The iBeam is a MIPA award-winning acoustic guitar bridgeplate pickup with "Microphone-like" fidelity.

iBeam Active System
Acoustic Guitar Bridgeplate Pickup

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The iBeam’s MIPA award-winning design employs a matched pair of virtually weightless film sensors that flex with the soundboard to trace your guitar’s voice much like diaphragms in a stereo mic. A key advantage over typical bridge plate sensors is the iBeam’s “cardioid” like response pattern that inhibits feedback and string squeak while selectively admitting rich tone-producing vibrations. Weighing less than 1/3 of an ounce, the pickup will not alter the guitar’s natural acoustics and easily mounts to the bridge plate with peel-and-stick adhesive. Read more...

The iBeam Active pairs the iBeam with an all-discrete Class A endpin preamp with soundhole volume control. The sweet and ultra-quiet audiophile-grade preamp faithfully amplifies every nuance of the pickup. Superior sound and performance is built in for easy plug-and-play performance. An auxiliary passive channel is also available for adding a secondary pickup.

The iBeam Active is also great for direct studio or home recording. Comparison tests have demonstrated that the fidelity of this system is a great alternative to studio microphones.





  • Quick and easy installation
  • Includes iBeam placement jig (pin bridge guitars only)
  • Peel-and-stick
  • Natural string-to-string balance and dynamics
  • Fits most X-Braced guitars
  • All-discrete Class A preamp for warm, analog sound

(for nylon-stringed guitars)

Delivering the same dynamically rich, high fidelity sound as the steel string version, the Element Active System Classical is specifically voiced to articulate the frequency response of nylon stringed instruments.


  • Quick and easy installation

  • Includes iBeam placement jig (pin bridge guitars only)

  • Peel-and-stick
  • Natural string-to-string balance and dynamics
  • All-discrete Class A preamp for warm, analog sound



“…the iBeam captured the CJ’s clarity and warmth with astonishing realism. Listening to the playback on headphones, it was easy to believe that the recordings had been made with a quality mic - the sound was that airy and dimensional.” Read more ›

Art Thompson - Guitar Player Magazine

“Where some contact pickups become tubby as they’re turned up, the iBeam was very controllable at all volumes and had excellent punch and presence.” Read more ›

Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“Imagine the natural, balanced tone that only external mic’ing offers, delivered via the convenience and manageability of a pickup.” Read more ›

Mathew Wig - Guitarist Magazine

“If you’re an acoustic guitarist looking for pristine sound, clear ringing highs, strong, tight lows and clarity of tone, you should test drive the iBeam. But take your checkbook with you because you’re going to want to drive it home.” Read more ›

Bob Kilpatrick - Christian Musician Magazine


Product Manual

iBeam Active System Installation Manual (PDF)

Please Note: LR Baggs products must be installed by an authorized LR Baggs dealer to qualify for warranty coverage. Technical assistance will not be provided for home or hobbyist installations.

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