LR Baggs M1A Active Acoustic Guitar Pickup
The LR Baggs M1A is the active version of LR Baggs’s M1. Because of this, the majority of what was stated there is applicable here as well. To go ahead and reiterate, the M1 series is a soundhole pickup which combines the tone you generally expect to get from a soundhole pickup and a transducer. It definitely still has a portion of the more metallic attack you’d expect from a soundhole pickup, but it does reproduce more of your unplugged tone than many other pickups of this type.
- Type: Soundhole
- Required Modifications: None
- Installation Difficulty: Low
- Controls: N/A
However, unlike the M1, this pickup is also active. The cool thing about this is that it essentially makes the M1A a play-and-plug unit. You’re never going to have to worry about not getting a good tone because of any issues with the unit itself.
However, there are a few reports that the M1A doesn’t have as much of an acoustic response as the passive M1. However, this is largely a matter of personal opinion. However, it is something to be aware of if you’re having a hard time choosing between this pickup and the M1.
You can see more options in our guide to The Best Acoustic Guitar Pickups.