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LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone   (Open Box)
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Product# H93979
OVERVIEW

An evolution in acoustic-guitar amplification, this internal mic delivers accurate sound plus the freedom to move around while you play.

BEYOND PICKUPS – BEYOND COMPARE
There's no argument that a mic is the best way to capture the sound of an acoustic guitar, but until now, using a mic for most live performances has been an elusive dream. Lyric, the next step in Tru•Mic technology from LR Baggs, is the long-overdue realization of this dream. Without a pickup, Lyric's microphone accurately transports your guitar's actual voice to a live audience for the most realistic and inspiring sound you will ever experience.

TRU•MIC TECHNOLOGY
LR Baggs' featherweight microphone, each high-graded for ideal response, mounts to the underside of the bridge plate with simple peel-and-stick adhesive to preserve the integrity of your instrument. The mic leverages the "pressure-zone" principle by positioning the capsule just 3mm from the surface of the top to hear the entire soundboard for even balance and tone. And the mic's proximity to the top allows high gain before feedback. Unlike other attempts to use an internal mic, Lyric employs noise-canceling technology that rejects "boxy" reflections inside of the acoustic chamber. This patent pending minor miracle enables the mic to act as if it were outside of the guitar delivering a clear and open performance.

CIRCUIT INNOVATIONS
In a studio, you would have to use an entire rack of gear to achieve what LR Baggs has built into Lyric's tiny circuit board. Their lead engineer, Tommy Linn, created several patent-pending "black box" circuit innovations that unlock the potential of the microphone. The first tightens the lower frequencies for a punchier attack with natural dynamics. The second maintains the mic's sweetness no matter how hard you play. The third innovation, not patent pending but useful, is an adjustable "presence" control that dials high frequency response perfectly for your guitar. Wrap all of this in all discrete, high-fidelity mic pre and you have a world class microphone system as an integral part of your guitar anywhere you plug in.

FEATURES
  • Tru•Mic noise-canceling technology
  • No pickup
  • Analog signal conditioning
  • All discrete mic preamplifier
  • Soundhole volume control
  • Mic presence control

Order now and experience the Lyric's studio-quality sound.

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LR BaggsLyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone
 
4.6

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Good quality (12)
  • Improves sound (12)
  • Functional (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (9)
    • Practicing (6)
    • Back-up (5)
    • Recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11), Professional musician (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    BEST PICKUP EVER MADE?

    Fairly easy to install, I really like the fact that it requires no major mods to the guitar, or any saddle filing for instruments that don't already have undersaddle. Sounds a little...Read complete review

    Fairly easy to install, I really like the fact that it requires no major mods to the guitar, or any saddle filing for instruments that don't already have undersaddle. Sounds a little "boxy" in the midrange, and doesn't have a lot of low end...comparable to maybe a SM57 at around 8"-12" off axis from soundhole...but a little EQ and compression and it really comes to life! Maybe some light saturation on heavy strumming, but not enough to sound "distorted" just sounds a little processed on the attack at times, like broadcast radio. It's totally manageable, and keeps the peaks from jumping out at the listener. I am now using this in place of studio mics for all my song demos, and to be honest the difference is indistinguishable to most people. Don't believe me? Check out my reverbnation page and see if you can tell which tracks are LYRIC or mic'd! Being able to just plug straight into a multitrack and go the moment inspiration strikes is a huge benefit. Have experienced ZERO feedback in live settings, even in near-field situations. If you want a little more low-end and don't mind the undersaddle piezo, grab the original ANTHEM model. If you want a quick and easy install that sounds better than any piezo or magnetic pickup ever made, GET THIS and you will not be disappointed! -James DeBorde

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not what I was hoping for!

    I purchased the LR Baggs Lyric based on great reviews, product specs from Baggs' website, and testimonies from very famous players raving about the system. I liked the idea that it was not...Read complete review

    I purchased the LR Baggs Lyric based on great reviews, product specs from Baggs' website, and testimonies from very famous players raving about the system. I liked the idea that it was not very invasive of an install, and easy to remove. This turned out to be good thing. After installing in my Martin OM-35, I tried it out through several amps, PA systems, etc. and I thought I was going crazy because it sounded distorted, and just not good. Maybe I got a defective unit...possible. I called the folks at Baggs and they were very nice and helpful, but did not know what was causing the problem. After messing with the high-end sensor and having other players listen to it, I came to the sad conclusion that I just did not like they way this pickup sounded. I finally had the unit removed and LR Baggs agreed to let me return it. I hope they find out is was defective, because I really think they make a quality product and was very disappointed that it didn't work out for me. All I can say is, be careful and make sure to listen closely to it before you keep it! I'm going back to a piezo system.

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    5.0

    LR Baggs Beautiful Mic only Solution

    By Fretman

    from NYC

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Priced Same As Anthem Sl

    Best Uses

    • Axes With Movable Saddles

    Comments about LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone:

    I'm a long time user/enthusiast of the LR Baggs Anthem system - in my J-45 it sounds AMAZING. When I recently got an old Hummingbird, with the movable saddle, I was so happy to discover the Lyric - mic only version of the Anthem, so mod necessary to my vintage Gibson saddle. Needless to say, it sounds AMAZING!!! Highly recommend Baggs pickups for all acoustic players who are serious about preserving the characters of their instruments to the fullest extent available. Baggs castes, and they're coin' it right!!!

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    5.0

    To my Dismay, I love this pickup!

    By cRiMe

    from SoCal

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Feedback Not A Problem
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound
    • True Acoustic Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Writing

      Comments about LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone:

      I use the Fishman Rare Earth Humbucking sound hole pickup on a Larivee Jumbo and a custom Paracho guitar for recording and playing out. They have always been dependable and easy to manage. However, I was always missing that true mic sound. I had used the Anthem and found it difficult to maintain a clean and acceptable mix between the tru-mic and the undersaddle pickup without extensive and constant EQ adjustments. While the Lyric does present initial problems with a slightly tinny sound and finger to body noise amplification (if that makes any sense to you), it was easily adjusted via the small mic presence adjustment on the volume control. One EQ adjustment on my amp got rid of the high-end sound I don't wan, and I can use my D35 without further worries. AND, I can crank the hell out of it and not feed back. True acoustic sound from my acoustic guitar. While I won't be switching out my two Fishmans, I will be using only the LL Baggs Lyric pickups on my next acoustic guitars. Peace

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      1.0

      Not what I was hoping for!

      By mpgriff406

      from Phoenix AZ

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone:

            I purchased the LR Baggs Lyric based on great reviews, product specs from Baggs' website, and testimonies from very famous players raving about the system. I liked the idea that it was not very invasive of an install, and easy to remove. This turned out to be good thing. After installing in my Martin OM-35, I tried it out through several amps, PA systems, etc. and I thought I was going crazy because it sounded distorted, and just not good. Maybe I got a defective unit...possible. I called the folks at Baggs and they were very nice and helpful, but did not know what was causing the problem. After messing with the high-end sensor and having other players listen to it, I came to the sad conclusion that I just did not like they way this pickup sounded. I finally had the unit removed and LR Baggs agreed to let me return it. I hope they find out is was defective, because I really think they make a quality product and was very disappointed that it didn't work out for me. All I can say is, be careful and make sure to listen closely to it before you keep it! I'm going back to a piezo system.

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            5.0

            Best System on the Market

            By PJM

            from New Jersey

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            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts

              Comments about LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone:

              I've spent years looking for an ever-elusive system that could amplify my acoustic guitars ACCURATELY. If it wasn't piezo "quack" it was a magnetic PUP system that makes your guitar sound like an electric. I've hated virtually every sytem I've heard on the market, except the Lyric (and the Baggs Anthem as well). Every other non mic-based system could care less what guitar you're playing because they all end up sounding similar. What's the point if you can't capture YOUR acoustic's sound? Might as well grab your electric and be done with it. Mic'ing is the way to go if you want the truest, most accurate sound, and the Lyric does so in an ingenious way. Yes, it will feed back if you're not careful, which is why you should be using a good acoustic preamp as well. I've mounted the Lyric on 3 different guitars now, which I use with my Zoom A3 preamp, and whatdoya know? 3 different sounding guitars...just as it should be. I use it live and in the studio as another option to mic'ing. Often I end up just using the Lyric's signal and/or blending with a room mic. Saves a ton of time getting the perfect mic position. Get it.

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              5.0

              Great add-on pickup

              By Paul B

              from Columbus

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Great Sound Reproduction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone:

                This replaced a sound-board transducer in an older mahogany dreadnaught... Huge improvement.
                An outboard EQ will help, but straight into an amp or DI, it sounds like the natural guitar.
                Very pleased.

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                5.0

                Great so far

                By none

                from Ely, MN

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Accurate Natural Sound
                • Easy Installation

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone:

                    Just got this & tried it on my little Crate amp. Haven't had a chance to plug into a good amp yet. But even w/ that little and old amp, the sound is great, much better than the cheap inside-the-soundhole mic I had been using. Installed myself on my Martin SWD. Used 15/32" drill bit in end block rather than the recommended 1/2", for a closer fit. Clear, accurate amplification of the instrument's actual sound, which is great. Balance control adjustment is very sensitive, but works very well, especially on high end. Terrific product. It has converted my beloved acoustic into a capable acoustic electric!

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                    5.0

                    great product

                    By cuznt

                    from glens falls ny

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Had To Change My Strings
                    • No instructions

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone:

                      i have been through three different guitars that sounded horrid when plugged in. My Guild's fishman and preamp combo never worked correctly and when/if it did, sounded wretched.
                      The microphone is totally different. I could not believe the sound quality that came from my guitar and this mic.
                      I only jokingly added I had to change my strings as a con; this task alone took more time and effort than the install which was simple.

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                      3.0

                      Mixed Bagg

                      By LAW330

                      from Pennsylvania

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Easy Installation
                      • Great Rich Sound

                      Cons

                      • Almost Too Sensitive
                      • Feedback

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone:

                        I would love to give this pickup a stellar rating, but feedback issues prevent me from doing so. Installation was a breeze and the pickup sounds excellent at lower volumes. At higher volumes, I am getting feedback--even when coupling the Lyric with a Baggs Para DI. Also, any movement of the guitar against your shirt or pants literally gets picked up. I got this pickup to replace a buggy Taylor ES. It is certainly more reliable than that pickup and sounds much more natural, but feedback an sensitivity is an issue for me. I would recommend, but with these potential pitfalls. Going to keep playing with the pickup and preamp to try to dial in the right tone at higher volumes.

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Absolutely perfect!

                        By Suzieq

                        from Iowa City

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Improves Sound

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts

                        Comments about LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone:

                        We were struggling with getting the natural sound of the Taylor with stock pickup. The Lyric gives a perfectly natural rendition of the acoustic sound of the instrument, plus it was easy to install myself!

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Fantastic Pickup, Slow Free Shipping

                        By Techfan

                        from Texarkana, AR

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to install
                        • Good Quality
                        • Improves Sound

                        Cons

                        • Free Shipping Was Slow

                        Best Uses

                        • Singersongwriter

                        Comments about LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone:

                        The other reviews are accurate. This is the second Lyric that I have purchased, and both of them work very well. It accurately reproduces the sound of my guitars (Taylor GA-5 & Martin D-17m) which is a very good thing. The only negative with the transaction was that the free shipping was through UPS Mail Innovations. UPS did their part, but the Postal Service took seven days to ship the last 70 miles. UPSMI shipping should be avoided unless you are prepared to wait two weeks for your item.

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