LR Baggs M80 Acoustic Soundhole PickupItem ID: M80Pickup
Active Acoustic Guitar Soundhole Pickup with Prewired Strapjack Harness, 1,000+ Hours Battery Life
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Get Natural Acoustic Guitar Sound OnstageLooking for the perfect blend of string and body in a soundhole pickup? The LR Baggs M80 acoustic guitar pickup does just what you want your acoustic guitar's pickup to do - it brings the natural voice of your guitar to life onstage. Your strings will sound sweet but not too twangy and bright, which is a problem with many acoustic pickups. The M80 not only picks up your string sound, but also the vibrations of your guitar giving a complete sonic image of your instrument. And you'll have full control of your detailed, full sound thanks to the LR Baggs M80's built-in volume control. You'll be glad to know that there's a pre-wired strapjack harness, so installation should be a snap. Best of all, you can feel free to plug in and play all you want.
LR Baggs M80 Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup at a Glance:
Natural-sounding acoustic pickup
Building upon LR Baggs successful M1 Active pickup, the M80 takes a floating second coil and turns it into a reactive body sensor. You get more of the motion and movement of the guitar translated into sound than ever before. This 3D body sensor is tuned to pick up the entire frequency range of the guitar adding richness and detail to the sound. The string signal and body sensor signal are then added together to give the LR Baggs M80 acoustic pickup a natural and lifelike sound.
Ready for the stage
Designed for use onstage and in the studio, the LR Baggs M80 acoustic pickup has many gig-worthy features. An easy to reach volume control lets you turn your guitar sound up or down on the fly without hassle. A convenient check battery light lets you know when your battery is getting low. If your battery dies at the gig, you can keep the show going by switching the pickup over to passive mode. Active mode adds a slight contour to your guitar's EQ that is perfect for any style of playing. The LR Baggs M80 is also designed to be used at high volumes without feedback issues.
Captures the true sound of your guitar's body
The 3D body sensor captures the sound of your guitar like never before. You'll notice that when you tap or slap your guitar percussively, the LR Baggs M80 picks up that sound just like a microphone would. The idea behind the M80 is that the entire guitar is important to the sound, not just your strings. Most soundhole pickups only worry about the strings, and piezo pickups aren't able to get the full sound of the guitar. LR Baggs designed the M80 to grab every detail on the instrument for the best sound reproduction possible.
LR Baggs M80 Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup Features:
Capture the true sound of your guitar with the LR Baggs M80 active acoustic guitar pickup!
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Reviewsbased on 6 reviews
Better than a pre-amp
by JP from MissouriI was nervous about this soundhole pickup. I have been trying for months to find a guitar that I could get the exact sound I wanted, but I couldn't. I have a Gretsch dreadnought, that I love and am co... read more [+]mfortable with so I decided to go with this AMAZING pickup (well worth the money)... The versatility with this pickup is equal to none. close [-]
November 10, 2012
Music Background: Live Performer
Acoutic pickup finally done right
by Buzz Gohman from Bronte, TXI didn't dream 35 years ago when I bought my acoustic guitar that I would be playing it every Sunday as a worship leader. Clip-in sound hole mikes are OK but they never sounded like my guitar when it... read more [+] was un-plugged. I kept waiting for someone to get it right. LL Baggs finally did.
August 27, 2012
Music Background: Music worship leader
I am a very percussive player. The M80 picks everything I do up and feeds it to the acoustic amp. What comes out of the amp is what my guitar sounds like when I am playing it unplugged in a small room. From aggressively hammering on the strings to laid back finger picking, the M80 picks it all up just the way I intended it to sound. You can't ask for more than that from an acoustic pickup. It is a bit pricey compared to many other sound hole pickups but it was worth every dime.
The pickup can be switched to passive mode but I am perfectly pleased with the active mode and you can monitor the status of the battery so you can be assured it will not die on you in the middle of a gig.
I was a bit concerned about drilling out the tail block from the 1/4" hole used by the old strap pin to the 1/2' hole required by the M80 strap-jack. I used a variable speed drill so I could drill very slowly, used a set of good sharp drill bits, and worked my way up from the 1/4" bit to the 1/2" bit, cutting very slowly through the outer finish. It took 10 minutes but the finish is perfectly preserved, the strap-jack fits snug and the rest of the installation took another two minutes.
I have never been this pleased with an add-on product. My 35 year old gigging partner has never sounded better on Sunday mornings. close [-]
No more under bridge saddles pick ups for me
by Gene Gibson from State College, PA (USA)I have been trying for the past 6 years to amplify my 1950 J-200. It was refinished in the 60s, so there is no collectible value, but it sounds great. Over the past 8 years I have tried a Fishman Pie... read more [+]zo, Shertler which made the low e-string boom, and finally a B-Band which did not pick the low string up at all. I read about the LR Baggs and bought it.
July 23, 2012
Music Background: Recording Engineer and Pro Musician
I played my first gig using this pickup and it was everything I wanted. I can not play my favorite guitar in public. close [-]
Excellent amplified acoustic sound
by Rick from Missouri, USAI've been searching for several years now for a better way to amplify my Taylor 814ce. Love the guitar, hate the expression system. I've tried many different pickups and internal and external micropho... read more [+]ne systems without being able to achieve the realistic natural acoustic sound I've been wanting. This pickup has a wonderful natural acoustic sound especially in the high frequencies I think my search is over. close [-]
August 29, 2012
Music Background: Gitarist, Recording Engineer
Clean and workable
by k9sound from San Francsico, CA, USAIf I were able to post a raw audio file right here on the Sweetwater review I would. In lieu of that, I'd say the M80 is pretty good and getting there. Without the B pole and subdued high E pole (as p... read more [+]er factory specs) it has a fairly balanced sound, not mic'd, piezo, or electric, but perhaps all of the above combined.
July 8, 2012
Music Background: starving artist
It's hard for me to convey in words what it sounds like plugged directly into a decent audio interface and recorded uncolored, but it's not twangy like piezo, although it has piezo sonic characteristics without the brittleness.
My Martin OM-1GT is neither boomy nor boxy, so I'll report that the M80 does not introduce audio artifacts but tries very hard to represent the instrument accurately. Room for more R&D for sure, but the M80 could be tops for a while.
It's a hefty investment no doubt, and all the samples I heard on the internet before purchase were colored with an amp or preamp, showcasing a player's skill or band with the M80. Raw is probably more appropriate. Thus, trust me when I say it's good out-of-the-box and tonally clean and workable. From there EQ and effects can make the guitar shine. close [-]
Robert, Chester, VA
LR Baggs M80 Acoustic Soundhole Pickup
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