If you are a music and a guitar lover, then we are sure that you can appreciate the beauty and the tones that come from a high-quality acoustic guitar. Acoustic guitars are the choice of many musicians because they are very easy to transport, require no cables or amplification equipment and are also very light weight. If you want to play music and you have your acoustic guitar with you, it’s only a matter of pulling over and stopping by a local park to sit down and play some of your best tunes. However, what happens when you want your acoustic sound to be heard more than a few feet away? This is where acoustic guitar pickups come in handy. An acoustic guitar pickup can take your pristine acoustic sound and amplify it to where you can entertain hundreds of people with just a simple pickup system.
Acoustic guitar pickups were developed to help amplify the wonderful sounds and tones that come from an acoustic guitar. There are many different types of acoustic guitar pickup systems that come in different sizes, shapes as well as a wide variety in price ranges. Depending on what your budget will afford will depend on the types of acoustic guitar pickups that will work best for you. Acoustic guitar pickups also come in different variations such as the “sound hole” pickup, the “clip-on” acoustic pickup as well as other acoustic guitar pickups that have built-in electronics. However, the highest quality pickups will have a preamp that can give a small boost to the acoustic sound prior to leaving the guitar. A preamp is very important because it can help the music enthusiast who loves the acoustic guitar the ability to hear a cleaner tone from the speakers.
Clip On Acoustic Guitar Pickups
Clip on acoustic guitar pickups are one of the most common acoustic pickups that you can buy for your guitar. A clip on pickup does not have a preamp and this is reflected in the price because this type of pickup is not designed to be a permanent solution to your application needs. However, saying this, if you are considering playing your acoustic guitar with amplification, then a clip on pickup is a wise choice if you are not 100% sure that is what you want. For installation, the clip on acoustic piece is generally wedged into the sound hole to help amplify the acoustic sound.
Natural Acoustic Guitar Pickups
When we speak of “natural” acoustic guitar pickups we mean the pickups that are installed permanently on your acoustic instrument. The term natural is used because the installation of this type of pickup will not alter the guitar with the requirement of any heavy modifications to the body of the guitar. If you have just purchased your instrument and want a better sound than a clip on acoustic guitar pickup, then we recommend going “natural” before you make any modifications to your guitar. Natural acoustic guitar pickups will not have any way to control volume or the equalizer but will generally have a preamp to help with amplifying the sound before it leaves the acoustic guitar. Again this is a great choice for those who do not want to make any alterations or modifications to their acoustic guitar body.
If you are looking for a lot of flexibility in the type of tones and sounds that you’re acoustic guitar can produce through an amplification system then buying and installing acoustic guitar pickups that have on board controls is going to be your best bet to give you this flexibility. Not to mention this is what you need to get best sound that can be produced from acoustic guitar pickups. Many of these types of models will have controls that can be installed onto the guitar that will make it very easy to use. Having a volume control and equalizer at your fingertips can help you customize the sounds and tones that come from your instrument. These type of acoustic guitar pickups will also have a preamp system that further helps to customize your sound. Again, this is an excellent choice for the musicians that are serious about their acoustic sound.
So, whether you prefer the “clip on”, the “natural” or acoustic guitar pickups that have on board controls that can completely customize your sound will be an individual choice, but we recommend exploring all of your options as well as the pros and the cons before investing in acoustic guitar pickups.