I bought this guitar for mic'ed recording. I am so impressed with the tonal qualities of this instrument. My opinion: I was looking at this one and a Taylor Builders Series, and this one won hands down for less than half the price (I would have paid the Taylor price if it had sounded better...I love their guitars). I didn't buy it for the pickup and electronics, but I plugged it in and it sounds excellent! Almost sounds like an external mic!