One of the appeals of playing an acoustic guitar is the intimacy– that individual experience as the sound washes over you when you’re playing for yourself. Sadly, sharing that sound with more than a couple of others can be tough. Whether you need to reach an audience in a large auditorium, rise above the chatter at a coffee store, or complete with drums or electrical instruments in a band, making your guitar heard needs some assistance from an amplification system. Finding out what devices you require and how to utilize it can be an overwhelming job. To assist you chart a course through the alternatives, we’re going to look at the big image and cover the 3 primary aspects of an acoustic amplification system: pickups, preamps/DIs, and amplifiers/PA systems.

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