This is an excellent amplification system for steel-string acoustic guitars, if you want a simple system and an authentic acoustic sound. The I-Beam Passive System bridge plate transducer enables you to simply 'plug-in-and-play'. The I-Beam is easily installed, without the need to modify the bridge, saddle or setup of your guitar. It reproduces the natural tone of an acoustic guitar while maintaining perfect string balance and providing full dynamic range.
The I-Beam bridge plate transducer weighs only 1/3rd oz. and does not affect the acoustic sound of the instrument. It's microphonic enough to reproduce accurately the sound of your playing, but is resistant to feedback and gives you excellent amplified sound without that 'fingernails on the blackboard sound that under-saddle pickups have. A placement jig is included that allows you to install the pickup in minutes and get the ideal placement for the transducer inside the guitar. A high quality Switchcraft endpin jack is provided.
The I-Beam Passive is simpler to install than its Active cousin - less wires and no battery compartment - but unless you're plugging direct into an acoustic amp with a high-impedance transducer input it does require an external preamp, such as the Baggs Para Acoustic DI or the Gigpro Universal preamp.