I've had some electric pickups (the kind that fit in the sound hole) that reproduce the acoustic sound beautifully. I'd say try before you buy.
I have a Martin Mahogany Dreadnaught (1997). Low price, light weight, each note like a Medowlark. Good base and treble,no frills. My brother-in-law, has a D-45 and a D-28, but I often find him opening my case instead of his. Maby he doesn't want to scratch his.