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ANTHEM - This is Baggs' newest addition to their already impressive line-up of pickup systems designed to capture the acoustic guitar tones. The problem of reproducing acoustic guitar sound in a live situation has always been difficult to say the least. While the best sound reproduction system may be to use a large diaphram microphone, this is great in a studio but not so great in a live situation. Many systems incorporate an microphone inside the guitar. This adds some airy, woody overtones to the UST but can be prone to feedback. Inside a guitar has traditionally not been a gerat home for the traditional mic system. Baggs originally offered the LB6 which is an undersaddle transducer pickup that has held its own in tone quality for years. As good as this system is there are still inherent compromises with using an undersaddle alone.
While many systems on the market have attempted to model sounds through their systems, Baggs decided to try to solve some of the issues. This Anthem system is truly an amazing, innovative leap. Their microphone system is mounted inside the guitar under the bridge plate and runs in conjunction with the LB6 UST. You can flip to this page to hear Doug Young analyze and test out this system. It is truly amazing. Controls are conveniently mounted inside the soundhole for ease of use and no cutting of the guitar.
LOUD • ANALOG • REAL
After 30 years of effort we have done the very thing that every amplified acoustic guitarist has dreamed about and the very thing that no other pickup manufacturer has been capable of—unlocking the potential of a microphone to capture the very essence of your guitar with high feedback resistance for demanding stages.
Not obvious but equally important is that the natural ease and dynamics of the Anthem Tru-Mic liberates you to play freely without having to compensate for the pickup system. Now you’re free to play the way you like, plugged in or not.
For the Anthem we used no modeling, no illusions, it’s not “like” a mic, it’s not “like” your guitar. This is a mic and what you will experience is your guitar, loud and with the fidelity and dynamics that come from a real microphone.
TRU • MIC TECHNOLOGY
At the heart of the patent pending Anthem is a revolutionary new type of microphone. Utilizing a proprietary noise canceling mic, the Anthem Tru-Mic eliminates any annoying honky or boxy qualities that have been previously associated with internal mic’ing, leaving the pure and natural sound of your guitar the way only a real mic is capable of doing.
Because the mic is positioned within a few millimeters of the guitar top, it has very high gain before feedback. The mic housing mounts easily to the bridge plate and the mic capsule hovers just 3 mm above its surface to take advantage of the PZM or “boundary” effect. This Tru-Mic technology picks up the sound of the vibrations of the entire soundboard and makes the mic unusually free from placement issues.
MIC AND PICK-UP
A RADICAL NEW TECHNOLOGY
The sound quality and feedback resistance of the Anthem Tru-Mic now allows the mic to be the primary sound source in a mic/pickup system. This is unlike previous systems where only a small amount of the mic could be used to add some “air” to the dominant pickup signal. This is a radical new relationship between a mic and a pickup, as all of the detail, warmth and personality of your guitar is captured by the Tru-mic. The mic is augmented, for only the very lowest frequencies, by our Element under saddle pickup.
The feather-weight control unit contains all of the essentials; volume, mix and phase. It nestles securely just inside of the soundhole for easy fingertip access. The mix control allows a full blend between the augmented mic and full range pickup. A multi-segment battery check allows you to maximize battery life and peace of mind.
Under the hood is an all discrete preamp/mixer with our pure, clean LR Baggs signature sound that is trusted by top artists around the world. We have done all of the engineering so you can just plug in and enjoy the real sound of your guitar and the way you play, night after night.A discrete mic/pickup system that lets you adjust to get the perfect blend of your guitar's natural tone.
LR Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Microphone/Piezo Pickup System Features:
* Designed to work with standard acoustic guitars
* Note: Not good for a split saddle or an adjustable saddle
* Allows you to adjust a full blend between Element undersaddle pickup and microphone
* Controller rests inside top of soundhole
* Tru-Mic technology features noise-canceling mic with very high gain before feedback
* Mic housing mounts to the bridge plate and capsule hovers 3mm above its surface
* Multi-segment battery check
Plug in, crank it, and sound more real than you ever thought possible. Order an Anthem today!
Note: All prices in US Dollars