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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. 
  
  

LR Baggs Dual Source Element & Mic replaces -DTAR Ducan Turner Acoustic Research Multi- Source Pickup and Microphone System 

February 11, 2015

Update: 4/24/15 after using this pickup for a few weeks it just died, the UST Under saddle pickup system died, worst support from DTAR and Seymore Duncan.  They are slow, disorganized and have no idea how to support the professional user.  I did receive a necklace pickup and a red tshirt six weeks later and  a new pickup.  I can no longer recommend this product to anyone.  While a great idea it’s just not a solid system.  A far superior product the LR Baggs Dual Source.  This is the system I use in my Jorge DeZofia Flamenco Cedar Top Blanca.  See below pic. 
   

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2/10/15

I just put a DTAR Ducan | Turner Acoustic Research Multi- Source Pickup and Microphone System into my Córdoba F7 Paco guitar . I set the action on the low e at 2.7mm and on high E 2.6mm I left the preamp at 3db on bass and 0 on treble. My main purpose for doing this was to keep my Lester Devoe and Jorge De Zofia guitars safe from the cold and humid temperatures and have a good giging system. I will be using the guitar with a DigiTech Stereo Looper out to either Bose Tone Match or Yamaha MG10XU. This setup can be split (which I did today 3/11/15) and am very happy with the control I have.  I am very happy with the woody tone and the blend of the mic. I will post more in a week or two.  To get the system to work with a TRS cable Tip=pickup and Ring=mic you have to change the jumper in the preamp.  It’s a small black piece that’s very easy to move over to the new lead next to the black wire.  It’s just pull off and move over one.  It will make sence when your looking at it.  If you have the newer model no soldering is necessary. 

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Córdoba F7 Paco Review

February 9, 2015

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To me this Córdoba F7 Paco is a fantastic find. For those of us who have beautiful instruments and find ourselves wanting to play in conditions where our prized guitars would be in danger of cold, heat, humidity or other environmental dangers. This guitar can possibly come to the rescue. The Córdoba F7 Paco looks and feels fantastic. Did I day looks good? The attention to detail that Cordoba did on this guitar really shines through to the matched back& sides (laminitis) and how they match each other in regards to the woods grain patterns. The finish is not so thick to dampen the tone. To the normal eye this looks like a fine flamenco guitar that is been handcrafted. The top is solid Cedar while the back and sides are laminate’s of Rosewood. The guitar has been decorated beautifully with trim (Maple Binding) that accentuates the two woods from Cedar top to Rosewood back and sides. The guitar is easy to play with low action 2.7mm on bass and 2.6mm on treble, and a very comfortable neck with a standard with 52 to 53 mm at the nut. The fretboard is a Rosewood fingerboard. Include gig bag is light and easy to travel with but does not offer the gigging or traveling musician good road protection. I did change the strings to the D’Addarío EJ25B. For my purposes I will be putting a pick up with a under saddle coaxial and a small microphone. I ordered a DTAR Multi-Source pickup coaxial 18v and Omni mic. DTar is now Seymour-Ducan. I’ve enjoyed playing the guitar over the last five days and I enjoyed hearing the guitar played by a friend who also enjoyed the feel and the tonal richness of this guitar. Córdoba did a fantastic job with this model and it’s worth checking out if you need a good travel/ student/ giging guitar for environments where you don’t want to take your real babies out. I will be taking it to play tonight in Long Island NY (it’s going to below freezing tonight)
I’ve used the guitar now live and really like it, with a mic such as a Shure KSM 141 or DPA 4099G I rolled of the bass and just a little on Mics to get a very usable tone live without feedback.

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