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LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone   

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BEYOND PICKUPS - BEYOND COMPAREThere's no argument that a mic is the best way to capture the sound of an acoustic guitar, but until now, using a mic ...Read More

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An evolution in acoustic-guitar amplification, this internal mic delivers accurate sound plus the freedom to move around while you play.

BEYOND PICKUPS - BEYOND COMPARE
There's no argument that a mic is the best way to capture the sound of an acoustic guitar, but until now, using a mic for most live performances has been an elusive dream. Lyric, the next step in Tru¢Mic technology from LR Baggs, is the long-overdue realization of this dream. Without a pickup, Lyric's microphone accurately transports your guitar's actual voice to a live audience for the most realistic and inspiring sound you will ever experience.

TRU¢MIC TECHNOLOGY
LR Baggs' featherweight microphone, each high-graded for ideal response, mounts to the underside of the bridge plate with simple peel-and-stick adhesive to preserve the integrity of your instrument. The mic leverages the "pressure-zone" principle by positioning the capsule just 3mm from the surface of the top to hear the entire soundboard for even balance and tone. And the mic's proximity to the top allows high gain before feedback. Unlike other attempts to use an internal mic, Lyric employs noise-canceling technology that rejects "boxy" reflections inside of the acoustic chamber. This patent pending minor miracle enables the mic to act as if it were outside of the guitar delivering a clear and open performance.

CIRCUIT INNOVATIONS
In a studio, you would have to use an entire rack of gear to achieve what LR Baggs has built into Lyric's tiny circuit board. Their lead engineer, Tommy Linn, created several patent-pending "black box" circuit innovations that unlock the potential of the microphone. The first tightens the lower frequencies for a punchier attack with natural dynamics. The second maintains the mic's sweetness no matter how hard you play. The third innovation, not patent pending but useful, is an adjustable "presence" control that dials high frequency response perfectly for your guitar. Wrap all of this in all discrete, high-fidelity mic pre and you have a world class microphone system as an integral part of your guitar anywhere you plug in.

FEATURES
  • Tru¢Mic noise-canceling technology
  • No pickup
  • Analog signal conditioning
  • All discrete mic preamplifier
  • Soundhole volume control
  • Mic presence control

Order now and experience the Lyric's studio-quality sound.

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LR BaggsLyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone
 
4.7

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (16)
  • Good quality (15)
  • Improves sound (14)
  • Functional (12)
  • Easy to install (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (10)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Back-up (5)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Worth it for quality guitar sound.

Hi:
I enjoy playing and have admittedly not tried all pickups, but I have heard and gone thru many in my time, always not-so-happy with plugged- in sound vs a dynamic...Read complete review

Hi:
I enjoy playing and have admittedly not tried all pickups, but I have heard and gone thru many in my time, always not-so-happy with plugged- in sound vs a dynamic mic for live and a small condenser mic for recording. The best I have heard in my experience was a tape-on (yes, that is how they work) condenser that cost the artist a whole lot and sounded wonderful.
I participate with a volunteer sound crew doing set-up and mixing for small auditorium concerts in my area, and (Probably most of you out there already know this) experience has always told us to line-in and mic most acoustic artists, with generally lots more emphasis on the mic. I frequently discuss with performers what they are using in their set-ups and listen closely to their thoughts re equipment, mix preferences and performances.
I most recently had a stick-on under-the-saddle transducer in my guitar(I play finger-style on steel strings). It was a definite improvement over other pickups, I still always had to fuss with an EQ/DI to try and minimize the quack and exaggerated bass. I eventually noticed the Lyric(A pressure-zone condenser mic) obtained one, traded out the transducer in one evening and immediately got lots closer to what I had been searching for all along....my guitar's true sound when lined-in and amplified. There is definitely less feedback, you know what I mean if you have ever tried to dial-in a hot condenser mike for a performer on an acoustic instrument facing the stage monitors.

Notes: 1)If you need to practice more or change your fingering habits, this pick-up will demonstrate that to you immediately. It will not make our poor guitar habits sound better, just louder.
2)You will likely have to adjust the presence control to suit your tolerance of string squeak, and sensitivity to every little unmusical noise you make, and if you want a louder bass you will have to bump that up to your liking on your amp or mixer. These will be minor quick adjustments in comparison to adjusting to reduce piezo quacks and booming bass.

For the money, the ease of installation, live sound adjustment, condenser-mike-instrument- faithful sound quality, better feedback control and no piezo-quack, this is a good pick, and better than anything else I have tried so far.

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I would love to give this pickup a stellar rating, but feedback issues prevent me from doing so. Installation was a breeze and the pickup sounds excellent at lower volumes. At higher volumes,...Read complete review

I would love to give this pickup a stellar rating, but feedback issues prevent me from doing so. Installation was a breeze and the pickup sounds excellent at lower volumes. At higher volumes, I am getting feedback--even when coupling the Lyric with a Baggs Para DI. Also, any movement of the guitar against your shirt or pants literally gets picked up. I got this pickup to replace a buggy Taylor ES. It is certainly more reliable than that pickup and sounds much more natural, but feedback an sensitivity is an issue for me. I would recommend, but with these potential pitfalls. Going to keep playing with the pickup and preamp to try to dial in the right tone at higher volumes.

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5.0

Just get one!!!

By Dave

from Talent, OR

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone:

      Just replaced the K&K (which I absolutely hated the sound of) with this pickup and it's AMAZING! My guitar finally sounds like my guitar! I couldn't be more please. I installed myself- super easy. If you're considering getting one of these, DO IT!

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      5.0

      Sounds good

      By Bill

      from Lawrenceville NJ

      About Me Professional Musician

      Comments about LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone:

      Installed on my 1965 Gibson Heritage by a luthier who had the axe in the shop replacing the adjustable saddle with a fixed mahogany one. Like my CR Baggs Godin, the battery changing looks like a royal pain. Also, the volume came unattached twice the first day. You can't plug the sound hole with a feedback buster either or you'll knock the control loose, which is what I did! Mounted it with some double sided stuff and seems to be holding. The sound is great. I first tried it with a passive DI box but found a better sound with when I switched to my Fishman Pro EQ. Still not sure if I have the little screw for presence set to perfection.

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      5.0

      As advertised

      By Colonel C

      from Dickinson, Tx

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality
      • Great Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone:

          I installed this myself in a Taylor DN4. Could not have been easier to install. Plugged it into a powered PA speaker with no EQ and adjusted the microphone presence as per the instructions. Found a happy medium about 1/2 way. Too much presence made for great sound but too much ambient sounds (shirt buttons, finger slides, sleeve sliding, etc.) Too little made it muddy. So I went about 1/2 way and then tweaked the EQ a bit for a perfect plugged in tone. I was really impressed. Faced the speaker and still didn't get feedback, though, I did switch the phase button on my Fishman Platinum Acoustic preamp/DI and got a better sound. Bottom line, easy to install, easy to use, great sound.

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          5.0

          The Best

          By Peterw

          from Eugene, OR

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Adjustable Mic Presence
          • Easy to install
          • Fantastic Sound Quality
          • Featherweight

          Cons

          • Mic Can Create Feedback

          Best Uses

          • Great For All Purposes

          Comments about LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone:

          They don't get much better than this. I've tried many different pickup systems and for true acoustic tone you just can't beat the Lyric.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          I'm Happy, mostly!

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          By Joe

          from Indiana

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          Pros

          • Ease Of Installation
          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • Poor Infoinstructions

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone:

          This arrived and was installed today, and I'm happy with it......But, I have one major gripe: The only installation info offered is to go the the Baggs website. Once you go there, you'll learn.....for the first time.....That Baggs offers no warranty whatsoever unless installed by an "Authorized Dealer"...... I'm okay with that, I guess, but only because I'm a woodworker who has also installed pickup before. I'm not afraid to drill endpin holes, but for some it could be daunting. I don't think it's intentional, but I think these details should be communicated at time of purchase. It'll take some tweeking as far as the sonics go. I'm using it in a Takamine GSeries Folk Size, through a Crate Telluride. But I also like busking with a Roland cube, and it will take some real magic to get good bass response with that. But, I'm happy with it.

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          5.0

          LR Baggs Beautiful Mic only Solution

          By Fretman

          from NYC

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Priced Same As Anthem Sl

          Best Uses

          • Axes With Movable Saddles

          Comments about LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone:

          I'm a long time user/enthusiast of the LR Baggs Anthem system - in my J-45 it sounds AMAZING. When I recently got an old Hummingbird, with the movable saddle, I was so happy to discover the Lyric - mic only version of the Anthem, so mod necessary to my vintage Gibson saddle. Needless to say, it sounds AMAZING!!! Highly recommend Baggs pickups for all acoustic players who are serious about preserving the characters of their instruments to the fullest extent available. Baggs castes, and they're coin' it right!!!

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          5.0

          To my Dismay, I love this pickup!

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          By cRiMe

          from SoCal

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Feedback Not A Problem
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound
          • True Acoustic Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Writing

            Comments about LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone:

            I use the Fishman Rare Earth Humbucking sound hole pickup on a Larivee Jumbo and a custom Paracho guitar for recording and playing out. They have always been dependable and easy to manage. However, I was always missing that true mic sound. I had used the Anthem and found it difficult to maintain a clean and acceptable mix between the tru-mic and the undersaddle pickup without extensive and constant EQ adjustments. While the Lyric does present initial problems with a slightly tinny sound and finger to body noise amplification (if that makes any sense to you), it was easily adjusted via the small mic presence adjustment on the volume control. One EQ adjustment on my amp got rid of the high-end sound I don't wan, and I can use my D35 without further worries. AND, I can crank the hell out of it and not feed back. True acoustic sound from my acoustic guitar. While I won't be switching out my two Fishmans, I will be using only the LL Baggs Lyric pickups on my next acoustic guitars. Peace

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            1.0

            Not what I was hoping for!

            By mpgriff406

            from Phoenix AZ

            About Me Professional Musician

            Comments about LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone:

            I purchased the LR Baggs Lyric based on great reviews, product specs from Baggs' website, and testimonies from very famous players raving about the system. I liked the idea that it was not very invasive of an install, and easy to remove. This turned out to be good thing. After installing in my Martin OM-35, I tried it out through several amps, PA systems, etc. and I thought I was going crazy because it sounded distorted, and just not good. Maybe I got a defective unit...possible. I called the folks at Baggs and they were very nice and helpful, but did not know what was causing the problem. After messing with the high-end sensor and having other players listen to it, I came to the sad conclusion that I just did not like they way this pickup sounded. I finally had the unit removed and LR Baggs agreed to let me return it. I hope they find out is was defective, because I really think they make a quality product and was very disappointed that it didn't work out for me. All I can say is, be careful and make sure to listen closely to it before you keep it! I'm going back to a piezo system.

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            5.0

            Best System on the Market

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            By pjmuck

            from West Orange, NJ

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts

              Comments about LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone:

              I've spent years looking for an ever-elusive system that could amplify my acoustic guitars ACCURATELY. If it wasn't piezo "quack" it was a magnetic PUP system that makes your guitar sound like an electric. I've hated virtually every sytem I've heard on the market, except the Lyric (and the Baggs Anthem as well). Every other non mic-based system could care less what guitar you're playing because they all end up sounding similar. What's the point if you can't capture YOUR acoustic's sound? Might as well grab your electric and be done with it. Mic'ing is the way to go if you want the truest, most accurate sound, and the Lyric does so in an ingenious way. Yes, it will feed back if you're not careful, which is why you should be using a good acoustic preamp as well. I've mounted the Lyric on 3 different guitars now, which I use with my Zoom A3 preamp, and whatdoya know? 3 different sounding guitars...just as it should be. I use it live and in the studio as another option to mic'ing. Often I end up just using the Lyric's signal and/or blending with a room mic. Saves a ton of time getting the perfect mic position. Get it.

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              5.0

              Great add-on pickup

              By Paul B

              from Columbus

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Great Sound Reproduction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone:

                This replaced a sound-board transducer in an older mahogany dreadnaught... Huge improvement.
                An outboard EQ will help, but straight into an amp or DI, it sounds like the natural guitar.
                Very pleased.

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