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Poll: Acoustic Or Electric Guitar? (38 member(s) have cast votes)

Acoustic Or Electric Guitar?

  1. Acoustic (6 votes [15.79%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.79%

  2. Electric (18 votes [47.37%])

    Percentage of vote: 47.37%

  3. Both Equal (14 votes [36.84%])

    Percentage of vote: 36.84%

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#1 Shawn OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:04 PM

Do you prefer the sound of Acoustic or Electric guitar? Or do you enjoy both the same amount?



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Posted Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:21 PM

Depends what it's being used for. Which in turn depends on the arrangement of the piece.



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Posted Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:40 PM

Depends what it's being used for. Which in turn depends on the arrangement of the piece.

 

This.

 

Listen to some of the songs in the MTV Unplugged collection by various artists. To me there are some songs that sound better on acoustic and some that just sounded better plugged in.



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Posted Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:32 PM

Electric is great for teaching to play and for kids, too.  My son will get his calluses slowly, over time, and then hopefully move up to acoustic.  I've written my own music for years and I really like how smooth and easy electrics are to play.  I often play my acoustic outside, though.  I also use it to put my son to sleep (no, not the bonk-on-the-head way, the whimsical melody way..).  I picked both.

 

Here is some inspiration for budding guitarists..

 



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Posted Mon Apr 20, 2015 6:56 PM

Myself I first leaned on 4 strings with my grandfather's banjo and the same year at school with a ukulele. I didn't move up to 6 string until I was a teenager. I've always been told it's best to learn on acoustic first so you don't learn to be a sloppy player before moving up to electric as an electric is so much more forgiving. 



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Posted Tue Apr 21, 2015 7:31 AM

I've always been told it's best to learn on acoustic first so you don't learn to be a sloppy player before moving up to electric as an electric is so much more forgiving. 

 

I've heard this as well which is why I learned on acoustic before I bought electric.

 

Anyone remember OLGA? The OnLine Guitar Archive where you could download a boatload of tablature. It was shut down because supposedly it's illegal for me to publish how to play a song. Anyways, once I started learning songs through tabs I forgot how to read music.

 

I sucked on the guitar which is why I stopped playing. I still own an acoustic which is in need of repair, a Stratocaster and another Stratocaster autographed by Sigur Ros.

 

First song I learned how to play from start to finish: Hey Joe.



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Posted Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:54 AM

I like both.  I own both.  One of these years I'm going to learn how to play both.



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Posted Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:16 AM

Yes I used OLGA all the time. Now go to ultimate guitar. Lots of free tabs there.

I am partial to playing acoustic. I love learning ways to play a song on one acoustic and sound accurate and full. And I love the tactile and earthy feel.

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Posted Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:47 AM

I learned to play on acoustic..  only when I was older did my mom buy me an electric.

 

I've always been told it's best to learn on acoustic first so you don't learn to be a sloppy player before moving up to electric as an electric is so much more forgiving. 

 

it kind of goes both ways to be honest.. on an acoustic you actually can get away with a lot that you can't get away with on an electric.. because the electric amplifies every single little noise or movement you do. 



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Posted Wed Apr 22, 2015 12:19 PM

The flexibility of the electric guitar is practically endless, depending on the pickups, effects, amps, etc...  There is just so much texture to electric guitar.

 

That said, a quality acoustic guitar can be a life changing experience too. Something very basic, rich and emotional. I really love both.



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Posted Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:00 PM

Even though I voted Electric, I have say both electric and acoustic guitar.. I have several of each. I started on electric and that's what I enjoy playing (and listening to) the majority of the time, with the exception of some acoustic stuff here and there.. depends on what mood I'm in.

 

Have to also agree that acoustic is the best to start with. It will build up your fingers and will make you a cleaner, more precise player in the long run.. that translates over to being able to play electric better.


Edited by SiLic0ne t0aD85, Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:04 PM.


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Posted Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:43 AM

Mandolin.



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Posted Thu Apr 23, 2015 11:37 AM

There are few things cooler...than the keytar!

 

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Posted Thu Apr 23, 2015 12:15 PM

Don't be knocking the keys, man.  Truth be told, that's my axe of choice!



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Posted Thu Apr 23, 2015 4:54 PM

Both, but not equal.  I like and listen to electric guitar a lot more.  Electric guitar on its own isn't as nice as acoustic, but in the context of a band it's the greatest sound on the planet.  \m/ \m/

 

Here's an electric guitar-centric piece I finished up a month or two ago:

 



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Posted Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:31 PM

Good work, Vince. What do you record with?

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Posted Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:34 PM

I voted acoustic because you just pick it up and play it. No fancy sound equipment needed. I can't imagine someone bringing an electric guitar and a portable amp to sing around a campfire. That just doesn't feel right.

 

I have an acoustic that I tried to self teach myself years ago. I learned a bunch of chords but I never got that sense of rhythm down. I can also pick out simple melodies by ear alone. I haven't played in a while though and my calluses disappeared. I picked it up about a month ago with those medium gauge strings and it gave my fingers agony. I really need to take actual lessons but haven't the time to do it.



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Posted Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:29 AM

Both.  Like a tool either are used for specific applications.



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Posted Fri Apr 24, 2015 3:31 PM

Both. Acoustic is the best way to get you started and to teach you the fundamentals. Electric when you are in your garage/basement jamming with your buds.

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Posted Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:01 AM

Here's my demo page! 

 

https://www.faceuni....y-papa-caraway/

 

I've written a TON of music over the years..

 

It used to have a bunch of likes and listens but then it all disappeared one day so I just put it back up today..

 

And, I'm not entirely sure just anyone can listen to it..so here's a couple of files.  The best of it, prolly..

 

Attached File  J Caraway Acoustic Demo.mp3   3.84MB   181 downloads

 

Attached File  J Caraway Electric Demo 01.mp3   5.25MB   184 downloads

 

Enjoy!!

 

 

 

 


Edited by Papa, Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:16 AM.


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Posted Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:20 AM

..and here's a really big demo..

 

Attached File  J Caraway Electric Demo 03.mp3   9.43MB   193 downloads

 

This one rocks HARD!!

 

 



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Posted Sat Apr 25, 2015 11:02 AM

Good work, Vince. What do you record with?

Thanks.  Presonus firepod, SM57, SM58 and a couple cheap condensers into Logic 9.  Drums are all EZ Drummer.  Bass is all Logic's bass amp plugins.  These days I've been using an 11 Rack and S-Gear plugin for guitars, purely for convenience, although I do mic my amp if I get a rare weekend with the wife & kid away.



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Posted Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:45 AM

Link Wray's "Rumble" doesn't sound right on an acoustic guitar.



#24 Shawn OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:49 PM

..and here's a really big demo..

 

attachicon.gifJ Caraway Electric Demo 03.mp3

 

This one rocks HARD!!

 

 

 

Demo 1,3 & 5 are pretty good! Seems the odd numbered tracks are your best ones :) :thumbsup:



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Posted Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:53 PM

12 string acoustic.






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