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L.R.Baggs M1 Activ Soundhole Pickup

Soundhole Pickup

  • Active magnetic pickup (humbucker)
  • For soundhole mounting
  • Highly resistant to feedback
  • Included Strapjack

Further Information

Humbucker Yes
Single Coil No
Active Yes

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a smart solution in many cases, but not the best tone available
mbwhite, 14.05.2021
Lr Baggs M1A is a standard in terms of soundhole pickups for acoustic guitars. As usual with their products quality is second to none. The pickup moreover is able to add some resonance from the soundboard to the bare magnetic tone got from strings, making it to sound more realistic than similar choices. It's the best solution available in three scenarios: 1. you don't want to mod your guitar in any way. 2. you want a single pickup than can be moved between different guitars. 3. you play in a live rock band and you don't want any feedback issue whatsoever.
Many pros, but there's a big con. The tone is too similar to an electric guitar. There are better choices to have a more realistic acoustic tone, but the involve different cost, a preamp, feedback etc.
I consider it as a product aimed to specific needs. I know have only a Martin D18 equipped with a K&K pure western mini, but I won't sell my M1A. It'll be useful again.
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Sensitive stuff
Martin739, 02.08.2013
I have mixed feelings about this pickup. I use it on my D28, and it does give a lovely sound, with a real clarity to it. But it's quite a different sound to the unamplified tone of the guitar - much brighter, but in a pleasant way, not overpoweringly so.

But where I really struggle is with the physical sensitivity. It is designed to just not pick up the electromagnetic effect of the string motion, but also the physical movement of the soundboard, so as to capture Newton Faulkner-style body taps and the like. Personally I don't need this, and it means that I get some clicking sounds coming through the pickup while I'm strumming, as a result (I think) of my plectrum either hitting the edge of the pickup, or the edge of the soundhole.

So I've had to adjust my technique to strum further down the strings towards the bridge, which obviously leads to a slightly different sound as well as a slightly less natural playing position.

It's now workable, so I can enjoy the sound of the pickup without the clicks. But I'd rather have something that gave me that sound without requiring me to change my style.
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Sounds almost like a microphone
Reptile2828, 19.05.2015
I have an acoustic dreadnought type guitar that came with a poor quality under saddle pickup that was driving me crazy, so I went for a cheap humbucker that used to have a terrible ac buzz. After a few experiments I decided to try the M1A. The installation process was pretty easy and fast. This pickup sounds big and natural before feedback. It is bright but it also has a rich low end. I had to dial back the low mids a bit but as it responds very well to EQ, it is very easy to find the sweetspot. It is also very active and brings out some of the imperfections of my instrument I had not previously noticed due to the extreme clarity it brings up. I also play a bit of percussion on the body of my guitar and this unit picks up the finger tapping on the sound board very well. It was probably the best choice I've made in the last years. Very satisfied.
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Great pickup
04.03.2014
I've been using the M1A for just under two years now and always get compliments on my acoustic tone. As much as I'd like to say it's all from my fingers, I think the pickup has a lot to do with it.

I find it to be bright and articulate without sounding too harsh. The notes are clear and have character owing to Bagg's floating coil design picking up vibrations from the soundboard and the body of the guitar, as well as the strings.
The cream colour of the pickup looks great as well. A minor detail but, one worth mentioning I feel.

The only thing that may be an issue for some people is the lack of EQ control on the pickup but as I tend to EQ from the desk or a plug-in anyway, I've never found this to be a problem.

Installation required some drilling in order to widen the strap hole and accommodate the endpin jack. If you're careful and have some experience with woodwork/read instructions online, this can be done at home, although if you have any doubts perhaps take it to a guitar shop or luthier.

Overall I would highly recommend this pickup, not too difficult to install, easy to use and it sounds great.
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