Gotta be careful with the "acoustic electric" term as well. Sometimes [not always] it refers to a kind of hybrid, not a solid body electric, but not a fully hollow acoustic either. I've tried a few (can't remember the names) but was never happy with them. If you're going for the electric sound, buy an electric, if you want an acoustic, buy an acoustic with pickups installed (or have them installed) and watch out for these hybrids. If it looks like an acoustic (i.e. 4"+ deep) with pickups then you should be fine with that kind of acoustic electric. But the one that I played was just a bit thicker than an electric, was clearly hollow (or had some parts of it that were hollow) but didn't have a center soundhole that most acoustics have. It was a hybrid of sorts, and I did not like the sound I got from it...not as full as a real acoustic w/ good pickups. BTW - I'm no means an expert, but I recently had a UST/AST (undersaddle transducer + acoustic saddle transducer) installed in my Lakewood M32. There is a battery box inside the guitar now (just a bit bigger than the 9V it uses) and the endpin was replaced with the one that has the electronics in it. For the life of my I cannot hear the difference when I'm not plugged in (i.e. I don't think it has changed the acoustic properties of the guitar) but the luthier who installed it did a magnificent job! My guitar amplified sounds better than a lot of the out-of-the-box acoustic electrics that Taylor, Martin and others make. Really take time to research and find a good luthier if you're going to have pickups installed in your acoustic.