Acoustic vs Electric for beginning guitar

So just what is better for starting out your guitar journey?  This is a common dilemma many people face while starting out.

The electric or the acoustic?

Well, for starters if you can play one you can play the other which is pretty cool.

A lot of it will obviously depend on your music choice and what you want to do in the future with your music.


Are you into Bob Dylan, Ed Sheerin, Ben Howard, Oasis?  Then acoustic just might be the best place to start.

Do you want to gig at open mic nights?

Do you want to be a singer songwriter?

These are the questions you need to ask yourself before buying a guitar.  If you want to be the above then I recommend getting an acoustic.

Getting an acoustic is a great place to start and you get to take your guitar to the beach and impress your mates and sing that latest One Direction song (if you dare!!)

Keeping it simple,buy a good acoustic guitar otherwise you will be put off learning.  second hand is always a good option.



Electric guitars are also great for beginning.    There are so many easy and achievable riffs and songs to play within month of learning guitar such as

Smoke on the water

Seven nation army

Sweet home alabama

With the electric guitar you need to buy anamp and this will set you back £50 for a good second hand one.

There are also many types of electrics out there, some good for rock, some for metal, some for pop ect.

Electric guitars are great in that you can rock out and learn lots of different riffs


Whatever guitar you get you wont be short on ideas and songs to play with, and now let’s have a look at some classics below





Best budget electric guitars

Best budget electric guitars

Lets have a look at some of the best electric guitars in the market today that are towards the cheaper end but still a great buy recommended here by us at The London guitar school.

Epiphone Les Paul standard


Best budget electric guitars

Best budget electric guitars


Ah, the glorious Epiphone Les Paul Standard, the answer to every cash-strapped guitarist’s prayers.

It’s got the knock-out looks, the reassuring weight, the all-important tones, and all for a considerable amount less that its American-made big brother. In fact, it’s borderline irresponsible of Epiphone to make a guitar that comes so close to replicating the Gibson classic.

Squier strat

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Dressed in new eye-popping finishes, these Fender-designed Stratocaster guitars have a great look and feel.

With a contoured alder body, bolt-on maple neck with late ’60s headstock, three single coil pickups and standard tremolo system, the Affinity Series Strat® guitar has all the vintage vibe at a fraction of the price.


Chapman ML-1

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Created by Youtube sensation Rob Chapman, Chapman guitars has been a phenomenon, and it was the ML-1 that led the charge. 

The first run was an almost instant sell-out, but now it’s back and in more demand than ever. The runaway winner of our poll, Chapman guitars is making serious waves and proving that you don’t need to be one of the big boys to make great, desirable guitars that people desperately want.

Described as a ‘Swiss Army knife’ of a guitar that will give you everything from shimmering clean tones through to brutal riffage (thanks in no small part to the Chapman-designed pickups), expect first-rate build quality and stand out playability. A worthy winner.