Your Questions About Investing In Rare Guitars

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Joseph asks…

can you turn an acoustic guitar to an electric acoustic?

i’m wondering if you can turn an acoustic guitar into and electric acoustic because i have an acoustic.

Justin answers:

Yes you can. There are a few different options available. As others have said, the simplest may be to go for a magnetic pickup which mounts in the sound-hole on the front of the guitar. There are possible pickups at all sort of price ranges but you do tend to get what you pay for. So if you want a quality sound you will need to invest in a good pickup. Magnetic sound-hole pickups are made by a range of makers including Fishman (the Rare Earth series), LR Baggs (M1), Dean Markley (Woodie) and others. When mounted the cable and jack socket can be left trailing down the front of the guitar. However, I would reccomend investigating getting it wired into a combined end strap-pin/jacket socket. That shouldn’t cost more than a few dollars. Some magnetic pickups have an option to have a microphone mounted inside the guitar as well.

Other options are transducer pickups which can either be glued to the sound-board of the guitar or mounted under the saddle (or under the bottom of the bridge plate in the case of the “iBeam” pickup). These can be more complicated to mount and you might want to get them installed by a professional if you go that route. Again, there are potential options to have an additional internal microphone and blend this with the transducer pickup.

Have a look at the reviews on Harmony-Central.com or google any of the brand names Fishman, LR Baggs, Dean Markley, Headway, Highlander, B-Band, Shadow, EMG, Ashworth for more details

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