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Is it better to learn on an electric guitar or an acoustic?

I have always wanted to learn guitar, so my girlfriend is buying me one for Christmas. All I have to do is pick it out. Her and I are not sure which is the best to learn on, she thinks electric and I have heard acoustic. Any suggestions?
My preference in music is really rock. I love classic rock like the Stones and Aerosmith. Modern Rock I like 3 Doors Down and music like that. I have always loved acoustic tracks though.

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8 Responses to “Is it better to learn on an electric guitar or an acoustic?”

  1. Sal Chaech said :

    Electric’s easier on the fingers, but what it comes down to is this.

    What is your preference? Which type of guitar shows up in a majority of the music you listen to? Because, when it comes to the basics, electric and acoustic are essentially the same thing. It’s not until you’ve become more familiar with the instrument that the subtleties of each really show.

  2. Ray said :

    electric because the space between the strings and the neck of the guitar is shorter o you don’t have to push down as hard. you can do more with an electric guitar than and acoustic. i would go with an epiphone les paul or sg. they are cheap and are decent quality.

  3. gtarczar said :

    You are correct. Start with an acoustic guitar. It does not require an amp to be heard and can be taken anywhere. The acoustic guitar strings are a bit thicker and offer a bit more resistance than the electric guitar. This helps build callouses and finger strength and dexterity much faster. The guitar is more of a precision instrument and requires that you already have basic skills to learn to play effectively. Anything you learn on an acoustic can easily be transferred to an electric later. Acoustic guitars are generally much cheaper than an electric and an amp. Check out the Ibanez starter pak. It comes with a good quality acoustic guitar, a gig bag, and electronic tuner, and a tool pouch all for about $99.

  4. FordLTD said :

    I’m learning myself right now and personally I find it easier learning on the electric guitar, it’s not as hard on the fingers. Plus I can plug my headphones into the amp and play without annoying anyone else in the house. Yeah if you heard my guitar playing you’d agree that i should plug in the headphones. Go with what ever you feel comfortable with.

  5. Blondy11 said :
  6. ceritis said :

    Both acoustic and electric guitars have their Pros And Cons.
    Acoustic guitars weights less than electric and you can play it without amplifier.
    Electric guitar needs amplifier to be played loud and is heavier than acoustic

    I think, if you’re a beginner you might want to start with acoustic guitar

    And here is a site for beginners with lessons and other stuff

  7. Tom said :

    id have to say electric epiphone is a good quality yet ecinomical brand their les pauls and sgs are pretty cool

  8. lostsoul said :

    I would consider myself a beginner, but I have an acoustic and an electric guitar lololololololol

    It should be easier to learn on electric, since it’s not that hard to push down on the strings. Also, most electric guitars have slimmer necks, which also contributes to the easy-ness. However, I find that the fretboard is ever so slightly narrower than acoustic guitars, which sometimes could be ever so slightly worse for those with bigger fingers.

    Acoustic guitars typically have strings that are thicker than those of an electric and a thicker neck. This would probably make it harder. But, the fretboard is wider, so finger placement should be easier.

    Then, there are classical acoustic guitars, which have nylon strings, unlike the previous two I mentioned which have steel strings. This is probably the easiest to learn on, although I’ve only played it a few times. The fretboard is probably wider an acoustic guitar, and the strings are real easy to push down onto the fretboard. Plus, it won’t “hurt” as much as steel strings (though you build up callouses if you practice a lot).

    If I were a pure newbie, then I would get with a more affordable classical acoustic guitar, build up enough technique, theory, repertoire and whatnot on that, then switch to an electric or steel-string acoustic that suits my taste (though I like the sound of classical guitars) and that I would get real serious on.


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