Nowadays, Lloyd Baggs (LR Baggs) is synonymous with great acoustic guitar pickup systems. But it wasn’t easy. This self-taught tinkerer, who began building unique acoustic guitars for legendary musicians in the 1970s and early 80s, only turned to sound amplification after an insightful experience with Ry Cooder. “[After that] I spent so much time thinking about pickups, “he recalls.” I stopped making guitars.
During our chat, Baggs talks about the ups and downs in perfecting pickups (he had to take a job as a car salesman in the middle of his research), the importance of a preamplifier for concert musicians, his customization for various brands (including Breedlove) and describes how it works recently returned to his first love, building acoustics.
It’s a fascinating conversation with one of the true pioneers in the music industry.
Acoustic Voices: A Guitar Podcast is a brand new collaboration between Breedlove Guitars and the Fretboard diary Magazine. We hope you enjoy it. Our music is from Luke Basile.