How Do Acoustic Electric Guitars Work?

I’m demonstrate how an acoustic electric guitar works. An acoustic electric guitar works generally with one of two types of pickup systems. There’s what’s called a piezoelectric pickup, which sits underneath the saddle, which is this piece right here, and the actual vibrations of the string will touch that Paizo element and that converts the vibration into fluctuations in voltage. And this is really how any electric guitar works an electric guitar pickup does the same thing with variations in a magnetic field. You’re translating the physical vibration of the string into fluctuations in voltage. In the case of a piezoelectric pickup, this is actually in contact with the other side of the saddle, which you can’t see. The other element that this guitar and many others have is a small microphone, which you can’t really saw, that is literally inside the sound hole.

This particular guitar has what’s called a blender system where I can mix, here’s a slider. I’ve got a set right now to pick up only the pies on element under the bridge. It says pickup and then if I slide to the other side it says mic, and that will give me only the microphone. And then by sliding this from one side to the other, I can mix between the two. If I want only the mic sound, I’m on this side. If I want a blend between them, I’m somewhere in the middle. If I want only the pickup, I’m on this side. As a rule, if you’re on stage and you have monitors, speakers pointing at you. You probably want to be just on the pickup or to have a sound hole cover because if you’re using the microphone, any sound coming back in the guitar will create feedback because it goes in, comes out your pickup to the speaker, back out your speaker, and that will create sounds that you don’t want. As a rule, if you’ve got louder stage levels, you stick with the pickup microphone. Works very well for quieter situations. And in a nutshell, that’s how an acoustic electric guitar works. I hope I’ve helped you understand this better.

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