One of the appeals of playing an acoustic guitar is the intimacy– that personal experience as the sound washes over you when you’re playing for yourself. Sadly, sharing that sound with more than a few others can be tough. Whether you need to reach an audience in a large auditorium, increase above the chatter at a cafe, or complete with drums or electric instruments in a band, making your guitar heard requires some support from an amplification system. Figuring out what devices you need and how to utilize it can be a daunting task. To help you chart a course through the choices, we’re going to look at the huge picture and cover the 3 main aspects of an acoustic amplification system: pickups, preamps/DIs, and amplifiers/PA systems.

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