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Electric or Acoustic Guitar?

Published: Mon January 30, 2006  News Feed

There is an endless debate about which kind of guitar is best to learn to play on. For those of you who want to cut to the chase, you can predict the Dolphin Music answer; buy both! You can never have too many guitars! Your style on both guitars will be completely different too, as they are used to do different jobs

Electrics tend to have a lower action – action is the space between the fret board and strings - meaning that you don’t have to press the strings down as hard. Because of this, they are a little easier to play , giving you a taste of success faster than an acoustic might allow you to.They really are designed to be used in a band setting but are huge fun nonetheless. They also have more frets, meaning you can solo easier. They also require an amplifier, which will raise the cost iof getting started. For band based Rock'n'Roll ,this is the one for you

Acoustics allow you to play without the use of an amplifier, meaning you can play anywhere. However, acoustics have a higher action and so you have to press down harder on the strings. Acoustics usually have larger bodies, though not all the time. The great thing is that all the sound is generated by the strings the,wood and your fingers. This gives a great foundation of technique for electric guitar.Most electric players will have at least one acoustic guitar at home.

A classical guitar is the foundation all other guitars spring from, it has a wider neck, smaller body, and nylon strings. Due to the nylon strings, classicals are easier to fret notes with but their larger necks can still be a bit of a handful. Those with larger hands might prefer classical because of the greater fret spacing and neck width.They are essential to play classical music but can also be used to play Jazz, Flamenco and Latin styles.

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