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LR Baggs Mandolin Pickup with external Jack Mount

4.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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  • Radius Pickup
  • Mounting Putty
  • Clear Adhesive Pads
  • Permanent VHB Pads
  • External Jack Mount
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Product Description

The Radius mandolin pickup is a hi tech contact sensor that was designed to emulate the sound of a mic without the instability associated with microphones. The pickup installs easily to the instrument with mounting putty that is non destructive to its finish. Inside of the pickup's housing is a highly flexible film sensor that responds much like a mic diaphragm. The sensor is held in equilibrium and damped by opposing neodymium magnets that allow the pickup to respond to the instruments most subtle nuances.

Product Information

Item Weight 6.4 ounces
Product Dimensions 6 x 3 x 4 inches
Shipping Weight 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B001E95KHO
Item model number RADIUS-M
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4.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #11,848 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#36 in Musical Instruments > Instrument Accessories > Guitar & Bass Accessories > Acoustic & Classical Guitar Parts > Pickups & Pickup Covers
#277 in Musical Instruments > Instrument Accessories > Guitar & Bass Accessories > Electric Guitar Parts
Date first available at Amazon.com July 1, 2008

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Needed a pickup for a mandolin so it could be heard in the midst of amplified acoustic guitars, vocals, fiddle, etc. The Baggs is small and easy to attach as advertised; the putty works well -- you just need a small dab to spread in order for it to stay put for weeks. Comes off without a mark. The external jack hooks reasonably well to the bottom of mandolin but occasionally slips off if jarred. The first time I plugged in, you could barely hear the mandolin plugged straight through to the soundboard. Sound was better just playing working straight into a mike though still with some feedback issues and only if the f-holes were right next to the mike. However, when we added a preamp, the sound came through clear and true. I've played with the Baggs several times now and would definitely purchase it again -- but only with a preamp as well. I also looked at the reviews for the Fishman pickup (bridge) and the K&K internal twin dual head pickup before selecting the Baggs.
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I've used the LR Baggs Radius Mandolin pickup at numerous gigs, and venues and am very happy with the results. Comparing the Radius pickup to previous pickups and mics, the unit is very sensitive, picking up not only the slightest of pick movements and sounds, but the wood tones as well. The overall result is amplified mandolin music which sounds full on acoustic with no exaggerated, tiny highs, or hollow bottom tones. I've received lost of positive comments from other musicians and patrons after they've heard this in action. At Amazon's price, this pickup is an exceptional value.
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I already knew I would need a preamp for this.. I have several.. I received this guy yesterday and installed it on my Loar lm-520 and it literally took 5 minutes.. I plugged into my BBE acoustimax preamp and set everything flat and plugged it into my Line6 l2t speaker. I made a few small eq adjustments and started chunking and picking away on Mandolin, What seemed like 10 minutes, turned into 1 hour..

I have been waiting to get a pickup on this mandolin for a long time but contemplated between the K&K system, The Schertler Basik and this pickup. I already own LR Baggs Anthem Pickups and have them in two of my guitars and LOVE them! As well, I have an LR Baggs IBeam I installed in my Baby Taylor Guitar and LOVE it! I figured that since I have had good luck with LR Baggs that this was indeed worth a try and I was right..

Granted.. I am going to say that some people have said "Too much Body/handling noise". I will say that their is body noise but as an acoustic musician, I personally like the "Body/Handling Noise". I feel that soundboard transducers give an accurate representation of acoustic instruments because of this.. The only thing I like better is the Anthem system that gives you the best of both worlds with the string response of a Piezo Element and the Body Tone of the phase corrected microphone inside but their is no such "Ready made" system for mandolin so I will settle for this guy.. For what I do, it truly is "Just fine"..

Don't get me wrong, If I had the money, I would have purchased the Schertler Dyn-M pickup but it seems quite silly to buy a pickup that costs almost as much as my mandolin. If you have an awesome mandolin, you may want to invest in something like that but for my little Loar LM-520 and my bar/club gigging, this thing is perfect..

If I were to record, I would just use a microphone..
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NOT impressed. As far as external mounting goes I get the impression not much care or thought went into creating the carpenter jack. When I would unplug the instrument cable the entire unit would slide off completely. Not a very good fit no matter how it was tightened down. I found a sweet spot for the sensor but since it was directly over the tone brace, that eliminated the possibility to mount this unit internally. The sound wasn't bad but far from what I expected. If you have a luthier at your disposal, there is hope. I didn't get the same feeling with the overall tone and response that I got when micing my mandolin with a cheap condenser microphone. I'm going to return this unit for a refund if I can find out how to do it, Amazon gives no clear options for this that I can imediately find on this web page....thanks amazon.
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I bought this mandolin pickup from another online store to go with a Breedlove mandolin that I bought. Here's why I gave it two stars.

1. I attached the pickup with the putty as directed in the instructions, but the mandolin sounded like it had a phaser on it. I didn't like the sound at all.
2. If you use it with stage monitors it has a tendency to feedback.
3. It had a tendency to pop off. When it did this it ripped the pickup right off the mandolin.
4. Because it's an external pickup, you're much more likely to scratch the mandolin while putting it on or taking it off.
5. You need to use an external preamp to get it to sound anywhere decent.
6. It's noisy in that you hear every tap and rub on the mandolin's body.
7. Mine had a short in the wire that connect the pickup to the jack, so it would cut in and out while playing. I used this excuse to get a full refund.

The price of the pickup and LR Baggs Para Acoustic D.I. together is right around $300. For this price you can buy an internal pickup and have it permanently installed by a professional tech. Not only do I think internal pickups sound better because they're not mounted with putty, but you don't have to worry about the pickup popping off during a performance.

Because I have a new mandolin I went with K&K Twin Internal mandolin pickup. It costed $120, plus $120 to have it professionally installed by a veteran luthier. That still cost less than the LR Baggs setup I had previously bought and wanted to like. Though I had to modify my mandolin, I'm much happier, and I don't think it's affected the value. I hear no difference in the sound quality after the K&K was installed. I had learned about the K&K after reading that's what John Paul Jones uses these days in his mandos.
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