L.R. Baggs M1 Active Pickup  From L.R. Baggs

Active magnetic soundhole pickup for acoustic guitar.

L.R. Baggs


Retail:  $249.00

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What We Think

The M1 Active is Baggs' most popular pickup, and it is pretty easy to see why. Simple, reliable, and very resistant to feedback, it is the perfect acoustic pickup for any stage. The M1 is used regularly by members of our guitar department and it has definitely proven to be roadworthy--but with the M1 Active you don't have to sacrifice your tone on the altar of dependability. 

The M1 captures a wealth of sonic information and produces an amplified signal that is lifelike and detailed. The top end is beautifully clear without being metallic or thin, and the midrange is very well-balanced while still retaining punch and definition. Many of the midrange frequencies that create boxiness or feedback in most acoustic pickup systems are not an issue here, and you will find that very little EQ tweaking is necessary.

Another important feature of the M1 Active is its resistance to feedback, which is usually an enormous hurdle for any acoustic performance. To test this, I took a Lowden O35c SLE equipped with an M1 and ran it through the L.R. Baggs Acoustic Reference amplifier and cranked it. With my EQ settings and notch filter adjusted a little on the A-Ref I was able to reach enormous volume levels before having any sort of feedback. And not only does the M1 resist feedback, it retains the touch sensitivity and detail that you need for performance on any stage!

Manufacturer's Description from L.R. Baggs


• Highly feedback-resistant

• Adjustable pole pieces

• Built in volume control

• A perfect blend of string and body signal

• Quiet, hum-free operation

• Long battery life - 1,000 hours on one 3V lithium coin cell

• Built-in gold plated 1/8” jack makes moving or removing the pickup a snap

• Includes a pre-wired strapjack harness






The M1 is a humbucking pickup -- with a twist. In a common stacked humbucker, the second, lower coil cancels hum, but doesn't contribute anything positive to the sound. In fact, it can muddy the sound of the main coil. We unlock the second coil. This allows it to make a positive sonic contribution while maintaining the pure open sound of a single coil -- but without the hum.








In the M1, the hum-canceling coil is suspended under the main coil by a tuned support that allows it to move in three dimensions. The primary coil moves with the guitar top and creates a body signal in the suspended secondary coil. This brings the M1 to life, with string and body sound all in one. It's like having a dual pickup system in your soundhole.


We've carefully tuned the support to control motion in all three dimensions. This allows us to selectively add the presence and realism from the body signal while suppressing runaway feedback.



L.R. Baggs

About Manufacturer

Every acoustic guitar in our boutique deserves the finest amplification systems available to recreate the beauty and detail that it has been painstakingly crafted to produce. Sound Pure’s Guitar Department has hand-selected L.R. Baggs products for their quality, innovation, and ability to create amplified sounds worthy of the world’s greatest acoustic guitars! Contact our experts to inquire about outfitting your acoustic rig with these fine products or about professional installation. 

L.R. Baggs has developed acoustic guitar amplification systems that capture the beauty and tonal character of even the most sophisticated instruments. Starting with the first step in the signal chain, the pickup, Baggs has perfected some of the most realistic and detailed pickup systems available. These devices employ a variety of state-of-the-art pickup designs and range from microphone systems, magnetic soundhole pickups, undersaddle pickups, bridgeplate systems, and more. Two of their most popular pickup systems, the Anthem and the M1, were recently awarded 3 Gold Medal accolades in Acoustic Guitar Magazine's Player's Choice Awards 2011; including the Anthem's award for Most Innovative New Product. Sound Pure's Acoustic Guitar experts are ready and available to help you outfit your acoustic with the perfect L.R. Baggs pickup system.

But it doesn't end there.

L.R. Baggs is also leading the field in acoustic preamps and amplifiers to help performers craft a superior acoustic tone from start to finish. The Venue DI system was awarded a Gold Medal for Best Stand-Alone Acoustic Preamp of 2011 and has set a new industry standard for tone and control in a simple, functional package. Also new to the L.R. Baggs family is the incredible A-Reference Amplifier, an outstanding sound-sculpting device that you will have to see to believe! 



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The Venue DI, an acoustic guitar DI box from L.R. Baggs, has a five band tunable EQ section, adjustable gain for both passive and active pickups, a notch filter to cut out feedback, a 9dB gain boost switch, phase inverse switch, and a chromatic tuner. This DI offers versatility and incredible sound quality for all types of pickups and acoustic guitars. Thanks to Motorco in Durham, NC for letting us film this demo on stage in a live environment. Check out SoundPure to learn about all the details of this incredible DI box from LR Baggs. Ask for one of our guitar experts if you have any questions about the Venue or any other products we carry from Baggs.