Perfect representation of my guitar!
Incredible! If you've ever thought about adding a pickup to your acoustic guitar then you owe it to yourself to check out the L. R. Baggs M1 active pickup. My 70's Alvarez has a very distinct sound and I'm blown away by how the pickup sends out such a beautiful representation of it. I've never plugged in an acoustic and heard that nice bottom end that they sometimes have. My Alvarez has a really great low end sound and the M1 picks that up without me needing to quite down the lower frequencies to balance it. It really sounds like my guitar to a "T", and that's exactly what I was hoping for. What a great pickup. I couldn't be happier to start using my girl for the next string of live shows. It arrived today and I step drilled the guitar (I have an incredible amount of experience using a drill so do so at your own risk. I can easily see how it could have ended badly) and had it in within twenty minutes. Just an amazing pickup. I've used the Fishman Matrix blend and several others over the years and I have never heard a pickup that made such a wonderful, transparent sound. I was less than impressed by the Fishman in my friends Martin as well, and after he heard mine today he's planning on swapping over immediately. If you're worried about the look, don't be. If you care more about how your guitar looks than how it sounds, you have a serious problem. That's like saying "Yeah, that's my '69 GTO over there with original paint. Nah, of course it doesn't run. Why would I care if it'll start when it looks this good?" I will be using L.R. Baggs products from here on out. I play about twelve shows a month and I've just gotten sick of miking my Alvarez in a live environment. This sounds so much better than the condenser that I was using and I want to kick myself right in the % for not making this switch to this exact pickup years ago (or at least another Baggs pickup). The quality is fantastic. Don't waste your money on some stupid, expensive, hidden pickup that sounds like garbage when you can pick this and actually love your sound every night.