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Which Guitar is Best Electric or Acoustic?

Updated on April 28, 2017

What to buy Electric or Acoustic?

If you want to learn how to play the guitar the first daunting step is to actually go out and buy one!

But which one? well hopefully my article will shed some light on the matter and help you come to a informed decision.

Which Guitar is Best Electric or Acoustic?

Make an informed Decision

Purchasing your first guitar can be difficult, you want it to look cool but also be comfortable to play. You see the vast selection at your local music store and become even more confused on which one would be best for you! The very first decision for you to make is which type to buy Electric or Acoustic? Learning the difference between the two types will help you get past this first difficult and confusing first step!

In a nutshell the main difference between an Electric guitar and an Acoustic guitar is just a matter of amplification. An Electric guitar needs to have an amplifier, and also the electric guitar is easier on your fingers to play. Also the electric can cost more because you have to purchase an amp to go with it. Also the Electric guitars have more choice when it comes to the shape of the guitar.

So to recap you get more choice on the look of an electric guitar compared to an Acoustic, Also the Electric is easier on the hands to learn on than an acoustic, so you would come to the conclusion that the Electric guitar is the best out of the two instruments to get when your just starting out, right!, Well no, as usual things are never that black and white!

There are choices to be had with an Acoustic guitar as well, you can get classical ,flamenco, folk, and also electro acoustic, you can also get different types of strings, you can have a nylon strung acoustic or a steel strung acoustic or even a mixture of both!

The steel strung guitars are more for if you want to play rock, pop, or country music because they are louder and are really suited to a rhythm strumming style.

Nylon strung guitars are geared more towards classical and flamenco styles of music and are great for fingerpickin style.

So what guitar should you get if you are just starting out? Well I personally think you should get an acoustic and an electric but if you really only have the money for one then I would pick an Acoustic just on the basis that it is a bit harder on your fingers than an electric but the advantage to that is you will build up calluses and strengthen your fingers up so that when you do switch over to an electric it will feel really smooth and easy on the fingers than if you do it the other way round!

What Next!

Once you have purchased your Guitar you will no doubt want to learn how to play it in the fastest time possible, right!

Well unfortunately it takes years to master the guitar but if you want to get of to the best start and cut that time down by half then check out one of the local teachers or online resources to help you get started and impress friends and family?

And lets be honest you will only have to learn a few popular songs and your family and friends will think you are a guitar master!

Here's Some Helpful Videos to Help you Decide Which Guitar is Right For You!

Which do you prefer Acoustic or Electric Guitar? - Let me Know What You Think of This Lense

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      Sean Gagne 5 years ago from Tampa Bay Area

      Started on acoustics and love them! But nothing beats a Jackson or Dean V for me!awesome lens

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      AllanWard 5 years ago

      My first guitar was an acoustic, but I soon convinced my parents to get me an electric! The acoustic was good because I wasn't fussed about the sound and could concentrate on learning the right chord shapes. Once I got an electric and an amp, I started spending more time on the overall sound.

      Some good information on this lens. It's important to get a decent guitar to start with or else you run the risk of it being too hard to play. My first guitar had strings so far off the fretboard - it was a killer to fret any note past the 5th fret.

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      xtortionx50 lm 5 years ago

      I have owned a fender and I loved it. its such an easyguitarto learn off.

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      stevemorse 5 years ago

      I prefer the Fender guitars, have a magical sound, as divine.

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      essiann9 5 years ago


      The great thing about these cheap electric guitars is they are excellent quality and extremely cheap when compared to what you would pay for the same quality guitar with a known brand name on it. Especially their Agile guitars.

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      ScrollSawChuck 6 years ago

      I prefer acoustic, but maybe that's because that is what I have always played, and also because of the kind of music I like most.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I would get the electro-acoustic because it gives you the best of both worlds and allows you to have a softer sound or a much firmer sound which is great if you're not sure which to have.

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      I think one thing that a potential buyer should take into account is the sort of music he /she will be playing, unless the first guitar is purely to try and see if you can learn to play.

      Further considerations are how high are the strings off the fingerboard and how wide is the neck. These will affect the ease of playing and speed which can be attained. But some useful tips for a beginner.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A semi acoustic guitar is something I would surely want to have. The design is just so elegant.

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      guitaristic 6 years ago

      No fun without both :)

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      HarlandGirl 7 years ago


      Great lens. Its good that there is somewhere for people to look for advice on buying guitars. My first guitar was an Electric and I'm glad I went with one as, as you mentioned the strings are much softer, but I think a Classical Guitar is also great for beginners as the nylon strings are really soft of the fingers.

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      divzero 7 years ago

      I started on a Squier Strat pack (I was on the Metallica phase back then), but I'm listing it for sale since I mostly play acoustic.

      I personally think beginners should start on an acoustic. Great electric guitarists have years of experience with various combinations of amps, pedals, and effects to get their sounds. It's impossible for a total beginner to buy a set of guitars and amps and expect to sound like their favorite guitarists.

      Besides, steel string acoustics build your finger strength and calluses better. Try playing steel string acoustic for a few months, then play an electric. You'll feel the electric much easier to play.

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      kkiosis 8 years ago

      Don't rule out Yamaha guitars. The best acoustic I've ever played was a Yamaha guitar.

      Neat page.

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      AntonioOrrico 8 years ago

      I can see you are having fun...Keep it up man!

      I should actually ask you to do a couple of lenses for my "Guitar Instructions" articles.

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      Faye Rutledge 8 years ago from Concord VA

      There's some great iformation here. My grandson can play both, but prefers the electric guitar...I suppose for the louder sound. :-) I have featured and lensrolled you on my lens about his guitar theme teen birthday party.

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      guitarstrings 8 years ago

      I can never read enough anout guitars, great lens, keep up the good work.

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      mpreyes 8 years ago

      I specialize in vintage electric guitars, but its also very useful to learn about the acoustic as well. The electric guitar is more for rock n roll while the acoustic is more for country lovers, or at least thats my opinion.

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      oldno7 9 years ago

      Grat lens. I play both electric and acoustic myself but love both. Thanks for the info, very informative.............Jamorama Review Lens ........5*

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hey! your step by step guitars information is really informative..thank for your sharing information...secrets of guitar

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      Jack2046 9 years ago

      I Prefer to have acoustic guitar since it is more enjoyable. You can get some music from my lens at Download Music Legal .Thanks

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Nice lens! How many days you want to waste your time, if you dont have any habit of playing some instrument, if you really want to excel in something, then why not learning guitar with acoustic guitar secrets.

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      Lpspider 10 years ago

      If you're going to buy a guitar it really depends on what style you like when choosing between electric or acoustic.

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      Music-Resource 10 years ago

      Hi Tom, nice newbie guitar lens. I like the vid, the pics, and the stores. You have a fairly decent amount of text content as well. I wish you the best. ~Music Resource~

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      John Hughes 10 years ago

      Awesome lens! I think I like electric better, but for a beginner I would suggest acoustic because it will force you to play more cleanly from the beginning. I'm giving you 5 stars. Check out my lens on guitar scales.

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      wdiknow 10 years ago

      really cool lense!rated you 5*

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      ascent 10 years ago

      Great lens! Very useful information in picking out a guitar.

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      slo88 10 years ago

      Nice photos. Did you take them? I like our lens.

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      Fraser 10 years ago

      Very cool!

      Nice work.