Best acoustic guitar pickups: Our recommended acoustic pickups for all budgets

Close up of a Fishman acoustic guitar pickup on a 12-string acoustic guitar
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Adding one of the best acoustic guitar pickups to your instrument can take a dull-sounding piezo pickup to new levels, or add another layer of tonality to your latest recording. They’re more straightforward than you think to install and can significantly improve the plugged-in sound of your acoustic guitar, making them a no-brainer for the guitarist looking to upgrade their instrument without buying an entirely new one.

There are multiple reasons you would want to add an acoustic pickup, even if you already own an electro-acoustic guitar, so we’ve put together this list of the best out there so you can pick out the best one for you. It might be you want a more traditional pickup design so you can use effects with your acoustic, or perhaps you’re not a fan of the sound of your already installed piezo pickup and want something that better translates your unplugged tone through a PA or acoustic guitar amp.

You can trust Guitar World Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing guitar products so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.

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