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Best Acoustic Guitar Pickups - Comparison Test 3
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1-v-1 Product Comparison - the L.R. Baggs ANTHEM-SL vs the Kmise SH-85

In this comparison we put the L.R. Baggs ANTHEM-SL and Kmise SH-85 head to head in a battle to find out which wins the specifications war. Our tests and reviews can help point you towards models and brands that suit your needs. If you find this article interesting, you might also want to read The 10 Best Acoustic Guitar Pickups in 2018

Everyone has different preferences and priorities, so to make choosing easier we have attempted to give a frank review of the products. Let's start with the L.R. Baggs ANTHEM-SL. L.R Baggs have been creating cutting edge solutions for amplification for decades. Their long awaited blend modes which incorporate what they have dubbed a TRU-MIC left us all waiting in anticipation. Although the L.R. Baggs ANTHEM-S requires End-pin modification and gluing to bridge-plate, this awesome blended in guitar mic option does a top job at offering superior sound. Featuring award winning technology and mounted sound hole control with high quality circuitry. You can blend the mix by twisting between the volume control and pick-up levels creating tones typical pickup systems just can't achieve. Feedback can be an issue at high levels of volume. The L.R. Baggs ANTHEM S has a long battery life.

Next let's have a look at the Kmise SH-85. The Kmise is a great sound-hole option from Belcat, a relatively new brand that have been rapidly developing and branching out since 1988. With their innovative design team they are devoted to building their brand and providing high quality reproductions of leading products, for a fraction of the cost. Their progress can be seen in their equivalent guitar pedals and amplifiers which do great job at achieving exactly this.


Taking a closer look at the features of the L.R. Baggs ANTHEM-SL

The L.R. Baggs ANTHEM S system is mounted to the underside of your bridge plate, and the mic is on the underside of the pick-up, combining the internal external sound picking up nuances in the guitarists playing and ultimately giving a more honest sound. Delivering studio mic quality wherever you perform.


Reasons to buy the Kmise SH-85

The majority of those who take a punt on a low cost alternative like the Kmise SH-85 find their needs are more than adequately met with this product. Whilst it is isn't going to provide a sound suitable enough to fill a stadium it has a good bass and mid-range response and is ideal for practice and intimate venues. It features an individual pick up for each string. It dimensions maintain that it fits standard sound-holes.

HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON
L.R. Baggs ANTHEM-SL Kmise SH-85
KEY FEATURES
+ Transducer mic blend.
+ Active pickup.
+ Easy to adjust.

+ Perfect choice for amateurs.
+ Easy to install.
+ End-pin mount jack.
+ Shock absorbing foam on the brackets.

WHAT OUR TEAM THOUGHT
This makes for a pretty decent option if you’re particular about your tone as it has better control options than most. It is a quality, no fuss, sound-hole mounted pickup which delivers a great tone sound. Surprisingly capable for a 'cheap and cheerful' option.


The Bottom Line

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