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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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    - $80.00
  • Your Price:
    $16900

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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
 
4.6

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (8)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Functional (7)
  • Improves sound (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (5)
    • Practicing (5)
    • Back-up (4)
      • 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

     

    Really let me down...

    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...Read complete review

    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.

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    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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        5.0

        M1A Mag Pickup

        By Asa Pace

        from New Yawk City

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        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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          (1 of 1 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!

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good quality, meets my needs

            By old picker

            from Wichita, KS

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            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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              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

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                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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                (2 of 2 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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                    (3 of 3 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

                    Comment on this review

                    (3 of 4 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.

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                    (3 of 7 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.

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