L.R. Baggs Five.O Ukulele Pickup Full Review


April 2, 2012 by Tim

For this review We are changing things up a little. Instead of hearing what I think, I recruited a friend to do a review.
Why did I not to this review you may ask, and it is simple.
1. I don’t have a uke worthy of putting it in
2. Colin Helped me out big time with the last NAMM show, Taking thousands of pictures
3. Colin has a really nice uke that he wanted to put one of these buggers in
4. Colin is a billion times better player than me, and I figured it would be cool for y’all to see him, if you have not already.

Here is his review

Info about Pickup

I want to thank Colin for doing an awesome job with this review. It must have taken a ton of time to get all the video down and edited. MAke sure to ask him about the it when you see him at Ukulele world Congress or any other uke thing you might run into him at.

Info about Colin (Because I know you want more)

Colins YouTube page http://www.youtube.com/user/CoLmesUke

 Places to Buy on the Web

Elderly $149 
Amazon $149


15 thoughts on “L.R. Baggs Five.O Ukulele Pickup Full Review

  1. manapualabs says:

    Fantastic comparison and review with some elegant and sweet playing. Mahalo Colin and good job Tim picking Colin to do all your work for you!

  2. Tom M. says:

    Great review. Thanks for all the work you put into this.

  3. Tim Clark says:

    Nice job Colin. What I heard was not so much anything to do with the volume but more clarity in the tone. Definitely more high end without sacrificing the low end. Also, the MISI seemed to be distorting (which I think might be what you are referring to as vibration). This might mean that the gain on the Misi is higher than the baggs and the M-Audio is having problems handling that level of gain.

    I have to say I agree that the Baggs makes the uke sound more natural by a significant margin.

    If you want some really good double stick tape, you can try “turners tape” used by folks that turn wook on lathes. pretty thing and very sticky. http://woodworking.rockler.com/search?w=turners%20tape

    It is kind of expensive so if you want to get me your address, I can mail you some to try. I don’t do turning myself but find it is very useful for lots of the stuff.

    Tim has my contact info. Thanks again for the review.

  4. Janet Tolin says:

    Great review. Sounds like a really good pickup. I may just have to sell one of my ukes so I can get one of these for my better ukes.

  5. ndonabedian says:

    Great post. I visit your blog regularly to learn stuff about ukulele’s. Visit my new blog at: http://theukuleleohana.wordpress.com/

  6. Norman says:

    Nice. Were the strings the same on both versions? They look different types and this in itself could make a difference to the tonal quality.

  7. Richard says:

    The Misi everyone raves about was putting me to sleep every time it was coming on. I would get excited every time the Five O was being played. It really sound great! More decisions now. Five O active or twin dot K&K. Passive. Hope you figure out the battery issue. Anyway that is one sweet pickup. Congratulations!


  8. Paul says:

    Bought a Five.0 and had it installed in my Pono MTDX (mahogany tenor deluxe) and it sounds great. Thanks for the great review.

  9. andy says:

    I bought a used uke and it came with the 5.0, best pickup I’ve ever had. sounds totally natural.

  10. JGE says:

    Ordered mine today! Have been waiting for LR Baggs to get it on the market and it is out and it is on it’s way to me. I can’t wait! It is going on my Pegasus “Liliu”. I will let you know how it goes after my gig this weekend, Prince Kuhio Day. Aloha, Mahalo, A Hu’i Hou. Nice job Tim And Collin!

  11. Tim McKenzie says:

    Nice one Colin (and Tim!)
    In process of having one installed in my Ko’aloha. The comparison you put together is priceless information. Thanks!

  12. Marino Marinac says:

    This is my very sad experience with L.R. product

    I am Marino Marinac from Slovenia and I bought L.R.Baggs Five O on 4th March from TMS (Zagreb) – mr. Juraj Belkovic. Pickup system was installed by proffesional luthier mr. Sinko from Slovenia (www.ton.si) into ukulele Lag u700T. We noticed distorted signal from the pickup and I claimed this to TMS on 7th March.
    On 9th of April mr. Belkovic was contact me that brand new system was arrived and can be installed. Next day i drived 500km to Zagreb. Guys from TMS was trying to repair existing pickup (they mentioned gain adjustment) but unsuccessful. Old pick up was replaced with new one and same problem occurs again. Signal is better but distortion is still presented and I am not 100% sure that the whole pickup sistem was replaced. Problem is probably the same.
    Mr. Sinko from ton.si suggested to modify electrical circuit (adding additional rezistor) and reduce the signal from pickup. I think is not so good idea modifying brand new pickup system.

    I am very dissapointed and spent a lot of time and money for travelling and solving this problems. What do you suggest?

    Thanks and best regards,

  13. Paquillo says:

    Can I use it with a Charango?

  14. J Corry says:

    1. Is there an Anthem for soprano uke?
    2. What wireless works best with it?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,071 other subscribers


Ukulele Perspective

Seeing the world through strumming a ukulele

Craig Chee

Ukulele for the heart.

The Backward Ukulele Player

Music self-played is happiness self made.


A place to reflect on ukuleles and ukulele reviews

%d bloggers like this: