I did have a chance to use this guitar live for a duo gig with my drummer Eric in a medium- sized, L-shaped venue. Eric is a pretty aggressive player, and as the night went on his playing got a bit rowdier. But the Anthem had no problem rising above his caffeinated exuberance. Each note was clear, and both of us could be heard perfectly through the entire space. The guitar tone remained pure guitar, regardless of crowd noise or the percussive power behind me.

Because of its highly accurate signal, the Anthem system also opens up an interesting world of recording possibilities, where blends of the Anthem signal and an organic mic’d signal can be split to create greater girth and ambience in an acoustic track.

The Verdict
Thankfully for all of us who perform live with acoustic guitars, acoustic amplification technology has grown by leaps and bounds. But L.R. Baggs has taken a truly giant leap forward with the Tru-Mic Anthem system. And by focusing on a microphone-oriented solution— an approach that many players and certainly engineers regard as the best way to capture a guitar’s natural tone—L.R. Baggs is helping raise the bar for what players can expect from an accessibly priced system.

Buy if...
you have a gorgeous-sounding guitar that deserves to he heard in all its glory when you plug it in.
Skip if...
you are still working your way up the high-end-guitar food chain.

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