LR Baggs Anthem SL

The Baggs Anthem systems combine the tried-and-true Baggs Element undersaddle pickup with a revolutionary new microphone. Anyone who has used an onboard mic knows that the inside of a guitar is not exactly the best place for a microphone. It gets woofy in there, and they tend to feed back quite a bit. But there's nothing like a mic for capturing the true acoustic tone of a guitar, so we keep putting mics in our instruments, even if it involves a few compromises in terms of volume, monitoring, etc. Enter the Anthem: It's unlike any mic you've had in your guitar before. It attaches to the bridgeplate, where you'd normally stick an I-Beam or a K&K Pure Mini. The mic is suspended just millimeters above the bridgeplate, so you capture the full acoustic tone of the guitar, with a heavy influence from the top, but with none of the woofiness that comes from sticking the mic right in the middle of the internal airspace. It really is an inventive approach, and the proof, as always, is in the pudding: The tone of this setup is fantastic, and we've had great results with it.

All Anthem systems pair the Anthem mic with the Element, to give you the cut, immediacy, and feedback resistance of an undersaddle. These systems come in two configurations—the standard/full version, and the SL. The SL listed here includes a soundhole-mounted volume control, but no blend controls. The full version includes soundhole-mounted volume and blend controls as well as a phase switch.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Kelly Davis
Simply a Great Pickup

The LR Baggs Anthem SL is my favorite acoustic pickup, by far! Very natural sounding and easy to use. It does just what I need it to do to sound my best plugged in for solo guitar, or leading my band. I highly recommend this pickup!

Zi Xiang Heng
Natural sounding without feedback

This pickup sounds amazing on my slope shoulder dreadnought with very well balanced frequency response across the strings. The mic is very feedback resistant on a medium loud stage. Definitely a great buy for the money!

Great Pickup

Great plug and play system that produces a natural sounding tone. Played with this pickup live and in smaller settings, and in both situations it excelled. Definitely a pickup I will buy in the future, especially because it is $100 less than the full anthem.

Rhys Pope
Very natural sounding pickup

I bought this pickup to put in an OM sized guitar that I had recently built and the installation was quite easy and once plugged in with the mic mix tuned in the sound of the guitar through the amp was almost perfect. I would definitely recommend this pickup to those searching for a relatively affordable acoustic guitar pickup.

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