LR Baggs Blues with Geoff Achison
Geoff Achison takes time at Lichty Guitars’ Studio to demo his custom Lichty Guitar with an LR Baggs Anthem pick-up.
Geoff shares his experience with Lichty Guitars and specifically, with his LR Baggs pick-up …
“Jay was very enthusiastic about the project right off the bat and made it plain that he wanted to make a guitar that was as near to perfect as we could possibly get. He worked hard and asked me a ton of questions about many aspects of my playing and expectations – some of which I had never considered before. He discussed woods, construction, design and so on in as much detail as I’d care to know. We also had to install a pick-up in this guitar for my live playing. This was a challenge as I’d been used to a variety of on-board pre-amps in my acoustic guitars, which are very practical devices and deliver a great amount of control for the musician. However, I’d always felt that carving a big hole in the top of an acoustic guitar and filling it with wires and switches greatly affected the guitars natural resonance. How could it not? So we didn’t want to do that. After some discussion, suggestions and searching around we found the LR Baggs Anthem. This is an un-obtrusive mic/piezo style pick-up which has won over many leading acoustic players. The concept was appealing and the reviews were stunning. Jay was prepared to obtain one as an experiment which he did and then recorded examples of for me to hear via the internet. (I was in Australia at the time!) Through this we both agreed that the Anthem was a good bet and would not hurt the guitar if we decided to try something else. Well, I’m happy to say that we were right on the money. Touring with Jay’s beautiful guitar and having the LR Baggs Anthem to amplify with in a variety of venues proved to be a winning combination. I’d highly recommend that pick-up to anyone with a quality acoustic guitar that requires amplifying. It sounds natural, balanced and sweet and it won’t impair the tone one iota. Great choice Jay – thanks!” – Geoff Achison
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