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anyone have an acoustic electric?

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I don't know which ones are worth considering. Do they have a completely different sound than a regular electric?

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There are litteraly hundreds of good, well made and affordable A/E's out there. Unplugged they sound just like a regular acoustic and nothing like a solid body electric or even a semi hollow through an amp. Big full hollow jazz boxes can have a nice acoustic tone, but change quite a bit plugged in. Go to a shop and try some different types of guitars and amps for whatever sound you're after. Great learning experience and fun to boot.

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I have a thin line washburn folk. Itg is brighter than average because of the thinner body. It is very loud unplugged for a thin line guitar. Takes a while to open up though.

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Yes, Both Nylon and Steel versions. Great when you need the volume when entertaining and also when recording and you want a mix of mic and plug in tone attributes.

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I have an Ovation, a Breedlove, and a Fender a/e.

The Fender was only $400 so it is ok but nothing outstanding.

The Ovation, unplugged, sounds like an Ovation. Some love it, some hate it. I like it.

Plugged in the Ovation sounds HUGE. Here is a goofy little thing I posted with it using just a bit of chorus on my amp. It's at the bottom of the first post. James Bond Meets the Pink Panther

The Breedlove, unplugged or plugged in, well, if I could marry a guitar............. :helpsmili

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I have to say I've been a bit disappointed with AE guitars.

Had a session recently sitting in a guitar shop trying a few new instruments. The AEs were dull compared to even budget acoustics. And of course that was because so many AEs have plywood (purists call it laminate) tops. They depend on being played plugged in. My search took me to some better AEs with solid tops and the sound was so much richer.

Being pedantic, I believe all AE guitars should be able to be played unplugged. When you buy your AE, make sure you compare it to an acoustic at the same time. I mean side by side. Listen to both. When you're happy with the acoustic sound, then ask for an amp to try it plugged in.

Or, on the other hand, you may be satisfied with just half a guitar. I'm not.

Keep in touch.

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