Should You Start With An Acoustic Guitar Or Electric Guitar?

Acoustic Guitar or Electric Guitar

There is nothing worse than getting stuck wondering whether you should start learning the guitar with an acoustic guitar or electric guitar. It’s frustrating, indeed. But here’s the catch: The answer is with you.

Like, what?

We know this probably made things even more confusing, but it’s the truth, sadly. No one but you knows the answer to this question. You see, acoustic guitars and electric guitars are completely two different instruments, even though they may look similar to you. They require different skills and techniques. Therefore, learning to play on one type will earn you skills to play on that particular guitar only, but no other.

Another thing is knowing which one you prefer. The myth that you should start on the acoustic guitar is just like that: a myth. Countless guitar players started their musical journey on an electric, and they are as good as the players who started on an acoustic.

Try playing on both types and see which one fits you the most. If you like the acoustic sound more, go ahead and start with the acoustic. And the same applies with the electric. Nearly all of the advice that you seek is going to be biased, so save yourself some energy and time by actually going and trying both types and weighing the pros and cons of each. This is, by far, the most effective method to know which one to choose.

One of the pros of acoustic guitars is that they are extremely convenient. You don’t have to go through the havoc of plugging it to an amp, and it doesn’t require electricity. Also, acoustic guitars are relatively cheaper compared to electric guitars. Almost any electric guitar, even with the same wood quality as an acoustic, will be more expensive.

The advantage of electric guitars is that they are generally more finger-friendly. They have thinner strings and relatively smaller necks, so your fingers don’t have to stretch to get to the top strings. As a result, they are more easier for beginners.

As for the disadvantages of both types, that’s for you to rule out. We are all different. What others may call a disadvantage may be an advantage for you. What you may find hard may be easy for someone else. So don’t rely too much on others’ opinions. Experiment with your own fingers and see what suits them best.


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Happy Playin’!

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8 thoughts on “Should You Start With An Acoustic Guitar Or Electric Guitar?

  1. Cool article, I love all guitars, whether it be acoustic or electric or bass for that matter. My son is an avid acoustic guitar player and I was just wondering if you ever heard of playing made up licks from your guitar and sending those licks to producers of music to see if they want to use them? I do not even know if this type of thing is real or not, but if you know that would be great to get my son in to something like that.

    1. I’m glad you liked it!
      As for your question, yes, some experienced guitar players make their own licks and send them to music producers. Since you say that your son is an avid guitar player, I’m sure he would be able to make some great music. Some prominent guitar players were discovered this way. Good luck to him in his musical journey!

  2. I did acoustic when I first started out and it made it an easier learning experience for me. I can now play all guitars with ease. The electric one was just too high tech and made for more of a toy than an instrument for me.

    1. Good for you! Being able to play the guitar is one great skill. Embrace it!
      It’s totally fine to prefer one type of instrument over the other. People are different.
      Keep Playin’!

  3. I started on a classical guitar, and since then I always had a preference for playing on acoustic guitars. Though I love electric guitar as well, I just don’t have the same feeling when I play it.

    I agree with you on the fact that we are the only one to know on which guitar we have to start. It’s really a matter on what you like better and on which one you feel the most at ease. And tastes can always change anyway.

    Good article, it feels good to read it.
    Keep up the good work.

  4. I have been playing guitar and instruments since 13 and I definitely advise everyone to start with classical nylon guitar if people want to learn the guitar decently.

    I started out with classical music lessons on guitar and it definitely makes the change. It may seem hard at first but it will make you comfortable with your whole life related anything with music. Fundamentals are everything!!

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