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LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp  

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The L.R. Baggs Para Acoustic DI and Preamp treats your acoustic guitar to the best. Studio-quality direct box/preamp/equalizer. Quasi-passive 5-band ...Read More

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Capture every nuance of your acoustic sound!

The L.R. Baggs Para Acoustic DI and Preamp treats your acoustic guitar to the best. Studio-quality direct box/preamp/equalizer. Quasi-passive 5-band EQ includes sweepable mids, notch filter, and presence control. Boosts your signal up to 24dB. Runs on 48V phantom power or a 9V battery. Phase inversion for the best recording mix. XLR balanced output. Ultrahigh input impedance to get the best out of any pickup. Series effects loop. Low cut filter to eliminate thumps. The L.R. Baggs Para Acoustic DI is made in the USA.


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LR BaggsPara Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp
 
4.8

(based on 56 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (15)
  • Functional (14)
  • Improves sound (14)
  • Easy to use (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (10)
    • Practicing (7)
    • Back-up (3)
    • Studio (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (10), Experienced (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Incredible all the way around

    This para acoustic DI is an absolute essential piece of any acoustic guitar set up. The heavy-duty build quality is second to none, and the sound? Oh my...it makes the expression...Read complete review

    This para acoustic DI is an absolute essential piece of any acoustic guitar set up. The heavy-duty build quality is second to none, and the sound? Oh my...it makes the expression system in my Taylor 414CE sound like I'm using $2000 studio microphones. The lows are deep and powerful, the mids warm and full, and highs sing more crisply than I've ever heard them. Do yourself a favor and never be without this incredible masterpiece of technology!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not what I expected

    From reading all the rave reviews, I expected an extraordinary piece of equipment. Not so. I was planning on using it with my mandolin, and if it worked out, I'd think of...Read complete review

    From reading all the rave reviews, I expected an extraordinary piece of equipment. Not so. I was planning on using it with my mandolin, and if it worked out, I'd think of getting another for my D-35. All the different settings did not accomplish much as far as reproducing a natural sound of the instruments. When pushed, I would get barking and distortion. I tried reducing the gain to less than a quarter and still it overloaded. I have a couple of different Fishman preamps that are far superior. Needless to say, I returned it.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    sounds great

    By Fender0727

    from Herscher, Il.

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp:

        Love the fact that you can increase or decrease the frequency of an individual string. This allows you to get a really hot signal without feedback. I use this every Sunday as a worship leader with my Taylor and it sounds great.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Incredibly Detailed Sound

        By anupjthomas

        from New Milford, NJ

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Church
          • Concerts
          • Practicing
          • Stage
          • Studio

          Comments about LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp:

          Noticeable difference in sound quality and realism of acoustic guitar sound through the PA. Switching from my MOTU Ultralite MKIII preamp to this is like using another pickup, and the MOTU doesn't have a bad preamp at all.

          I use K&K Sound Pure Western Mini pickups, and this DI/Preamp box is the best possible match for it. Had one with me in India, lost it, and finally bought another one. Forgot what I was missing out on. It's like the guitar is right there, where the speaker is, but so much louder.

          The notch filter is useful, but not ideal. It scoops a lot out. The balanced out, unbalanced out, and fx loop are all very useful features. Perfect for wiring to all kinds of strange setups.

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          5.0

          Don't Go On Stage Without It!

          By marconelli

          from Eastsound, WA

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          Pros

          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound
          • Phantom power
          • Rugged Build

          Cons

          • Minimal Instructions
          • Small Buttons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Studio

          Comments about LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp:

          If you've ever faced the problems of booming (or too thin) bass, acoustic feedback, "quacking," nasal sounding treble, or clicking picks, you will welcome this marvelous box. On my very first gig with the Baggs, I told the sound man to set the board flat and let me handle the EQ. With just a little experimentation and adjustment, I was able to boost the bass to the point where it was full but not booming, eliminate quacking and feedback, and balance the sound on my Taylor GS7 across the musical spectrum from low to high.

          When the sound man called down from the booth that he could hear my picks clicking on the strings, a few tweaks of the mid-high and presence knobs dialed that right out, without sacrificing volume or clarity on the treble strings.

          Admittedly, it's a bit tricky to master the somewhat complex settings on this sophisticated device, and the minimal instructions provided by Baggs don't help as much as one would wish. But there are some helpful videos on YouTube, and with a little experimentation you can get this box under control.

          I love the sound that it lets me get out of my guitar, and can't imagine that your experience would be any different. It's also extremely rugged -- built like a tank, in fact -- and should stand up to a lot of on-stage use. I can't imagine ever plugging in without it.

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          5.0

          An original and excellent option.

          By pima1234

          from Michigan

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Easy to install
          • Sounds Very Good

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp:

              The L.R. Baggs Lyric is a very nice and useable option for guitarists trying to get that miced guitar sound when plugging in direct. I still prefer to use it with their Para Acoustic Preamp/DI, but even without, it sounds fairly natural. Was relatively easy to install. Time will tell how it holds up, of course.

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              5.0

              Well made and well engineered D.I. Box

              By Lalo

              from Gardner, Co.

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing
                • Studio

                Comments about LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp:

                I have used these D.I. Boxes for all my guitars whether they be acoustic or electric. It's an excellent bridge for use with XLR as well as an individual monitor jack. Many possibilities. I use them all the time. You can adjust to fit your guitar's personality.

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                (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Not what I expected

                By southpawbrooks

                from NY

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durability

                Cons

                • Can't Handle High Levels
                • Not Functional
                • Poor Quality

                Best Uses

                  Comments about LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp:

                  From reading all the rave reviews, I expected an extraordinary piece of equipment. Not so. I was planning on using it with my mandolin, and if it worked out, I'd think of getting another for my D-35. All the different settings did not accomplish much as far as reproducing a natural sound of the instruments. When pushed, I would get barking and distortion. I tried reducing the gain to less than a quarter and still it overloaded. I have a couple of different Fishman preamps that are far superior. Needless to say, I returned it.

                  Comment on this review

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  The solution to my problem!

                  By Ticker

                  from Tulsa, OK

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp:

                  I have a Breedlove guitar that sounded weak when plugged straight into my Yamaha mixer. I added this Para preamp to the equation and tweeked it a little as the directions suggested and wow! Excellent sound and no need to turn the channel volume or gain way up anymore. Not only does it have good volume, it has a much more natural sound. Just what I was hoping for!

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I don't go on stage without it!

                  By T. Blues

                  from South West

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • On stage
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

                    Comments about LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp:

                    I often play in a bar with a poor stage location that causes nasty feedback on acoustic guitars. With this preamp, I can tune out the feedback frequency and boost the other sweet sounds. I have used it while doing sound for other musicians at outdoor gigs and find I can make even a dead sounding cheap guitar sound good when run through this L R Baggs! Works great when used as a DI box or just for tweaking the EQ of an acoustic instrument before and amp. Used it on my new mandolin at a gig last weekend and got compliments on the sound.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Still the best acoustic preamp

                    By Aaron

                    from Austell, GA

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp:

                      I have used many acoustic guitar preamps. This is one I found 20 years ago. I wore it slap out playing 3to 5 nights a week. This is it. I bought another one...

                      Comment on this review

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR

                      By johnboy

                      from southern, georgia

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp:

                        WOULD HAVE LIKED IT TO HAVE A FOOT PEDAL CHOICE SO YOU COULD SET IT AT ONE POINT AND SWITCH BACK AND FORTH BUT I NEEDED THE EXTRA ON THE BASS NOTES AND THE PRE-AMP FEATURE AND THIS ITEM WORKED FOR ME. GLAD I BOUGHT IT.

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