Acoustic Guitar Soundhole Pickup
More Body…More Soul
The soul of your guitar is in the body - from the tone woods that it's made of, to the fine details in the way it was put together. Standard magnetic pickups hear only dry strings, resulting in an "electric" sound that omits the true acoustic voice of your guitar. In contrast, the M80 hears the entire frequency range of the tone woods, thereby contributing warmth and complexity to your amplified sound.
The secret of the M80 is a patented, free-floating humbucking coil that acts as a 3D body sensor. As the soundboard resonates in all 3 dimensions, a proprietary suspension allows each axis of the humbucking coil to respond with the guitar's movement. A resonant body signal is produced and blended with the strings to faithfully capture your guitar like no other magnetic pickup ever created.
The M80 also gives you the choice of active or passive settings with the flick of the switch. The active setting engages a preamp with built-in EQ and audiophile circuitry for that “high-fidelity” sound Baggs is known for. Switch to the passive setting and bypass the preamp for a battery free performance. Other features of the M80 include a battery check, volume control and adjustable pole pieces for perfect balance between the strings.
Full-range body sensitivity
Active or passive operation
Installs in minutes
Multi-segment battery check
Adjustable pole pieces
Of Monsters and Men
Justin Townes Earle
“If you think magnetic soundhole pickups all sound electric guitar-like, here's one that certainly doesn't.” Read more ›
Dave Burrluck - Guitarist Magazine
“The top sensitivity is quite dramatic and should appeal to those who use percussive effects, but it also adds more “acoustic” character to the otherwise magnetic sound…The M80 provides a unique option that combines the characteristics of multiple pickups in a single, cleverly designed package.” Read more ›
Doug Young - Acoustic Guitar Magazine
“Fundamentally speaking, the M80 has a beautifully airy quality and immediacy that’s reminiscent of a good dual-source system. Whether you’re flatpicking arpeggios or engaging in nuanced and even quiet fingerstyle work, the pickup delivers a very natural ambience.” Read more ›
Charles Saufley - Premier Guitar Magazine
“Bottom line: If you’re looking for an acoustic pickup that can cover just about any stylistic application with any flat-top guitar, and deliver a balanced response whatever it’s strung with, the M80 is an excellent choice.” Read more ›
Art Thompson - Guitar Player
“The M80, an improvement on Baggs’ award-winning M1 pickup, is a magnetic soundhole pickup created by separating the humbucking coil that’s normally attached to the upper coil assembly of the pickup from the magnet and suspending it.” Read more ›
Rick Moore - American Songwriter
M80 User's Guide (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.