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!