LR Baggs M80 Acoustic Soundhole Pickup

Active Acoustic Guitar Soundhole Pickup with Prewired Strapjack Harness, 1,000+ Hours Battery Life
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Get Natural Acoustic Guitar Sound Onstage

Looking for the perfect blend of string and body in a soundhole pickup? The LR Baggs M80 acoustic guitar pickup does just what you want your acoustic guitar's pickup to do - it brings the natural voice of your guitar to life onstage. Your strings will sound sweet but not too twangy and bright, which is a problem with many acoustic pickups. The M80 not only picks up your string sound, but also the vibrations of your guitar giving a complete sonic image of your instrument. And you'll have full control of your detailed, full sound thanks to the LR Baggs M80's built-in volume control. You'll be glad to know that there's a pre-wired strapjack harness, so installation should be a snap. Best of all, you can feel free to plug in and play all you want.

LR Baggs M80 Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup at a Glance:
  • Natural-sounding acoustic pickup
  • Choose active or passive modes
  • Captures the true sound of your guitar's body
Natural-sounding acoustic pickup

Building upon LR Baggs successful M1 Active pickup, the M80 takes a floating second coil and turns it into a reactive body sensor. You get more of the motion and movement of the guitar translated into sound than ever before. This 3D body sensor is tuned to pick up the entire frequency range of the guitar adding richness and detail to the sound. The string signal and body sensor signal are then added together to give the LR Baggs M80 acoustic pickup a natural and lifelike sound.

Ready for the stage

Designed for use onstage and in the studio, the LR Baggs M80 acoustic pickup has many gig-worthy features. An easy to reach volume control lets you turn your guitar sound up or down on the fly without hassle. A convenient check battery light lets you know when your battery is getting low. If your battery dies at the gig, you can keep the show going by switching the pickup over to passive mode. Active mode adds a slight contour to your guitar's EQ that is perfect for any style of playing. The LR Baggs M80 is also designed to be used at high volumes without feedback issues.

Captures the true sound of your guitar's body

The 3D body sensor captures the sound of your guitar like never before. You'll notice that when you tap or slap your guitar percussively, the LR Baggs M80 picks up that sound just like a microphone would. The idea behind the M80 is that the entire guitar is important to the sound, not just your strings. Most soundhole pickups only worry about the strings, and piezo pickups aren't able to get the full sound of the guitar. LR Baggs designed the M80 to grab every detail on the instrument for the best sound reproduction possible.

LR Baggs M80 Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup Features:
  • Acoustic guitar pickup that captures the sound of the guitar's body
  • Active and passive pickup modes
  • Reproduces the richness and complexity of your guitars sound
  • Great for strumming and fingerpicking
Capture the true sound of your guitar with the LR Baggs M80 active acoustic guitar pickup!

Additional Media

M80 Acoustic Soundhole Pickup User Manual

Tech Specs

Position Soundhole
Manufacturer Part Number M80

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Very impressed

Finally have a pickup which provides sound which is very true to acoustic sound. I installed this in a Gibson J-45 in the hopes of capturing the booming low end and was not disappointed. The mids and highs are quite clear, as well. I made of few initial pole piece adjustments as I had a little buzz from them being too close to the strings, but the whole install was quite quick and easy. I run the guitar through an L.R. Baggs Venue DI, as well, and the combination gives me the sound I've been looking for, even through a conventional guitar amp.
Music background: Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist
5/5

I Like the M80 a lot on my D2H Collings, sound is natural and sweet

I Play at nursing homes and Church, and jam with friends. I've been playing for years. Learned to play when I was a teen, I'm 72 now. I have tried 3 other pickups in the past and got rid of all. all sounded like electric Guitars to me. I like the acoustic sound this M80 produces, sounds like my Collings D2H. I can play softer and it sounds sweet and loud. I play thru a ULTRASOUND AG30 acoustic amp, with the Shape filter on and set at mid. range. Great sound for me, well satisfied. I run the M80 Volume on 3 and set the amp volume at 6. I use the M80 Volume control as a tone control because the tone progress toward slightly electric guitar sound, as you proceed toward higher numbers. This gives you different tone to your liking. This setting is my favorite for now. I'll be keeping this M80 for a long time. Just what I wanted!
Music background: HOBBYIST
5/5

Guitar got new life

Installed the M80 on my '68 Gibson Hummingbird. The sound is absolutley fantastic and so beautiful. Also tried on my Ovation Legend Thin (why would you want to do that?). However the height of the M80 would touch the strings when playing hard. So be aware of this height issue when installing on your specific guitar.
Music background: Pro musician and entertainer
5/5

Better than a pre-amp

I was nervous about this soundhole pickup. I have been trying for months to find a guitar that I could get the exact sound I wanted, but I couldn't. I have a Gretsch dreadnought, that I love and am comfortable with so I decided to go with this AMAZING pickup (well worth the money)... The versatility with this pickup is equal to none.
Music background: Live Performer
5/5

Acoutic pickup finally done right

I didn't dream 35 years ago when I bought my acoustic guitar that I would be playing it every Sunday as a worship leader. Clip-in sound hole mikes are OK but they never sounded like my guitar when it was un-plugged. I kept waiting for someone to get it right. LL Baggs finally did. I am a very percussive player. The M80 picks everything I do up and feeds it to the acoustic amp. What comes out of the amp is what my guitar sounds like when I am playing it unplugged in a small room. From aggressively hammering on the strings to laid back finger picking, the M80 picks it all up just the way I intended it to sound. You can't ask for more than that from an acoustic pickup. It is a bit pricey compared to many other sound hole pickups but it was worth every dime. The pickup can be switched to passive mode but I am perfectly pleased with the active mode and you can monitor the status of the battery so you can be assured it will not die on you in the middle of a gig. I was a bit concerned about drilling out the tail block from the 1/4" hole used by the old strap pin to the 1/2' hole required by the M80 strap-jack. I used a variable speed drill so I could drill very slowly, used a set of good sharp drill bits, and worked my way up from the 1/4" bit to the 1/2" bit, cutting very slowly through the outer finish. It took 10 minutes but the finish is perfectly preserved, the strap-jack fits snug and the rest of the installation took another two minutes. I have never been this pleased with an add-on product. My 35 year old gigging partner has never sounded better on Sunday mornings.
Music background: Music worship leader
See also: Acoustic Pickups, LR Baggs, LR Baggs Acoustic Guitar Pickups