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  • Active/Passive mode
  • Battery check
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    $359.00
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A magnetic pickup with full range 3D body sensitivity.

The more body that a pickup can capture, the more natural and inspiring the sound will be. The new M80 Magnetic Soundhole Pickup's built-in 3D sensor picks up the entire frequency range of your guitar's body and captures more of its acoustic soul than any single pickup ever created.

The secret of the M80 is the patented floating secondary coil that acts both as a humbucking coil and a 3D body sensor. By deftly unlocking the secondary coil a robust full range signal is created as the body vibrates and the floating coil interacts with the magnets. The coil is tuned to respond to the entire frequency range of the guitar and the proprietary suspension allows each axis of the 3D coil to contribute, thereby adding enhanced richness and complexity to the sound.

Finally, just the right amount of body signal is added to the string signal for an all-in-one pickup that will capture the character of your guitar like no other magnetic pickup ever created.

Features

  • Active/Passive mode
  • Battery check

More body. More soul. Get yours today!

 
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LR BaggsM80 Magnetic Soundhole Pickup
 
3.4

(based on 7 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good quality (5)
  • Functional (4)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (3)
    • Concerts (3)
    • Practicing (3)
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    3.0

    LR Baggs M80... soso sound quality

    By Steve27

    from Ontario Canada

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup

      Comments about LR Baggs M80 Magnetic Soundhole Pickup:

      I'm rating this product 3 out of 5 based solely on the sound quality. I think it's unfair to rate products based on getting a DOA unit especially from a company like Baggs with a stellar rep.

      Bought the M80 a year ago when if first came out to use in my previously virgin Martin D35.
      Compared to the lower end sound hole pickups I have heard on other guys guitars it sounded good but no matter how I tried to EQ it, it never truly sounded like my guitar.

      I play acoustic gigs through a Bose L1 and my Taylor with the CE system blew it away sound wise. The Baggs always sounded tinny and thin and it really exaggerated the Martin's boomy bottom end to the point of feedback issues.
      To be honest, it sounded like a pickup which is what it is and what all sound hole pickups are. TO be fair it sounds better than the others I have tried and heard BUT you can do a LOT better for about the same cash... read on...

      Always slightly dissatisfied with the sound of the M80 I saw the LR Baggs Anthem on the shelf yesterday with the piezo bridge transducer and the internal mic and bought it.
      Installed it and took it to the nearest open mic to try out and MAN it's a NIGHT and DAY difference, it literally blew me away how natural it sounded!

      The Anthem makes the Martin run through the PA sound just like it does UNPLUGGED. It doesn't exaggerate the heavy bottom.
      There is a mic-bridge balance knob to adjust less bridge pickup (which receives the bass) in favor of more mic input and once I found the sweet spot it was magical.

      If you're buying the M80 cause it's a "no modification required" sound hole then that's not "really true". You still have to ream out the strap pin hole to receive the 1/4" jack and strap button and that is the hairiest part of the install of the Anthem system as you risk marring the finish of your guitar if you go at it without skills.

      Baggs actually states the Anthem system MUST be installed by a luthier or it voids warranty. That's likely due to the transducer wire install. If you drill straight holes and don't add a bit of relief to the entry point it could stress the sensor and likely break it in time.
      It wouldn't cost more than an hour or 2 labor at a luthier to have a pro install it.

      I did it myself as I'm a cabinet maker and to install the Anthem only required drilling 2 small holes under the saddle at a 45deg angle (there's a video on Youtube) and lowering the saddle height by the thickness of the sensor. That is easy enough a plate of glass and some sandpaper.

      The Anthem system is only bit more than the M80 and 5x the sound quality. I have yet to A/B the Anthem with my Taylor CE system but I know the taylor sound and I can tell the Baggs rivals it.

      I would highly recommend anyone looking at the M80, SERIOUSLY look at the Anthem as well. The M80 is just another compromise in sound quality for the notion of convenience.

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      1.0

      Stopped working the first week!

      By Jaime Garcia

      from San Diego

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about LR Baggs M80 Magnetic Soundhole Pickup:

        This was an awesome pickup for the first few days I had it. Best sounding pickup I'd ever used! & I've tried almost everything to find that amazing sound. This was it, I thought! Stopped working already. Maybe I just got a dud, but it's a big bummer!!!

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        1.0

        Great except it doesn't fit

        By theMaestro

        from washington dc

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              Comments about LR Baggs M80 Magnetic Soundhole Pickup:

              Good news: Great sound reproduction.
              Bad news: If the sound hole is less than 4 inches (think OM guitars), the pickup won't go in despite Baggs advertising it will fit into a hole 3.55 or greater. How do they do it? I called tech support and (are you ready for this?) they told me I had to REMOVE THE CLAMPS to get the pickup into the hole and then somehow REPLACE THEM once the pickup was in it's proper place. Good trick! Well you can FUHGEDDABOUDIT! I tried and it is very difficult and annoying to jury rig this pickup into the hole. There goes portability as once it's in, you won't want to ever remove it. Oh, but you will HAVE TO to change the batteries once they go dead and since I do not always need amplified sound, I am left with an UGLY pickup in the guitar. I find this to be incredulous that Baggs could not make the unit a little smaller so it would fit ANY standard soundhole. It's not like OM guitars are so rare. I Returned it. I don't care how good it sounds. This is an unacceptable ****DESIGN FLAW****. RETURNED

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              4.0

              New life for old Guild

              By bassoutlaw

              from Modesto, Ca.

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about LR Baggs M80 Magnetic Soundhole Pickup:

                  I really like this pickup....easy to use and sounds very good compared to many others out there. A natural sounding pickup that just needs a few tweaks to get right. Firstly, adjust pole pieces for balanced sound between strings. Secondly, eq as desired for best sound. No feedback, plenty of volume. I needed mine to be used on various guitars so I bought a nice Hosa 15' 1/8 TRS to XLR cable for eight bux and I run it straight into the p.a. which is close by. One could also run into a direct box to the p.a. just as well. I don't mind the small cable hanging out of the sound hole. Just be sure to fix it to the guitar strap with some slack so if you happen to step on the cable you will not pull on the pickup. My only complaint about the design of the pickup is that you will not be able to switch from passive to active and back once inside the sound hole. Why not place the switch on top, like the battery check button? You will most likely leave it in active mode and pull it out only to change the battery, which you can do with a small screwdriver in under five minutes.Otherwise, very nice.

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                  5.0

                  OUTSTANDING!!!

                  By TonyKor

                  from Long Island NY

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                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about LR Baggs M80 Magnetic Soundhole Pickup:

                    This pickup is great. It's hands down the best sound hole pickup I've yet to try or hear. I needed to replace the LR Baggs IBeam I had in my Charis Acoustic. Not that the I Beam is bad. It sounds great but I have a bad Feedback issue because the cedar top is so sensitive and resonant. I'm not a fan of under saddle transducers so I checked the M80 out.
                    Well this pickup sounds fantastic and I turned my amp really loud and I had no feedback.
                    The pickup responds amazingly well to either finger picking or flat picking. It really does let the wood come through.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    lr baggs m80

                    By hoosiergreen

                    from Fort Wayne, IN

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about LR Baggs M80 Magnetic Soundhole Pickup:

                      I purchased the m80 after playing on an m1a and doing some reviewing. I loved the m1a but decided to go for the m80. I play it on a martin d15 through a fishman loudbox mini and it sounds fantastic. Maybe just a slight metallic sound but basically an acoustic sound amplified. I even played the m1a through a peavey vyper 30 at the store without a problem, haven't tried the with the m80 yet but it is supposed to be almost as feedback resistant.

                      Just have it hanging out the front now, I will make it permanent. I will either pay someone to drill the hole in it or possibly buy a 1/8" plug from mugami so I do not have to drill into my Martin.

                      The sound is great and it has added a whole new dimension to my Martin making it actually have a shimmering sound which is not the usual for an all mahogany guitar. It looks OK in my Martin even though it is cream with a brown center, kind of offsets the rest and definitely look distinctive. Would probably be less noticeable on most other guitars.

                      Of course the sound is what counts and I am totally happy with the m80.

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                      5.0

                      Sounds like an acoustic guitar, not a digital version of an acoustic.

                      By KDG

                      from Undisclosed

                      Comments about LR Baggs M80 Magnetic Soundhole Pickup:

                      Now you can go to the store, pick out the best sounding/playing guitar in your budget and buy it regardless of whether it has built-in electronics. If you need to amplify the sound, it takes $250 and 15 minutes to get an accurate and natural acoustic sound from your guitar. No permanent modifications (you may have to increase the diameter of the strap button hole, but its not a visible modification), easy installation (remove it in 10 secounds if you don't need it) and beautiful, natural acoustic sound like its mic'd but without feedback issues. I love it.
                      Active or passive, transferable between multiple guitars, low battery light, etc.
                      It has a slight buzz/hum - you can hear the same buzz/hum on the LR Baggs demo video; but its no different than a buzz/hum from an electric guitar. Once your playing, you don't notice it.
                      I don't think you can get a better amplified sound from an acoustic guitar for less. I have a Martin with the Fishman F1 Aura and a Yamaha with the Studio Response Technology pickup/preamp system. The M80 is roughly equal to the F1 for overall sound and superior to the Yamaha; the M80 is the most natural, acoustic sounding.

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