Why Acoustic Guitar Is Better Than Electric One

Here are 5 reasons why people who play acoustic guitar deserve more respect and prestige than electric guitar players.

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The purpose of this column is to prove that acoustic players have more prestige than electric guitarists. Here are some reasons why people who play acoustic guitar deserve more respect than electric guitar players.

01. Acoustic guitarists must keep the rhythm of the song going throughout. A lot of electric guitarists pull out solos and no one knows what's going on or whether or not it's being played correctly. Electric guitarists can afford mistakes on stage whereas acoustic guitarists can not.

02. The sound of an acoustic guitar is delicate and precise and pleasing to the appreciative ear. I have heard bands playing electric with the distortion turned up so damn high you can even tell what chords are being played.

03. There are a lot of great songs out there that can be played solely on an acoustic guitar without the backup of a band. You cannot perform a solo electric number nearly as well as a solo acoustic performance. Examples of this are Chet Atkins, James Taylor and Tommy Emmanuel. Acoustic guitar sounds much better.

04. The great acoustic players such as Tommy and Chet are good role models for the kids and are (or in Chets case were) good standup decent members of society. Electric guitar role models such as Jimmy Hendrix advocate the use of drugs and alcohol which demeans us as the guitar playing community.

05. You don't need an amplifier to play an acoustic guitar. You can sit on your bed playing without disturbing anyone and listen to the beautiful sound. You never heard of the neighbours complaining about an acoustic guitarist playing too loud.

I believe I have illustrated my point sufficiently to prove it. Comments are welcomed.

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    emokid101
    i'm a big acoustic person, but this makes me hate people like the writer. this is all your opinion, so dont shove it to others, and what the hell? dont say acoustic players are saints and shit, get over yourself
    TwR
    Not everyone who plays electric cranks up the distortion so high you can't tell what they're playing. Sure, acoustic guitars sound nice, but so do electrics. Who cares if they're good role models or not, if they're playing kicks ass. (I like drugs and alcohol anyway ) And as for it sounding much better, that's a matter of opinion.
    irbrent
    Ok first off, metallica would still sound ok with accoustics but lets face it, elevcctrics are way cooler, distortion kicks ass, and accoustics are for country hippie crap
    western
    how dare u insult jimi hendrix who re defined a whole generation of music!!!!! !
    strumntheguitar
    Nostin.... you are a complete dumbass... you post a worthless article "just to rile people up" if that was your mission, why didn't you say somethin true like "hello everyone, i have to use tweezers to jerk off cuz my dick is too small to use my hand" seriously, everyone is posting comments and making a good point and bashing you, and all you can do in return is say dumb shit like "you can't spell" or "quit smoking pot" you really are a moron, you may be able to spell, i'll give you that much, but you sure as hell cannot write an article. and as for your dis on other people not writing "worthwile" articles, i do believe yours would not classify under that, since it only has gotten 2 stars.... see a worthwile article would be like the Zep article, which actually has a point other than to rile people up, and it ACTUALLY MAKES FUCKING SENSE!! so... just stop writing these stupid articles, and please, feel free to write another comment telling me to lay off the pot or something like that, because i think it it just hilarious that you are such a douche and you think that you are the shit just cause you can write a shitty article and cause people to be pissed off at you
    slash_andrew
    01. Acoustic guitarists must keep the rhythm of the song going throughout. A lot of electric guitarists pull out solos and no one knows what?s going on or whether or not it?s being played correctly. Electric guitarists can afford mistakes on stage whereas acoustic guitarists can not.
    in the majority of the songs the solo is the soul of the song.
    02. The sound of an acoustic guitar is delicate and precise and pleasing to the appreciative ear. I have heard bands playing electric with the distortion turned up so damn high you can even tell what chords are being played.
    So? You go to a concert and keep watching the guitar guy and try to figure out what chords is he playin?
    03. There are a lot of great songs out there that can be played solely on an acoustic guitar without the backup of a band. You cannot perform a solo electric number nearly as well as a solo acoustic performance. Examples of this are Chet Atkins, James Taylor and Tommy Emmanuel. Acoustic guitar sounds much better.
    I think its easier to play in a band, you dont have to make all the arrangments for the song by youself.
    04. The great acoustic players such as Tommy and Chet are good role models for the kids and are (or in Chets case ?were?) good standup decent members of society. Electric guitar role models such as Jimmy Hendrix advocate the use of drugs and alcohol which demeans us as the guitar playing community.
    I mean, i play electric guitar, so i have, no, i must no, im forced to use drugs and drink alcohol? Alcohol, you know almost all the people drink alcohol, at least once time in their life?
    05. You don?t need an amplifier to play an acoustic guitar. You can sit on your bed playing without disturbing anyone and listen to the beautiful sound. You never heard of the neighbours complaining about an acoustic guitarist playing too loud.
    Totally agree, but, you can also play beatiful music in an electric guitar. and as final argument, an acoustic guitar is very fragil, beacuse it doesnt have a solid body, electric doesnt have that problem, there is more variety of music for electric guitar than for acoustic.
    callmeRiffGirl
    "country hippie crap"? i could stand the one-sided article, but that was just as immature. "electrics are way cooler" and i'm sure thats whats most important right? to look cool with your electric? if i was as idiotic as you i'd make a comment on whether you can even play any guitar
    mikey192002
    Electric guitar role models such as Jimmy Hendrix advocate the use of drugs and alcohol which demeans us as the guitar playing community.
    mmm alcohol
    Devil lock
    lovetorock: your one huge dum*** if ya ask me *******!
    Nostin: yeah well no one asked you so go fornicate with yourself.
    At the end of the article he says, "I believe I have illustrated my point sufficiently to prove it. Comments are welcomed." good one, you did ask him for comments *******
    punks-not-dead
    wowo this guys an ass hole..c'mon since we play electric guitar we use drugs and drink lots of alchohal.....im sure ppl with acoustics did to...lets ee...ben harper jack johnson..bob dylan simon adn garfunkel..seriously u suck man
    Kealan
    both types of guitar have good and bad points, if your first guitar is acoustic it won't be long till u want an electric, and its the same the other way. the type of guitar is better depending on where you play and what you play
    shok_411
    Surely guest columns should serve some sort of purpose, why has UG posted this? It's just opinion and should be posted in the forum, not as an article, especially because it's intention was obviously to antagonise electric guitarists not to provide any real insight. Columns like this just lower the standared of this site.
    Nostin
    yeah well no one asked you so go fornicate with yourself.
    CheesFactory
    This article was awsome!!! such insight and inspiration. Anyone who needs the assistance of an amp to make their music sound good must have realised that they are shit and the only way they can succeed is with the use of a tool ... for a tool! Never having picked up a guitar myself I can clearly say that I'm best person to comment without bias. and it is quite clear that acousitc guitars are better. Being a triangle player. I tried to electrify that, so I could crank the distortion, and I'm telling you, it wasn't a pleasent experience. Amps play no part in decent music!
    Nostin
    most of the people commenting on my article dont have penises.
    Joey .G
    "Electric guitar role models such as Jimmy Hendrix advocate the use of drugs and alcohol which demeans us as the guitar playing community."
    What The Hell Are You Smoking?
    amodestmouse
    You are the stupidest prick I have ever heard. This has no absolute meaning what-so-ever.
    Jumanous
    CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is the most stupid article I have ever read. I really don't know why I am wasting my time, but this is just wrong:
    Electric guitarists can afford mistakes on stage whereas acoustic guitarists can not
    . If you don't know how wrong it is, you probably are tone deaf or can't play electric.
    Y2A 66
    man you are a ***in idiot. One of your reasons that the acoustic is better is that jimi hendrix did drugs. What a joke. This "article" is basically just your own ridiculously stupid opinion
    msierragtz
    That was so narrow minded , i think you are jealous because maybe you can't afford an electric one . VEry very bad article
    Nostin
    natethegreat86....Chet isn't swigging beer at parties, he died years ago you petulant turd. I do find it amusing when people like you accuse me of being things they can?t even spell, like ?biast? and ?hypocrasy?. The ?hastile of an amp? you say, lol, what a moron. You are a sad, sad little ****.
    Nostin
    no metalmassacre...see if it snowed or hailed the wall is still holding up the ceiling.
    Mechanick
    oh and p.s. read wrecka's first line on this page to feel my opinion too... thanks for sayin it for most of us wrecka...
    Mechanick
    wow... this article is the funniest peice of shit i have ever read... dude... please-Please-PLEASE tell me you didnt mean anything you just posted..Please... man. .. you dont talk about hendrix..you just dont... unless its good of course... and also, learn how to spell jimi first? please? and man... are you a sheltered preppy *** or what? ... dude... the acoustic guitar is the pot smoking hippie instrument of choice... i'm sorry dude... but you really need to have your 59 year old dad who you still live with stop telling you about the old archtops of his day and how "rock and roll is devil music" ... its for your own good... and for all the acoustic prerrerers: i respect your opinions, but if you look at it, the electric guitar has advantages of the greatest kind: 1. you can get an acoustic sound from electric 2. you can make prettier sounds from a clean guitar *With or Without Effects* dont diss effect pedals because you cant afford them/a guitar/an amp effects can make the Best of guitarists BETTER... 3. yes dumbass...YOU CAN LAY ON YOUR BED WITH AN ELECTRIC AND NOT DISTURB PEOPLE IN THE NEXT ROOM 4. if your neighboors werent pricks they wouldnt complain 5. name one damn thing acoustic can do that electric cannot 6. i cant stress this one enough... (electrisists will love this one, Ahem) tell me, friend acoustic preferrer, do you think chicks would go for A) the nice hippie acoustic player or B) the bad ass electric guitarist with the gut ripping solo's? hahahaha, you CANNOT argue with that... and if you do its probably to make yourself feel better about not having a nice woman to keep you company... and if you happen to have one from that exact opposite reason (playing acoustics, not that they couldnt get a chick at all, but if it was for that reson)i dont wanna know what she looks like... please, just marry a pale beached whale... okay, i realise i am being biast too, but i'm sure people out there agree with me more than that of the hippie... Thank you, Mechanick
    boonemr63
    1. You can technically get an acoustic sound from an electric, but nothing worth using. 2-4. Valid 5. Play music that is pleasing to the ear as a lone instrument. Electric sounds better with accompaniment. 6. Chicks don't really dig electric guitar players like they used to. Sensitive is a better play than badass - something that the acoustic can convey, but electric can't. Seriously, watch any video on the subject.
    mr. guest
    AGAIN LISTEN TO DAVE MATTHEWS AND TIM REYNOLDS LIVE AT LUTHER COLLEGE!! I HAVE LISTEN MANY ELECTRIC SOLOS BY GUITAR VIRTUOSO LIKE HENDRIX BUT I STILL CANNOT BELIEVE THAT ROCK SOUND AND WACKY SOLOS CAME FROM 2 ACOUSTIC GUITARS. PS: TRY TO PUT EFFECT TO YOUR ACOUSTIC GUITAR. IT WILL SOUND UNIQUE.
    mr. guest
    some songs were good with acoustic, some not. some songs feel good with electric, some not. so if you say acoustic is better than electric you are a very narrow minded people. EVH: seriously think of all the guitar gods..... what guitar do they mainly play? ELECTRIC!! acoustic is fine I have nothing against them, however there is no longer a place in todays world of rock for a band with the main guitar being acoustic get with the times, its not the 50's anymore... for your information: the greatest rock band in the world today-arguably next to U2 and also the largest touring act all over U.S that can sell out 3-nights-show in Giant Stadium in less than hour(only few band like U2, stones, pink floyd can do this) is an acoustic band. they consist the formation of acoustic guitar-violin-sax-electri c bass-drum. they called the dave matthews band.
    natethegreat86
    OMG another example of total hypocracy being perfectly shown here. Electric guitarists a bad role model? no, YOU my friend are being a bad role model here by being totally biast and if you wrote the article to 'stir the pot', youve done absolutely nothing but make yourself look like a complete and utter idiot. usually i do not agree with all the people that come and imidiatly smash the writer if the article didnt quite suit them, but this one i just have to make an exception. you made absolutely NO attempt to look at the topic from any other angles and this was your downfall. if your going to make an arguement, you have to look at it from every direction before you can comment so that you KNOW what to say and NOT to say. good role models? omg. this is the most ignorant thing i have ever heard. seriously. what do you think these supermen of acoustics (im referring to the likes of the oh so perfect Chet that you seem to be in love with), what do you think they do when they get off stage or off camera? go and help an old lady cross the street? go and donate their earnings to a charity? no. there livin the good life havin as much fun as they can. They appear nice and perfect on the stage, tv, and cd covers to entice the public to like them, which will get them more money, which will get them more beer and parties. my gosh this article is insane its so biast im goin through and finding your posts to see what you have to say and its just making me more and more amazed at how somebody could be so insanely ignorant. You say your 15? damn kid, you should know better. yes we were all 15 at one stage, and that was a stupid thing to say. think about it. we were 15. and we grew up. now you need to as well. i enjoy acoustics, and i enjoy the practicallity of them. you can take them anywhere without the hastile of an amp. but where do you think the electric came from? it evolved from the acoustic. artists wanted more power behind there fingers and with the electric guitar it was now possible. ITS NOT THE GUITARS THAT ARE DIFFERENT, BUT THE STYLES. each instrument has the same number of strings and is played the same way. you can plug in an acoustic if you get one of the pickup things and get the same sounds as an electric if you wanted, and you can do the same for an electric goin to an acoustic. maybe the band wants the distortion up high because its NOT delicate and presise to there ear. probably the same goes for the fans that are screaming in the audience in front of em. i hope you read this post and i hope you reply to it with some decent arguement, because every single word youve written so far has been nothing but biast bullshit. your body may have hit puberty, but your brain sure hasnt. oh, and i believe YOUR A$$ just got burned.
    metalmassacre
    the switch is on the wall but what about if it rains or snows or hail or the general coldness you would feel they both have thier strong points just like elecrtic and acoustic ya jackass know nothin
    amodestmouse
    Wait, I should say, "This article hasn't any absolute meaning what-so-ever. And if it were meant to rile up certain guitarist, why would you do such a thing in the firt place?" What is your point?
    LED Weston
    the writer of thie stuiped article is a hippie and hippies suck!!!!! !!!!! !!!!! !!!!! !!!!! !!!!!
    LED Weston
    and a acustic-electric what the hells up with that its either elecric or acustic not both!
    LED Weston
    electric guitar is very delecut to like when im playing my gibson 57 sunburst on my marshall mode 4 jamming some led zeppelin!
    slash_andrew
    Captain Colon: What Emenius Sleepus said. And what about acoustic-electric? THE PARADOX!!
    That wasnt funny... Stuck a ***ing acoustic-electric guitar in your last name
    Emenius Sleepus
    funny how many people commented on this short piece of writing. But the truth is, both instruments have their respective places. Neither is better. It's a matter of music that you prefer, for one. Secondly, like I said, they are different instruments, fr different purposes and moods, and if anything, learn to play both. Joe Satriani plays electric. loud. but very melodic and passionate player with skills that are... amazing at least. But then there are acoustic players that are good at what they do. Really, the more you can play the better. I play electric usually, but also bass and - acoustic. And a bit of piano occasionaly, I sing a bit. And playing both types increases your level of musicianship. So do both, or play whatever the hel you want, but don't argue which one is better - because there is no such thing.
    acdc101
    antoher retard voicing his opinion to a public that does not want to hear it.
    Rockstar_450
    all this articles points are valid but one sided. many things sound terrible on an electric but great on an accoustic. but the reverse is exactly as common. this would have been a better forum topic than article...
    Vogs
    WARNING! This comment has no references to guitar history, because i dont know any. This article also does not waste time calling the writer of the artice a dumbass. All I have to say is wow. It's after 4 in the morning and I just read most of these comments. I think this article caused more controversy than the government ever will. If I ever wanted to take over the world, I would write an article like this! That is if i could. I'm not that close minded and I dont like people who are. So your talking to someone and they start talking about something they're into. You don't know about it. They tell you your a dumbass. Dont you hate that? That's basically what this article is. I liked the comment about the violin and the trumpet though. Comparing acoustic and electric is not worth anyone's time. They're different instruments, made to make different sounds. You could waste your time comparing electric and bass too, trying to say one is better than the other. I've tried all of them. I play acoustic mostly because i own one, and I'm a bum with no job to make money to buy an electric! lol. I like the sound you can make with electric and it frustrates me when I try to learn songs on my acoustic that are really played in electric. You dont get the same sound. Bass just confuses me. Only 4 strings? I just cant wrap my brain around that. As for the drug comment...well...most people get baked. It's not neccessarily just because their favourite star does. If you go with that line, then every movie star who does drugs promotes them in their movies. Listen to Sweet Mary by Equalizer and tell me acoustic never promotes drugs! "...you can smoke 2 pounds of cali herb by yourself, and try to stand on your head..." OK, so basically I wrote a long-ass comment to this article cuz its early and I'm bored. But it's something for other people who cant sleep to read! Hmm, maybe I should write an article now. Worth a try, its 4:30 now! Vogs