Traditional musicians love beat up and old instruments as much as they love the old tunes. Players treasure their 100-year-old fiddles and mid-century guitars for what they say is the superior tone that can only come from hard playing and natural materials that are no longer widely available.
The funny thing is, when these same players plug in, they drop the reverence for the weathered and the old and they use the best-engineered electronics they can get. That’s because they know that the wrong pickup, preamp, or microphone can rob an instrument of its rich tone, promote feedback, and add noise to the line.
Very often, these musicians turn to LR Baggs, when they’re ready to amplify their sound. LR Baggs specializes in pickups for fiddle, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and so on. If you haven’t heard of the company, you’ve certainly heard of its customers: Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lumineers, Nickel Creek, Janice Ian, Ricky Skaggs, Keb’ Mo’, and Kathy Mattea.
Why do big names use LR Baggs? Sturgill Simpson, a highly regarded up-and-coming singer from Nashville, explains why the electronics a musician chooses matter, and why he uses LR Baggs in this video:
And the company is leading innovation in pickup technology. In this video, Gear World’s Paul Riario demonstrates the features of the L.R. Baggs M80, an award-winning magnetic pickup.
To make its innovative and popular products, LR Baggs uses PTC Creo because it supports a top-down design process. So, an engineer can model a framework for a product. Then, designers can work on separate parts and functions within the framework at the same time, without worrying about others stepping over into their design space.
The design team also uses a direct modeling module from PTC. This allows them to make changes to geometry without worrying about the impact on parameters and design intent. When designers can just push and pull on the geometry, they can explore design ideas more freely. Plus, they can leverage old designs to build new ones, even if the original designer is long gone or too busy to make the modifications.
It was a bit of a leap for LR Baggs to adopt PTC Creo Parametric because the company already had a 3D design tool. Fortunately, the change paid off.
“We replaced our original design tool, SolidWorks, with PTC Creo,” says a company representative. “It’s now easier to make the complete product layout with top-down design tools, and much easier to design with the direct modeling function.”
Baggs says the company is developing concept designs 20% faster now, and modeling time overall is down 25%.