View Full Version : Question about combining the I-Beam Active with an Element Replacement Pickup

02-15-2012, 04:57 PM
Hello! My name is AL and I'm brand new to the forum here.

A friend of mine has a Martin DX1 Dreadnought and has recently installed the I-Beam Active. Unfortunately, for live performances there is still way too much bass and lower-mids. At the FOH, we tried a low cut as well as lowering the bass but it still doesn't sound all that great. I suggested that adding an undersaddle piezo might help to balance out the sound.

I saw the LR Baggs Element Replacement Pickup w/2.5mm Mini Plug and thought it might be a good solution. But I'm a little confused because the I-Beam manual and the overview from the site aren't exactly the same.

On the LR Baggs site, it says "There is even a second passive channel available if you would like to add a magnetic or undersaddle pickup to compliment the iBeam." Sounds great!

But then the I-Beam manual says: "10.1 Adding a second pickup: It is possible to add a second pickup to the iBeam Active; however, to avoid crosstalk, the second pickup must have a low impedance output. This requirement essentially eliminates everything but magnetic pickups (such as the M1). Do not use high impedance pickups like the LB6 or Ribbon Transducer with the iBeam Active System."

The element isn't a magnetic pickup. So will this work?


02-16-2012, 08:15 AM
Hi Al,
Unfortunately, you have come across a misprint on our website. The Element is not the correct impedance for use on the iBeam Aux channel, and it cannot even be used passively. The M1 is really the only thing we recommend using in your situation. You could try using the iMix preamp which would allow you to use the Element and iBeam and blend them together or run in stereo. Any of our dealers can order a custom version of the iMix to include the parts that you need (Element, M1 or iBeam combos).


02-16-2012, 11:41 AM
Thanks for the quick response Caleb!