LR Baggs iBeam Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup SystemItem ID: IBAS
Active bridgeplate pickup with volume control for acoustic guitars
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Discover the Voice of Your Acoustic Guitar!The LR Baggs iBeam Active System lets you add an award-winning bridge-plate transducer with a built-in Class A FET-based preamplifier to your acoustic guitar. The transducer mounts directly underneath the bridge plate of your instrument, and the preamplifier output jack mounts into your endpin hole, so there's no visual alteration to your guitar. A "plug-in-and-play" design adds unrivaled ease of use to the iBeam Active System. Once it's installed, all you have to do is plug in and the iBeam Active System turns on.
While LR Baggs recommends professional installation of their iBeam Active System, they do include a placement jig to make the process as easy as possible if you do it yourself. They also provide you with peel-and-stick adhesive to keep the transducer in place without affecting the wood of your guitar in any way. The iBeam Active System fits almost any x-braced guitar with at least 3" of flat, open space directly under the saddle. The preamp itself runs on a single 9V battery, and you get about 1000 playing hours out of a single battery. When properly installed, the LR Baggs iBeam Active System brings out the natural tone of your acoustic guitar while maintaining perfect string balance and providing full dynamic range.
LR Baggs iBeam Active System Acoustic Guitar Pickup Features at a Glance:
The LR Baggs iBeam Active System brings out the natural sound of your acoustic guitar!
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Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
Outstanding Sound quality
by SB79 from Cleveland, OhDropped one of these along with a iMix into a Gibson Hummingbird Artist that shipped with a LR Baggs Element from the factory.
October 6, 2010
Music Background: guitar player
Wow the iBeam sounds great! I received many compliments o... read more [+]n the sound.
When a room full of of Fingerstylists with high end Martins and Taylors jaws drop you know it sounds good. An excellent sounding pickup that lets all the nuances of your tone wood shine through. close [-]
Second time buying the iBeam from Sweetwater
by Lloyd Hendricks from Houston, TXI bought an iBeam from Sweetwater about a year ago and put it in an Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M (spruce/mahogany.) I've been very pleased with the quality of sound on a variety of different rigs from... read more [+] the 30 watt amp in the house to a full on performance setup at the House of Blues. So impressed I just ordered a second one for my Epi Masterbilt AJ-500R (spruce/rosewood.) The only reason I didn't give this pickup a 5 star rating is because I like the L.R. Baggs element just a little better but the iBeam is much easier to install.
May 9, 2013
Music Background: Open Mic Night Superstar!
I could have gone to my local guitar center and gotten it off the shelf but the ease of online ordering is great, plus the service from Sweetwater is second to none and they always follow up a couple of times after the purchase to make sure you are happy. THIS IS THE WAY YOU DO BUSINESS! As soon as I can afford it, I'm buying a Gibson J-45 from Sweetwater! close [-]
by Johnny Nobles from Dothan, ALJust got this installed last night and took it for a short spin. I was replacing an active Martin Thinline that I was never really happy with due to the "thin" sound. I have to admit I was a bit ske... read more [+]ptical but the Ibeam really knocked me out. The entire spectrum of my Yarii D74 finally came out. I would give it a 5 except it's so early... I'll update once the new wears off. Overall a best buy so far! close [-]
July 19, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist
by Brian H. from Elizabethtown, KYI purchased this pickup after reading lots of reviews to the positive, saying how natural this pickup sounds. This was not my experience. Was installed on a '79 Yamaha FG340. Sound was muddy, and ve... read more [+]ry prone to feedback. Took it out after one day. Found pickup was barely still sticking to the guitar, which could've been part of the problem, but the damage in my mind was done. This still won't shy me away from LR Baggs, its just this product wasn't right for me. close [-]
November 21, 2012
Music Background: Gigging Musician, 15+ years
Bruce, North Canton, OH
LR Baggs iBeam Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup System
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