies for punch and authority.

FEATURES
  • Pre-set mic and pickup for optimum performance
  • Anthem Tru-Mic carries the majority of the guitars' frequency range
  • Noise cancelation eliminates any annoying honky or boxy qualities inside the guitar
  • The Element Pickup carries only the lowest frequencies
  • One size fits most common string spacings and saddle widths
  • Soundhole remote includes volume and mic gain trim controls
  • Pre-contoured discrete class A endpin preamp
  • Comes with battery bag for secure and unobtrusive battery retention
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Tru Mic dimensions: 2.27" x .735"x .48"
  • Tru Mic weight: 0.5 oz
  • Pickup active sensor length: 3.4"
  • Pickup thickness: .038"
  • Pickup width: .092"
  • Battery type: Single 9V
  • Battery life: 170 hrs.
  • Mic range: 250Hz - 20kHz
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LR BaggsAnthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System
 
4.9

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (19)
  • Improves sound (18)
  • Easy to use (15)
  • Functional (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (14)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Back-up (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (9)

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(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Anthem SL

By BrentinFL

from Jacksonville, FL

Comments about LR Baggs Anthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System:

I installed this system last night(6/23/10) in my '94 Gibson Gospel, replacing a Baggs ribbon transducer system I had for about 12 yrs. The sound is incredibly natural and resists feedback way past what the ribbon ust could tolerate. Highly recommend! I've used systems from 3 other companies over the yrs in various guitars and none of them come close to the anthem. It actually sounds better than the demo clips I've heard.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pickup is well designed!!

By RonB

from Toronto, ON

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound
  • The Design Is Very Good

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Solo Fingerstyle

    Comments about LR Baggs Anthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System:

    This pickup works very well for acoustic solo fingerstyle players. I was very disappointed that it was a used item that had been previously installed. It was functional, but the mounting tape etc. was damaged/missing, yet it was sold as a "new" item.. A very minimal credit was applied when I complained!!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Absolutely Love this!

    By Bluejazzer12

    from Burlington, NC

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    Pros

    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about LR Baggs Anthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System:

      It's always nerve-racking to consider drilling holes in a Martin, but I've been wanting to amplify it for years. After much research, I decided I wanted the LR Baggs Anthem SL. Advice: TAKE YOUR TIME. Don't be in a rush! Read the instructions a few times - carefully examine your guitar and plan. Always use a brand new, sharp drill bit (a dull one could ruin your finish). If you're not 100% confident, find a pro. The installation was easy once I completed my plan, and when I plugged it in for the first time: pure wonderment! I played for a solid hour marveling at the sound. Good luck to you on whatever you select!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      excellent

      By Jonathan Hummel

      from Maryland

      Comments about LR Baggs Anthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System:

      This pickup gives the truest amplification I've yet heard in an acoustic pickup.
      Easy to install and makes my acoustic sound like itself, just louder.
      Sound is great and every part seems to be well built.
      You get what you pay for. Buy a cheap pickup and it sounds cheap. This sounds good.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      LR Baggs Anthem SL

      By Max Bugsby

      from Bemidji Minnesota

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about LR Baggs Anthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System:

        I have another brand preamp system in my MacPhearson and Martin which I use with a Fishman Pro-EQ. The Anthem is now in my Gibson and it sounds fantastic. It has full dynamics and sounds very close to being simply the natural tone and sound of the guitar through a large diameter condenser mic. I am now considering an LR Baggs Venue DI to go with the set-up.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good pickup, I'm pleased.

        By randy g

        from west NM

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        Pros

        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about LR Baggs Anthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System:

          Very pleased with the Anthem SL.
          I have a Harmony Patrician "f-hole"
          that I enjoyed for it's play-ability.
          It has nice tones, but the Anthem brought out
          sweet tones I didn't know were there.
          Sharp when I want, mellow when I want.
          It was worth the money. Made this odd little guitar into a stage-quality instrument.
          Installation was a snap.
          many smiles...randy G.
          "Music=Pleasure without vice"

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Anthem SL

          By Jesse Dagel

          from Sibley IA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about LR Baggs Anthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System:

            I put this pickup system in my Taylor 814ce recently. The Taylor expression system is good, the Baggs smokes it though. A lot of the times one of the hardest things to accomplish live is just making an acoustic instrument sound like itself, just louder, L.R. Baggs products really do that. I would recommend the anthem in any good sounding acoustic. I've noticed a lot of really nice, rich sounding acoustic guitars that have pickups that just don't do them justice.

            Also it makes recording very easy. Instead of having to find the sweet spot with a condenser to get a good natural sound, you can get the perfect sound with a direct signal.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great sounding pickup

            By Florida Picker

            from North Florida

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about LR Baggs Anthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System:

                Replaced a deteriorating expression system in my 410ce with this. To my ears this pickup is much closer to the sound of the guitar unplugged. Was relatively easy to install, if you are comfortable drilling into your instrument. I left the original under the neck pickup and preamp in. The body sensors had already fallen off and were rattling around. I took the stock power supply out of the endpin assembly drilled the hole out to accept the Baggs unit and put it all together. The only thing I did like about the Taylor system was the balanced output. Oh well you can't have everything!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great sound, bit light on volume

                By clint

                from undisclosed

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Volume

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts

                Comments about LR Baggs Anthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System:

                Had this installed in my 80's era Alvarez acoustic (had no pickup before), the sound is great but the volume is a bit light. Not an issue on a solo or duo gig but would need a signal boost if working with live drums. I've been cautious about setting the mic volume too high and getting unwanted feedback, have to try bumping it up to see if it solves the overall volume issue. Still a great addition to make a 30+ year old guitar heard by everyone in the room.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great product great service

                By Dale

                from Petersburg Virginia

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Install And Sound

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                  Comments about LR Baggs Anthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System:

                  Awesome sound and easy instanlatation. The under bridge pickup is awesome but requires shaving the bridge some.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Worth the Price

                  By Italian Tony

                  from Philly Area

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • Guitar Sounds Natural
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                  • Battery Life Not Sure

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about LR Baggs Anthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System:

                  My old pickup made my Martin guitar sound as if it was made of metal. I did a lot of research for a new pickup and the one thing that sold me on the Anthem was how over & over users commented how it gave a very natural sound. I had it professionally installed as I didn't want to drill into any supports under the top. This little beauty didn't let me down - my guitar sounds great, very natural. The only thing left to determine is how long the battery lasts. One can only hope that the battery lasts as long as the strings. If you are thinking of getting a pick up for your acoustic guitar, look no further. I reiterate what I read several times: It sounds exactly like my guitar, only louder.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Anthem sl- LR Baggs

                  By ED Dee

                  from Rochester NY

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Anywhere This Pick-up Per
                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about LR Baggs Anthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System:

                    Great pickup works flawlessly and has crisp clear loud sound. Zero distortion. Bought a second.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Pickup System!

                    By axeman117

                    from Whitesboro, NY

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about LR Baggs Anthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System:

                        I replaced the stock Fishman under-saddle system that came with my 2001 Gibson J-45 with the Anthem system and I was pleasantly surprised with the results. My Fishman system always sounded great but after a little tweaking of the Anthem system it really brought out the natural sound of my already awesome sounding guitar! You have to experiment a little to get the right mix between the mic and the under-saddle pickup but once you get that mixed correctly it sounds awesome! Glad I made the purchase.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Best pick up I have used

                        By ed

                        from Tell City, Indiana

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality
                        • Neat Install

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Concerts
                          • On stage
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about LR Baggs Anthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System:

                          Great reproduction of my Guild D-55, I play through a ASD Marshall amp. Install instruction require professional installation. I did not have this available to me so I did it myself. Not difficult.

                           
                          5.0

                          Magnificent Pickup System

                          By Aaron

                          from Aberdeen, WA

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                          Pros

                          • Good Quality
                          • Improves Sound
                          • Natural Sound
                          • Responsiveness

                          Cons

                          • Tricky Installation for Hobbyists

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Direct Recording
                          • Practicing
                          • Recording
                          • Straight-to-PA Sound

                          Comments about LR Baggs Anthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System:

                          Installed in a Martin D-35.

                           
                          5.0

                          Highly Reccomended

                          By Chuck

                          from Cincy Oh

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Concerts

                            Comments about LR Baggs Anthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System:

                            I was torn between buying a expensive acoustic electric and upgrading what I had...I chose to up grade...the guitar I have started life as a 279.00 Dean Jumbo...looked nice,played nice....but the sound left something to be desired...removed existing pre amp and put in this pickup and a bone nut and bridge...night and day improvement....my buddy remarked that plugged in, it sounded better than his expensive Taylor...and it does...clean and defined,no quack...if you have a cheap acoustic guitar that you like...install this pick up...you will be very happy !

                             
                            5.0

                            Love it.

                            By Alapaha

                            from Georgia

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about LR Baggs Anthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System:

                                Nu

                                 
                                5.0

                                Nice option

                                By katsounds

                                from Canada

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Improves Sound

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Backup
                                  • Concerts
                                  • Practicing

                                  Comments about LR Baggs Anthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System:

                                  Install was good .directions provided by LR Baggs helped a lot.Sound on this guitar went over the top. minimal change to guitar's structural integrity.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Best sound ever

                                  By Ben

                                  from Stinesville indiana

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Get New Double Sided Tape

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Concerts

                                  Comments about LR Baggs Anthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System:

                                  The sound coming out of the speakers is my guitar, and the SL still provides a tool to customize the balance between the mic and bridge pickup. I love it.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  the whole package

                                  By gilly

                                  from texas

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Backup
                                    • Practicing

                                    Comments about LR Baggs Anthem SL Acoustic Microphone/Preamp System:

                                    was looking to amp my twelve string , the anthem was the whole package , good natural tone !

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