#1
Is it true that it sounds better if you put in pickups in a acoustic than buying an elctric acoustic?. I overheard somebody say it in a music store.
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#2
Depends on the A/E guitar, and also on the pickup(as well as the guitar it's installed in). You can probably assume that a high-end Taylor A/E is going to sound good, but the same isn't necessarily true for a $300 Ibanez. The reasons being that Taylor makes good guitars and uses good electronics. Ibanez acoustic guitars aren't that great to begin with and they have to use economical electronics to keep cost down. Also, if you put a good quality after market pickup in a cheap guitar with a laminate top, you're probably not going to get good results that way either. Let's say you only have $500 to spend, you're probably better off getting a decent $400 guitar and spending the rest on a good pickup and installing it. Another thing you have to consider is that most of the A/E guitars you see have cutaway bodies, which don't sound quite as good as a full dreadnought. Anyway, that's how I see things. Others may disagree.
#3
Well, in the lower range of guitars at least it is much better to buy a guitar and then add a pup. Just because if you buy cheap and it has a pickup, both the pickup and guitar are gunna end up being crap.
Better value to buy a decent guitar within your price range and then add a pup.

For instance if you were trying to get an A/E for around 300 your best bet would be to buiy something like a Yamaha FG700 or FG720S and spend 80-100 on a pickup.

In the higher end your probably going to ned up with equal sound if you buy an A/e or buy a normal acoustic and add pups.
#4
Quote by johnos
Well, in the lower range of guitars at least it is much better to buy a guitar and then add a pup. Just because if you buy cheap and it has a pickup, both the pickup and guitar are gunna end up being crap.
Better value to buy a decent guitar within your price range and then add a pup.

For instance if you were trying to get an A/E for around 300 your best bet would be to buiy something like a Yamaha FG700 or FG720S and spend 80-100 on a pickup.

In the higher end your probably going to ned up with equal sound if you buy an A/e or buy a normal acoustic and add pups.
Looks like we're in agreement.
#5
thanks very much. great advice. Cheers.
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