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The Major Differences Between Acoustic and Electric Guitars

The Major Differences Between Acoustic and Electric Guitars

Don’t mistakenly think that a guitar is a guitar. There are two categories for guitars: acoustic and electric. Within those two categories, there’s quite a variety to choose from according to size, style, and sound. Many musicians who enjoy playing also enjoy arguing over which variety is the best. In this article, we’ll focus on the major differences between acoustic and electric guitars to help you gain a clear picture of what each type has to offer.

Cost

As with all instruments, when you’re choosing a guitar, the cost differences are huge. That said, it’s tough to compare the cost of an acoustic guitar versus an electric guitar because it depends on which variety you get of either style. However, in the long run, electric guitars have higher price tags simply because they require more equipment. Amplifiers, cables, and pedals all add up, and they aren’t necessary for an acoustic guitar.

Volume

We all know which one can get louder: the electric guitar. Is that a good or bad thing? Well, it depends on where you’re playing. If you’re in a band and need a loud, rockin’ guitar, then go for electric. If you enjoy playing around the campfire, you’ll probably prefer an acoustic. Either way, acoustic amplifiers are also available if needed, and electric guitars can play at any volume. One isn’t better than the other, but when it comes to higher volume, electric wins.

Simplicity

We can look at simplicity in two ways. First, when it comes to equipment and sound variations, the acoustic guitar is simpler when compared to electric. It requires little additional equipment, and a new musician can just start playing as soon as they get it home.

The second way to look at simplicity is ease of use. Yes, the acoustic guitar is ready to roll as-is, but the electric guitar is sometimes easier to play for beginners. The strings on an electric guitar tend to be lighter and closer to the fretboard, and the neck is thinner. These things make the adjustment of playing a string instrument a bit simpler.

We love the guitar just as much as you do, and if it were up to us, everyone would have both an acoustic and an electric one. In the long run, there aren’t a lot of major differences between acoustic and electric guitars, and what matters is that you play the guitar your gut says suits you best. Both acoustic and electric will make your fingers happy.

Yandas Music offers beginner acoustic guitars for sale as well as electric. Shop our convenient online store or contact us with all your guitar and music questions. Don’t wait another day to find your inner jukebox hero.


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