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As noted elsewhere on this website, I'm a particular fan of LR Baggs acoustic guitar pickups and preamps. Lloyd Baggs has come a long way since he began making pickups for Ry Cooder, Leo Kottke and James Taylor, and his company now produces a wide range of world-class pickups.

I keep most of the more popular models in stock, and the complete range is available to special order.

I am also happy to fit your pickups if you prefer to acquire them directly.

Please feel free to contact me if you're looking for something special!

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  LR Baggs active and passive acoustic guitar pickup systems

LR Baggs I-Beam Active pickup

LR Baggs I-Beam Passive pickup

LR Baggs M80 soundhole pickup

LR Baggs M1A active soundhole pickup

LR Baggs M1 passive soundhole pickup

LR Baggs Element Active pickup

LR Baggs Element Active VTC pickup

LR Baggs I-Mix pickup system

LR Baggs Anthem pickup system

LR Baggs Anthem SL pickup system

LR Baggs Lyric microphone system

LR Baggs Lyric Classical microphone system

LR Baggs preamps

LR Baggs Gigpro Universal Preamp

LR Baggs Mixpro 2-channel Preamp

LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI

LR Baggs Venue DI

LR Baggs parts

LR Baggs battery bag

LR Baggs cables

LR Baggs Strapjack Plus (bronze or gold)

LR Baggs Buffer Jack (bronze or gold)


LR Baggs I-Beam Active pickup

The I-Beam Active System combines a bridge plate transducer with an endpin preamp that enables you to simply "plug-in-and-play". The I-Beam is easily installed, without the need to modify the bridge, saddle or setup of your guitar. It reproduces the natural tone of an acoustic guitar while maintaining perfect string balance and providing full dynamic range.

The I-Beam itself is the heart of the system and weighs only 1/3rd oz. This revolutionary bridge plate transducer easily sticks to the bridge plate on the inside of the guitar and does not affect the acoustic tone of the guitar in any way. It's microphonic enough to reproduce accurately the sound of your playing, but is resistant to feedback and gives you excellent amplified sound without that 'fingernails on the blackboard' sound that under-saddle pickups have. A placement jig is included that allows you to install the pickup in minutes and get the ideal placement for the transducer inside the guitar.

The ultra-low noise I-Beam preamp is built into the strapjack, which is installed in place of the endpin. A soundhole volume control is also provided. A neat velcro battery pocket is provided for the battery. 9v battery required.

145.00

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I-Beam Active

I-Beam Active

LR Baggs I-Beam Passive pickup

This is the best LR Baggs amplification system for steel-string acoustic guitars, if you want the most authentic acoustic sound. The I-Beam Passive System bridge plate transducer enables you to simply "plug-in-and-play". The I-Beam is easily installed, without the need to modify the bridge, saddle or setup of your guitar. It reproduces the natural tone of an acoustic guitar while maintaining perfect string balance and providing full dynamic range.

The I-Beam bridge plate transducer weighs only 1/3rd oz. and does not affect the acoustic sound of the instrument. It's microphonic enough to reproduce accurately the sound of your playing, but is resistant to feedback and gives you excellent amplified sound without that 'fingernails on the blackboard sound that under-saddle pickups have. A placement jig is included that allows you to install the pickup in minutes and get the ideal placement for the transducer inside the guitar. A high quality Switchcraft endpin jack is provided.

The I-Beam Passive is simpler to install than its Active cousin - less wires and no battery compartment - but it does require an external preamp, such as the Baggs Para Acoustic DI or the Gigpro Universal preamp.

115.00

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I-Beam Passive

LR Baggs M80 magnetic soundhole pickup with Full Range 3D Body Sensitivity

The M80 is Lloyd Baggs' latest soundhole pickup. It's a big step up from the well-established M1/M1A design, with an impressively natural and more microphone-like sound, which makes it one of the very best soundhole pickups on the market.

The M80'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.

The M80 offers you the option of either "active" or "passive" settings, essentially giving you two pickups in one. In active mode, the M80 engages a high quality, all-discrete preamp that is specifically tuned to optimize the M80's performance. With optimal noise cancellation and a higher output level, the active M80 can plug directly into a P.A. or acoustic amplifier without an external preamp. If your battery dies during a performance, you can continue using the M80 by switching to the"passive" setting and making the proper external adjustments. A battery check indicator is built into the top of the pickup, and there is also a thumbwheel volume control (active mode only)

The M80 is easy to mount across the soundhole using two fixing screws - the tapered ends of the pickup mean that it can be fitted to guitars with soundholes of different diameters. It can be used on any guitar with a soundhole larger than 3.55" in diameter. Connection to the endpin jack socket is is via a detachable lead. (Endpin assembly and lead are both supplied.) Adjustible polepieces allow the balance of individual strings to be adjusted - although the factory setting is usually spot-on. The M80 in active mode is powered by a 3v lithium battery which provides over 1,000 hours of playing time. It is neatly mounted in the bottom of the pickup - a separate battery compartment is not necessary.

Bronze strapnut 270.00
Gold strapnut 280.00

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LR Baggs M80 soundhole pickup
LR Baggs M80 soundhole pickup
LR Baggs M80 soundhole pickup
LR Baggs M80 soundhole pickup

LR Baggs M1A active soundhole pickup

The M1 Active takes the M1 pickup to a new level of performance and convenience. The built-in all class A electronics eliminate the need for any external preamps and makes the M1 Active compatible with any outboard equipment. And the volume control gives you fingertip access in any performing situation. Output can be up to three times that of the passive M1. This is an excellent choice for high-volume situations.

The LR Baggs M1 Active acoustic soundhole pickup uses new technology developed by Gary Garrett and Lloyd Baggs to allow the pickup to respond to the guitar's string and body vibrations. It's 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. In the M1 Active, the hum-cancelling coil is suspended under the main coil by a tuned support that allows it to move in three dimensions. The primary coil moves with the guitar top and creates a body signal in the suspended secondary coil. Motion is carefully controlled to add the presence and realism from the body signal while suppressing runaway feedback. This brings the M1 Active to life, with string and body sound all in one. It's like having a dual pickup system in your soundhole. The M1 Active allows you to play at high levels without feedback, and the combination of string vibration and guitar body sound produces a quality of acoustic sound unrivalled by other soundhole pickups. Ideal for both live and studio situations.

The M1 is easy to mount across the soundhole using two fixing screws - the tapered ends of the pickup mean that it can be fitted to guitars with soundholes of different diameters. Connection to the endpin jack socket is is via a detachable lead. (Endpin assembly and lead are both supplied.) Adjustible polepieces allow the balance of individual strings to be adjusted - although the factory setting is usually spot-on. The M1 Active is powered by a 3v lithium battery which provides over 1,000 hours of playing time. It is neatly mounted in the bottom of the pickup - a separate battery compartment is not necessary.

Bronze strapnut 170.00
Gold strapnut 180.00

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LR Baggs M1A active soundhole pickup

LR Baggs M1A active soundhole pickup LR Baggs M1 passive soundhole pickup

LR Baggs M1 passive soundhole pickup

The LR Baggs M1 acoustic soundhole pickup uses new technology developed by Gary Garrett and Lloyd Baggs to allow the pickup to respond to the guitar's string and body vibrations.

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. In the M1, the hum-cancelling coil is suspended under the main coil by a tuned support that allows it to move in three dimensions. The primary coil moves with the guitar top and creates a body signal in the suspended secondary coil. Motion is carefully controlled to add the presence and realism from the body signal while suppressing runaway feedback. 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 - no pre-amp is needed. The M1 allows you to play at high levels without feedback, and the combination of string vibration and guitar body sound produces a quality of acoustic sound unrivalled by other soundhole pickups (well, except for the LR Baggs M1 Active!). Ideal for both live and studio situations.

The M1 is easy to mount across the soundhole using two fixing screws - the tapered ends of the pickup mean that it can be fitted to guitars with soundholes of different diameters. Connection to the endpin jack socket is is via a detachable lead. (Endpin assembly and lead are both supplied.) If preferred, a longer lead is also supplied for direct connection to an amp. Adjustible polepieces allow the balance of individual strings to be adjusted - although the factory setting is usually spot-on.

Bronze strapnut 145.00
Gold strapnut 155.00


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LR Baggs M1 passive soundhole pickup

LR Baggs M1 passive soundhole pickup LR Baggs M1 passive soundhole pickup

LR Baggs Element Active pickup

The Element undersaddle transducer for steel-string acoustic guitars is flexible, so it makes good contact with the bridge and saddle - thus addressing one of the common problems of bridge saddle pickups. The improved coupling increases sensitivity, providing a more lively and open acoustic guitar sound with a delicate high end. It works with most common string spacings and saddle widths, including 3/32" and 1/8", for uniform string-to-string balance.

This is an active pickup system - the transducer is coupled to a discrete Class-A preamp/endpin jack with pre-contoured EQ for plug-and-play convenience, and a soundhole-mounted mini volume control that requires no soldering or drilling. A velcro battery bag is also included. 9-volt battery required.

125.00

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LR Baggs Element Active pickup

LR Baggs Element Active VTC pickup

This is the same as the standard steel-string Element undersaddle transducer/preamp, but is a newer model. Instead of a mini volume control it provides both volume and tone controls. Soundhole-mounted, requires no soldering or drilling.

129.00

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LR Baggs Element Active VTC pickup

LR Baggs I-Mix pickup system

The LR Baggs I-Mix System provides faithful feedback-resistent acoustic sound for any stage or studio situation. It combines the award-winning I-Beam bridge transducer pickup with an undersaddle Baggs Element transducer. The bridge saddle transducer produces an accurate acoustic sound with lots of dynamic range, whilst the undersaddle transducer provides a little more attack for lead playing, etc. (Or, to put it differently, the bridge saddle transducer tames the aggressiveness of an undersaddle transducer!)

However you view it, the combination is highly effective - especially when coupled with flexible onboard A class electronics. Volume and blend controls are provided, together with a battery compartment (9V battery needed) and a Switchcraft endpin jack (can be wired in stereo if desired).

219.00

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LR Baggs Active I-Mix pickup system

LR Baggs Anthem pickup system

This new LR Baggs mike-pickup system for acoustic guitars restores the dominance of the microphone in the sound mix. This is unlike previous systems where only a small amount of the mike could be used to add some 'air' to the dominant pickup signal.

At the heart of the patent pending Anthem system is a proprietary noise cancelling, feedback-resistant low-profile microphone, the Tru-Mic, which mounts on the bridge plate. The Anthem Tru-Mic eliminates any annoying honky or boxy qualities that have been previously associated with internal miking.

Because the mike is positioned within a few millimeters of the guitar top, it has very high gain before feedback. The mike housing mounts easily to the bridge plate and the mic capsule hovers just 3mm above its surface to take advantage of the PZM or 'boundary' effect. This Tru-Mic technology picks up the sound of the vibrations of the entire soundboard and makes the mike unusually free from placement issues.

A Baggs under-saddle Element pickup is combined to enhance the lowest frequencies - or you can set it to full-frequency range, and balance it against the mike using the onboard controls.

The two units are wired to a featherweight soundhole-mounted preamp-control module with volume, mix, phase and battery check controls. The combined signal is then routed to a standard strapjack. Powered by a 9V battery.

LR Baggs Anthem pickup system


309.00

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LR Baggs Anthem pickup system

LR Baggs Anthem pickup system

LR Baggs Anthem SL pickup system

For those who prefer a minimalist approach to controls, LR Baggs has created the Anthem SL. The Anthem SL has the balance between the Tru-Mic and the Element pickup pre-set for optimum performance so you can have the same great fidelity in an endpin preamp format. The preamp, with LR Baggs' famous all-discrete studio quality circuitry, is also equipped with a soundhole-mounted volume control.

220.00

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LR Baggs Anthem SL pickup system

LR Baggs Lyric microphone system

There's no argument that a microphone is the best way to capture the sound of an acoustic guitar, but until now, using a microphone for most live performances has been an elusive dream. Lyric is the next step in LR Baggs' Tru-Mic technology. Without a pickup, Lyric's microphone accurately transports your guitar's actual voice to a live audience.

The 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 microphone 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 microphone's proximity to the top allows high gain before feedback. Unlike other attempts to use an internal microphone, Lyric employs noise cancelling technology that rejects "boxy" reflections inside of the acoustic chamber. This enables the mic to act as if it were outside of the guitar, delivering a clear and open performance.

Lyric's tiny circuit board delivers several "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 microphone's sweetness no matter how hard you play. The third innovation 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.

Steel-string and classical versions are available.

Features
  • TRU-MIC noise cancelling technology
  • No pickup
  • Analogue signal conditioning
  • All discrete mic preamplifier
  • Soundhole volume control
  • Microphone presence control
  • Quick and easy installation


Steel-string 220.00
Classical 220.00

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LR Baggs Lyric microphone system

LR Baggs Lyric microphone system

LR Baggs Lyric microphone system

LR Baggs Lyric microphone system

LR Baggs Gigpro Universal Preamp

The Gigpro is a single-channel universal preamp. Although designed for acoustic guitar pickups, it can be used with just about any instrument that has a pickup. It also provides 9V phantom power for mini-mics and other phantom powered onboard electronics.

The circuitry is generally modelled after the more sophisticated (and expensive!) Para Acoustic DI, and the sound from this preamp is as good as many floor-bound preamps. L.R Baggs has trimmed the features down to the bare essentials, but you'll find everything you need to get the best sound possible from your pickup. The EQ, for example, has only two bands plus a variable low cut but you will find it very intuitive to use. The Gigpro also include a gain knob and phase inversion.

This is one of the best sounding, easiest to use, most effective and quietest small preamps on the market.

Features
  • Adjustable Gain (up to 33dB)
  • Allows the best performance and lowest noise with a variety of input sources, including low output pickups
  • 2 Band EQ
  • Treble used to add or subtract the highest frequencies or "presence"
  • Bass used to add or subtract the lower frequencies, add "warmth" or to cut feedback
  • Trim Control is a movable 12dB/octave low cut filter that is adjustable from 27Hz to 200Hz
  • Low Current Consumption provides 300+ hours of play time on a single 9V battery
  • Phantom Power is available for use with most mini-microphones
  • 100% Discrete all Class A Circuitry
  • Phase Inversion for feedback control and optimum recording mix
  • Input and Output Jacks
  • Battery Status LED remains on at all times when the unit is plugged in - as the battery weakens the LED dims
  • Super Quiet! -90dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio

102.50

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LR Baggs Gigpro Universal Preamp

LR Baggs Gigpro Universal Preamp

LR Baggs Mixpro 2-channel Preamp

The Mixpro is a versatile two-channel preamp and mixer. It allows a perfect combination of almost any sort of pickup or mini mic. It places every essential control right at the player's fingertips, eliminating the need to modify a prize guitar for onboard electronics - or to carry around a heavy, obtrusive rack.

The Mixpro is the recommended choice for players who want to amplify and blend two sources, such as a guitar pickup and mini-mic. Its two input stages work well with almost any type of pickup. The two input channels are blended into a mono output signal; the blend and overall tone can be controlled with the mix and EQ controls included with the preamp.

Players who only need to amplify one source should consider the Para DI, Gigpro or Feedback Master.

Features
  • Works with just about any pickup combination including mini mics
  • Small, lightweight design can be clipped to belt or attached to microphone stand
  • All-discrete class A circuitry for sweet transparent sound
  • Identical input stages on both inputs will work with passive or active pickups and mini-mics giving you an array of possible configurations
  • Output phase inversion at fingertip access helps control feedback
  • Switchable phantom power to either or both channels - gets the battery off of the guitar
  • Variable master low-cut filter (trim control) is tunable from 27-225 HZ (12 dB/Oct.) and is a powerful tool for taming wild pickups or sound systems
  • Internal relative phase switch for the optimum blend between two sources
  • Variable gain for both tip and ring channel to match most pickups and mics
  • Mono mixed output

147.50

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LR Baggs Mixpro 2-channel Preamp

LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI

The Para Acoustic DI is a studio-quality direct box, featuring a five-band equalizer with tunable notch and midrange controls, adjustable gain and phase inversion. The proprietary Quasi-Passive EQ circuitry is totally transparent and allows control over voicing without sacrificing tone - a big advance over conventional equalizers. The anti-feedback features are particularly useful. Ideal as a partner for any high quality acoustic guitar pickup.

Features
  • Low EQ band control (85Hz)
  • Notch control and tune knob (98 to 247Hz): Designed primarily to help with feedback problems
  • Midrange control (400Hz to 1.6kHz) and tune knob
  • Presence control (5kHz)
  • Treble control (10kHz)
  • Battery status LED
  • Volume control
  • External battery access compartment: For quick and easy battery changes.
  • Balanced XLR output: A standard, post EQ/effects, balanced low impedance output. Plug it into the board with a microphone cable or stage/studio snake. If your board provides 48V phantom power on the XLR cable, the Para Acoustic DI will run on it instead of the battery.
  • Phantom power LED
  • 1/4" output: This is a regular unbalanced output for a standard mono cable.
  • Invert switch: Changes the polarity of the signal.Used with the notch filter to kill feedback.
  • Effects loop: Stereo jack send-return for outboard effects that allow you to blend reverb, chorus or other effects in with a dry signal.
  • Pre-set gain control
  • Instrument input

180.00
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LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI

LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI

LR Baggs Venue DI

The Venue DI is LR Baggs' latest offering. I've long been a fan of Baggs preamps like the Para DI, and this moves the Para DI concept to a new level. It's a preamp, EQ, electronic tuner and direct box all housed in a rugged floor box, perfect for all acoustic instruments. Features include 5-band EQ with tuneable low and high mid controls (aka twin parametrics), 100% discrete Class A circuitry for quiet sound, adjustable gain, Garret Null notch filter, phase inversion, an easy to use footswitch activated chromatic tuner, foot switch activated solo volume boost with output level control, series effects loop and more. Runs on 9V battery or 9V adaptor plug (not included). All the essentials in one very well designed package. Comes with a neat carrying case.

Features
  • Front
  • Bass Control
  • Parametric Low Midrange Controls
  • Parametric Hi Midrange Controls
  • Presence
  • Treble
  • Notch (Garrett Null anti-feedback notch filter)
  • Clip Meter
  • Gain
  • Phase
  • Battery Check
  • Tuner
  • Volume
  • Foot Switches
  • Mute/Tune
  • Boost (0-9dB)
  • Rear and Side
  • 1/4" unbalanced Mono Input with on/off switch
  • EFX Send
  • EFX Return
  • Boost Level
  • D.I. Output (Transformer Coupled)
  • Ground Lift amd Transformer-Coupling
  • 1/4" Output
  • D.C. Input

290.00

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LR Baggs Venue DI

LR Baggs Venue DI

LR Baggs battery bag

Nylon mesh pocket with self-adhesive hook-and-loop mounting pad. An easily accessible way to install a 9-volt battery inside a guitar without drilling. The battery is not included.


11.50

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LR Baggs battery bag

LR Baggs cables

I can supply a range of cables to connect pickups and preamps. Let me know what you need.


M1C3 cable to connect an M1 pickup to an I-Mix preamp. Mono - not for use with M1A or M80, which have their own preamps. Ultra low noise cable.
22.50

M1ASJ strapjack assembly for M1, M1A or M80. Prewired strap jack with mini-plug, allows you to wire additional guitars to use with Baggs Active or Passive soundhole pickups. Ultra low noise cable. Bronze strapnut.
32.00

M1ASJ strapjack assembly for M1, M1A or M80. Prewired strap jack with mini-plug, allows you to wire additional guitars to use with Baggs Active or Passive soundhole pickups. Ultra low noise cable. Gold strapnut.
39.00

M1-C1 10' ultra-low-noise cable for the M1 pickup. Allows the use of the M1 without a permanent installation of an endpin jack. Cable constructed of audio-grade studio quality materials. The mini 1/8" male connector plugs directly into the M1 pickup, and the standard 1/4" jack plugs directly into your amp or PA system.
30.00


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LR Baggs M1C3 cable

LR Baggs M1ASJ strapjack

LR Baggs M1-C1 cable

LR Baggs Strapjack Plus

LR Baggs endpin strapjack. High quality unit. Requires 1/2" hole for mounting. May be wired for mono or stereo connection and can also be used to switch on an onboard preamp. Strapnut in Baggs' signature bronze or gold plated.

Bronze 19.95
Gold 29.95

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LR Baggs Strapjack Plus (bronze strapnut)

LR Baggs Buffer Jack

LR Baggs Buffer Jack. Endpin jack for twin acoustic guitar pickup/mic systems.

The LR Baggs Buffer Jack is a specialized endpin jack for acoustic guitars. It allows you to wire two distinct signal sources through the stereo jack without any signal crosstalk. This jack is designed to be used specifically with a Baggs Mixpro, but will work with most twin channel preamps. Professional installation recommended.

High quality unit. Requires 1/2" hole for mounting. Strapnut in Baggs' signature bronze or gold plated.

Bronze 34.95
Gold 39.95

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LR Baggs Strapjack Plus (bronze strapnut)