How to Plug In Electric Acoustic Guitars

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How to Plug In Electric Acoustic Guitars
An electric acoustic can be played with or without an amplifier. (lonesome cowboy twelve image by Paul Moore from

An electric acoustic guitar, also know as a semi-acoustic or hollow body guitar, is a guitar that can be played as an electric guitar or can be strummed without plugging in. The Gibson Byrdland, seen frequently with Ted Nugent, is an example of an electric acoustic guitar, but the term can also be applied to primarily acoustic instruments with electric capability. For best quality sound, electric acoustic guitars need to be plugged into an amplifier the same way an electric guitar is plugged in.

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Things you need

  • Guitar cord

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  1. 1

    Locate the cord jack on your electric acoustic. On electric acoustic guitars, the cord is typically located on the side of the guitar body, either on the bottom side or on the front of the guitar's side. Run your finger along the edge of the guitar body until you feel the jack protruding.

  2. 2

    Place one end of the cord in the cord jack of your guitar first. Both ends of the cord will be the same. Insert the cord into the jack by pushing it straight in until you feel a click. This means the jack is seated.

  3. 3

    Place the other end of the cord in the amplifier cord jack. Ensure the amplifier is off before you do this. When the cord clicks into place, you're ready to turn your amplifier on.

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