Which should I choose?
What is a bass guitar? What is an electric guitar?
What is an acoustic guitar? What is the difference between them? I'm
trying to decide which to play, and I thought it would help if I
knew what they were (ya think?). Please help me out!
TB helped out with this:
First you must decide what kind of music
you want to play. Then look at the musicians who play that kind of
music and see what type of instruments they play. A bass guitar is a
instrument that produces tones in a low register.
There is no one size fits all for guitars.
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Guitarist wrote this report for us:
I'll start with the acoustic guitar
question. All instruments that make musical sounds that you can
easily hear are acoustic instruments. For example, a violin, drums,
trumpet, and flute are all acoustic instruments. The sounds are
created by the compression and rarefaction of waves of air
molecules. These "pulses" in the air are usually created by passing
air through a pipe (like a trumpet or a flute) or by forcing a
string/surface to move (like a violin string or the drum skins). The
sound is amplified through the body of the instrument as it
resonates, generating louder and louder sounds, and this is what
creates the pleasing musical acoustic sound.
In the case of the acoustic guitar, you pluck a string and you hear
the guitar. The big hollow body amplifies the sound and this is what
you hear as the body of the guitar is vibrating.
By nature, the acoustic guitar cannot get louder beyond a certain
point. Bands were becoming louder and louder, and the guitarist
could not keep up in volume. Many attempts were made to increase the
volume and projection of the guitar. The first thing done was to
increase the size of the guitar body. There's still a limit, though,
which is imposed by the guitarist's comfort. Nobody wants to play a
massive guitar the size of a grand piano.
Eventually, transducers (magnetic pickups) were fitted to guitars,
which essentially "picked up" the string vibrations and turned them
into electrical signals which could be amplified through an
amplifier and loudspeaker. The magnetic pickups are coils of wire
around a bobbin. When the metal strings of a guitar vibrate, there
is a change in the magnetic field of the pickup, and the pickup
sensed it and did the conversion. This signal may be processed in
MANY ways, giving electric guitars almost limitless possibilities
today in the digital age for creating new sounds.
There are also piezo pickups, which I won't discuss. The majority of
electric guitars are fitted with magnetic pickups anyways. Piezos
are a nice little extra toy, especially in the amplification of
hollowbodied acoustic guitars.
The problem with hollow acoustic guitars fitted with pickups was the
insane amounts of feedback that the large hollow bodies generated.
Feedback is that loud, annoying howling or shrieking sound when
noise from a speaker is picked up, sent through the amplifier and
speaker, and repeated over and over. You're probably very familiar
with feedback which always seems to happen when someone drops an
amplified microphone to the ground. So, variations on the large
hollow acoustic guitar were created in an attempt to eliminate
annoying hum and feedback, such as the solidbody electric guitar,
which eliminates feedback and excess noise since there's no large
hollow body for the sound to keep bouncing back and forth inside.
So, you have your modern day electric guitar. It's still an acoustic
instrument to a degree, since you can hear the strings being plucked
even if you don't plug in the guitar, but they're much too quiet to
hear on stage. Plug the guitar into an amp and piss off your
A bass guitar is a [typically] four-stringed instrument designed to
carry the low frequencies in a band, often working with the drummer
to set the groove and the rhythm of the song. Bass guitars may be
acoustic or electric, following similar principles as guitar.
Bass guitar is a totally different animal than the guitars. My
brother is a bassist, and that's his thing... he loves to groove and
lay down the funk. I myself am a guitarist and I play electric and
Yes, it also depends on the styles of music you want to play. Want
to play classical? Buy a nylon-stringed classical acoustic guitar.
Want to play pop, pop-rock, country, and folk? Buy a modern-day
steel-stringed acoustic guitar, which come in many body sizes. Want
to play country, rock, heavy metal, and jazz? Get an electic guitar.
Of course, there are always variations... sometimes I practice heavy
metal on my acoustic guitars. Bass guitars fit anywhere, but the
playing styles differ.
Alright, for you theoretical musicians and physicists, correct any
of the above crap that I may have gotten wrong. I prefer playing the
damn things than being super-correct in the theory behind sound
Typically, beginner acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and basses
can run around as low as $100 American these days. For maybe a
hundred more, you can get starter packs that include most of the
stuff you need to start off playing and learning. This makes guitar
and bass very easy to try out, because if you try it and end up
hating learning to play, you won't have wasted a ton of money
experimenting, compared to a $500 clarinet.
i know all responded with this:
a bass guitar is sort of like a
stringed bass (that big huge instrument in the back of an orchastra)a bass guitar is electric, and has a low pitch range
(sounds lower); acoustic guitar is a guitar that you do not plug in
to amps make sound (like what John Denver plays); an eletric guitar
is like an acoustic but u plug it into amps for sound (this is what
you ussaly see in bands); each is cool but each has their set backs.
if you get any eletric guitar then you need amps and other stuff for
Curt muttered this:
Bass guitar is a guitar that has lesser
strings and produces a depper sond. An electric guitar is a regular
guitar that produces a high or normal sound and an Acoustic guitaer
is a country music guitar. I would suggest Bas or electric
KJ shared these views:
About which guitar to play, if you don't
know the difference between a bass, electric, and acoustic, then you
shouldn't play guitar ever. Too many idiots like you go and buy a
guitar, play with it for a month, then either quit or form a lame
band with your friends that lasts another month, then quit. My
advice: save your money so you can go to college and learn to think
for yourself so you wont go out and buy an expensive instrument just
because everyone else has one and claims to actually know how to
That or buy a bass if your fat, regular electric if your cool or you
want to be (you poser), or a acoustic if you've ever listened to
john denveron purpose, ever. Squire Strats are good beginners
guitars, Fender makes them so they are ok quality wise.
Midknight believes this:
An electric guitar is a stringed instrument that uses magnetic properties the pick up vibrations from
the steel strings. a bass is the same thing only plays lower tones.
an acoustic is just as the name implies it picks up the vibrations
form the strings and resonates them in an acoustic chamber... all
three have very diferent sounds.
Jakolan concluded with this:
An acoustic guitar is a six stringed
An electric guitar is a six stringed instrument played exactly the
same as an acoustic but you can plug it in to an amplifier and
increase it's volume. Because it is electronic you have many more
options as far as changing the sound with effects modules.
A bass guitar is a four stringed instrument and is most often
electric, not always. The four strings are the same as the four
lowest strings on an electric or acoustic guitar but for the fact
they are tuned one octave lower to create a deeper sound. In general
you will only play one note on one string at a time on a bass
whereas on a guitar you may play two or more creating harmony.
Buy an acoustic. It's cheaper because of the lack of accessories and
once learned you will be able to play them all.
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