Which guitar is better for beginners: acoustic or electric?
Everything in the guitar playing world raise lots of questions for those who dare enter it: should you use nylon or steel string, should you take lessons or learn on your own, and should you get a Gibson or a Fender?
It’s hard to come up with a definitive answer. Each side has its advantages and advantages. The truth is that experimenting will usually help you find the answers.
However, to make things easier for you here’s a mini guide to help you decide which guitar is better for you as a beginner.
The Acoustic Guitar
The supporters of acoustic guitar often state that it is preferable to start playing with a more difficult guitar since you will be able to experiment with other guitars much easier after that. Also, there is a fair good point that you can always simply pick up your acoustic guitar and start playing with it whenever and wherever you want, without being constrained by an amplifier.
Perhaps the simple vibe an acoustic guitar sends is what makes it very attractive to many beginners – you need very little equipment, and it is quite cheap compared to the electric ones. You only need a pick, strings, maybe a leather guitar strap and just a tuner to start practicing.
Another thing worth considering when wanting to learn the basics is that an acoustic guitar is the better suit for strumming.
However, you must take into account the fact that acoustics have higher playing actions, thicker necks, and higher gauges, compared to electric, so it can feel a bit more challenging to play them. Also, the fingertips will be put a bit under duress at first, since the contact with the strings is a bit harsher.
You should definitely go for acoustic if you want to specialize in classical or folk, or if you are not quite sure if you will commit to playing – this way you won’t spend too much.
The Electric Guitar
The main obstacle for beginners (besides not having a clue about what to do) is the strength in hands and fingers. One of the advantages of an electric guitar is that will make it easier for them to learn how to play. Another important aspect is that electric guitars are very quiet, so you need to purchase an amplifier to be able to play it.
You must also understand how they work to make an informed decision. Magnets that have wire coils wrapped around them are situated beneath the strings, and when they vibrate, the magnetic field that is found around the pickup will encounter a disturbance; next, the vibration will be turned into an electrical signal by the coil of wire. The amplifier will receive it via transfer trough a cable, and the process will then be reversed, turning the signal into a sound.
Strings are thinner than those of an acoustic guitar, and therefore, you will be able to move your hand more easily, without struggling too hard to push down. The fact that an electric guitar requires an amplifier brings a huge advantage to the table – you will be able to make a more constructed sound with minimum effort.
Also, if your aim is to learn how to play metal or rock, then these are the only guitars with which you can achieve those specific sounds. Speaking about anatomy, you will find that electrics have strings that are closely spaced (which is quite a downfall for the players that are used to finger-style), have slimmer guitar necks and lower gauge strings and playing action.
You will probably see the necessity of an amplifier as an advantage at some point since you can purchase at a reasonable price one that has a large variety of tones.
To sum up, the advantages of getting an electric guitar first are that their anatomy is far slimmer and thus, easier on the fingertips, it is the only option if you wish to play metal or rock, and the palette of sounds if far more broad. On the downside, you will have to spend a lot more to purchase an electric guitar, it will take a while longer to strengthen your fingertips muscles, amplifier and cables are necessary, and you won’t be able to play folk or classical.
Undoubtedly, learning to play the guitar is difficult, so when choosing the right instrument, you must make sure that you are not making things more complicated.
Tell us your story in a comment below. Have you begun with an acoustic or electric guitar? What are the pros and cons in your opinion?