Topic: LR Baggs "Anthem"
I recently purchased a J-45 Gibson and it had a fishman "Natural 1" pickup in it. It didn't have a tone or volume control on it and it was way way hot. You could barely turn the amp up and the thing was overpowering and had kind of a piezo quack to it.
I searched and studied and decided on the new Baggs Anthem SL.
Baggs offers two models to choose from. The Tru-Mic and the SL model . I decided to go with the SL , they both have the same mic that attaches to the underside of the bridge and an under saddle pickup . The SL does not have the handy adjustable wheel like the volume wheel to adjust the blend of the pickups. I have a B-band pickup in another guitar and the 2 adjustment wheels get mixed up to me anyway. I wanted to keep this one simple. The SL does have a small phillips head screw that adjusts the balance of the pickups and once adjusted I am just leaving it alone.
Installation was simple beings it had a pickup in it already, total time about 15 minutes that included removing strings and getting tuned back up. The mic just sticks on the underside of the bridge and the UST goes right under the saddle. Stick the battery and volume control on and it is ready for a test drive.
I strummed a couple licks and set the volume to a nice comfortable level. I played with a pick , without a pick and with a thumbpick. I have never played an acoustic and got the feeling that what was coming out of the amp sounded like it was coming out of the soundhole of the guitar. Playing without a pick with some pickups sounds muddy with no separation , not so with this one , I am so happy with this set-up , didn't really know what to expect but the results are
The SL Pickup Goes For About $ 200.
The Tru-Mic Goes $300.