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    Element StagePro to Anthem StagePro upgrade question

    I have a Larrivee with a factory Element StagePro. I would LOVE to add a microphone dual system like the Anthem StagePro, but I'm wondering if the preamp is the same size? Can I replace the Element preamp without having to modify my guitars body?

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    If you actually have the "Stage Pro" Element and not an older "Onboard" system, then the Stage Pro Anthem preamp is the exact same size.

    You could purchase a Stage Pro Anthem and just install the mic and the preamp. The Element and the output jack can be left in the guitar for use with the new preamp.

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    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Caleb_Elling View Post
    If you actually have the "Stage Pro" Element and not an older "Onboard" system, then the Stage Pro Anthem preamp is the exact same size.

    You could purchase a Stage Pro Anthem and just install the mic and the preamp. The Element and the output jack can be left in the guitar for use with the new preamp.
    Awesome! That is exactly what I was hoping, but every time I assume these things and just spend money, I always end up wrong in my assumptions...

    Looks like my guitar is getting a mic and will sound amazing live and plugged in soon, thanks again!

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    Awesome! I have the Stage Pro Anthem, and it's definitely worth the upgrade from the Element.

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    Talking Thanks again!

    Quote Originally Posted by Caleb_Elling View Post
    Awesome! I have the Stage Pro Anthem, and it's definitely worth the upgrade from the Element.
    I just finished this upgrade. It was actually kinda crazy how easy it was. The hardest part was getting the Anthem mic in the right spot, took me about 10 tries, but I got it REALLY close to the picture. The preamp bolted right up. After figuring out that I had the UST and Mic plugged into the wrong inputs and reversing them it works fantastic.

    I'm kinda blown away by the upgrade, it is literally night and day better sounding!

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    Fantastic to hear!

    I'm glad that you are enjoying the Anthem.

    All the best!

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    Sorry for posting here but I prefer not to open a new one. Can the Anthem Stage Pro be coupled with Hex Pickups?
    Thanks
    Orio

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    Hey Orio,
    The Anthem is a delicately tuned system that was built strictly around the Element and the Anthem Tru-Mic. Replacing the Element with any other pickup will cause a host of compatibility issues with the Anthem's pickup input, the interaction with the mic, and the other preamp circuitry. So it is not something that I would even recommend attempting. The capacitance and output levels between the Element and the Hex pickups actually put them on virtually opposite sides of the pickup spectrum.

    If you have Hex pickups that you would like to use in a blending system with another pickup, there are other systems that are compatible with the Hex pickups. If that's something you are interested in, let me know, and I can get you more information.

    All the best!

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    Hi Caleb, thank you very much for your support. I wish to use a blending system and if you can suggest me what I can use with Hex pickup it will be great!
    Thanks
    Orio

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    Orio,
    The Hex pickups can be used as an alternate source in the Dual Source or the iMix system. Both of these systems have high/low gain switches on them, so the Hex pickups can be utilized with minimal modifications. You would still have to use the surface-mount capacitors that were included in the Hex system in order to make the Hex output level compatible with one of these systems.

    Do you currently have a set of Hex pickups? Because they were recently discontinued, and they may be difficult to find and purchase if you don't already have them.

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