Best acoustic electric guitars: 11 electro-acoustics for all players

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Buying yourself one of the best acoustic electric guitars is a thoroughly exciting prospect. An acoustic guitar can be a lifelong friend for a player – a go-to instrument at home for relaxing, practice, songwriting, recording – and with added electronics onboard in the form of a pickup, you can take your acoustic electric even further. 

Whether you're a busker, home player or headlining huge shows, having an acoustic electric can make the difference between your music getting heard by potentially thousands of people, or none at all. Having electronics in your acoustic guitar also makes recording your playing so simple – so we'd recommend taking a look through this guide, and picking the best acoustic electric guitar for you.

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Rob Laing

Rob is the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar, he worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including as Editor of Total Guitar. He's currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with his own songs and is enjoying playing covers in function bands.