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LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System  

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After 30 years of effort, LR Baggs has created the Anthem Tru-Mic acoustic guitar microphone which does what every amplified acoustic guitarist has d...Read More

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OVERVIEW

A discrete mic/pickup system that lets you adjust to get the perfect blend of your guitar's natural tone.

After 30 years of effort, LR Baggs has created the Anthem Tru-Mic acoustic guitar microphone which does what every amplified acoustic guitarist has dreamed about and no other pickup manufacturer has been able to create yet—unlocked the potential of a microphone to capture the very essence of your guitar with high-feedback resistance for demanding stages. Not obvious, but equally important, is that the natural ease and dynamics of the Anthem Tru-Mic guitar microphone liberates you to play freely without having to compensate for the pickup system. Now you're free to play the way you like, plugged in or not.

For the Anthem acoustic guitar mic, LR Baggs used no modeling or illusions. It's not "like" a mic. It's not "like" your guitar. This is a mic, and what you will experience is your guitar—loud and with the fidelity and dynamics that come from a real microphone.

Tru-Mic Technology
At the heart of the LR Baggs Anthem guitar mic is a revolutionary type of microphone. Using a proprietary noise-canceling mic, the Anthem Tru-Mic eliminates any annoying honky or boxy qualities that have been previously associated with internal miking, leaving the pure and natural sound of your guitar the way only a real mic is capable of doing. Because this LR Baggs acoustic mic is positioned within a few millimeters of the guitar top, it has very high gain before feedback. The mic housing mounts easily to the bridge plate and the mic capsule hovers just 3mm above its surface to take advantage of the PZM or boundary effect. This Tru-Mic technology picks up the sound of the vibrations of the entire soundboard and makes the LR Baggs guitar mic unusually free from placement issues.

Mic and Piezo Pickup: A Radical Technology
The sound quality and feedback resistance of the Anthem Tru-Mic acoustic microphone now allows the mic to be the primary sound source in a mic/pickup system. This is unlike previous systems where only a small amount of the mic could be used to add some air to the dominant pickup signal. This is a radical new relationship between a mic and a pickup, as all of the detail, warmth, and personality of your guitar is captured by the Tru-mic. The mic is augmented, for only the very lowest frequencies, capturing the punch and authority of your playing, by the LR Baggs Element under saddle pickup.

Controls
The featherweight control unit controls all of the essentials, volume, mix, and phase. It nestles securely just inside of the soundhole for easy fingertip access. The mix control allows a full-blend between the augmented mic and full-range pickup. A multi-segment battery check allows you to maximize battery life and peace of mind.

Under the hood is an all-discrete preamp/mixer with the pure, clean LR Baggs signature sound that is trusted by top artists around the world. Thanks to it's intelligent engineering, you can just plug in and enjoy the real sound of your acoustic guitar and the way you play, night after night.

FEATURES
  • Designed to work with standard acoustic guitars
  • Note: Not good for a split saddle or an adjustable saddle
  • Allows you to adjust a full blend between Element undersaddle pickup and microphone
  • Controller rests inside top of soundhole
  • Tru-Mic technology features noise-canceling mic with very high gain before feedback
  • Mic housing mounts to the bridge plate and capsule hovers 3mm above its surface

Plug in, crank it, and sound more real than you ever thought possible. Order an Anthem today!

SPECIFICATIONS

Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System

  • 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 Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System
 
4.9

(based on 17 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (7)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good quality (6)
  • Improves sound (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (5)
    • Practicing (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

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    5.0

    Great sound

    By trm60

    from Altoona, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Functional
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System:

        Improved my sound over my old rare earth Fishmann soundhole pickup. I didn't like the sound hole unit because it was harder to humidify my guitar and it was kinda easy to knock the pickup out of place. The Anthem sounds great and was relatively easy to install, but not if you are a novice DIYer. First unit didn't work, it was the undersaddle pickup that didn't function. Musician's Friend was great about replacing the entire unit hassle-free. I could not have asked for an easier replacement experience. I am glad I made the switch - sound has greatly improved.

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        4.0

        Fantastic Tone!

        By MartinTaylorHeritage

        from Leesburg, VA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional

        Cons

        • Fragile

        Best Uses

        • Gigging
        • Practicing

        Comments about LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System:

        This pickup is extremely clear and does a fantastic job at being loud and not feeding back. I have this installed in my Martin HD28-MP and I couldn't be happier with the guitar's amplified sound. I can agree with what I've read on this pickup before, and that is...this product will not help or harm your tone. It will only make it louder. If you've got a great sounding guitar, it will capture that and make every detail come through. Conversely, if you have a bad sounding guitar, it will capture every detail of that poor tone in great clarity. The piezo garners more of a generic tone that might be able cover up a poor acoustic, but in my experience I keep 90/10 mic/piezo blend which gives a great result.

        The two cons (which are minimal) that I've experienced in using this product for the last 6 months are 1) the adhesive that holds the parts in place is not intrusive BUT it doesn't stay attached very well. I ended up having to glue (yikes) the velcro side of the battery pack into the guitar to keep it attached. 2) the pickup is great, but it's delicate. Granted I am a "vigorous" player, when I play heavily the signal cracks in and out. I'm not sure if it's a wiring thing but as long as you don't beat up on your guitar (guilty as charged) the pickup should work fine.

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        5.0

        This is it.

        By leviismynameo

        from Dayton, OH

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System:

          I am a full-time musician at a mega-church in Dayton OH and have been playing professionally for about 8 years. This is the most dynamic and true-to-sound pick-up I've ever heard. Especially for being a post manufacturing install there's nothing better to my knowledge. Get it.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awsome Product!!!

          By rdj8607

          from Savannah, Georgia

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          Pros

          • Acurate Sound Quality
          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Natural Sounding

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Live Performance
            • Practicing
            • Praise Worship
            • Recording

            Comments about LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System:

            This is an awsome mic/pickup to reproduce the actual & natural sound of your insturment without adding anything to it, esp. when using the mic. I installed this in my Larrivee OM-03 and when I play through an amp or PA using the mic, my guitar still sounds like itself. 99% of the time I only use the mic, but it's good to have the pickup if there is feedback issues (which I have NOT experienced so far),or you need alittle more treble in your mix.

            I chose the Anthem over the Anthem SL because it offered me more control over the mix between the mic/pickup as well as more control at my fingertips with the preamp being right there (phase, vol., mix & batt).

            The install was easy esp. if you follow the directions, and take your time. After restring (I would recomend setting up with new strings), set up took maybe an hour +/-, this is where you adjust the mic sensativty control with the little screw driver they give you while playing through your amp. This is exremly important because it customizes the mic for your insturment and playing style. I havent had any issues with the mic placement and installed it according to the directions, however when I spoke with a rep. from L.R.Baggs prior to purchase he indicated that in many cases moving the mic may be necessary depending on insturment and desired sound.

            I play contemporary christian praise & worship, rock and gospel. I flat pick, finger pick, and strum with & without a pick and this mic/pickup system sounds the best IMO, and offers the most versatility to customize it for your insturment, venue & equipment. I have experience with B-Band and Fishman products and the L.R. Baggs is by far the best I have used so far. Absolutly worth the money.

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            5.0

            Excellent Engineering and Quality

            By Joyful

            from Texas

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System:

                I have installed after market electronics in acoustic guitars, upgrade electric, Gibson, Taylor, Martin, Epiphone, Fender. I have to express thanks and kudos to L.R. Baggs. This was my first LR B installation it it was a home run. The transducer leads are shielded. That is an awesome thing when dealing with different bracing configurations and geometry for mixed transducer or microphone applications. Absolutletely no noise on first go, no adjustments needed. This was on a Martin HD-35 so to say it improved the guitar sound is a N/A. Tone, volume, mix adjustment and compatibility with amp is superb. Definitely a super set up and Easy.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best sounding pickup I have heard

                By Steve27

                from Ontario Canada

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System:

                  I'm rating this product 3 out of 5 based solely on the sound quality. I think it's unfair to rate products based on getting a DOA unit especially from a company like Baggs with a stellar rep.

                  Bought the M80 a year ago when if first came out to use in my previously virgin Martin D35.
                  Compared to the lower end sound hole pickups I have heard on other guys guitars it sounded good but no matter how I tried to EQ it, it never truly sounded like my guitar.

                  I play acoustic gigs through a Bose L1 and my Taylor with the CE system blew it away sound wise. The Baggs always sounded tinny and thin and it really exaggerated the Martin's boomy bottom end to the point of feedback issues.
                  To be honest, it sounded like a pickup which is what it is and what all sound hole pickups are. TO be fair it sounds better than the others I have tried and heard BUT you can do a LOT better for about the same cash... read on...

                  Always slightly dissatisfied with the sound of the M80 I saw the LR Baggs Anthem on the shelf yesterday with the piezo bridge transducer and the internal mic and bought it.
                  Installed it and took it to the nearest open mic to try out and MAN it's a NIGHT and DAY difference, it literally blew me away how natural it sounded!

                  The Anthem makes the Martin run through the PA sound just like it does UNPLUGGED. It doesn't exaggerate the heavy bottom.
                  There is a mic-bridge balance knob to adjust less bridge pickup (which receives the bass) in favor of more mic input and once I found the sweet spot it was magical.

                  If you're buying the M80 cause it's a "no modification required" sound hole then that's not "really true". You still have to ream out the strap pin hole to receive the 1/4" jack and strap button and that is the hairiest part of the install of the Anthem system as you risk marring the finish of your guitar if you go at it without skills.

                  Baggs actually states the Anthem system MUST be installed by a luthier or it voids warranty. That's likely due to the transducer wire install. If you drill straight holes and don't add a bit of relief to the entry point it could stress the sensor and likely break it in time.
                  It wouldn't cost more than an hour or 2 labor at a luthier to have a pro install it.

                  I did it myself as I'm a cabinet maker and to install the Anthem only required drilling 2 small holes under the saddle at a 45deg angle (there's a video on Youtube) and lowering the saddle height by the thickness of the sensor. That is easy enough a plate of glass and some sandpaper.

                  The Anthem system is only a bit more than the M80 and 5x the sound quality. I have yet to A/B the Anthem with my Taylor CE system but I know the taylor sound and I can tell the Baggs rivals it.

                  I would highly recommend anyone looking at the M80, SERIOUSLY look at the Anthem as well. The M80 is just another compromise in sound quality for the notion of convenience.

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                  5.0

                  Great Pickup

                  By Slackedone

                  from Bainbridge Island

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts

                    Comments about LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System:

                    This pickup has the best sound reproduction I have ever heard. I initially could not tell my guitar was amplified because it sounded so natural, I may convert my other guitars to this system when I get the chance.

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                    5.0

                    AMAZING SOUND and Great Service

                    By BnjOWV

                    from Charleston, WV

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts

                      Comments about LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System:

                      I consider myself an intermediate level guitar player. Small lead breaks, mostly rhythm, on my acoustic. I began to play out more and needed the ability to play through a PA system. I was on the fence of either buying a 3K guitar with onboard electronics, or an under the saddle pic up for my acoustic. I purchased an incredible breedlove a few years ago for around 1K...and I would compare it to other guitars 3 times as expensive and my guitar always came out on top, compared to action, and tone. I opted for this pickup instead of a new guitar and couldn't be happier. I get complements all the time about how amazing my guitar sounds plugged in, and I'm quick to point out it's really just my guitar, nothing special. Yet this combo pickup has made all the difference. Since my purchase Breedlove has began shipping this pickup on all of their newer high end guitars, which I consider to be an amazing decision.

                      I opted for the upgraded Anthem to have the ability to do my own adjustments, which I would recommend if you're playing with a group or through a variety of PA systems. The ability to adjust it according to the venue/stage mix has proved very beneficial. It has enough power to cut through any mix.

                      Having had this pickup for about a year, my input jack began to stick. It was difficulty to remove or insert my 1/4 guitar cable. I called LR Baggs, and they were top notch professional. The gentlemen I spoke with said they stand by their product and that they had never heard of this issue, but that regardless they would send a new input jack so I could replace mine, free of charge. Great customer service and I value the way they stood by their product. I would recommend them to anyone for sure, and certainly wouldn't hesitate installing this on any guitar, no matter how cheap or expensive...your guitar sound is exactly what you get.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Baggs a Great Sound for my Martin

                      By Stzomah

                      from South Jersey

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Natural Acoustic Sound

                      Cons

                      • Cost

                      Best Uses

                      • Acoutic
                      • Amplifying

                      Comments about LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System:

                      I installed the Anthem myself on my 2009 Martin HD-35. Taking it slow and easy, it took about 2 hours. LR is very clear they do not recommend user installations and do not warrant the product unless professionally installed. I used a hand reamer bought on Amazon and opened the strap button hole carefully to 1/2". I used a flashlight in a dark room to find the bracing when I drilled the bridge for the under saddle PU. Everything went smooth. I hooked it up to a PA (A&H mixer with JBL 515XT mains), man what a sound! It just shimmers and shines on the high end and rattles the drum kit on the low end. Ii really like the amount of control you have with the sound hole mounted controls. It is not a cheap system but if you want great sound with great feedback resistance, this is for you.

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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Anthem Tru-mic, most realistic tone

                      By mac david

                      from Va.

                      Comments about LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System:

                      I would recommend this to anyone, it just sounds great! I researched and watched videos and this was the best. Everything is true, best sound of an acoustic guitar I've heard.
                      This microphone/under saddle transducer combination works very well reproducing the sound of your guitar. I had no problems with feedback, and the ability to adjust between the mic and ust lets you get your sound right. It took very little adjustment of the microphone gain control screw and I may give the mic more gain in the future, but it sounds so good right now I may leave it alone.
                      Everything came well packaged, but be aware no instructions are included, they can be downloaded from Baggs website. Also not mentioned is the unit must be installed by a qualified luthier for warranty purposes. Installation, while not overly difficult, does require drilling several holes in your guitar, sanding down your bridge saddle to compensate for the thickness of the UST, making sure it is absolutely flat on the bottom, and adjusting mic gain control.
                      The Anthem Tru-Mic is the best sounding acoustic pickup I have ever heard. Yes it is expensive, but well worth the price. I played out this past week and can't wait to play again.

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