I'm planning to buy a Martin acoustic electric guitar but I have been confused regarding the following -
1. To buy the Martin GPC Aura GT . Cuz I love the tone of it esp with the Fishman Aura pickup. But it costs 2100$ which is kinda steep for me now.


2. Buy the Martin GPCPA4 (1400$) and the Fishman Aura Spectrum DI. Basically spend lesser on the guitar .. ideally 1000 to 1200$ and spend 300$ on the DI.

Would having an external DI which replicates the Aura technology be better than having the Martin GPC Aura GT itself?
I play live a lot and also record in the studio. I love the tone of the Martins. so please suggest accordingly.
Much appreciated.
I'm not really an electronics guy so take this with a grain of salt, but I've heard that 99% of the time a built in pup will sound much better than an external
If I were in your situation, I'd go for the external, just because I'm not a fan of using pickups in general, but that's just me