For most beginners, starting on an electric guitar gives you the best odds of success!
We know this from decades of experience. Electric guitars have smaller strings that are easier to press down on. The strings are also closer to the fingerboard so you don’t have to press as hard. The body of an electric guitar is smaller and thinner so that you can more easily see your fingers. The neck is usually smaller in diameter so that makes it a little easier to play chords.
There are times when starting on an acoustic guitar is the best choice.
- If you already own an acoustic guitar, go ahead and start lessons on it to make sure that guitar is the “right” instrument for you. Then if you stick with it you can reward yourself with an electric guitar after a few months of lessons.
- If you are an adult or large teen and you know you want to play acoustic guitar
(because that is the sound you like).