Hi All, I have read as many internet "How to set up PA system's guides" as any one man should but they all seem to miss the same point. How to get the sound out of the guitar in the first place. My housemate plays electro acoustic and sings. He has started moving to bigger venues (say 50 - 200 people, coffee shops, bars, pubs and clubs) where amplification is needed. For a few songs he is joined by other guitarists / vocalists. I am going to try and work the sound for him / them. So i have two questions: 1) should we plug the guitars in and use the electro-acoustic pick-ups or mic up the guitars using sm57s? And 2) should that resulting signal go straight to guitar amps or to a mixer > Power Amp > Speakers or di boxes > mixer > amp > speakers. If the answer is to go straight to guitar amp how do you control levels or add compression and eq or in such a small venue is it not needed? Any help would be much appecieated!!