The difference between an electric guitar and an acoustic guitar is somewhat a no-brainer. Apparently, electric guitars will require a sound amplifier to project the sound effectively. Acoustic guitars can stand alone, and make beautiful acoustics, even without some electronic device to amplify it. When people think of guitars, an acoustic guitar will often be the image in mind.

In terms of appearance, acoustic guitars always have a round hole in their faces. It is called a sound hole; it helps with the sound modulation, increasing the sound volume of the vibrating string. The acoustic guitar may often look bulkier than most electric guitars, but it is hollow and lighter. The hollowness, along with the sound hole, is part of the design to produce acoustics.

acoustic and electric guitars

An acoustic guitar can be a classical guitar. It has a slightly different appearance, particularly the neck, which is much broader. Acoustic guitars can either have steel or nylon strings; the classical guitar uses the latter for three of its strings. Folk songs and mellow music genres favor the use of acoustic guitars, but it’s not uncommon to see acoustic guitars in other genres as well. Acoustic guitars produce great strumming and plucking sounds.

Electric guitars are not hollow, as they are rather more solid and heavier than they look ‘“they typically look smaller than the acoustic ones. They are specifically designed to be partnered with electric sound amplifiers, hence the name. They will often have buttons, sliders, switches, or knobs that assist in controlling volume and sound manipulation. There is no sound hole for functionality, and perhaps, the only hole it has, is the female plug hole that connects the guitar to the amplifier.

Electric guitars are known for their sharp sounds and are associated with rock music. The guitar leads and licks are forte of electric guitars. Due to it’s electric nature, it can produce a variety of interesting sounds, with the help of gadgets and distortion devices

Beginners who want to learn how to play guitars may have some trouble deciding which one to initially use. Considering the learner getting over the knobs and sliders of the electric guitar, the electric guitar may be easier to use, because it will not result in sore fingers, as the strings are easier to press down. It also has a smaller neck and body, which helps greatly with learning, because the hand and fingers are not as stressed as when learning with acoustic guitars.

A beginner starting with acoustic guitars will have more trouble with pressing strings, particularly with capos and the spread of the fingers. However, the portability of the guitar is invaluable. Bulky as they may look, you won’t need to carry extra equipment to play it in any place you like. Most importantly, acoustic guitars are significantly cheaper and easier to maintain.

It should be mentioned that there are also electric acoustic guitars, which are sometimes referred to as ‘elecoustic’ guitars. They look very similar to an acoustic guitar, complete with the sound hole, but fitted with pickups and a microphone, or transducers


  1. Electric guitars require amplifiers to produce sound effectively, while acoustic guitars rely on their innate hollow design and sound hole to produce sound.
  2. Electric guitars use steel strings, while acoustic guitars can use both steel and nylon as strings.
  3. Acoustic guitars are more associated with folk and mellow music, while electric guitars are more associated with rock music.
  4. Electric guitars have knobs, buttons, and switches, whereas acoustic guitars have none of those.
  5. Acoustic guitars are generally great for strumming and plucking, while electric guitars are known for the guitar leads and licks.
  6. Electric guitars are generally easier to play, especially for beginners. Acoustic guitars are harder to use due to their size and hard-to-press strings.
  7. Acoustic guitars are generally cheaper than electric guitars. Acoustic guitars are easier to maintain as well.

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