LR Baggs iBeam Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup System

Active bridgeplate pickup with volume control for acoustic guitars
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Discover the Voice of Your Acoustic Guitar!

The LR Baggs iBeam Active System lets you add an award-winning bridge-plate transducer with a built-in Class A FET-based preamplifier to your acoustic guitar. The transducer mounts directly underneath the bridge plate of your instrument, and the preamplifier output jack mounts into your endpin hole, so there's no visual alteration to your guitar. A "plug-in-and-play" design adds unrivaled ease of use to the iBeam Active System. Once it's installed, all you have to do is plug in and the iBeam Active System turns on.

While LR Baggs recommends professional installation of their iBeam Active System, they do include a placement jig to make the process as easy as possible if you do it yourself. They also provide you with peel-and-stick adhesive to keep the transducer in place without affecting the wood of your guitar in any way. The iBeam Active System fits almost any x-braced guitar with at least 3" of flat, open space directly under the saddle. The preamp itself runs on a single 9V battery, and you get about 1000 playing hours out of a single battery. When properly installed, the LR Baggs iBeam Active System brings out the natural tone of your acoustic guitar while maintaining perfect string balance and providing full dynamic range.

LR Baggs iBeam Active System Acoustic Guitar Pickup Features at a Glance:
  • Quick and easy installation
  • All discrete Class A FET-based preamp for a naturally warm, analog sound
  • Includes ibeam placement jig and peel-and-stick mounting adhesive
  • Natural string-to-string balance and dynamics
  • Fits most x-braced guitars with at least 3" of flat, open space under the saddle
  • Up to 1000 hours of playing time from a single 9V battery
  • Dimensions: 2.875" x .425"
  • Weighs less than 1/3oz
The LR Baggs iBeam Active System brings out the natural sound of your acoustic guitar!

Tech Specs

Position Bridge Plate
Manufacturer Part Number IBAS

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

LR Baggs iBeam active Acoustic pickup.

After talking with my sales guy and CF Martin guru Greg Baum, I chose this acoustic pickup for my vintage 1974 D-35 Martin. I wanted something simple to install and use. This has proven to be a wonderful choice for me. The clarity of tone along with the richness of the guitars natural tone quality is projected through any sound system I have played through so far. I do recommend this system to anyone wanting up grade a fine acoustic without it looking like one. Bluegrass pickers love to plug in, but hate to admit it. Save the cost of some very expensive micraphones and get this LR Baggs system, you will be pleased. Mike.
5/5

Perfect for my Alvarez travel guitar

I installed this in an Alvarez travel dreadnought I have had for years. The pickup actually enhanced the sound of the guitar! The baby Alvarez is one of the best guitars of this size, but it has the low volume and slightly boxy sound typical of travel-size guitars. The iBeam pickup allows me to open up the sound through a PA while providing all the presence and articulation I need for fingerstyle work. There is none of the quackiness of a piezo pickup, and I don't need to feed it through my Aura 16 to give it space and depth like I do my other guitars with piezo pickups. A little EQ and some reverb is all you need to make it sound as good as any electrified acoustic. There is a leaflet in the box that says that the warranty applies only if installed by a LR Baggs dealer or professional luthier. Since my subject was a "low risk" guitar, I did it myself. Installation was simple, but you need to have patience and not rush it to get the position of the pickup just right. Enlarging the end-pin hole for the jack was the scariest part, but a good 1/2" step drill bit ($20 at Home Depot) made this a snap without damaging the finish or splitting the wood. To me, the scariest part of installing undersaddle pickups is trimming the saddle, risking botching the setup -- there is none of that here. The saddle (and the acoustic tone) is unchanged. I lined up the pickup to be exactly under the saddle and it was perfect the first time, but your mileage may vary. The finished installation doesn't show at all except for a nice new endpin jack. Summary -- this is an amazing pickup that many people can install themselves.
Music background: Playing for 40 years but keeps a day job...
5/5

IBeam Active: Fantastic sound & least invasive.

Just had the pickup installed in my Larrivee parlour guitar, & love the sound, & that I didn't have to mess with the bridge/saddle at all! The guitar is a keeper, & if down the road I need to take the saddle down, I don't have to worry about it messing with the pickup. Did I mention that it sounds as good as the factory Baggs Element in my Gibson? Thanks Sweetwater!
Music background: older guy, starting to get out of the house & play open mike nites & jams.
5/5

This is The One

I went looking for a new pickup after I got tired of the quack I was getting with a piezo saddle pickup on my 1970s Gurian Jumbo Rosewood. The I-Beam had just been released. What persuaded me was a testimonial from a session player who used to place five Shure 57 mics in various locations to get just the sound he wanted. After playing with the I-Beam for a few minutes, he put all his mics away. It's that good. I have them in the Gurian and two Taylors, a 355 12-string and a GS Mini (too many bad reviews of the Taylor ES clip-in magnetic pickup). The Taylors have the later model with the soundhole volume control, which is an awesome feature. I plan to upgrade the Gurian to volume control as soon as the trust fund kicks in ;-). I've also installed two or three in friends' guitars, notably a couple of Martins that were cherished by their owners. If you're decently handy and work carefully, it's really pretty straightforward. What makes this pickup so great is that no one would guess that your acoustic guitar is plug-and-play ready to look at it. No cutaway or control panel or battery box on the outside. That, and the utterly natural acoustic sound that comes out of the speakers. I even did hot-and-cold tests with recording, playing through a Baggs Para-Acoustic DI vs acoustic with a Rode NT-1 large-diaphragm condenser. I liked the Baggs pickup better. The GS Mini in particular draws comments nearly every time I take it to Open Mic. It's a decent-sounding small box unamplified, but it holds its own with any acoustic-electric when plugged in. Be sure to unplug between playing sessions (plugging in turns on the pre-amp) and change the battery preventively every few string changes. I've been performing for nearly 50 years and a sound/recording guy for about 30 of those, and this is the best an acoustic guitar can sound through a system, bar none.
Music background: Singer-songwriter, Live Sound Engineer, Recording Engineer
5/5

EXCELLENT PICKUP!

I love this system...My Martin did not have a pickup in it and when I started to play for Worship I needed one. Install was very easy...BUY A STEP DRILL BIT! Everything lined up perfectly and it plays beautifully VERY accurate sound re-production! Worth every penny!
Music background: Playing for 30 years and Still learning! :)
See also: Acoustic Pickups, LR Baggs, LR Baggs Acoustic Guitar Pickups