Legends started with acoustic guitar
We recommend starting lessons on the acoustic guitar to learn the basic principles, some scales and chord patterns, and build hand strength. You can take the acoustic as far as you want – Elvis, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Leo Kottke, Andy McKee, and Neil Young are all legends of the acoustic guitar.
The electric guitar – a symbol of Woodstock
Electric guitar opens up another universe of sounds, styles, and stars to emulate. If you tried to count all the artists who grew famous playing Fender Telecasters and Stratocasters or Gibson Les Paul, you’d run out of time long before you ran out of names. Rockers like Bruce Springsteen and Keith Richards are among the well known devotees of the Tele; the white Strat that Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock in 1969 was his most famous guitar.
Ready to jam? You’ll need an amp
To play electric you’ll need an amplifier as well as a guitar, of course. High-quality amp makers include Fender, Marshall, Roland, Mesa/Boogie, and Bogner, to name just a handful of the best-known. Look for a solid-state amplifier for reliability. Try several; each one will sound different from the rest. Pick one big enough to give the sound you want, but small enough that you won’t mind carrying it to lessons, jam sessions, and gigs.
Acoustic or electric? It’s not either/or
Many players switch back and forth between acoustic and electric, of course. Look no further than Eric Clapton for proof. Some guitarists will play several different instruments in a single performance, choosing each one to give the song a particular sound and feel.