Best acoustic electric guitars 2024: electro-acoustic picks for every type of player

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When a regular acoustic just won’t cut it in terms of volume, then you might find that one of the best acoustic electric guitars is the solution. There are all sorts of different models available, but they’re essentially just regular acoustic guitars, fitted with a pickup of some sort that allows you to plug into an amp or PA system.

If you’re thinking of playing live – whether that’s on grand stages around the world or just at your local open-mic night, then an acoustic electric guitar (sometimes also referred to as an ‘electro-acoustic’ guitar) is pretty much an essential bit of kit. Whilst you can place a microphone in front of your standard acoustic guitar, it’s a lot easier to play worry-free with a built-in pickup.

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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.

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