which guitar is better?

guitar - picture of a guitar
Canada
October 19, 2008 2:20pm CST
i am very musical. i can play the clarinet, flute, piano, and alto saxophone. I now want to learn how to play the guitar. I was wondering which guitar is better and why... should i buy an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar?
5 responses
@leahsfrog (120)
• United States
19 Oct 08
Start with an accoustic, they are easier to get ahold of and cheaper. If you are classicly trained already, try a classical accoustic guitar, & learn to finger pick. Soon you'll know if you wanna bear the learning pain, if you find you do not want to continue your lessons you have not wasted money on an electric guitar which can be expensive. My husband has played for over 18 yrs & says it still kinda hurts, but in a good way! I myself play the electric bass so I am asking the hubby as I write. Opinions only here so I hope others give you theirs. Fender/Squire line of products are easy, affordable and sound awesome. You can get 10watt amped beginner kits around $200 Gibsons are very expensive, & in my personal experience are a lil more thick & tougher to play, but they do sound awesome if ya have at least $1200 to spend. The Gibson based Epiphone & Mestero brands are decent and a bit more affordable, but are still a bit stout for beginners and don't sound as good compared to the Squires & Ibanez. Ibanez are awesome and sound great, moderately priced and in my opinion Ibanez rules metal & alternative. They make the ONLY really good 7 string guitars. Endorsed By Korn & Legends Steve Vai & Joe Satriani. BC Rich, Dean & Washburns sound decent but the Washburns can be Shotty. Deans & BC Rich are for Metal players. Classic Rock ,Funk, Country, R&B Music? Fender Classic Hard Rock, Classic Metal, Southern Rock? Gibson Funny thing too is that alot of Guitarists love Gibson guitars with Fender Amps. Hendrix, the hubby & alot of others like Fender guitars through Marshall Amps. Whammy Bars are a pain for beginers, so skip it till you get better. 1 Last tip...It's Okay to Use a Pick, It's okay to NOT use a Pick too!
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• Canada
19 Oct 08
thanks so much for all the great tips you provided me with.
• United States
20 Oct 08
Your most welcome, music is something my whole family is passionate about all the way to the babies. All but 2 of my 6 children own a guitar and we also have my bass, an organ, keyboard, chello and 2 clarinets in the house so you could say we are a bit addicted.
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• Canada
20 Oct 08
that is so awesome. I'm the only one in my house that can play music for now. my son really wants to learn instruments though. it doesn't matter which one he sees, he always says "i want to play that one". i'm going to be teaching him to play the piano soon.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
5 Nov 08
Deciding on which guitar is better when we are learning how to play is really that of personal preference. However, I too am learning to play guitar. I have learned the basics on my Washburn Acoustic. I like it because it is a mid sized guitar, it sounds good and was simple for me to learn on. I also have my electric guitar, which is much more sensitive. What I like about the electric guitar is that I can plug the headphones into the amp and then now one has to listen to my practice. Plus I like the sound of electric. Acoustic is much easier to learn on in my own opinion. We can also get an electric acoustic but I have not tried one yet. Cheers to your profile pic too btw. Nice! Best to you, all.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
5 Nov 08
P.S.: I have stgeel guitar strings on both guitars. Much better than nylon.
• Canada
5 Nov 08
thanks for the response and for the tip on the strings
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
18 Dec 08
You are very Welcome! Cheers.
• Philippines
1 Nov 08
i've been playing guitar since 4th grade. i suggest you buy an acoustic guitar first. choose between steel or nylon. it's the basic without having to worry on the more advanced amps, distortions, etc. just the plain sound of a guitar itself. it's good for practicing the basic chords and strumming. i'm sure it'll be a lot easier for you because notes are similar, and if you know how to play piano, it is an advantage.
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• Canada
2 Nov 08
thanks so much for your advice
@fairydew (180)
• United States
4 Jan 09
I like all kinds of guitar music, but do not know how many different kinds of guitars there are. My dad was musical as you describe, he could play a harmonica, regular guitar (not electric), banjo and mandolin. I have always said sometime in my life I am going to learn to play the guitar. Hope you succeed and I am sure you will. As for me, I don't see myself as being very talented as a musician.
• Canada
4 Jan 09
thanks. my husband bought me an acoustic guitar for Christmas and now we're both learning how to play it.
@sixclix (677)
• Philippines
20 Dec 08
you can start with an acoustic guitar. Electric guitars need amplifiers to make them audible so unless you have no problems spending more, buy an acoustic.
• Canada
21 Dec 08
i realize that you need amplifiers with electric guitars. the question was which is easier to play and which sounds better, but thanks for your input