Acoustic VS Electric Guitar

Acoustic VS Electric Guitar?

Choosing Acoustic VS Electric Guitar. Eenie meenie mynie mo…Acoustic or Electric, which way should i go??? –By John Bunzli of My Local Music Lessons.  

Hi Im John Bunzli, of My Local Music Lessons. I teach guitar, bass, and ukulele lessons in Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, Boulder, Lafayette, Louisville areas. We have several other guitar teachers in the Front Range area. You can see our all our instructors at our Instructor Page. I also perform locally and regionally as a solo singer songwriter and with several groups. This article is to help you get informed about which instrument suits you better, acoustic or electric guitar?


For a beginning player, what kind of guitar to purchase can be an important decision.

Of course for many of us, we don’t choose our starter instrument. I started on an old cheap nylon string guitar that my sister had bought in Mexico. You may be lucky and inherit your Uncle’s old Gibson Les Paul. However if and when you buy your first guitar one of the main choices to make is Acoustic or Electric. To be clear, an acoustic guitar is one which requires no amplification other than its own sound hole to be heard. An electric guitar requires an amplifier that plugs into a power source. 


For some it will be an easy decision, if you are focused on only learning heavy metal, you probably should go with an electric, likewise if you want to study classical guitar, an acoustic nylon string guitar is the obvious choice.

But for those of us who just want to learn guitar and don’t have a specific style in mind here are some of the factors to look at: portability, need for amplification, ease of play etc.

Here is a quick breakdown of some electric/acoustic pros and cons

Acoustic Guitar Pros:

–no electricity/amplification necessary

–goes anywhere parties/camping

–can play a wide style of songs

Acoustic Guitar Cons: 

–can be harder to play than electric

–harder to bend strings

Electric Guitar Pros: 

–easy on the fingers

–great for lead playing/bending strings

–good for playing in bands

Electric Guitar Cons: 

–requires electricity/not as portable

–amps can be heavy


Of course either way is good and many guitar players end up playing both electric and acoustic But there are definite differences and playing techniques for each type of instrument.  Another thing to keep in mind is that the cheapest instrument is not always going to be the one that suits your needs. 

Where to Purchase:

Another thing to consider is, to purchase in a store, or to buy online. In my opinion, buying online can be risky, and is only a good choice if you have pre screened exactly what make and model you want. Ebay may have 30 day money back guarantee and if so that is a decent option. Even then it can be risky since there are subtle differences between guitars even of the exact same make and model. My recommendation is to play it in person.

We have several great stores locally. NOTE: these are listed in no particular order of preference, we are giving an unbiased report of local stores.

Local Stores:

Fort Collins Guitar Stores: Spotlight Music, Guitar Center, Boomer Music Co, Music Go Round, and several others.

Longmont Guitar Stores: Guitars Etc…, Larrys Guitar Shop, and Jensen Guitars among others…

Boulder Guitar Stores: Robbs Boulder Music, HB Woodsongs, and in Lafayette there is Guitar Hut, and in Louisville, there is Wildwood Guitars

Denver Guitar Stores: Denver has too many to list of course but a few to include would be Denver Folklore Center, Guitar Center, Colfax Guitar Shop, Victor Guitar, and several others.

In Conclusion:

Whatever kind of guitar you buy, make sure that someone you trust checks it out and ensures that it plays decently and stays in tune!  Good luck and have fun!

If you want to get scheduled for guitar lessons, ukulele lessons or bass guitar lessons in Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, Boulder, Lafayette or Louisville areas, check out our full list of instructors or email our booking manager


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  3. Kenneth Gladman Reply

    I like that you mentioned considering the type of music you want to learn. Metal has always been something that I have loved and wanted to learn. This would make more sense to go with a electric guitar.

  4. Music Ben Reply

    My journey into guitar started on acoustic which in retrospect was valuable. It toughened up the fingertips and made the transition into electric guitar easy, especially for any bar chords. The biggest learning curve between the two was learning the additional equipment components that were needed to replicate the sounds of the guitars in some of the tunes I liked, but with a foundation of chords and their inversions learned on the acoustic I was well over halfway there.

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