I own a transacoustic steel string and have performed with it. I love it. Totally awesome. The tone controls can be overly used and will cause a heavily distorted and just plain bad sound. But if used conservatively, it works really well. Of course, my fist stop after purchase was to my friend who is an amateur luthier to set action height.
Yes - piezo pickup requires no electrical connection at all. Furthermore, it uses a transducer, similar to a reverb idea, that picks up and amplifies the sounds inside the guitar box. It has some massive resonances in a good way. The line out is totally dry. So if you want to use the effects on stage, you must mic the guitar and blend with the clean line out, or as I have done, send the line out to an amp with active FX.
I wrote a review on the Guitar Center Emeryville web site about 5-6 months ago. I signed as "Droidiphile from Pinole". I also see the transacoustic nylon string available at the Emeryville store. They were very friendly to me and I was allowed to just sit and play for quite a while.
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