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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup  

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Overview
  • Outstanding body sensitivity with great warmth and presence
  • Class A electronics
  • Long battery life
Description & Specs
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    $249.00
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  • Your Price:
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Takes the M1 pickup to a new level of performance and convenience.

The M1 Active features built-in all class A electronics, so there's no need for any external preamps and it's compatible with any outboard equipment. The new volume control gives you fingertip access in any performing situation.

The M1 is a humbucking pickup with a twist. In a common stacked humbucker, the second, lower coil cancels hum, but doesn't contribute anything positive to the sound. In fact, it can muddy the sound of the main coil. The M1 unlocks the second coil. This allows it to make a positive sonic contribution while maintaining the pure open sound of a single coil--but without the hum.

TriAxial Dynamic Technology
The hum-canceling coil is suspended under the main coil by a tuned support that allows it to move in 3 dimensions. The primary coil moves with the guitar top and creates a body signal in the suspended secondary coil. This brings the M1 to life, with string and body sound all in one. It's like having a dual pickup system in your soundhole. And it's all passive! The support is carefully tuned to control motion in all 3 dimensions. This allows you to selectively add the presence and realism from the body signal while suppressing runaway feedback.

Features
  • Outstanding body sensitivity with great warmth and presence
  • Class A electronics
  • Long battery life
  • Top-mounted volume control wheel
  • Quiet, hum-free operation under the most challenging live conditions
  • High feedback resistance
  • Adjustable pole pieces with smooth threadless tops preserve fingerstylists' nails
  • Built-in gold-plated 1/8" jack makes moving or removing the pickup a snap

Discover vibrant, hum-free acoustic amplification. Order today!

 
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LR BaggsM1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup
 
4.5

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (9)
  • Good quality (9)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Improves sound (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (5)
    • Concerts (5)
    • Practicing (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    SUPER pickup

    The mix of body and string sounds accurately reproduce the acoustic tone of my guitar. The above mentioned strapjack issue was disappointing and nearly a show stopper but a bit of inventiveness resolved the...Read complete review

    The mix of body and string sounds accurately reproduce the acoustic tone of my guitar. The above mentioned strapjack issue was disappointing and nearly a show stopper but a bit of inventiveness resolved the issue.

    An optional "long reach" strapjack would be a welcome addition. My guitar can't be the only one in the world with an extra thick tail block.

    A choice of white or black might be welcomed by some; however, the white certainly stands out and is distinctive
    I installed the M1A in my 1956 Gibson Southern Jumbo. The sound is AMAZING. I'm extremely impressed. The M1A makes a fantastic vintage acoustic sound equally fantastic amplified.

    One caviat, however. Gibson really built tanks back then compared to the typical newer acoustic. The tail block on the Gibson was about a 1/4" thicker than the M1A strapjack could accomodate. Baggs extremely responsive and helpful tech support advised countersinking the hole from the inside. That simply wasn't an option for me and there is no qualified luthier available so I had to get inventive, but I was able to engineer a fix that worked fine.

    IMHO, spending the time to balance each pole piece is a necessity and results in a rich, bright sound with excellent sustain. I am running the M1A with no EQ into a TC Helicon Harmony G. There is PLENTY of gain.

    I'm VERY pleased with this pickup!!!!
    The M1A is certainly at the higher price range of sound hole pickups, but it's well worth the investment, especially since it can move from instrument to instrument pretty easily.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not Impressed

    As others have stated, I had heard about this pickup and listened to some samples online. Sounded good. Bought it, installed it without a problem and disliked it as soon as I used...Read complete review

    As others have stated, I had heard about this pickup and listened to some samples online. Sounded good. Bought it, installed it without a problem and disliked it as soon as I used it.

    Someone else said in a review that the mid-range is honky, and that is very true. Highs are also shrill, and lows aren't full. I've adjusted the posts time and again and still can't get a true acoustic sound out of it. It's basically an electric guitar pickup stuck in an acoustic guitar soundhole, and it sounds like it.

    Another problem is that it's noisy. It picks up unwanted pick sounds, taps, ticks, bumps...everything. The manual says that padding is not recommended since the M1A absorbs resonance from the guitar body to create a fuller sound, but it also absorbs every little creak and crack that's produced when performing live. I use a percussive effect on my guitar during some songs, but that's intentional. Unintentional noise is distracting, maddening and unprofessional.

    I'm gigging almost every night, sometimes playing 6 or 7 shows a week, 3 to 4 hours a show, performing mostly covers crossing several genres. My main guitar is a Larrivee and it has an LR Baggs Stage Pro Element under-saddle pickup, which I love, but that guitar needed some body work and I put it in the shop. I'm using my backup guitar now, an older Takamine. The onboard electronics on this instrument produce a 60 cycle hum, probably because of some decay in the circuits, so I got the M1A, trusting LR Baggs to produce a quality unit. The Takamine sounds bright already, but this pickup makes it sound like a toy. I'm running it through a Line 6 POD Pro, a Boss GEQ 7 and a Bose Tone Control module with an L1 Model II Bose stick sound system, and, with all the modeling and EQ shaping, I can make it sound alright, but it still needs more mothering than I'd like to give. When you're a working musician, you can't afford to waste time and nerve endings messing with settings all night long. Others I've talked with feel the same, all industry professionals (performers, writers, luthiers, promoters, etc.).

    I have to keep using it because I just don't have the time, money and energy to replace the pickup on my backup guitar right now. Once I get my main instrument back, I'll work on bringing the Tak up to snuff, probably installing a REAL acoustic pickup, and probably using an LR Baggs unit like the Element or something similar.

    Bottom line: not a product worthy of more than a glance.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Not Impressed

    By Bob

    from Lubbock, TX

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Functional

    Cons

    • Noisy
    • Poor Quality
    • Tinny Sound

    Best Uses

      Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

      As others have stated, I had heard about this pickup and listened to some samples online. Sounded good. Bought it, installed it without a problem and disliked it as soon as I used it.

      Someone else said in a review that the mid-range is honky, and that is very true. Highs are also shrill, and lows aren't full. I've adjusted the posts time and again and still can't get a true acoustic sound out of it. It's basically an electric guitar pickup stuck in an acoustic guitar soundhole, and it sounds like it.

      Another problem is that it's noisy. It picks up unwanted pick sounds, taps, ticks, bumps...everything. The manual says that padding is not recommended since the M1A absorbs resonance from the guitar body to create a fuller sound, but it also absorbs every little creak and crack that's produced when performing live. I use a percussive effect on my guitar during some songs, but that's intentional. Unintentional noise is distracting, maddening and unprofessional.

      I'm gigging almost every night, sometimes playing 6 or 7 shows a week, 3 to 4 hours a show, performing mostly covers crossing several genres. My main guitar is a Larrivee and it has an LR Baggs Stage Pro Element under-saddle pickup, which I love, but that guitar needed some body work and I put it in the shop. I'm using my backup guitar now, an older Takamine. The onboard electronics on this instrument produce a 60 cycle hum, probably because of some decay in the circuits, so I got the M1A, trusting LR Baggs to produce a quality unit. The Takamine sounds bright already, but this pickup makes it sound like a toy. I'm running it through a Line 6 POD Pro, a Boss GEQ 7 and a Bose Tone Control module with an L1 Model II Bose stick sound system, and, with all the modeling and EQ shaping, I can make it sound alright, but it still needs more mothering than I'd like to give. When you're a working musician, you can't afford to waste time and nerve endings messing with settings all night long. Others I've talked with feel the same, all industry professionals (performers, writers, luthiers, promoters, etc.).

      I have to keep using it because I just don't have the time, money and energy to replace the pickup on my backup guitar right now. Once I get my main instrument back, I'll work on bringing the Tak up to snuff, probably installing a REAL acoustic pickup, and probably using an LR Baggs unit like the Element or something similar.

      Bottom line: not a product worthy of more than a glance.

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      5.0

      Good enough for another one.

      By Plunker

      from Chanute, KS

      About Me Novice

      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup

        Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

        This is my second M1-A for my second Taylor. Love the sound quality and the ability to adjust the volume without having to touch the mixer.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        CAUTION: Read the instructions

        By MOS

        from San Antonio, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

            I finally "bit the bullet" and decided to install a pickup in my 1980 Yamaha acoustic. After reading many reviews I opted for the LR Baggs M1A pickup. To save money I opted for a repackaged pickup. I was not disappointed with my choice as everyting I needed was in the box. The only "gotcha" was that I failed to read the instruction saying to tape over the end plug hole before drilling. Thus I did chip the finish of my guitar a bit. Fortunately I found a YouTube video showing how to patch the guitar finish a bit. Bottom line: the pickup is excellent but, as I tell my kids, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            M1A Mag Pickup

            By Asa Pace

            from New Yawk City

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

              Very nice sound reproduction. Ranks with the best
              of he pickupsout there.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              AMAZING!!

              By Guitar4life

              from Fort Myers Beach fl

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy Installation
              • Sounds Like Raw Guitar
              • Warm Crisp Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Live Play

                Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

                Amazing pickup, I have a Martin D-28 and I wanted a pickup to produce sound just like it sounds when it's not plugged in. This pickup does just that! Outstanding!

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good quality, meets my needs

                By old picker

                from Wichita, KS

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

                  I got this to use on my Martin HD28. I didn't want to install it permanently, so I jury rigged an end piece from an old guitar strap to hold the jack that they supplied to install in the end pin. I just wrapped some velcro around the jack, and attached the other part of the velcro to the end piece of the old strap part. I can remove the pickup anytime now, and the guitar remains original. The pickup works great, and sounds good. I would have liked to have been able to purchase one with a jack that could have been already set up for easy use for those not wanting to do a permanent installation. Still a good value, and I would definitely recommend it to others.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect

                  By Big Den

                  from Secretary, MD

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

                    Was fairly easy to install, just take your time when you enlarge the hole for the strap plug. My Martin maintains it's great sound while amplified. Love it.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Most fearures for the money

                    By Mr. Sunday Strummer

                    from Austin, TX

                    About Me Experienced

                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

                    • Body Sensitive
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound
                    • Plenty Of Volume

                    Cons

                    • Sticks Out

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Church Services
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

                    I really enjoy this pickup, it really gives you the most bang for your buck. I have never been a fan of saddle piezo systems, and sound board transducers can sound great but they need a lot of tweaking and don't take effects very well. Compared to the other magnetic pickups this really shines. The other comprable magnetic system cost way more and most have less features or weak output. It gives a nice warm consistant sound that isn't harsh.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great pickup

                    By John

                    from Ashland, KY

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Ease Of Installation
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

                        This was a replacement for a Martin Thinline 332 in an Epiphone JC200. The installation was a piece of cake, although a little extra drilling was required for the input jack. The tonal quality is exactly what I was looking for.

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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        couldnt ask for a better acoustic pickup

                        By eric G. guitar god

                        from Charleston , WV

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Pricey

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Concerts
                        • Everything
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

                        wowwwwww!!! ive played many acoustics with different preamps and with other soundhole pickups and none come close i play it in my1996 taylor 410 dread and its absolutly brilliant

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