Electro-acoustic (or Acoustic Electric ) guitars have an almost identical build to common acoustic guitars, but are fitted with a pickup. A conventional type of pickup is the piezo electric which relies on its own battery power supply, housed in a pre-amp usually located on the side of the guitar. This type of guitar is ideal for live performance. PMT Online stocks a wide range of electro-acoustic guitars, and orders over £99 are eligible for FREE Next Day Delivery. You can also Reserve & Collect the gear you want from any PMT Guitar Shop, around the UK!
This type of guitar offers the best of both worlds - you can play them unplugged just like any ordinary acoustic, or plug it to a P.A. system or acoustic guitar amp, when performing live. Also, unlike traditional acoustics, they often have a cutaway design, which gives the player easier access to the upper frets.
The pre-amp section usually has a built in volume control often with an EQ to bring out the tone of the guitar. Body shapes include jumbo, parlour, dreadnought and are available as 12-string options, too. Of course, here at PMT Online we also stock many left-handed models!
A new trend in the past years has seen more and more electro-acoustic guitars coming in traditional no-cutaway designs, but the single-cutaway shape is still the most popular today.
It's important to notice that electro-acoustics and semi-acoustics are two different beasts altogether! Semi-Acoustic guitars are in fact electric guitars, with a hollow or semi-hollow body for more acoustic resonance, but which still require to be plugged. An Electro-Acoustic guitar is first and foremost an acoustic guitar like any other and can be played unplugged, but they happen to also come equipped, as we mentioned previously, with a pickup system so they can be plugged into PA or amp if needs be.
You can find a wide selection both in-store and online, and we are authorised dealers of Yamaha, Takamine, Martin, Taylor, Gibson, Washburn, Ibanez and many others, giving you plenty of options to choose from. Enjoy!