L.R. Baggs ANTHEM Acoustic Guitar Pickup
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- No-Cut Preamp/Control Unit
- Includes TRU-MIC and Element Pickup
- Mix Control for Mic and Pickup Settings
- Phase Inversion for Minimizing Feedback;Allows to adjust a full blend between Element undersaddle pickup and microphone
- Master Volum and Mic Level Control
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The Award winning Anthem series, featuring our patent pending TRU MIC technology, seamlessly combines a proprietary condenser microphone with our acclaimed Element pickup to deliver the warmth and fidelity of a studio mic'd guitar anywhere you perform. At the heart of the Anthem is a revolutionary microphone engineered to capture a dynamic studio mic'd sound for any live performance. The TRU•MIC mounts to the underside of the bridge plate and hovers just 3 mm above its surface to take advantage of the PZM or "boundary" effect. This proprietary mounting system, combined with noise cancellation, frees the mic to perform as if it were outside of the guitar in a studio and maintain remarkable feedback suppression for the stage. The result is a balanced frequency response with excellent clarity for the purest sound you have ever heard amplified. We have paired the Element pickup with the TRU MIC to provide solidity and punch for low frequencies.
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Also note that if you go to tune your guitar on stage and band members are making noise, you will need to spin the mix knob all the way to the transducer so the mic doesn't pic up other sounds. I accept this as a natural side effect of this type of pickup. But what this pickup could use is better/brighter markings of which direction gives your more mic vs transducer. I have to turn it and listen for the change. I also think a incremental click/stop so you could easily get back to your favorite setting would be helpful. So if I adjust all the way to the transducer, it would be great to then go back to my favorite blend by clicking 6(?) stops in the other direction. It is also not marked clearly which is volumne and which is blend. You have to put your face right up to it. Eventually I'll remember which is which. My memory is horrible though.
I did end up removing the Anthem swapping it out for the Anthem SL. The reason was because I didn't like the idea of the bigger unit being held in place by masking tape. The Anthem SL is the perfect solution, it fits with no problem. I have also played live with the SL, and I didn't have to change anything on my eq settings from the Anthem. They are basically the same thing, minus the presence adjustment on the SL unit.
So, if you are looking at this pickup, make sure you look at your bracing and make sure that they are not too tall for the Anthems control unit. I tried fitting in the unit to my Taylor 816 & 414, and it fists great.
Giving this a 5 Star because the pickup is amazing! I may have to get one to keep and use it in one of my Taylor Guitars. Tone is a lot more true to the body of the guitar. You get a nice full rich lows and when switching out to finger style, the highs are still there so you can cut through the mix. This is the pickup to use to project the true tone of your guitar.
If you already own a LR Baggs Di system, then you can't go wrong with the pick up either.
The Anthem solves this by not magnifying the sound from the body, but by being pointed at the bottom of the top of the guitar on the inside and ignoring the sound bouncing around the guitar's interior. Then, in a stroke of more genius, Baggs under-saddle pickup emphasizes the mid-range and bass strings. By ignoring the trebles (G,B,E) they get around the ugly sounds that most peizo pickups naturally generate in those frequencies.. High frequencies are captured (and amplified) by the microphone. The end result is a system that you can easily tailor to your guitar.
It also delivers good amplification and I'm finally able to cut through the mix of the rest of the band (even the drums). Better still the amplification is wonderfully proportional to how heavy, or light, I strum or pluck the strings. I found I could leave the volume fairly high (about 3/4 of full) and easily play without having to change the volume, even though I ranged from heavy/fast strumming to fingerpicking on the high strings. The really great thing is that once the mic is adjusted to eliminate feedback, it does just that; eliminates all feedback! I cranked the volume up incrementally because I didn't want our sound guys to get alarmed, but finally I was at full volume, with my monitor on the floor to my left-rear, which is the position I use with all my acoustics to reduce the chance of feedback. No matter how loudly I played...NO FEEDBACK.
The extremely annoying aspect of the Taylor's included Fishman Prefix, was that to avoid feedback on stage, I had to turn the mic off completely and rely on the under-saddle pickup. Problem is that it did not have enough sensitivity to capture the high strings without "booming" the low strings. I tried every conceivable combination of switches, sliders, notch, contour and could never get the natural sound of my guitar unplugged, but amplified. When I needed to drop in an acoustic lead riff it was lost in the mix. Now I can add trills and hammer-ons, pull-offs and they are heard, and it's as simple and beautiful as that.Y ou know you have something when the other guitarists come up to you asking how you're getting that nice sound.
Is it perfect? No, it comes very close to reproducing the sound of my unplugged Taylor, but doesn't do so exactly. There is a bit more brightness when the amplification goes up, and it amplifies artifacts like finger movements and body sounds, but there is no way to get rid of that with any pickup; the only way is to be cleaner with your technique and less sloppy about where and when you contact the body.
I also wish that Baggs would put center-detents on the mix and volume switches as they are hidden under the sound-hole and you have to adjust by feel, especially when on stage when there is little time to inspect the settings while playing. But, those adjustments become second-nature, just like the rest of guitar playing, where practice allows your hands to assume the correct chort-shapes without thinking about it. It's a minor thing really, because the proportional sensitivity of the pickups means there is very little need to adjust the volume, just adjust your playing and it will sound great. Indeed, with my other guitars I usually do all my adjustments at the pedal board anyway.
Installation was straightforward per Baggs online instructions, but you will have to drill holes in your bridge, which some folks find uncomfortable to consider; don't worry it will work out great. The adhesive strips used to hold the amplifier in place weren't thick enough to allow it to clear one of the interior braces, but Baggs includes additional strips and when doubled over the ones already installed the amp cleared the braces and fits perfectly in the four-inch sound hole. If you already have an end-pin jack installation only takes about an hour, which will be quickly forgotten once you hear what your guitar sounds like afterwards.
Five stars are well deserved.and Baggs has me wondering what would the sound would be like if I installed this system on my archtop jazz guitar. Kudos to L.R. Baggs!
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2.) less aggressive than fishman but an expensive pickup.
3.) easy to install
L'installation est assez technique car il prend le son dans la caisse de la guitare et sous le piézo. L'installation est parfaite et soignée. Je l'ai mis sur une MARTIN D42 dire qu'il fallait à mon sens un micro qui corresponde à la qualité de la guitare.
Lors de l'essai il a été effectué sur un ampli Marshall acoustique. Pas terrible en fait.
mais sur l'AER à domicile rien à voir. la sonorité est claire, fidèle au son de la guitare et la projection est vraiment précise. Il existe différents réglages, mixage....Mais je n'ai tout essayé encore.
par contre ce qui peut changer et être un peu déroutant c'est qu'il demande une exécution parfaite main gauche comme main droite.
J'en suis parfaitement satisfait.
Ce qui est sans doute pas évident et à prendre bien escompté c'est de trouver un juste équilibre entre la guitare, sa valeur et le type de micro. Il n'est sans doute pas nécessaire d'installer ce type de micro sur une guitare à 200€ par exemple. Ou bien inversement une guitare honéreuse avec un micro bas de gamme. Il faut trouver le bon rapport qualité prix.
Dernière chose: ce micro devait être au prix de plus de 500€ à sa sortie et je l'ai acheté pour 200€. par fois il faut attendre un peu.