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PICKUPS AVAILABLE ON LARRIVEE GUITARS

Over the last thirty years we have used many different pickup / preamp systems. Acoustic guitar pickup technology has changed dramatically over this time. Many of our guitars currently come standard with award winning L.R. Baggs preamps which are among the highest rated acoustic pickups in the world today. Founder Lloyd Baggs builds his pickups in sunny Nipomo California which is about 2 hours from our Oxnard Plant. By using these pickups we are offering a world class performance pickup preamp at an affordable price, while supporting our local economy and American workers.

 

Currently Available Pickup / Preamp Systems:

   

LR Baggs Stagepro Element System

The Stagepro Element System is a single source preamp which utilizes the L.R. Baggs under saddle transducer (Called the 'Element'). This pickup system features a phase inversion control switch (See description below) which can dramatically reduce feedback in troublesome locations. There is a Narrow-Band "Notch" Filter on the preamp. The Notch filter works by cutting out a particular frequency which may be causing the feedback - The frequency is user selectable via an onboard knob. Other companies which use a notch filter use a wide-band filter which can dramatically effect the sound. This system is designed to use a very narrow frequency which has the absolute minimum impact on audio quality - Much to the pleasure of audiophiles everywhere! There are also Bass, Mid-Range, and Treble control sliders on board the pre-amp. The preamp also has the battery compartment on-board (accessible by lightly pressing on the preamp). This means that batteries can be changed in 10 seconds without de-stringing the instrument. This pickup system is only available on our -03 product line. Click HERE for a user manual of the Element Notch System. Introduced January 2006.

   

L.R. Baggs iMix Notch System (Dual Source) (Currently Unavailable)

The iMix Notch System is a dual source preamp which utilizes the L.R. Baggs under saddle transducer (Called the 'Element') and an Acoustic Soundboard Transducer (The iBeam). This preamp is exclusive to Larrivee Guitars and is only available on our -05 Series and up. It features the same primary controls as the Element Notch including: Phase inversion Switch, Narrow-Band Notch Control, Bass-Mid-treble Sliders. It also features a mix knob which allows you to "Blend" both the Element and iBeam together for the perfect live sound which can cut through but still preserve the "acoustics" of the guitar. The mix control also allows you to use either source independently without bleed. As with  the Element Notch System, the preamp also has the battery compartment on-board (accessible by lightly pressing on the preamp). This means that batteries can be changed in 10 seconds without de-stringing the instrument. This preamp is designed and built for the performing musician. Click HERE for a user manual of the iMix Notch System. Introduced January 2006.

   

 

L.R. Baggs iMix System (No-Cut Version)

The iMix system is a dual source preamp / pickup system that does not require cutting a hole on the side of your guitar. The preamp adheres via Velcro to the inside back of the guitar. This preamp utilizes the L.R. Baggs under saddle transducer (Called the 'Element') and an Acoustic Soundboard Transducer (The iBeam). There are five controls along the right exterior of the preamp: iBeam gain, iBeam low cut, iBeam mid cut, Element mid cut and stereo/mono. There is a "Remote Control" which is placed on the bass side sound hole. This remote control has two knobs: one for blending the dual sources, and one for volume. The Stereo/Mono Control determines whether the output is summed to one mono channel or split into two signals. Stereo mode requires the use of a standard stereo cable or stereo Y cable - this mode puts the Element on the tip channel and the iBeam on the ring channel. If you use a mono cable in stereo mode, only the Element will be present. This setting is useful for recording each pickup independently, creating separate blends for two different sets of speakers (for example, the house speakers and stage monitors), or applying different effects to each channel.

 

 

 

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