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Electric or Acoustic – Which Guitar is Right for You?

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Interested in learning the electric, bass or acoustic guitar? Need lessons in the Scripps Ranch or Sabre Springs area? Would you like to learn to play your favorite songs?

Contact Glenn Sutton at 619-306-3664.

Choosing the Right Type of Guitar

Congratulations! You have decided to begin an amazing new journey of music. The first decision you need to make: What is the best type of guitar for you? Although either electric or acoustic guitar may work for you, you want to make the best investment for yourself based on your individual needs. This article will help you make that choice.

Acoustics, the classic choice

Acoustic guitars have been around for centuries and their easy portability and relatively light weight make them a good choice for many players. Another plus is their versatility across multiple genres.

Although there are many variations, most acoustics fall under two categories: Nylon-stringed (or classical guitar) and steel-stringed. As the name implies, classical guitar is used primarily for Classical music, although it is occasionally used in other genres such as Jazz and Folk. The standard steel stringed acoustics are used heavily in country, folk and rock, as well as most other types of western music.

Among the multiple advantages is its typically bright sound. It is also greatly portable-no amplifiers or effects are required. Just pick it up and go! They also tend to be less expensive than electrics of similar build and quality. What you may want to consider, however, is that they do not offer the versatility in sound that electric guitars have. Also, unless you are playing an “acoustic-electric” guitar (that is, an acoustic guitar with built-in electronics), it is more challenging to play an acoustic guitar in an environment where amplification is needed or desired. Of course, the simplicity that an acoustic offers may be exactly what you are looking for.

Electric guitars rock the world

For versatility in sounds (not to mention the coolness factor), you cannot beat an electric guitar. Although they have been around for less than 100 years, their impact has left an indelible mark on our culture, particularly since the beginning of the rock and roll era in the mid-1950s. The electric guitar is most prevalent in rock and R&B music, but is also used heavily in Jazz, Country, Blues, and Hip-Hop.

Among the advantages of electric guitars is their relatively easy playability and their ability to be amplified. A wide array of amplifier settings (depending on the amp) and effects pedals offer up a virtually unlimited array of sound choices. In a way, however, their inherent advantages can also be a disadvantage. All these extra items needed to shape and amplify your sound are an added expense and extra weight to carry around. Chances are, however, that if you want to play an electric guitar, these considerations will have little bearing on your choice.

Which One is Right for You?

Take into consideration what your favorite genre of music is and whether electric or acoustic would best suit your needs. Try both types out if you’re not sure. One will most likely come out the clear winner. Although, once you are more advanced, you may decide to play both!

Phone Glenn Sutton at: 619-306-3664 or email: guitarman.glenn@gmail.com

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