Is an acoustic-electric guitar a good guitar to buy for a beginner?

Would you recommend that kind of a guitar to a beginner? Why and why not?

Thank you!
OnTheRock- I wouldn’t have a problem with all the extra electronics I would have to get and such, my dad is a guitarist and he has everything he would need, and he knows everything I would need.

Chosen Answer:

I’d suggest you start off with an acoustic guitar. An acoustic electric guitar is just an acoustic guitar that has had a pickup installed under the saddle and has a built in preamp. The problem with that is you pay about 0 extra to get that and then you would need an amplifier and cables and stuff to take advantage of that, otherwise you’ve basically got an acoustic guitar anyway. Save your money and buy a bit better acoustic guitar that has a solid spruce top and plays nice (good action and no buzz). You’ll enjoy learning on it much better than if you bought a cheaper guitar and paid the extra for the electronics. A good acoustic guitar will be plenty loud for a beginner, even if you sing along while playing, so you won’t need the electronics until you’re good enough to play in public. If you then want to you could trade up for a better guitar or just get a good soundhole pickup that can be easily installed in the soundhole of the guitar (Fishman NeoD is a good one). Again, don’t waste money or put yourself through the hassle of dealing with the electronics as a beginner, just get a good acoustic and learn to play first.

EDIT: OK. I still think buying a better plain acoustic guitar for the money is a good idea for a beginner, but if you really want to amplify your practicing there are a lot of nice acoustic electric guitars out there that you and your dad should go try out together (could be fun). Check out Takamine, Yamaha, Seagull, Breedlove, and maybe Taylor and Martin if money isn’t a concern. You asked if an acoustic electric is a good buy for a beginner and I still stand by my original statement though, but it’s your money and if you want to pay the extra you can play it just like any other acoustic guitar so it really doesn’t matter.
by: OnTheRock
on: 14th October 10

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7 Responses to Is an acoustic-electric guitar a good guitar to buy for a beginner?

  1. LeilannyAbby says:

    i Would say to start off with just an Acoustic guitar first, iThink it’s easier, and simpler. when you’re comfortable with how you play, get an electric or acoustic/electric guitar.

  2. GibsonEssGee says:

    Don’t see any reason why a beginner shouldn’t start on an electro-acoustic. Easier to amplify when you get to the point you feel confident performing. Yamaha do some nice ones.

  3. OnTheRock says:

    I’d suggest you start off with an acoustic guitar. An acoustic electric guitar is just an acoustic guitar that has had a pickup installed under the saddle and has a built in preamp. The problem with that is you pay about $100 extra to get that and then you would need an amplifier and cables and stuff to take advantage of that, otherwise you’ve basically got an acoustic guitar anyway. Save your money and buy a bit better acoustic guitar that has a solid spruce top and plays nice (good action and no buzz). You’ll enjoy learning on it much better than if you bought a cheaper guitar and paid the extra for the electronics. A good acoustic guitar will be plenty loud for a beginner, even if you sing along while playing, so you won’t need the electronics until you’re good enough to play in public. If you then want to you could trade up for a better guitar or just get a good soundhole pickup that can be easily installed in the soundhole of the guitar (Fishman NeoD is a good one). Again, don’t waste money or put yourself through the hassle of dealing with the electronics as a beginner, just get a good acoustic and learn to play first.

    EDIT: OK. I still think buying a better plain acoustic guitar for the money is a good idea for a beginner, but if you really want to amplify your practicing there are a lot of nice acoustic electric guitars out there that you and your dad should go try out together (could be fun). Check out Takamine, Yamaha, Seagull, Breedlove, and maybe Taylor and Martin if money isn’t a concern. You asked if an acoustic electric is a good buy for a beginner and I still stand by my original statement though, but it’s your money and if you want to pay the extra you can play it just like any other acoustic guitar so it really doesn’t matter.

  4. johnm says:

    Most teachers will tell you that it is easier to start with an electric guitar because it is easier to play – the neck is smaller, the strings don’t need to be pressed as much and the body is smaller so it is easier and more comfortable to get your hand round to pluck the strings. Because it is easier to play you are more likely to persist with lessons and you will be able to play some recognizable tunes a lot quicker. You can always move on to an acoustic later if you want to. Good luck with your guitar.

  5. That one guy says:

    i suggest a crappy strat knockoff (electric)
    also
    songsterr.com

  6. Mikey, just Mikey says:

    I think you should buy Taylor Swift’s sparkly guitar now that you know what it is and how to make it.

  7. Jordan says:

    I would suggest to buy Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar
    *Affordable 6-string acoustic guitar–great for beginners
    *Solid sitka spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, die-cast tuners
    *Accented with black-and-white body binding, tortoise pickguard
    *High-gloss natural finish looks great under the stage lights
    *Backed by a limited lifetime warranty
    http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-FG700S-Acoustic-Guitar/dp/B000FIZISQ/?tag=klnprk-20

    Also check out at Ebay
    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?ff3=4&pub=5574865779&toolid=10001&campid=5336440665&customid=klnprk&mpre=http%3a%2f%2fwww.ebay.com%2f

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