Electric Guitar VS Acoustic Guitar

I bet most of you might prefer an electric, but it is not necessarily better. While it has many plus points it has negatives too.

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I bet most of you might prefer an electric, but it is not necessarily better. While it has many plus points it has negatives too. While many of you might think that for becoming a successful artist you need an electric guitar, but this is proven wrong by people like 'JACK JOHNSON'.

But those preferring electric have a very strong point too.

Advantages of Electric Guitar:

*Holding down chords is easier, as the width of the neck will usually be shorter on electric guitars.

*The strings on electric guitars are much softer than acoustic guitars, which makes playing the guitar easier on your fingers.

*You can plug headphones into your amplifier, so you won't drive your household crazy

Disadvantages of an Electric Guitar:

*You need to buy an amplifier as well, which is extra $$$.

*Finding the right tone is not that easy for beginners who know nothing about electric guitars and amps, and a bad sounding guitar might put them off.

*Being able to play something on an electric will not mean that you can play it on the acoustic guitar as well.

Pros of an Acoustic Guitar:

*If you can play something on a steel string acoustic guitar, you'll be able to play it without any problems on an electric, something that cannot be said vice versa.

*Many people (your household) will prefer the naturally soothing, calmer tone of the acoustic over the distorted, amplified electric.

*You don't need to buy any cables, or an amplifier to start playing.

Cons of learning on an Acoustic Guitar:

*Much tougher on your fingers than an acoustic. Absolute beginners will probably only be able to play for about 20 minutes before not being able to fret any strings any more, due to the immense pain shooting in their fingertips. Of course, this only lasts a couple of weeks, until you start developing calluses.

*The harder strings also means that playing chords, especially barre chords will be much harder.

*More string buzzing due to the harder strings.

*More brittle than electric guitars.

hope you got some help choosing your guitar..... ;)

HB

5 comments sorted by best / new / date

    nasbr
    This is nice..try sweep picking on acoustic,i its tougher..
    nasbr
    This is nice article..try sweep picking on acoustic,i guess its tougher than distorted guitar..is it?
    jpohl
    (*If you can play something on a steel string acoustic guitar, youll be able to play it without any problems on an electric, something that cannot be said vice versa.) Uhhhh ok, gain sure has a way of making every string noise youve never heard on your acoustic. Learned several rock songs on my acoustic while i was saving for my electric, and when i tried them on my electric you could hardly hear the notes above all the string noise!!! I say two completely different instruments!