This just struck me. Take an acoustic guitar with a pickup. If you plug that into an acoustic amp or something, it sounds terrible. If you mic it up, it sounds fantastic. Should this not apply to electric guitar as well??? I mean why in the world are we using pickups when we could use microphones? Just imagine micing a guitar and sending that signal through a high gain amp. I mean, I can't imagine what it would sound like, but shouldn't it be glorious?? Like, in theory?? And what about those piezo things? Aren't those kind of microphones?? Why isn't everybody using those? Are guitar pickups just one of those things that was invented a certain way and then has stuck around because guitarists are stubborn??