Recommend a ready-made electric guitar model with Piezo pickups for acoustic sounds?

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  1. Sugarfreeze

    Sugarfreeze Member

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    Hello, I am looking to purchase a guitar mainly for pop, or pop rock music that can also have an easy switch to engage acoustic-like guitar sounds. Can anyone recommend any ready-made electric guitar brand/model that already comes packaged with this kind of setup? I have about USD $2,500 budget. Thanks for any feedback!
     
  2. Quantum Cat

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    Godin LGX. Mine also has a Roland synth output.
     
  3. G Man

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    While you would need to source a used one, the US Hamer DuoTone fits your bill exactly.
     
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    Godin and Parker have always done that very well.
     
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    There was a Slash model Les Paul with one already installed
     
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    I like the Ernie Ball/Music Man piezo system a lot. You can get it on most of their models.
     
  7. Sugarfreeze

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    Thanks everyone very much for your feedback! I will check those out!
     
  8. tonyhay

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    You could consider one of the new James Tyler Variax guitars. They're under $1,500 and have great piezo systems with very good acoustic models.
     
  9. Singin' Dave

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    +1! Great guitars
     
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    I've heard a lot of praise of the acoustic modeling capabilities of Variax guitars.

    Do you need any other Variax hardware to take advantage of these capabilities? Or will they function like any other piezo-equipped guitar?
     
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    hamer duotone!

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    The USA DuoTones are great. The Variaxes have more convincing acoustic sounds if that matters to you.
     
  13. sbrett

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    I've had that setup on a number of different production guitars over the years, so I can recommend the following:

    Music Man Luke (although as mentioned, any of them would be good)
    Fender Nashville Power Telecaster
    Godin LGX3 (the Godin had the best acoustic sound of the three)
    Fender VG (modeled, but decent)

    PRS also has a new one out with a piezo system. Not sure of the cost. Whatever you go with, make sure you run it through the P.A. or full range acoustic amp. I'd also recommend running it through either a Fishman or L.R. Baggs preamp (the Baggs being my favorite of the two). Makes a big difference.
     
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    Line6 Variax.
    I have the old Variax 600 and it's acoustic guitar sound is quite nice.
    I'm sure the new Tyler Variax will sound better. Also as a bonus if you buy Variax you get tons of different electric guitar sound as well.
     
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    Carvin has a bunch as well...
     
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    Music Man Petrucci JP6 and I happen to have one for sale in the emporium right now. The piezo pickups sound excellent and the ability to blend them with the magnetics provides all sorts of options. It's a very high quality and versatile guitar.
     
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    There is also the Albert Lee MM90 (3 P90s and a Piezo) that is a little shy of $2K

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  20. Deathmonkey

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    +1 to this. They have the SH250
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    The Sh550
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    And people have added the acoustic system to their other models as well. My bandmate in a pop rock band I was in had a Carvin SH250 that sounded very good, and I am the proud owner of an SH575, which also has synth access. Killer guitar.

    If those are a bit pricey, other models with their acoustic system show up on the 'bay fairly regularly, and at reasonable prices.
     

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