LR Baggs Anthem SL Classical

I ordered a new pickup by LR Baggs yesterday called the “LR Baggs Anthem SL Classical “. I will be trying it out in my Blanca guitar that recently had the iBeam installed. I placed my order with Sweetwater and Mark Magdich took care of the order 1800.222.4700×1265. Hope to try it out next week


One of the interesting things about this system is that a mic is used for all frequencies 250hz – 20000 and the Element picks up the lower frequencies. The pick up has been well revived on acoustic steal strings, but the nylon classical version was just released. It is voiced specifically for nylon strings.

LR Baggs Anthem SL Nylon/Classical Guitar Microphone System w/Element Pickup NEW

LR Baggs Anthem SL Microphone/Pickup System
For Nylon String Guitars
Anthem Internal Microphone
Element Undersaddle Pickup
Preset Endpin Jack Preamp
Soundhole Mounted Volume Control
The L.R. Baggs Anthem SL is an exciting new development from L.R. Baggs that combines a very high quality, noise cancelling microphone with the famous Element undersaddle pickup. The endpin jack preamp is preset to blend the mic and pickup levels at the optimum amount, and also provides a preset crossover mix for both mic and pickup. The system includes a soundhole mounted volume control.

For those of you who prefer a minimalist approach to controls, we offer the L.R. Baggs Anthem SL. In the Anthem SL the balance between the Tru-Mic and the Element pickup is preset for optimum performance so you can have the same great fidelity in an endpin preamp format. The preamp, with L.R. Baggs’ famous all-descrete studio quality circuitry, is also equipped with as houndhole mounted volume control.

Loud – Analog – Real

After 30 years of effort L.R. Baggs has done the very thing that every amplified acoustic guitarist has dreamed about, and the very thing that no other pickup manufacturer has been capable of — unlocking the potential of a microphone to capture the very essence of your guitar with high feedback resistance for demanding stages.

Not obvious but equally important is that the natural ease and dynamics of the Anthem Tru-Mic liberates you to play freely without have to compensate for the pickup system. Now you are free to play the way you like, plugged in or not.

For the Anthem we used no modeling, no illusions — it’s not “like” a mic, it’s not “like” your guitar. This is a mic and what you will experience is your guitar, loud and with the fidelity and dynamics that only come from a real microphone.

Tru-Mic Technology

At the hear of the patent pending Anthem is a revolutionary new type of microphone. Utilizing a proprietary noise cancelling mic, the Anthem Tru-Mic elminiates any annoying honky or boxy qualities that have been previously associated with internal mic’ing, leaving the pure and natural sound of your guitar the way only a real mic is capable of doing.

Because the mic is positioned within a few millimeters of the guitar top, it has very high gain before feedback. The mic housing mounts easily to the bridge plate and the mic capsule hovers just 3 mm above its surface to take advantage of the PZM or “boundary” effect. This Tru-Mic technology picks up the sound of the vibrations of the entire soundboard and makes the mic unusually free from placement issues.

Mic and Pickup — A Radical New Technology

The sound quuality and feedback resistance of the Anthem Tru-Mic now allows the mic to be the primary sound source in a mic/pickup system. This is unlike previous systems where only a small amount of the mic could be used to add some “air” to the dominant pickup signal. This is a radical new relationship between a mic and a pickup, as all of the detail, warmth and personality of your guitar is captured by the Tru-Mic. The mic is augmented, for only the very lowest frequencies, by the L.R. Baggs Element undersaddle pickup.


Tru-Mic dimensions: 2.27″ x .735″ x .48″, 0.5 oz
Pickup active sensor length: 3.4″
Pickup thickness: .038″
PIckup width: .092″
Battery: 9 volt, 170 hrs
Mic range: 250Hz – 20kHz



3 Responses to “LR Baggs Anthem SL Classical”

  1. v2or Says:

    I am very happy with the LR Baggs Anthem SL Classical Pickup in my Blanca. I am able to get very good usable/ realistic tone from the pickup that faithfully captures the sound of the DeVoe. I am looking forward to using the Anthem SL with the Para DI from LR Baggs as well. Im going to gig with the set up this weekend.

  2. Carlos Oliveira Says:

    Could LR Baggs make a longer pickup for a LR Baggs Anthem SL Classical Pickup for a 7 string classical? if so how long would that take? Wonder if there are any others videos performed on a real classical guitar.

    • v2or Says:


      From what I can see there would be no need for LR Baggs to make a specal version. The Ellemt part of the system handles all freq. below 250hrz. And mic picks above 250. The Element would handle the wider saddle I’m sure. My saddle is wider due my sting spacing I’m sure you’d be fine. Feel free to give Bryan at LR Baggs a shout. The mic you just instal close to bridge on the trebble side. Hope that helps.

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