Think about the type of sound you want to get from your electrified acoustic guitar. Before you find and buy the hardware, you need to determine what kind of sound you are aiming for and how you can achieve it. To amplify pure sound without using effects, you only need the hardware to send notes and chords produced on your guitar to an amplifier or to an audio editing program on your computer if you are recording digitally. If you want a dirty distorted sound or to add chorus, wah-wah, flanges or other effects to your gig, you need to buy suitable effect pedals and racks. If you process and record digitally, you need to find virtual plug-ins.
Visit your local music store or guitar dealer and purchase the equipment you have identified to achieve the sound you are looking for. You need an acoustic guitar pickup that you can match to your guitar to receive and process sounds, desired effect modules and a guitar-to-USB interface if you do things digitally via your computer. You also need to invest in an amplifier if you do not already have one, and as many 6.3 mm jack connectors as needed to link your various modules together.
Use the correct strings for the desired effect. Your acoustic guitar strings will have a big impact on your electrified sound. For example, if you play heavy metal lead guitar, use a higher, thicker gauge, but a lower, thinner track for rhythm. Thicker strings give you a heavier and more metallic sound while thinner strings give a softer, more rounded tone. Your decision will largely depend on your playing style and personal preference.
Rig up your acoustic electric guitar package. Fix your pickup to the acoustic guitar’s sound hole and connect it via any power modules you will use to your amplifier using the 6.5 mm jack connector. Add the USB interface to the chain if you are using a computer.
Tips and warnings
It is not necessary to buy a special electric guitar to get an electric sound from your sex string or acoustic bass. You can play any acoustic guitar, including an acoustic bass, through an amplifier or computer by purchasing some basic hardware. You can also start experimenting with different effect pedals and treatments to take your gig to new levels.