I specifically bought my acoustics without electronics as I really hate the piezo sound. Taylor’s Expression system sounds wonderful as long as you use their xlr cable but I just never use my acoustics live. For recording, I prefer a mic.
That said, now that I’m gonna do acoustic performances, I needed to find a way to plug in because mic’ing on stage is something that I’ve been told to avoid. Also, I tend to move around a lot.
The best acoustic pickups all require some permanent destructive mods to install, which I’m just not comfortable with. So I opted for regular pickups without an under saddle mic. I got the LR Baggs M1 active pickups and couldn’t be happier!
Man they sound great! Much more accurate sounding than piezos to my ears. Installation is super-easy on a Taylor as the strap button hole is already the right size for a jack and the pickup itself just clamps on. Battery location is on the bottom of the pickup and with active use needs to be changed once a year.
On my Martin, I had to make a 1/2" hole. That sucked. My drill wasn’t powerful enough so it lifted some of the binding. After installing the jack, the binding got pressed back down and you can’t see the damage, but I know it’s there.