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LR Baggs Dual Source w Element Pickup and Mic

August 7, 2015

  
**UPDATE** 8/17/15 

I removed the Carlos Coax and installed the L.R. Baggs Element with Dual Source Preamp & Mic and I could not be happier.  I really like how the mic gives me the tone/ air and feel of my guitar with the support of the Element to drive the tone and helps get just a bit louder.  I would not use the Element alone, when blended with the mic a very realistic and usable tone is achieved and with Grace Felix as my preamp it’s easy to shape the Element and Mic and then blend them together.  Another feature I really like is I can easily switch between mono (to use with Wirless) or stereo (TRS) to run one channel Element and two mic.  I will always like using. Mic like DPA 4099G, Shure KSM 141 or Neumann KM 184 bit when I can’t it’s nice to have the L.R. Baggs Dual Source as a usable option. 

   
 **UPDATE** 8/12/14  
I have been using the L.R. Baggs Dual Source now for over a week and all I can is FANTASTIC, it really is the best system I’ve used too date.  What makes this work for my purposes is the preamp flexibility and mic.   I can split the pickup and mic signal and use a TRS or my custom dual source cable.  Then the mic signal can be eq’ed on Grace Felix and blend in the pickup.  I also can switch to a mono out to use with wirless system.  I don’t have as much control over mic but it’s usable.  I am able to get a very realistic sound of my Jeorge de Zofia A1F.  I did remove the Juan Carlos system and for my needs prefer the L.R. Baggs.

  

  

I have been using the Carlos Amplification VIP that has the coaxial transducer (under saddle pickup) and sensor (mounted underneith the top).  Some really like it and others not so much.  To me it’s been hit and miss it was very sensitive and had its issues.  I’m not trying to say what is best or what one should use I’m just sharing my opinion.  I recently tried another guitar that that had the mic and coax as its pickup system and I found the sound usable.  I played three gigs and received lots of complements on my tone.  I was using the Grace Felix Preamp , and will continue to do so its the best preamp I’ve used.  So after some pondering and thought with out being able to get a Carlos system with a mic I decided let’s try the LR Baggs Dual Source.  My reasons for going with LR Baggs and not some of the other options were that I did not want to cut the side of my guitar, that’s out for Fishman,  even the Elpise would not mount right, DTAR is difficult to switch from Mono to Stero.  A feature for me that is important as I want to be able to switch to mono to use with a Wirless system at times.  Phase reverse, adjustable bass roll of on mic, and no cutting necessary to the side of the guitar.  

 

So the above picture is the system in how I set it up, but the mic is still lose I. The pic as I had not yet found where I want to place it.   
 Above is the box and picture of the actual pickup and mic preamp.  Below is a better picture.