LR Baggs Anthem Acoustic Soundhole Microphone/Undersaddle Guitar Pickup

Microphone Pickup for Acoustic Guitar
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Natural Amplified Sound From Your Acoustic!

The LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Pickup will change the way you look at mic pickups! This feedback-busting, natural-sounding pickup is the result of over 30 years of effort. There's no modeling and no illusions going on here. The Anthem is strictly a well-designed microphone that picks up your guitar - clean, clear, and full of dynamics. While many guitar mics are way too prone to feedback or just as bad... give you that annoying "boxy sound" when used alone... the LR Baggs Anthem is like having your acoustic sound just "turned up," so it's full of detail, warmth, and personality.

So how does it work? We won't launch entirely into all the nitty gritty and the exhausting research the LR Baggs team went through to design the Anthem. What we will say is that they developed proprietary noise-canceling technology that avoids that helps avoid that honky/boxy sound and keep your acoustic tone sounding pure and natural. Plus, a specially designed placement system picks up the sound of the vibrations of your entire soundboard, so the Anthem is surprisingly free of placement issues.

The control unit of the Anthem is extremely lightweight and features just the essentials: Volume, Mix, and Phase. It nestles inside the soundhole for easy fingertip access. With the Mix control, you can blend between the augmented mic and the full-range pickup. There's also a multi-segment battery check to maximize battery life.

LR Baggs Anthem Acoustic Guitar Pickup Features at a Glance:
  • Microphone acoustic guitar pickup
  • Feedback-avoiding design
  • Noise-canceling technology to avoid "honky" or "boxy" sonic qualities
  • Tru-Mic system makes the mic unusually free from placement issues
  • Control unit fits inside soundhole: Volume, Mix, and Phase controls

Additional Media

Anthem Acoustic Soundhole Microphone/Undersaddle Guitar Pickup User Manual

Tech Specs

Position Soundhole
Manufacturer Part Number Anthem

Customer Reviews

5/5
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5/5

Amazing!

This is quite simply, the best acoustic guitar pick-up I have ever used! It is as close as you can get to putting a studio microphone in front of the sound hole. Very responsive and true!
Music background: Professional
5/5

Excellent

Very good pickup. Installed in a 1993 Taylor 810. Excellent response to finger picking and aggressive strumming. No feedback. Not too difficult to install if you are accustomed to doing your own work. Do need to take a little off the bridge but that is easy. Highly recommend. Not a under saddle piezo sound. The microphone really gives a good ability to blend the true voice of the guitar.
Music background: Amateur that gets paid enough to keep me playing but not enough to feed me.
5/5

GREAT PICKUP!

Great natural sounding pickup and mic combination! Easy to install.
Music background: Hobby musician
5/5

Great sound, no feedback issues

Had this professionally installed into a D-28CW. It captures so much detail I have to be careful how I move my arm. I love the spacious and airy quality I get from this bass-heavy box. I keep the adjustment nearly pegged to the microphone setting, and haven't run into feedback issues with a PA or my small amp. This sounds much better than an under-saddle element on its own, including a good pickup of percussion taps on the body. If you want less of that, you can dial up more of the under-saddle element. I am running this through a Venue DI. Initially I was running the mids down a bit but now I'm liking the sound more flat. I do find that this pickup produces less signal than my others (like the Fishman in my Cargo); I use the DI to boost the signal before it goes to the desk. If you find your sound is odd, definitely switch the phase (easy to do between songs). It makes a big difference in some circumstances.
Music background: Serious amateur
5/5

Blown Away!

Working at a decent sized church we've had dozens of guitars come through, from professional musicians with their own bus, to the mid-week-fill-in-guy who knows four chords. So long story short I've heard a ton of guitars through our system. Our worship leader has owned five or six guitars since I've been here, Taylor, Martin, Takamine, Ibanez, but she's settled on a Baden A-Style Mahogany with a cedar top that had just the right amount of warmth and projection, it's really a great sounding guitar. At $1800 it came with the "newset and greatest" Fishman Aura-Ellipse on board a couple years ago, and at the time i thought it sounded great. I will say it took quite a while, and lots of adjustments to get the sound we wanted but in the end it sounded really good. So Baden goes out of business, and last year I find a used one identical to the one our worship leader plays for $600, I bought it knowing how good it sounds and how much of a steal that was for what they used to sell for. I finally got around to putting a pickup in it because it didn't come with one, and I went with the Anthem. IT"S NOT EVEN CLOSE... This is the best sounding pickup I've ever heard and second place isn't even visible in the distance. I set it up (mic gain) at home and then took it to Church this morning, set the EQ flat, plugged into a basic Radial DI with no adjustment, and was absolutely blown away. It really is unbelievable, especially when comparing the Fishman Aura-Ellipse and The Baggs Anthem side by side in the same exact guitar. The Anthem sounds so much better straight out of the Box, and I cranked the montiors to check for feedback... nothing (if the phase is set right) . If funds weren't an issue I'd rip that Fishman out and replace it with an Anthem TODAY, on an $1800 guitar!!! Every professional musician I know who's heard it says the same thing, including the custom guitar builder I had put it in, it's really unbelivable, it sounds just like your guitar. If your in the market, buy it, it will blow you away.
Music background: Sound Guy / Average Guitarist
See also: Acoustic Pickups, LR Baggs, LR Baggs Acoustic Guitar Pickups