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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (5)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

Reviewed by 32 customers

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5.0

Great tone, fairly easy to install

By Larry

from SW Florida

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Comments about LR Baggs iBeam Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup System:

Put this in a Martin OM-28. Fairly easy with the proper tools, supplied jig worked well in placing the I-beam in the right place. The peel and stick adhesives worked well. The tone is great, and brings out the rich tone of the Martin. It is natural sounding, no quackiness but perhaps not as sensitive to percussive hand sounds if you're a "thumper". I have had feedback issues in gigging situations, so there is a drawback in not having onboard eq, and you'll probably need to address this with an outboard eq or with the mixing board. Just the same I've been able to manage the slight howl with palm muting. Overall I am very pleased with the purchase. Good price for a high quality pickup/preamp for a vintage guitar.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Do try this at home

By Doofus1

from Richlands VA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about LR Baggs iBeam Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup System:

    I'll have to admit I was a bit afraid of installing this myself, but it turned out to be relatively easy, even for a clod like me. The only extra thing you'll really need is a drill with a 1/2" step bit. You can get one online really cheap, but they're essential for getting a clean hole for the jack to go though. Also, I got a good pickup placement on the first try on my Martin D1GT--just followed the directions.

    The sound is very good--much more realistic to my ears than any soundhole pickup. I've used some really nice ones, but I'd take the plunge and go with something like this, which gives a truer, less mid-rangey sound. Compared to an under-the-saddle pickup the quality is similar without the trickier installation. If installation scares you, there are some good instructional videos on YouTube. But really, if you can handle a drill and some sticky tape, you can handle this.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Pickup

    By rainman

    from CT

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    Pros

    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Great For Martin Guitars

    Comments about LR Baggs iBeam Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup System:

    This is the 2nd IBeam pickup that I have purchased. I have one installed in my HD28. The new one is being installed in a 000-28.

     
    5.0

    exactly what I needed

    By wolf tone

    from northwest

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    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Sounds great

    By Notgiven

    from Cherry Hill, NJ

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    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.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        IBEAM system easy to install great tone

        By The Bad Monkey

        from Dallas Texas

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        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.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Perfect Acoustic Tone

          By prof69strat

          from Paradise (no, really)

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          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!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          UNBELIEVABLE X 4

          By Joe-gRNcN

          from Mountainhome PA

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          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.

          (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.

          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          GOOD, BUT!

          By Strat Lover-gwGqE

          from USA

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          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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