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LR Baggs Element Active System VTC Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup

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Product Price $149.0
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The LR Baggs Element Active System VTC undersaddle acoustic pickup delivers performance previously unattainable from an undersaddle pickup. The strea...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

One-size-fits-all undersaddle acoustic pickup system with discrete volume and tone controls.

The LR Baggs Element Active System VTC undersaddle acoustic pickup delivers performance previously unattainable from an undersaddle pickup. The streamlined and efficient design removes every unnecessary internal component to improve the coupling between the transducer and the guitar. This substantially improves the sensitivity of the transducer so the acoustic guitar pickup delivers a robust, lively, and open sound with great dynamics and a delicate high end.

The LR Baggs Element Active System pairs the Element undersaddle transducer with a pre-contoured all-discrete class A endpin preamp and includes small, removable soundhole-mounted volume and tone controls (VTC) for added convenience and versatility. The entire pickup system is designed to install easily and features plug-and-play performance. Also included with the acoustic pickup system is LR Bagg's Battery Bagg for secure storage.

FEATURES
  • One-size-fits-all common string spacings and saddle widths
  • Even string-to-string balance
  • Includes easily-accessible, yet unobtrusive soundhole-mounted volume and tone controls
  • Pre-controlled discrete class A endpin preamp
  • Come with Battery Bagg for secure and unobtrusive battery retention
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Pickup active sensor length: 3.4"
  • Pickup thickness: .038"
  • Pickup width: .092"
  • Battery type: Single 9V
  • Battery life: 1000 hrs.
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LR BaggsElement Active System VTC Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup
 
4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good quality (4)
  • Improves sound (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
  • Practicing (3)
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(10 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Beware of String Balance Problems

By Danny Carvalho

from Kailua, HI

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Comments about LR Baggs Element Active System VTC Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup:

Great sounding pickup, sounds very clean and has much less quack than the older Fishman models. However, I had to swap it out for a newer fishman because the first string was consistently half as loud as the rest. I've played another guitar with the same system installed, and it had the same problem. Not sure if they all are like this, but something to be aware of.That aside, the sound is great. The Element is more prone to feedback than the Fishman Matrix, but it has better dynamics. Very strong on the low end. However, the tone control is not really necessary imo?it cuts out the highs, which doesn't make much sense on an acoustic guitar, and is useless if you have string balance problems on the first string. The Matrix tone control scoops the mids rather than cutting the highs, so it can actually be used to make it sound a lot like the Element?with better balance and more tonal control. I'd recommend the Matrix as a more versatile and reliable pickup.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Element Active System VTC Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup

By the wylde dime

from charlotte, nc

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Comments about LR Baggs Element Active System VTC Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup:

turns a regular acoustic into a A/E guitar. It sounds good, and the battery is reported to last somehting like 500 hours. so as long as you don;t leave the cable plugged in for weeks on end it should las a while.
works very well. i had it installed by professionals. it sounds good through DI and PA system. compares favorably to pickups found in higher end A/E guitars
this is my first pickup for an acoustic. so i don't have a comparison to other brands or models," but this was suggested by the pros that instaled it as the best ""bang for the buck""
seems expensive", but I plan on using this product until the guitar decays. there are cheaper products, but for the price it seems fair. jsut know that a pro would probable have to install this as some mods to the bridge are necessary.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very good Piezo type pickup.

By Turp

from Virginia

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  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

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    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts

    Comments about LR Baggs Element Active System VTC Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup:

    This is one of a number of LR Baggs products I've installed and/or used. Overall, I like LR Baggs products and quality. While Piezos run the gamut on tone and price, the Element provides a good acoustic tone. I have at times needed to EQ the frequencies a bit, but the fundamental sound is usually very good.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    good pickup

    By Kitchener Kid

    from Mississippi

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    Comments about LR Baggs Element Active System VTC Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup:

    After using other pickups for years, the sound of this pickup is always consistant, minor adjustments simple, plug in and play. I will definately buy others and use them in more expensive instruments. It is not noticable, nor did it affect the sound.
    Easy to install, minimum tools required. Good adjustments, little buzz in midrange, maxed out may buzz. I prefer to scribe the saddle and sand down to the scribe mark, thus the action will not be affected.
    Trouble free.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very Solid Acoustic Guitar Pickup

    By jsounds

    from Florida

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

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        Comments about LR Baggs Element Active System VTC Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup:

        I have this pickup in 3 guitars. It is balanced across all of the strings and it provides a very clear representation of the guitar through an amp. The installation (done by a professional) is very aesthetic and unobtrusive. Getting to the battery is inconvenient, but the alternative would be cutting into the guitar for a battery compartment. Given the long battery life, this is not a big deal. All in all great product.

         
        5.0

        Incredible pickup and great price!!!

        By The god father of soul

        from Indiana

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about LR Baggs Element Active System VTC Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup:

          I have the original element system in my Gibson J15 and it sounds amazing. I just bought a Martin Om28 and needed a pickup. I have a fish man in my Martin Omcpa4 and I'm not happy with it. I was thinking of putting the Lyric from LR baggs but decided to go with the elements vtc. I had it professional installed and I am amazed with the sound. It sounds great direct into a PA or Running through a acoustic amp. What I was very surprised with was the sound I got when I plugged it into my Marshal Silver jubilee on the clean channel. I would highly recommend this pickup one of the best on the market. Can't go wrong with LR Baggs

           
          5.0

          I would buy this product again.

          By Clay

          from Patriot, ind

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about LR Baggs Element Active System VTC Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup:

            Great tone

             
            5.0

            Sounds great

            By redwolf

            from New Jersey

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            Pros

            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about LR Baggs Element Active System VTC Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup:

              This pickup replaced a stock Fishman preamp in a 2005 Gibson Hummingbird Artist. I did have it professionally installed as there is drilling into the bottom of the saddle slot involved as part of the installation. The Fishman had no volume control. The L.R.Baggs has both volume and tone controls. I like it with the tone rolled almost all the way off. Good sounding and easy to use with no cutting into the guitar body involved. Well worth the money.

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