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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
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
 
5.0

(based on 23 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (11)
  • Good quality (10)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Improves sound (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (8)
  • Back-up (4)
  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (5)

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5.0

Amazing amplified acoustic tone

By Chris

from Minnesota

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts

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

    The LR Baggs Anthem is the best amplified acoustic tone I've experienced, hands down. I have worked with Fishman, Taylor Expression, etc. and I look nowhere else but Baggs Anthem now. I have a nicely matured Taylor 514 with the expression system that I had essentially stopped using because it sounded so awful through a PA. I finally swapped out to the Anthem and the tone is amazing! Warm, natural, just the right punch and brightness- paired with a Baggs Venue DI its a fantastic combo. I have a friend who is a professional musician who plays all custom built high end acoustic and he also uses this system exclusively. This is worth the cost you pay above other systems!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    LR Baggs Anthem

    By Dusty

    from Oklahoma

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

    I have used many acoustic pickups including Taylor es1 and es2, and Ellise Blender. I have also mic'd my acoustic. Of all these systems, the LR Baggs Anthem is the best yet. My last acoustic came with it an I was amazed.

     
    5.0

    Everything I hoped it would be

    By Der Kuru

    from Minnesota

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Requires luthier

    Best Uses

    • Live band
    • Performance

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

    I've owned an acoustic-electric Taylor for several years now, and I love the natural acoustic sound of my guitar but have been unsatisfied with the sound quality of the Expression System pickup. The ES pickup, which has an under-saddle pickup, sounded tinny, metallic, and made my guitar sound unnatural when it was plugged in. And even after much EQing, the sound was still unsatisfactory.

    Now, after installing and using the Anthem in my guitar, I can say definitively that the LR Baggs pickup is exceptional. The sound quality is outstanding. The pickup alone is an upgrade from the Expression System, but mix it with the Tru-Mic and the sound is completely natural, and I don't even need to EQ it - and, isn't that really the goal with acoustic guitar pickups?

     
    5.0

    Very recomendable piece of gear

    By Fran

    from Monrovia. CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

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

      As much as I love acoustic guitars, and I play them a lot, my usual environment to play them is at the studio or at home. Playing acoustics on stage is something that I've always avoided. Too much of a trouble and not a enjoyable sound at all... I'm really feeling that this is changing with the LR Baggs Anthem.

       
      5.0

      Perfect pickup

      By Dave

      from Monterrey, MX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

      • Someone else had to putit

      Best Uses

      • Live
      • Studio

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

      It sounds awesome. It has great features for live playing, the phase works great for removing Feedback. Has a great tone almost the same as my guitar. And is perfect for recording too.

       
      5.0

      A Very Accurate Acoustic Amplification System

      By JP-200

      from Rattlesnake Mountain

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Have A Pro Install It
      • Reproduces Guitar Sound
      • Top Quality

      Cons

      • Have A Pro Install It

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Higher End Guitars
      • Practicing

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

      Excellent Pick-up. Excellent. The Anthem reproduces and amplifies the truest actual sound of the guitar. I had an Element installed professionally in an older Gibson J-200 Artist and had this Anthem installed professionally in a Furch D-35AR. LR Baggs is my choice. I tried out a D-TAR System which was top quality but my ear loves the LR Baggs. A very high quality, realistic pick-up. I spent the extra coins and am happy with my choice.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

            (5 of 5 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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