#1
Hi,

I'm a big fan of Acoustic guitars, but I was wondering if it was possible to get an Acoustic Electric that still has the "big" sound of an Acoustic-only guitar....or at least something similar.

I love the sound of Acoustics, but I want to be able to easily record music by just plugging it into my Mac.

If you have any Acoustic Electric recommendations I'd appreciate it.

~ Dave
#2
well yeah, most guitars come with an option of a pickup for an extra hundred or 2hundred more.
Theyre gunna sound the same but you can plug them in.
Give us a price range, and we shall give you some recomendations.
Also you are aware that you can buy a soundhole pickup for anything from 30bucks to 20bucks? fits into most acoustics... If youve already got an acoustic you like, just buy on of these.
#3
Pretty wide price range - I'm mainly just looking for something to work well, and will last long.
Anywhere between $200-$500 should be alright, $200-$400 is preferred though.

And I'll look into those soundhole pickups.
#4
If you've already got a guitar you like your best bet is to get a soundhole pickup i reckon as under $500 doesnt give you a whole lot of acoustic-electric goodness.
Off the top of my head I like the Alvarez AD60SC a lot.
And others have recomended Takamine acoustic-electrics but i cant say as I havent played many takamines and in Australia, where i live, Takamines aren't that common and are waay more expensive
#5
here are a few guitars i like in your price range:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Alvarez-Artist-Series-AD70SC-Dreadnought-AcousticElectric-Cutaway?sku=518798
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Takamine-G-Series-EG340SC-Dreadnought-Cutaway-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=512207
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seagull-S6-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=512121
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Alvarez-Artist-Series-AD60SC-Dreadnought-AcousticElectric-Cutaway?sku=518739

also, i wouldn't really recommend a magnetic soundhole pickup if you are going to be plugging the guitar into your mac and recording. you'll get a more "acousticy" sound out of an undersaddle transducer pickup like these guitars above all come equipped with.
#6
I've heard that Taylor has some new acoustic pickup system called like ET or ES or something, and it's supposed to be great for plugging in. Try that out.
#7
Thanks for the help everyone. I keep seeing Takamine popup, even in my Googling, so I'll definitely research them some more, even if it does cost a bit extra.
#8
Definitely check out Takamine, I have one and it's great. I bought it when I stopped playing and looked around and the entire store was watching me, about a dozen people. I see guitars at twice the price all the time that can't touch it.
Hmmm...I wonder what this button does...
#9
Quote by Mlairuk
I've heard that Taylor has some new acoustic pickup system called like ET or ES or something, and it's supposed to be great for plugging in. Try that out.

that is a great pickup system... but it is WAY out of his price range.