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LR Baggs iBeam Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup System  

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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 st...Read More

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Installs without modification of your guitar.

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.

FEATURES
  • iBeam bridge transducer pickup
  • Class A FET preamp
  • Pre-tuned for plug-and-play performance

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LR BaggsiBeam Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup System
 
4.8

(based on 29 reviews)

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      5.0

      exactly what I needed

      By wolf tone

      from northwest

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

      • Battery Not Easily Change

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts

      Comments about LR Baggs iBeam Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup System:

      I installed the nylon string model in my LAG T66N. It's an auditorium sized nylon string guitar with a slightly narrower neck than a classical, and a laminated top. The guitar has excellent tone and decent volume alone, but playing it thru a mike was a pain. I took a stab at the IBeam, and what a nice combo! I got the active model with the volume control. It renders the natural sound of the guitar very authentically, and with the volume control, I can make fine tweaks easily on stage. The guitar is not particularly high-end, but the output from the pickup through an amp or PA is excellent for my purposes. I am thinking of buying another for my steel string.

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      4.0

      Sounds great

      By Notgiven

      from Cherry Hill, NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about LR Baggs iBeam Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup System:

          This is a high-quality device that produces great sound. It's noiseless. I was initially concerned that installing it might change the acoustic, non-amplified sound of my guitar. But it had no noticeable effect. It's all positive.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          IBEAM system easy to install great tone

          By The Bad Monkey

          from Dallas Texas

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts

            Comments about LR Baggs iBeam Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup System:

            I installed this system on a Voyage Air guitar that I am going to use when I travel by air to gigs. It was easy to install, as long as you don't mind drilling a hole in your guitar, and produces a clear clean tone that sounds like the guitar. If you are looking for something to make the guitar sound better this isn't it. But if you want it to reproduce the tone and sound of your guitar unplugged this will do the trick.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect Acoustic Tone

            By prof69strat

            from Paradise (no, really)

            Comments about LR Baggs iBeam Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup System:

            I have heard no after market pickup that more faithfully reproduces the tone of an acoustic guitar.
            Easy install, comes with jig and extra adhesive strips in case you (or your friend), oh I don't know, drop your guitar on the concrete floor of a Masaai church in Kenya and have to send your guitar back to the states for repair, but want to put the pickup into a cheap yahama for the time being. Baggs even sent me and extra jig and adhesives, in Kenya, to install it. And it makes the Yamaha sound very good, even though it doesn't even really sound that good acoustically! An amazing pickup that I will use as long as they are still in production!
            Easy to use, easy to install, virtually indestructible, lightweight and invisible. Outstanding quality and design.
            I bought mine years ago. The current price is very agreeable and worth every penny if you really care about tone, even if you have a mediocre guitar to install it in!

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            UNBELIEVABLE X 4

            By Joe-gRNcN

            from Mountainhome PA

            Comments about LR Baggs iBeam Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup System:

            I have a Martin D28 1935 remake that this pickup is just fantastic in. It is plugged directly into the church's sound board and it is clean clear and true it sounds unplugged. I have gotten several comments on how great the guitar sounds and how clean the sound is. I have played everything form finger picking to rock and it is fantastic.

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            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good for some

            By jdcox

            from Orlando, FL

            Comments about LR Baggs iBeam Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup System:

            I bought this pickup due to the reviews and and hearing it in person. I was poorly disappointed with how bright it made my guitar. They say you should buy the L.r. Baggs Para Di (that's how I heard it when I listened to it) if you don't have this or some kind of EQ it will not live up to the hype. Took mine out and replaced it with an old Fishman Ellipse Blend pickup (night and day). If you like the baggs product, get the dual source. A couple of friends have it and it sounds great, nice and warm.

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            (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            GOOD, BUT!

            Comments about LR Baggs iBeam Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup System:

            Although this system does exactly what it claims and does it very well, it may not be what your looking for. Personally, I prefer the LR Baggs Element over the I-Beam. The Element, in my opinion, nails the acoustic sound of my Martin D-18 and is not prone to feedback issues on stage, as the I-Beam is. I would advise anyone to hear a guitar in person with the I-Beam before commiting. I just removed an I-Beam system from my D-18 and installed the Element VTC and couldn't be happier. I would recommend either going with the Element or save up for the I-Mix. I would not recommend the I-Beam alone, unless you were just going to use it for recording only. And by the way, the LR Baggs Element undersaddle is the only undersaddle pickup that I like, it's just that good. It's no wonder that most new Gibson acoustics come standard with the LR Baggs Element. Best pickup on the market in my opinion.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            for that natural sound

            By Return2Normal

            from Indiana

            Comments about LR Baggs iBeam Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup System:

            After considerable research I had a Baggs iBeam active installed in my Martin D28 - I'd found the D28 recorded well with a mic, but tended to be boomy when mic'd for live sound reinforcement. An experienced Martin guitar tech installed it for me. I've tried it straight into a mixing board and through a Genz-Benz Shen Pro-LT. It sounds oh so very natural, and gets all the gain I need. It really shines for finger-style. It may not be a good choice in loud environments, as it would probably feedback, but in such situations tonal subtlety is usually less important. It was also important that it was both visually unobtrusive and physically non-invasive. That way it can be replaced - the D28 is likely to outlive the useful life of any pickup system. I am picky about sound quality and am quite happy...price was reasonable too.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Better than under-saddle piezo

            By Aaron-uhtbK

            from Peoria, IL

            Comments about LR Baggs iBeam Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup System:

            I just put one of these in my 1980 Takamine F385 12-string during a whole-guitar upgrade (Grover tuners, Tusq saddle and pins, D'Addario DR strings). I can say that I didn't think my guitar could sound this good... full bass, clear crisp treble (without sounding tinny). I had a Fishman under-saddle pickup before that sounded very reasonable but this actually makes the guitar sound better plugged-in than without any amplification. I was able to install it myself in about an hour - very straightfoward and easy. The instructions mention that you can try different mounting positions to get the best sound but noted that directly under the saddle and a couple of millimeters toward the treble side was a good first location to try - this was the one (and only) location I used and can't imagine it sounding any better.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome

            By bbjb22

            from Climax, GA

            Comments about LR Baggs iBeam Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup System:

            Awesome pickup! I have several acoustic electric guitars and after installing this pickup, it is the best sounding guitar I own when plugged in. Very warm , natural sound, without to much treble. It blows any of the piezo pickups I have ever heard out of the water! It also sounds better than a guitar I have that came factory equipped with the Fishman Sonicore SS transducer system. You absolutely can't go wrong with this system, especially at such a great price. Also, installation is very simple, which if you have a little ambition and do yourself, can save you a good bit of money not having to have a luither put it in. I would deffinately recomend this pickup and will probably be buying another to replace a factory installed piezo system.

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