How Do I Amplify My Acoustic Guitar?

This is one of the most common questions for all and especially beginners who just learn a few chords – E minor, D, C etc.  The answer is that acoustic guitars can never produce the exact sound as that of the MTV unplugged versions. The audience doesn’t know that a band has to come almost eight to nine hours earlier than their show timing in order to setup the sound system. In short, a guitar amplication isn’t that easy, it requires a lot of setup. Lets have a look at the different factors for the amplication of sound.

An Inbuilt Jack Hole In Acoustic Guitar

Many beginners buy an acoustic guitar which has an inbuilt jack hole. They assume that after learning the guitar for a few years, they can perform on stage by simply plugging in the jack hole. Alas, here is the loophole. When, a persons buy a jack of around 50 to 100 rupees, the sound output is simply terrible. Infact it is painful to the ears. For many professionals, they recommend  a low noise cut jack of around 600 to 800 rupees. Yes, here is the catch. The low noise jack hole does give much better sound output, pleasant to the ears. But, again there is a drawback point of the gain sound occurred while performing. Many might have noticed that you get a buzz irritating sound on stage, be it microphone or any instrument. This buzzing sound is known as an increased gain sound, the output which lets you cover both the ears in order to avoid the painful irritating noise. Thereby, many musical maestros prefer mic output sound.

An Output Mic Before The Soundhole Of The Acoustic Guitar

An output microphone placed before the soundhole of an acoustic guitar produces much better sound, soothing to the ears. One can always opt for it while performing live on stage. The only criteria is the gain catch while performing. Incase, if you get that irritating gain catch sound, you need to shift far away from the speaker. But then again, you also need to check the length of the wire and most importantly, an artist moving on stage to avoid gain sound seems very absurd. The other option is to buy a separate guitar amp or mixer.

Conclusion – Guitar Amp Vs Mixer

Many companies have manufactured different guitar amps for separate use – priced around 5 to 15K. But the biggest drawback of these amps are that either it pick up  gain noise right from day 1 or later say 3 months. It is for sure that the gain noise error has to come up very soon. Thereby, many people buy a mixer for cutting the noise. This indeed is the best solution so far. One can go for a mid-range processor and plug in the amp for pleasant tonal output from the acoustic guitar. However, a stabilizer present at home shall avoid current fluctuation/shock while using the processor.