Folks listen with their eyes, and plugged into the PA, everyone thinks I'm also playing a "pure acoustic" instrument
By contrast If I showed up to these same events with my JTV-59, the "traditionalists" and the Promotor (who pays the band) would not let me near the stage.
Same here -- if I take this thing to church, I get to play with the acoustic group (all of whom are plugged into the mixer and are not particularly acoustic at that point, either). If I pull out an electric, I get shooed away.
What's really cute, of course, is that this is a solid-body mahogany electric guitar hiding under the spruce top.
Every now and then people sort of glance around to see who's playing the 12-string when there isn't one on stage, and the best part was when I used the bottom two strings tuned down an octave with the upper four tuned normally, and it was *really* interesting to see them glancing offstage to see who was sitting in with a bass.