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Microphone Month

Hands On: LR Baggs Lyric System

Not happy with the plugged-in sound of your pickup-equipped acoustic guitar? Then you definitely need to turn your ears toward the LR Baggs Lyric system, which is now available for both nylon and steel-string guitars. The Lyric is a pressure-zone microphone system that mounts inside the guitar and, utilizing LR Baggs-patented technologies, produces an amazingly authentic tone — in short, your guitar sounds like it is miked with a high-end studio microphone.

The system isn’t difficult to install. There are just four components: the tiny microphone; the equally tiny volume control module, which you mount just inside the soundhole; the 9-volt battery clip/battery pouch; and the end-pin unit. The volume control module also has a presence control you can use for dialing in the high-frequency response you want to hear.

We installed several of these systems in steel-string and nylon-string guitars, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Comments included, “It sounds like my guitar,” “There’s none of that pickup ‘quack’ in the tone,” “It’s the first system that really captures my  guitar,” and “No feedback problems.”

The Lyric system is so good that you can use it not only onstage, but also in the studio for tracking, either as the sole mic or in conjunction with an external studio microphone. Highly recommended!

Mitch Gallagher

About Mitch Gallagher

Sweetwater Editorial Director, Mitch Gallagher, is one of the leading music/pro audio/audio recording authorities in the world. The former senior technical editor of Keyboard magazine and former editor-in-chief of EQ magazine, Gallagher has published thousands of articles, is the author of seven books and one instructional DVD, and appears in well over 500 videos on YouTube. He teaches audio recording and music business at Purdue University/Indiana University, and has appeared at festivals, conventions, and conferences around the world.
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