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LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup  

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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....Read More

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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 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (13)
  • Good quality (13)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Improves sound (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (8)
    • Practicing (8)
    • Back-up (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11), 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.

    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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    1.0

    big ol NOPE

    By jeffrey wright

    from georgia

    About Me Professional Musician

    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.

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    5.0

    Sound comes alive.

    By JimJam

    from Wild Wonderful West Virginia

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    Ask me a question

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Anytime

      Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

      Bought two of these, and just love them.

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      5.0

      Nice live perfomance pickup

      By RockerDuck

      from Marietta, Ga.

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

        I put the M1a pickup in my Alvarez/Yairi acoustic guitar so I could perform without mic'ing it. It has some midrange to it that makes it cut thru a band mix. For softer play I use a Boss GE-7 eq to adjust the mids out. Luv it for playing slide too.

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        5.0

        Great Pickup

        By Blind Joe Death

        from Davenport, IA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

          Was not thrilled with the preamp system in my Lag T200DCE (but love the guitar!) so I bought this pickup. Excellent sound quality and picks up percussive taps and slaps (a la Michael Hedges) but doesn't pick up subtle movements like an in-body mic. With the 6 adjustable pickups, you cannot go wrong if you want to amplify the true sound of your guitar.
          P.S. Small shipping issue since I bought this item restocked, but Musician's Friend was extremely helpful and overnighted it in order to get it to me in the original shipping timeline. EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE, which I'm always worried about when buying something online.

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          4.0

          Awesome for the price!

          By Rarefaction

          from Bristol, CT

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Volume Is Easy To Bump

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about LR Baggs M1A Active Soundhole Magnetic Pickup:

          I have an Ovation legend that came with a poor quality saddle pickup that was cutting out on me so i went cheap and got a Seymour Duncan woody humbucker that has a terrible ac buzz, so I decided to try the M1A. Installation was a snap and bang I was back in business. This thing sounds great with my radial pz delux preamp. It is very bright but also has a rich low end. I had to dial back the high mids a bit but it eq's really well. It is also very active and brings out some of the imperfections of my instrument i had not previously noticed due to the extreme clarity this pickup brings to the table. I also play a bit of percussion on the body of my guitar and this unit picks up the finger tapping on the sound board well (the Seymour Duncan did not). For the price this is a great pickup. My only real disappointment is that I cannot use my sans amp distortion anymore because the M1A is so active it squeals wildly with feedback when overdriven. Oh and I had to put a little piece of clear tape on the volume knob so I would stop bumping it down when playing aggressively.

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          (2 of 4 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.

              Comment on this review

              (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.

                    Comment on this review

                    (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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