Acoustic Vs. Electric Guitar

Learn The Pros And Cons Of Acoustic And Electric Guitars!

If you are a beginner guitarist, you might be wondering about how to choose between an electric guitar and an acoustic guitar. I worked in a very large music store for over 4½ years and I always saw people who couldn’t quite decide on which way to go. In this lesson I will give you some tips that will help you decide between starting on an acoustic or electric guitar. For even more great guitar tips you can sign up for the Practice Routine Generator.

The first thing that I usually tell people, when they are trying to decide between an acoustic and an electric guitar, is to choose the one that they like the most. If you like folk, country or bluegrass music you should probably go with an acoustic guitar. If you are more drawn to metal and hard rock music you should go with an electric guitar. Choosing a guitar that goes with the style of music that you enjoy listening to is a great way to pick out a guitar. If you pick a guitar that fits the style of music that you are in to, you will probably practice guitar more and get better faster.

The acoustic and electric guitar both have some unique advantages that you should be aware of. The acoustic guitar is nice because you can just grab it and play pretty much anywhere you want. You can go camping, to the beach, or over to your friends house to play and you don’t need an amplifier or electricity. Acoustic guitars are great to just grab and go, but they can be a bit harder to play than an electric guitar.

Electric guitars are nice because you can play around with distortion and effects. It is really nice to have an electric guitar when you want to play more aggressive music like metal and rock. Electric guitars are a bit easier to play than acoustic guitars, but you usually have to have some kind of battery powered device or electricity to get the most out of them.

If you don’t really know what kind of guitar that you want, I would recommend that you go to your local music store and just play around on all of the electric and acoustic guitars that you can get your hands on. It might help to listen to many different types of music and see which style you enjoy the most. Don’t be in a hurry to buy a guitar. Go back to the music store as many times as you need to. Play around and experiment with all types of guitars until one really jumps out and says “Buy Me!”. Of course, if you can afford an acoustic and an electric, that would be the most fun.

This Lesson Has 44 Comments

  • muzammil says:

    hey got a serious question if i take electric guitar will its teaching will be the same like aqustic guitar or different

    • Tim says:

      hey muzammil, it will be exactly the same.

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  • joshua S. says:

    I’ve found electric guitars have a faster (action) up and down the neck because a lot of the makes and modles have slightly slimmer necks. This also makes them a little easier to play cords on. I’ve listened to several of my fellow musicians argue about how fast a particular guitar is over another. I have one buddy who swears on the gibson explorer and won’t play anything else because he loves the (action) on it I personally write on acustic and piano because my theory is if it sounds good unpluged without all the bells and whistles then its gonna sound great once you transcribe it over to electric the acustic makes me work a little harder too wich I like because it renforces the funimentals.

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    • Praveen says:

      It is sad that so many really good gtiaur players REFUSE to admit that SOME “OFF SHORE” acoustic gtiaurs sound BETTER than their Martin, Taylor or Gibson gtiaurs. I have overspent on some of these gtiaurs too, but I am not biased just because it is made in the “US“. The truth is that a gtiaur is some wood glued together with strings attached. Some Off Shore gtiaurs do sound BETTER than some US made gtiaurs.

  • Jason Bush says:

    I would recommend learning the acoustic guitar first. You have to work a little harder to create the chords on the acoustic and it will teach you better mechanics and technique.

  • Jim says:

    My first guitar was electric. From my experience it is much easier to play electric as a beginner. The action is better so its not so hard on your fingur tips as a beginner. Once you get some get some chords under your belt and pads on your fingur tips you can switch to an acustic. Its a bit like riding a bike once you can ride one bike you can ride any bike. I did not get an amp with my guitar either you can learn without an amp. I know people who gave up guitar so easily, mainly because they baught a poor acusitc with terrable action that killed their fingur tips and turned them against playing.So if you are considering a guitar as a beginner buy a Yamaha Pacifica 112. Leave the amp untill u know u like playing guitar then get a good acusitc.

    • Shera says:

      What kind of amp are you useing? Because it sonuds pretty good, gives it that rough blues sort of sound. Also does it matter if you use an electric guitar amp on an acoustic?

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  • Bushra says:

    what abt classic guitars?

  • Ralph says:

    I’m a beginner that struggled with this decision too – acoustic or electric. I found my answer at I spent a couple days listening to everything – all types of music. And the decision came easily after that. I wanted to learn to play the music I liked listening to the most – blues! Approaching the decision this way also helped in choosing “which” electric guitar to buy first as there is a guitar for every style of music.

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    and i am also new to the world of guitars so i need some help.due to my friend i got really attracted to guitars. now i am going to start learning it when i went to my nearby furtados store,they suggest me to buy GC 39C Acoustic guitar to start with as it is cheap and good.
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  • Mac says:

    If you play an acoustic guitar more often will that strengthen your fingers more, make you any better, etc?

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  • Dan says:

    Always thought that you were supposed to learn guitar on acoustic first and then move onto electric. That’s what I’ve long heard. Is that not necessarily true?

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    Another aspect for people who live in an appartment (neigbors, thin walls) is the following: An acoustic can get really loud if you practice as it has a good resonance. An electric may not sound so great unplugged, but you can pick it up any time of the day (or night) and it will never get loud enough to make your neighbor knock down your door.

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    Well, for starters a aissalccl guitar IS A TYPE of acoustic guitar. You meant to ask about a aissalccl guitar or a steel string acoustic guitar.Anyways, which type of guitar you buy has absolutely nothing to do with your skill level. You don’t graduate from a aissalccl guitar to a steel string acoustic that’s retarded. In fact, I’ll just say it right now that aissalccl guitarists are typically better than steel players.It depends on the type of music you want to play. Classical guitars are for aissalccl music (obviously). Steel string acoustic guitars are more common in rock, pop, jazz, blues, etc. Some people use aissalccl guitars in those genres (like Willie Nelson), but it’s not common.

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