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Acoustic guitars with built-in electronics (also known as acoustic-electric guitars) are simply acoustic guitars with a built-in pickup device of some kind. Acoustic pickups come in many form factors, including piezo pickups and undersaddle transducers, yet all achieve the same end of amplifying the unplugged tones of an acoustic instrument.

Acoustic pickups have existed since the early '60s and models with stock pickups were popularized in the '70s by the likes of Ovation. More recently, brands like Taylor and Takamine have made acoustic-electric models arguably more popular and ubiquitous than their non-electrified counterparts.

What is an acoustic-electric guitar?

An acoustic-electric guitar is a standard acoustic guitar that has an pickup or microphone built into the guitar itself. This saves the player from having to either buy their own pickup for their acoustic guitar or mic up their acoustic guitar every time they play a show.

Are acoustic-electric guitars good for beginners?

Acoustic-electric guitars are a great choice for beginners. Acoustic-electric guitars come in a variety of price ranges and shapes, including those that are best for newer players. Beginners might especially be interested in an acoustic-electric guitar bundle, many of which come with a strap, tuner, strings, and case or gig bag.

What is the difference between an acoustic and an acoustic-electric guitar?

The only difference between a completely acoustic guitar and an electric-acoustic guitar is that the electronic pickups are built within the acoustic-electric guitar. Often, an acoustic-electric guitar will also have a tuner built into the side and will sometimes require a battery.

What does an acoustic-electric guitar sound like?

A well-made acoustic guitar will sound just like an acoustic guitar with a pickup that makes it louder. The sound of an acoustic-electric guitar will vary based on the guitar’s body shape, quality of components used, quality of manufacture, and the pickups used.

Where can I find an acoustic-electric guitar amp?

You can find acoustic guitar amps that are perfect for acoustic-electric guitars right here on Reverb. Many acoustic guitar amps have EQ and reverb or other effects to help you shape your sound. Even if you can plug your acoustic-electric guitar directly into a PA system, you might prefer an acoustic guitar amp due to its added EQ and effects.

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