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The Best Acoustic Electric Guitars: Loud & Refined

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Best of the Best
Martin
DRS2
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Among Martin's prestigious dreadnoughts, the DRS2 represents their most well-balanced & cost-effective solid wood choice.
Pros
Solid Sitka spruce top & solid Sapele sides & back. The Fishman's Sonitone electronics are safely tucked away within the sound hole. Thick low-end, warm mids, shimmering high-end.
Cons
Serious players may eventually want to replace the plastic saddle, nut, & bridge pins with other options, perhaps tusk & brass, respectively.
Best Bang for the Buck
Yamaha
FSX830C
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Yamaha's unbelievable quality standards show in this pristine model. The electronics provide many options, from the 3-band EQ to the midrange slider.
Pros
Eleven finish options. The concert shape may be more comfy for some players. Sitka spruce top & rosewood back & sides. System 66 electronics. Built in tuner.
Cons
This guitar is another instance where an easy & cheap upgrade is to replace the nut, saddle, & bridge pins with something other than plastic.
Best Budget Pick
Epiphone
Hummingbird Pro
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Gibson's Epiphone model is an accurate emulation of their more expensive Hummingbird model. The defined tone is represented well through the quality electronics.
Pros
Solid spruce top & mahogany back & sides. SlimTaper D neck profile. Superior Shadow Performer electronics from Germany. Two-band EQ & dynamics control.
Cons
Depending on your preference, you may find the tone to be lacking in the low-end, but it's sufficiently bright & warm in the high & mid frequencies.

The best acoustic electric guitars solve the inconveniences of playing a traditional acoustic in a very preferable way. No longer do we need to play a guitar size and shape we don't enjoy in order to project more volume. We don't have to strum and pick harder. We don't need the nuisance of setting up and staying positioned behind a mic to be heard through the loud speakers. Today we look at how this is achieved and share our top recommendations for every budget...

TL;DR - Best Budget Pick: Epiphone Hummingbird Pro - Best Overall: Martin DRS2