How to Convert an Acoustic Guitar to Electric

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In order to convert an acoustic guitar to an electric guitar, simply use an acoustic-electric guitar that has controls for a number of tonal possibilities. Make an acoustic guitar sound like an electric with help from a professional musician in this free video on acoustic and electric guitars.

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Video Transcript

Hello, this is Lucian Williams, from In this clip, we'll talk about converting an acoustic guitar to an electric guitar. Now, you can always put a microphone on the acoustic guitar. It's this kind of instrument, which is an acoustic electric guitar. It looks like an acoustic, but it plugs in just like an electric guitar. So, here are the volume controls. This knob pops out and that controls the volume, and this is a parametric equalizer which gives you a wide variety of tone possibilities. You can add treble, bass, or mid-range or cut out a frequency. Bringing the guitar volume up slowly, what you want to do is match the amplified tone with the un-amplified tone. It should sound as similar as possible. If not, adjust the tone controls on the guitar or the amp accordingly, turning the bass up or down; the treble, mid-range, whatever you have at your disposal, to match the natural acoustic sound of the guitar. The acoustic guitar sound should sound natural. This is Lucian Williams, and thank you for watching.


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