I'm looking to upgrade my guitar (newbie) but was confused by certain choices. I would like to do some recording so for that reason, the acoustic-electric looks promising but if I'm going to compromise on the sound, I'd rather not. I'm not looking at spending a lot (< $500).
What are your thoughts?
To be clear, you're choosing between an acoustic with no pickup or an electro-acoustic with a pickup?
I've recently moved to Tokyo, so I left my electro-acoustic at home and got a semi-acoustic here. Mine at home is a Martin which uses a Fishman pickup, and the sound engineers in studios and at venues have always cemented on how good it sounds plugged in. You should find that, when recording in the studio, they'll usually mic it up twice - one at the start of the neck, and one just the other side of the sound hole, and they'll have a third track of it plugged in. When they mix it, the plugged in version will usually be much lower in the mix, and predominantly for rhythm rather than tone.
I just like having the option to be able to plug it in with reasonable quality, if you're like me and you don't have your own PA system or mics, most venues will ask you to plug in rather than mic you up, and you also then don't have to worry about staying in the exact same position. You'll find something really nice for $500 (about £300 right).
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