LR Baggs Element Active System

Active Under-saddle Pickup with Volume Control for Acoustic Guitars
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The Missing Link Between Your Guitar and the Stage

If you're looking for a premium under-saddle pickup to add to your acoustic guitar, then check out the Element Active System by LR Baggs. The under-saddle transducer element itself has a minimalist design and broad surface contact area that lets it get the most out of your instrument. The Element Active System also gives you an active, Class A endpin-mounted preamp with plug-in-and-play convenience, so you never have to fumble around for the on/off switch — just plug in and it turns on. The removable volume control mounts just inside the soundhole for easy access. And installing the entire Element Active System in most acoustic guitars is easy and doesn't require permanently altering your instrument.

LR Baggs Element Active System Under-saddle Pickup and Preamplifier Features at a Glance:
  • One size fits most acoustic guitar string spacing and saddle widths for even string balance
  • Plug-in-and-play convenience turns on when you plug in
  • Easy under-saddle transducer and preamplifier installation
  • No drilling or permanent alterations required for most acoustic guitars
  • Powerful, 3.4" (.092" wide) sensor with a minimalist design for maximum coupling and pickup power
  • Get a staggering 1000 playing hours from a single 9V battery
  • Includes Battery Bagg mount to securely hold the 9V battery out of sight
Get more from your acoustic guitar on stage with LR Baggs' Element Active System

Tech Specs

Position Undersaddle
Manufacturer Part Number EAS

Customer Reviews

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Amazing the difference

Based on hearing only once, for an hour or so, In a brand new Gibson J45 Custom. Using same amp as I've used for an SJ200 with a Fishman Under saddle passive transducer. The LR Baggs blows that one out of the water. It sounds like the actual guitar.
Music background: Hobbyist

LR Baggs Element Active System

I have never been disappointed with LR Baggs products and comsider them the best in acoustic transducer manufacturers. This particular transducer was quite easy to install and it's clarity made the work well worth the time spent. The real surprise was this first-time dealing with Sweetwater. Every bit of this experience was a pleasure, and I received a phone call shortly after receiving the pickup system, to be sure it arrived and to see if I was completely satisfiied.
Music background: Father of Peavey guitar; former Fender Dir. of R&D

LR Baggs Element Active System

I love this thing! For years, I've been consistently unhappy with everything I've used to amp my Taylor 113ce. You name it -I've tried it: Taylor and Fishman under-the-saddle systems, sound hole mics, sound hole pickups, and even the I-beam. Most were great for finger style suff for me as long as I didn't get to physical with the guitar -and I love to jump around with that guitar. Most of the time, I like to play hard with a light pick. Feedback and body noise just made any non-under saddle pickup system unacceptable for my preferences and style of playing. The other big problem -I just couldn't get good "definition" from my strings with most of those systems. Most other systems would put out tone, but I really wanted the whole sound of each string. I finally tried the LR Baggs Element Active System and got exactly what I wanted: no unacceptable feedback, the least body noise of anything I've ever tried, excellent battery life, no noise, and best of all, great amplification of the sound I really want to pull from my guitar for the way I play -and I'm guessing that 90% of players play the way I do. Thank you LR Baggs!!! I don't know if it was dumb luck or engineering genius, but I don't care. Either way, you've saved my life with this thing!
Music background: Contemporary Church Musician

Solidly made, easy to install, great-sounding picking...

I've had an LR Baggs Dual Source system in my Larivee acoustic for many years, and I alway get complimented on the plugged-in sound. The balance between the omni-directional mic and the Element under-saddle transducer is nearly flawless. Over time, I've discovered how impressive the Element works by itself as well, and in turn I've installed them in several other acoustic guitars for members on my worship arts team as well as other artists/session players I work with. Very easy installation, and the players are always struck by how great their guitars sound, even no-frills imports. My only comment is they could use a bit more output. I run mine with the LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI (which makes it sound even better) in order to bring the output level up comparable with other pickup/preamp systems. Other than that, this is the only aftermarket pickup I recommend for acoustic.
Music background: Worship pastor, session/touring musician, songwriter/arranger, recording engineer, basic guitar luthier/repair

do it

I haven't purchased many pickups like this so I'm going with a '3'. but I played a patio gig with the guitar I had this installed in and it blended and kept up with my partner's Boulder Creek really well the other night.. has a sweet top end, although I keep pretty fresh Elixir 11's on. was able to keep the EQ on the channel strip flat as well, come to think of it. I don't think you can go wrong with the Element!
Music background: 30 yr pro
See also: Acoustic Pickups, LR Baggs, LR Baggs Acoustic Guitar Pickups