Electric guitars are the most popular type of guitar used today. An electric guitar is simply a guitar that needs no external amplification to be heard at normal performance levels, unlike a conventional acoustic guitar. Instead, it makes use of one or several pickups to transform the vibration of the strings into electrical signals,which are then amplified by specially fitted speakers.
To change the tone of an electric guitar, you need to change the amount of wattage of the pickups. A number of guitars have a single coil pickup, which has individual pickups wound on their own steel wires.
On the other hand, some electric guitars have two coils, with each having a separate wire wound on its own steel string. Some guitars have three or even four pickups, each wound on its own steel string. There are also electric guitars that have humbucker pickups, with two coil units that are mounted on each side of a hollow body.
Most electric guitars employ the concept of single-coil pickups, so they have only two coils, whereas acoustic guitars have three or four coils. In the case of acoustic guitars, the third coil usually is switched out for a humbucker. Some acoustic guitars have what is called a "stomp-box," which is a miniature set of speakers designed to replicate the sound of an acoustic guitar pick. Electric guitars are normally fitted with amplifiers with pre-amp outputs.
One important thing to consider when looking to purchase an electric guitar is whether to buy an acoustic model or a thin electric guitar. The reason for this is because there are differences between the two in terms of tone, technique and utility. For example, the thin electric guitars are generally light and are more suited to lead and pop music genres. Acoustic guitars are usually heavier and are best used for classical music, blues, rock, folk or even country music. They have a much broader tonal range and can also produce better tones than their thin counterparts. When it comes to the electric guitar and the bass guitar, both share similar attributes; they're both highly popular with musical enthusiasts. However, the main difference between the two is the instrument's thickness.
Electric guitars are thinner because they use electrical impulses to generate their sound. Acoustic guitars, on the other hand, use air or woodwind instruments to create their sound. In fact, bass guitarists usually play acoustic guitars as a side effect of their main bass guitar. One of the most common side effects of playing an acoustic guitar is the tapping sound that it generates. To determine whether the tone of an acoustic or electric guitar is better, one needs to test it out. Simply holding the neck of an acoustic guitar between your thumb and fingers will give you a good idea as to what instrument feels better when played.
With an electric guitar, you'll have to put it down, take it off and try it again. In this way, you will be able to tell which one is thicker. This isn't to say that the acoustic guitar doesn't have its own advantages over electric guitars. The main advantage of the acoustic guitar is that they're easier to play, and the sound they produce has a pleasant quality.
An acoustic guitar also allows you to change chords easily, and it provides more variety in the way the music is played. However, electric guitars can produce distortion if you aren't careful. Moreover, an electric guitar often lacks in the sustainment function (it can sustain only a certain note for a longer period of time) which means you need to use another guitar for backing tracks.
The biggest disadvantage of acoustic guitars is their thinness. If you're trying to copy a specific sound, playing an electric guitar may not be a good idea because it won't be possible to create that specific sound. However, if you're just looking for something to play around with or something to play at your friends houses, you can get by with an acoustic guitar. Also, acoustic guitars are usually less expensive than electric ones.