Should I buy better acoustic or electric guitar?

Hey guys!
Am in such dilemma dont knoe should I buy electric guitar or acoustic. Well about me I had a cheap acoustic guitar that I used to play but I only play beginners chords and shifting chords I play sloppy and didnt played well much .Now am buying new one to play again .Please help me

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That is up to you. What kind of music do you want to play? A well set up acoustic will play as good as an electric.
If your budget is limited you’ll get a better acoustic for you money. You’ll need an amp or an AI to play an electric which will add to the cost.
So it boils down to Style of music and budget and personal preference.

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there is a lot of information on this forum related to the question. Make sure to read through that! If you get more specific questions, then you can start to narrow down your search with asking those questions.

Let’s see if this link works: Search results for 'acoustic or electric' - JustinGuitar Community

looks like it does. :slight_smile:

Hi again Dret.
I understood from you’re last post that you are on a budget.
Acoustic is just as good to learn on as an electrical.
You dont need anything else than the guitar as Rick said, so less equipment needed :grin:

Try to check out the low budget acoustics from Yamaha. Great guitars…
if you can buy one used is even better…
Used or new. Always important to try them before you buy…

Good luck…


Heyy trond thanx for suggestion …but electric guitar is so cool like everything

I think you just answered your question. :wink:


Do you have a guitar at all?

You can play clean on an electric etc, you can’t play dirty on an acoustic.

Plus electric is easier to learn on overall, and a cheap electric is usually better than a crap acoustic.

Saying that if you want to play an acoustic…

Very much down to budget if that is tight. But you could go the Harley Bention route for an electric and amp.


David Bowie played acoustic a lot - just sayin’. (Though he seemed to have a particular fondness for 12-strings - not something I’d recommend for a beginner, including myself!) Also see Nirvana Unplugged. I’m probably a bit older than you, but I suspect you can find some of your favorite musicians playing acoustic. :wink:

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True but he spent a lot of time with an amped up Mick Ronson ! :rofl:

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Second only to finances is having a guitar that inspires you. If you can afford it, get an electric because you think they are so cool. That way you will want to play it and the only way to become a guitar player is to actually play the thing.

The most budget thing may be to take in your old acoustic in for a set up. But, if you have a memories of struggles and failure with it, it won’t serve you well.


Vivek, In my opinion, if you want to play both acoustic and electric, then you should get a beginner guitar/amp, set up the acoustic you have with new strings and have someone check the setup and action. Then when you are ready and can afford it, you can upgrade your acoustic guitar.

If it were me, I’d probably lean towards an acoustic, but what you just said, there, makes me think that you should get an electric. Get a guitar that makes you want to pick it up and play it.

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From my point of view, ya should have (at least) one of each.
That said.
My first guitar was acoustic and a horrible, non playable guitar.
My next guitar was a half respectable 12 string acoustic (that I wouldn’t recommend, but that’s what I did when I was 16).
It was my main guitar for years.
Then I got a electric.
Man, it was night and day for playabillity.

This still seems like it was done about in the right order (short of my 12).
Learn on the acoustic, but progress towards a electric.
I’m thinking, if ya learn on your acoustic, which is unforgiving for how ya play. Then going to electric. You’ll be nailing the electric for how ya play.
So my suggestion is a reasonably quality, playable acoustic first. Then the electric.
Sounds like ya might be about in the same boat I was in for my first guitar being horrible to play. I’d cure that first, then move to electric. The acoustic will likely be the cheaper option too since ya gotta have a amp and the other amenities (cords, electricity, pedals if ya want, the list can go on and on and on) to do electric.

A playable acoustic, and all ya need is you and your guitar. And imho, there’s something to be said for that.

Good luck in your decision.

I always felt that electric guitar is at the heart of all of the music that I love so that’s what I should learn. It’s essentially all my fault but I gave up, several times. I had an electric guitar so why can’t I learn (insert name of any great metal song here) from day 1 was my mentality. This of course was trying to run before learning to walk and I had no structure to my learning.
Last year I decided to learn again except I decided to try acoustic instead. It’s gone much better as I followed Justin’s beginner course and I didn’t have the distraction of expecting to play thrash metal songs from the outset. I started with a Taylor acoustic, not the cheapest option by any means but I knew that I couldn’t blame the guitar if I sucked.
All of this is to say start with either but start with a plan. Buy one and stick with it until you’ve nailed the fundamentals.

As someone who only started in June 2022, but who learns and teaches (non music) for a living, I quickly developed pretty strong opinions about starting with a guitar. Specifically, I think “starter” level stuff is the best way to ensure the person starting gives up while still a starter.

I would:
-Get right away the right type of guitar with the right pickups for the music I want to play. If could not afford it immediately, I would get whatever for the first 100-200 hours of practice while saving for the right guitar.
-Ditto for the amp, but this is easier as a Fender Micro is a perfect way to get started. Then save for either the amp or modeler of choice.

If money is tight but you want a really good guitar, look for quality models that never gained traction. FOr what I need, I got as my second axe a Charvel Desolation in the US in mint condition for 320 (new similar guitars are 1000-1,200). Then I put EMGs in it. In the US, used guitars often fetch completely unreasonable prices, but odd models can be good deals.

Similarly, if on a budget, one can buy a comfortable cheap guitar with a decent neck and then replace the pickups and electronics with quality pieces.

And also, try any and all existing neck and body shapes, sizes, thicknesses. I found a couple of guitars that fit me perfectly in terms of sound and playability (the Charvel is very nice but ain’t one of them when it comes to how the neck feels despite having the same compound radius as my main guitar). I found several others that I like but that are not “it.” I found that I really dislike some famous models.

I am not being specific because the exact models do not matter; everyone is different.

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