Which Guitar Should I Get? Electric vs Acoustic

Posted 7 years ago by B&B Music Lessons

Electric vs Acoustic Guitars

You’ve decided to give your child the gift of music, but should they start on electric or acoustic guitar? This decision could make the difference in your child maintaining interest in guitar lessons.  There are a few things to keep in mind while making your choice between electric and acoustic guitar.

The acoustic guitar pictured below is easily transportable, and doesn’t require an amplifier.  But the strings are heavier and take longer for beginners fingers to get accustomed to.   Also, the neck and body of the acoustic guitar is bulkier so it can be more awkward for children.  The acoustic guitar essentially has a steeper learning curve, as it takes a bit more persistence. But what a beautiful sound the acoustic makes!


The acoustic guitar is easily transportable, and doesn’t require an amplifier

Electric guitars, like the one pictured below, have lighter strings and smaller necks which make it easier on the hands and fingers.  The sore fingers that many beginners experience when learning on an acoustic guitar generally aren’t nearly as much of a problem when learning on the electric guitar.  Electric guitar does have more of the fun factor many young students seek. This dynamic makes sense given that most famous rock guitarists play the electric guitar, and games such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero use electric guitars.  However, the need for an amplifier and a cable to connect the guitar and amp (not to mention the proximity of electricity) are downsides.

Electric guitars have lighter strings and smaller necks which make it easier on the hands and fingers

Electric guitars have lighter strings and smaller necks which makes it easier on the hands and fingers

Your Style of Play Helps You Decide

One additional consideration is the style of guitar playing that will be learned.  Acoustic guitars are generally used for strumming, “sing-along” around the campfire and often serve as the rhythm guitar. The electric guitar is usually the lead guitar and you’ll need access to electricity to get a sound.  Beginners will generally learn the same repertoire on either instrument since everyone needs to know the same basics of how to play chords. It is good to keep these different styles of guitar playing in mind when making your decision.

*One final note: It is okay if your child uses an electric guitar while the teacher uses an acoustic, or vice versa, during lessons. This is very common and doesn’t inhibit the learning process.

If you would like a little help with your decision, feel free to contact us and we will gladly assist you, 301-655-4460.

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