Electric or Acoustic

Should You Purchase An Electric Or Acoustic Guitar


Are you fascinated by the guitar and planning to purchase one? You might be confused when you first search online or visit a brick and mortar store to purchase this musical instrument. However, the different options available might intimidate you. This musical instrument is available in two different types electric and acoustic guitars. A newbie might face problems in deciding which one to purchase and the type suited for their needs. The following information will educate you about the difference between these two types of guitars, and will help you purchase one that suits your requirements. Price is not the primary factor because both these models are available in different price ranges.

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Primary differences

On the one hand, you will need to invest an additional sum when you buy an electric guitar since you need an amplifier to play them. You need not purchase an amplifier if you have a stereo player in your home. Simply plug the output of your electric guitar into the auxiliary input of your home stereo. You can use it to play in an auditorium. On the other hand, you need not purchase an amplifier for acoustic guitars, especially when you play it at home. However, if you want to play it in the auditorium, you will have to you a microphone attached to an amplifier to increase the volume of the sound so that the audience can hear it.


Pros and cons of electric guitars

It does not have the ability to reproduce classical tones as the acoustic model does

This model provides a far wider palette of sounds

Its neck is slim, resulting in a lower playing action

The lower gauge string's of this guitar is easy on the fingers of a newbie

It is costlier than the acoustic model

You have to invest in an amplifier if you do not have a home stereo

It is not suitable for folk music

The pain on the fingertips, when you move them across the string's, is less than that of its acoustic counterpart.

A simple accessory allows you to include special FX like reverb and echo

The distance between the string's and fretboard is less than that of the acoustic model


Pros and cons of acoustic guitars

They are inexpensive and are ideal for beginners who do not want to invest too much while learning to play this instrument

No need for amplifiers if you plan to play them at home or for a small gathering

It is ideal for those planning to play classical and folk music

Its string's will cause pain on the fingertips. However, you will not feel the pain once your fingertips toughen up after playing the instrument for a couple of weeks.

You need additional equipment, including an amplifier, if you want to reproduce special FX like echo and reverb.

It is not suitable for playing rock and metal songs

The hollow casing of the guitar produces a fuller woody tone since the majority of the guitar's sound exits through the sound hole.


Only you can decide

If you are still unsure about the ideal type, visit any music shop, try out both the electric and acoustic guitars, and purchase the model that meets your requirements and whose sound you are comfortable with.