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LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup 

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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
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LR BaggsM1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup
 
4.5

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (16)
  • Functional (15)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Improves sound (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (10)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Back-up (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (4)

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.

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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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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

SUPER pickup

By Dakota FlameRider

from South Dakota

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Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic 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 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.

(6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Hollow Quacky Sound

By ClamBake

from 96815

Verified Buyer

Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

Watch out. All those great reviews you read may be ringers. I fell for them and was appalled at the hollow mid-range quack. Was halfway decent thru my Bose L1 but soon found out at live gigs (festivals and TV without the L1) that it was hollow and tinny no matter how I adjusted the poles and the EQ on my Baggs Venue preamp. Sent it back.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Guitars with 1 inch thick end blocks.

By Soundhole

from Tucson, AZ

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Active volume control
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Battery removal
  • Difficult To Use
  • Strap Jack installation

Best Uses

  • Church Choir

Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

Guitar with thicker tail blocks will also need to have the 1/2 inch drilling enlarged to 11/16 inch from the inside of the guitar body. The depth of this bore must be only deep enough to accept the internal washers and thread the locknut and barrel onto the threaded section while leaving the proper amount of protrusion of the external threaded section that the external washer, retaining nut and strap ring thread onto. Enough of the 1/2 inch drilling must remain in order to center the strap-jack in the hole and allow the assembly to be adequately tightened with the lock nuts. I used a step drill to progressively bore the 1/2 inch hole from the outside using a hand-held drill at slow speed. I progressively bored the 11/16 inch hole from the inside using a larger step drill, a 3/8 inch drive mechanic's ratchet with 9 inch extension and socket to drive the step drill.
When removing the battery, press "down" firmly on the battery, where it says to press. The battery will rock out of it's recepticle. Using a pencil with a soft eraser is helpful.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very good pickup

By Matt B.

from Rural Hall, NC

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

      I bought this so I could connect my Taylor Big Baby to my Xbox while playing Rocksmith.

      Temporary installation was simple: Loosen the strings (Big Babys are slightly undersized), and slide it in. Permanent installation is also easy if you trust yourself with a drill (get a step bit). The only install issue I had was with the included wire clips. They are very flimsy, and can loosen if you move the guitar too abruptly.

      The sound coming out is very clean and true to tone. It handles effects well (the game is called Rocksmith after all), but it can be a bit disorienting since you also hear the full acoustic sound. The built in preamp allows me to play my guitar through my karaoke system, so I can play along with any song in my library.

      All in all, I am very pleased with my purchase.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      best acoustic pickup I've tried

      By paul-ufb47

      from Florida

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      Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

      10
      I put this pickup in my guitar about 2 weeks ago & dearly love this thing. Over the last 40 some years I've tried several different kinds of acoustic pickups. This one is a thousand times better than the under saddle unit I have been having a hateful relationship with for several years now. Wish they would have had this unit on the market 20 years ago. I can actually enjoy playing my flat top again.. now I'll have to relearn all those fingerpickin' & bluegrass songs that I quit playing when I went to electric guitar. It isn't cheap, but I can tell you it is worth it. I don't mind laying out the cash when something works this good. I also like the color as it looks real good sitting on the blond top of my guitar. No more eq / volume on the belt.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup

      By Stringman-baVRo

      from Oil City, PA

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      Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

      Overall I gave this a 9 because the volume control wheel is just a tad small and you may get a little tapping sound if you do any real hard strumming but overall you won't find better !
      I used this pickup on my Martin Custom D rosewood , I installed it myself in about 15 minutes if your not adept at using a drill have a luthier do it . If you do it yourself put tape over the where you drill out the endpin hole that way you won't chip out your finish .
      Very well built and high quality materials used
      If your looking for a easy to install and high quality sound pickup this ones for you ! No hum and no feedback . For the price you won't find better.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Does not make your strings sound like rubber bands.

      By Michael Whyte

      from Rockford, IL

      Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

      I've been using the Baggs M1A pickup in my '73 Guild F-40 for three or four years, and it's a keeper. I plan on buying a second one for my 12-string.
      Not much to it. Very simple...the way I like it!
      I had previously been using an under saddle pickup of some or other variety (it had already been installed when I bought the guitar) and had never been happy with the live sound I'd been getting, even while using various "high end" preamps. The under saddle always lent a tinny sound to the guitar (decidedly NOT charactaristic of a jumbo body Guild), and the other soundhole pickups I'd tried (DiMarzio, Fishman) tilted toward the dreaded "rubber band" sound I'd always hated about acoustic-electric guitars. While I can't say the M1A fully captures the depth and richness of a nearly 40 year old guitar, it at least sounds natural, and with a minimum of fuss. I no longer need a preamp, and never use an outboard EQ (tried it and only managed to make my guitar sound worse). Just a DI and a good P.A. and soundman. My Guild lays comfortably in the mix with the rest of my band, and manages to stay present against electric guitar, lap steel, keyboards, accordian, and electric bass. Installation is super easy. The volume wheel is a bit awkward to reach at first, but I got used to it in short order.
      All-in-all, a superb product for the price.

      (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

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Pickup

      By Obie-Wp3Qq

      from Galt

      Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

      I am very pleased with this pickup. Did have to drill a hole for installation, but my husband did it with no problems. Used a 1/2" drill. It was installed and I was playing music in minutes!! It picks up the notes beautifully and totally enhances the tones from your guitar. Would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to amplify the guitar they have!!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Buy it

      By Elliott smith

      from Chicago

      Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

      I just hooked this baby up today and it sounds so sweet. Its just the sound I was looking for. I haven't had to do any balance adjustments yet but even if I do its super easy. But sound great right out of the box and is relativly easy to install. One warning though, you do need to have a 1/2'' hole where the strap goes for the input to go. If it isn't already it has to be drilled. Its not hard if your guitar has a guide hole, and yuo know how to use a drill gun. my dad did mine but I was terrified the entire time. But we did it without any problems and everything worked out fine. But if you don't have the tools just bring it to a pro. Don't risk damaging it yourself, cause then you s.o.l no insurance on that. But you don't have to hard wire it if you don't want to. You can just get a 1/8-1/4 chord or use the cord it comes with and plug in out side the guitar. I don't like having the chord sticking out though. Also I chose to hardwire mine cause the pickup comes out pretty easy, but its ment to be more on the permanent side. Its not really a pop in and pop out kinda deal. I also recomend you measure yuor guitar first and make sure this thing will fit before you by it. It adjusts easy but just be safe. I put it in my seagull s6 which is my main guitar and love how it sounds. I like a low but crisp tone and this thing delivers. I run it thourhg my pa and with a little eq it makes it even better. so there really isn't any reason not to buy it. So yeah buy it-peace

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Most Natural souding pickup i've heard.

      By TheTravelingBlackbirds

      from Madison, Wisconsin

      Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

      This is HANDS DOWN the most natural sounding pickup I've heard. I absolutely hate the piezo pickups - their sound resembles a duck quacking. This pickup gives a 100% clear and natural reproduction of your guitars sound, and you further mess with EQ if you have a preamp or somehting. But I bought this pickup instead of the M1 because the M1 is passive and basically requires a preamp which I can't afford right now. I took it out of the box and installed it in no more than a few minutes. Be sure to slacken the strings first. It was nice that it came with an extra battery, but don't worry - the battery lasts for 1000 hours i think. After installing I plugged in and was stunned! I am really picky about tone and wouldn't settle for anything less than pure natrual, non-quacky tone when I play live. This is the perfect pickup for me. One thing that sets this pickup apart from other soundhole pickups is that it not only sense the strings magnetically, but the pickup is the first of its kind to sense the BODY. Tap the sides and you'll see what I mean. overall, INCREDIBLE pickup - It's a 100% safe buy. You WILL be satisfied.

      (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Really let me down...

      By Kenny-vHAyN

      from Nashville, TN

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      Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

      I heard some demos of this thing online and thought it would sound good. I've played a lot of acoustic guitars over the years and this thing honestly just sounded bad. It was running through a Universal Audio direct box into Lynx converters. I was astounded at how poor this thing sounded.It's extremely honky in the midrange. I can't believe nobody else has mentioned that. I mean, I can see on a guitar that has no midrange at all like an older Gibson or a Martin how this might sound good, but to me it just sounded bad. My onboard electronics were better, and they're just Fishman...so let down. Returned it the same day I bought it.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Installation

      By JimmyG-JkEoV

      from Brockport NY

      Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

      I purchased the M1-A active soundhole pickup wanting to use my Martin 0015 in Church. The manufacturer's caveat that non-professionals refrain from drilling the end pin hole is not very practical. How many shops would happily take on the same liability? With that said, the drill bit that worked for me as a 1/2 in. bit sold for drilling glass, where the cutting element is a domed-shape blade wich looks like a spade on a card deck. This cut smoothly, and at low spee went through without any chipping etc. When installing in a tight sound hole, be sure to back the phillips screws off as far as the threads allow, this will give you a little more "depth" on one side, allowing the other to slip in. Tis worked with my martin. The extra battery and pole connections are a nice touch. Plugged in, I was very pleased with the acoustic sound, but I can't say I have a lot of hours on it yet. I almost immediately went for the volume control, making me glad I spent the extra money for the active version. I'm tempted to get some flat black model paint, and don't understand why they don't come in black, but I bet the decision came from the marketing department.

      (3 of 5 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.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great pickup

        By John

        from Ashland, Ky

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        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.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            All I can say is wow...

            By JacStotty

            from Traverse City, MI

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            Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

            This is my second LR Baggs M1 Active, and it makes any guitar sound amazing plugged in. The response that this pick up has to the body resonance is next to none. I have played through many of the other brands of pick ups, but none have matched the sound quality that the M1 Active has. It truly brings new life to your guitar.

            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Returned it

            By Angelo guarino

            from maryland

            Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

            Again, it didn't work for me .. electric buzzing plus string buzz highlighting made is a non-starter for me.
            I don't know if it was just my unit or if it was my guitar or both, but first the pick-up was VERY sensitive to buzz from the lights in the room. Second, it seemed to really exasperate every slight string-buzz on my guitar. I was SOOOO hopefull about this pickup, but I turned it right back around.
            Seemed to be very well built. I was impressed with the quality of the build quality.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            John Harris and my LR Baggs M1 Active

            By John's LR Baggs M1 Active

            from Lula,Georgia

            Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

            I recently purchased one of your LR Baggs M1 Active pickups for my guitar. Absolutely no outside interference or noise. Sharp, clear, and precise sounds from this pickup. Easy installationsand I highly reccomend this product for any one who loves to play guitar. Great sound, great product, and great price. Thank youJohn Harris

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            big ol NOPE

            By jeffrey wright

            from georgia

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Easy to install

            Cons

            • Not A Good Choice

            Best Uses

            • Solo Acoustic

            Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

            OK, let me just preface this by saying that i only literally used it live on 1/2 a set, but that was enough for me to get rid of it. I was playing an acoustic DUO with a drummer. I installed this on a Guild guitar all wood. The snare drum was coming through the M1A and it sounded like you were hearing it through a telephone. Basically any sound your guitar makes, or any sound that resonates the top of your guitar comes out in this pickup. it wouldn't have been a big deal if it was a good tone, but the m1a's body sensativity has a very nasal and irritating tone to it. It will interrupt your performance due to you just being annoyed by it.

            (2 of 2 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.

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