Here's a Guitar World video from the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, which took place January 24 to 27 in Anaheim, California.
During the gear-filled weekend, we paid a visit to the LR Baggs booth to check out the company's new Lyric acoustic microphone system for guitar.
Many agree that a mic is the best way to capture the sound of an acoustic guitar, but until now, using a mic for most live performances has been difficult. Without a pickup, however, Lyric's microphone transports your guitar's actual voice to a live audience for a realistic, inspiring sound.
LR Baggs' featherweight microphone, each high-graded for ideal response, mounts to the underside of the bridge plate with simple peel-and-stick adhesive to preserve the integrity of your instrument. The mic leverages the "pressure-zone" principle by positioning the capsule just 3mm from the surface of the top to hear the entire soundboard for even balance and tone. And the mic's proximity to the top allows high gain before feedback. Unlike other attempts to use an internal mic, Lyric employs noise canceling technology that rejects "boxy" reflections inside of the acoustic chamber. This enables the mic to act as if it were outside of the guitar delivering a clear and open performance.
In a studio, you'd have to use an entire rack of gear to achieve what LR Baggs has built into Lyric's tiny circuit board. The company's lead engineer, Tommy Linn, created several "black box" circuit innovations that unlock the potential of the microphone. The first tightens the lower frequencies for a punchier attack with natural dynamics. The second maintains the mic's sweetness no matter how hard you play. The third innovation, not patent pending but useful, is an adjustable "presence" control that dials high frequency response perfectly for your guitar. Wrap all of this in all discrete, high-fidelity mic pre and you have a world class microphone system as an integral part of your guitar anywhere you plug in.
• TRU-MIC noise canceling technology
• No pickup
• Analog signal conditioning
• All discrete mic preamplifier
• Soundhole volume control
• Mic presence control
• Quick and easy installation
For more about LR Baggs and the Lyric, head to the company's official website, and be sure to follow them on Facebook. For more GuitarWorld.com NAMM 2013 gear news, visit and bookmark our dedicated NAMM 2013 page here.