Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Electric vs. Acoustic Guitar

You don't need to play acoustic guitar for forty-two years to know that electric is better, but it helps ツ Here are 85 reasons why!

  1. The electric guitar fits all physiques.
  2. The design and depth of the electric body can decrease the risk and mitigate the symptoms of arm and shoulder injuries.
  3. Electric guitars have thinner strings with lower string tensions that aid against ulnar nerve entrapment, tennis elbow, and other tendon and ligament disorders in the arms and hands. For instance, electric light gauge strings (.010-.046) are typically 20.9% thinner with 55 lbs/ 53.4% less tension than acoustic lights!
  4. Due to its physiological benefits, electric is the ideal guitar to play while recovering from ailments that inhibit normal performance.
  5. The eradication or reduction of  pain when playing is healthy both emotionally and cognitively, which increases productivity.
  6. A lower string action can be achieved, leading to a more comfortable and playable fretboard.
  7. Lower string tension causes less fret wear.
  8. Being easier to play, electric is preferable for beginners. Pros like it, too (◠‿◕)
  9. With lower string tension and action, the player can focus more on the process of playing than coercing sound from the instrument.
  10. Greater musicality can be achieved on electric because it is easier to play, dazzle and delight, with lightning-fast lead and fingerstyle finesse (⊙o⊙)
  11. Only electric guitars are ideally suited for techniques such as wide vibrato, bends and two-hand playing on the fretboard - at least without risking eventual injury.
  12. The cutaway and body about half the depth of an acoustic makes reaching the higher registers a cinch, right up to the last fret.
  13. Unlike innumerous acoustics, most including the finest electrics have cutaways.
  14. The single or double cutaway does not affect the tone of the instrument.
  15. With adjustable saddles, electric setups are essentially DIY.
  16. String action and intonation can be adjusted without removing the strings and as you play.
  17. Intonation can be easily set without filing down the saddle.
  18. Electric strings do not need to be replaced as often since the guitars are not as reliant on acoustic properties.
  19. An electric can stay in tune longer due to lower action and less force on the strings with the pic hand.
  20. The sound of the strings is not impacted by a resonant chamber in the body, which in turn impairs it through acoustic guitar pickups.
  21. Clip-on tuners are more consistent on solid-body electric heads.
  22. Seven and eight-string electrics fill the gap between six and twelve.
  23. Notes on an amplified electric have stronger fundamentals that project far better with fingerstyle and lead playing, making it much more of a dominant solo and group instrument.
  24. Electric is the most natural way to play with the flesh of fingers or no nails, and without a plectrum.
  25. Softer and passing notes are not unintentionally indistinct to the player and audience alike.
  26. Tone and sustain are preserved when capoing, even at high registers.
  27. Mistakes are more pronounced on electric, resulting in more meticulous playing (•́‿•̀)
  28. Electric players have the greatest fun and enjoy a more prominent role on stage (☆‿☆)
  29. There is more scope for electric guitarists in bands and other groups, as well as multiple in the same group.
  30. Of all types of guitars, electric is the ultimate emotive and euphonious instrument.
  31. Electric is the most versatile guitar and the personification of rock, blues, jazz, country, and numerous other genres.
  32. Wide whammy wobble (ಠ෴ಠ)
  33. All electric guitars have pre-installed pickups.
  34. The sound of an electric guitar is primarily dependent on pickups and amps than on wood, thereby (in theory!) eliminating the endless quest for a better-sounding wooden structure and for amplifying the true sound of the instrument.
  35. A good electric pickup has a higher dynamic range than even a dual-source acoustic pickup (around 145 db vs 110 db), as well as a lower noise floor.
  36. The high dynamic range and low noise floor of an electric guitar signal provide great flexibility in post- processing.
  37. An amplified electric guitar is an electric; an amplified acoustic is an imitation of an acoustic.
  38. The better pickups in good electrics allow for more expressive and emotive playing.
  39. Volume, tone and pickup controls are always literally at your fingertips.
  40. The tonal characteristics of electric pickups can be instantly changed on the guitar itself during play in order to produce a variety of sounds.
  41. By altering the individual heights of the pickup poles the volume of each string can be calibrated for a specific guitar, style of playing, taste, string gauge and type.
  42. Electric guitar pickups are not prone to feedback like most acoustic pickups, unless intentionally induced.
  43. Electric guitar pickups do not require on-board preamplifiers, which are usually specific to each acoustic pickup system as well.
  44. Electric pickups are not battery powered.
  45. Good electric pickups can last a lifetime, while acoustic pickups are subject to installation woes, always need to be upgraded and never sound as expected.
  46. Electric guitar pickups can be exchanged and replaced at any time without damaging the instrument, whereas acoustic pickups generally require glue that permanently penetrates the soundboard and hampers the amplified tone in subsequent installations.
  47. The pickups in an electric cannot block the soundhole because there isn't one.
  48. No piezo quack.
  49. Electric guitars are considerably cheaper and more inspiring at lower prices.
  50. There are endless varieties of electric guitar designs and colours.
  51. The electric guitar you want has a neck with your preferred wood, radius, shape, length, width, bevel, finish and fret wire.
  52. A guitar or neck with suitable fret wire makes playing even easier and further aids musicians with influencing injuries.
  53. Solid-body electrics are invulnerable to structural damage to soundboards and braces since these are not elements of their construction.
  54. Electric guitars are more impervious to the weather, and increasingly so those with rift-sawn necks.
  55. Potentially, electrics have a much longer lifespan.
  56. Electric guitars like Telecasters and Stratocasters have necks that are not permanently secured to the body, which allows them to be easily replaced if damaged. Contrastingly, virtually all bolt-on acoustic necks have glued-on fretboards.
  57. Every part of guitars such as Fender Telecasters and Stratocasters can be replaced and obtained from the manufacturer.
  58. Electric pickguards are fastened with screws and not attached with adhesive.
  59. There are no accessibility issues when working on electrics as there are inside acoustic bodies.
  60. All electrics have two strap buttons.
  61. Only energised axes can skip the chopping block with strap locks.
  62. Strap buttons are not mercilessly bored into electric necks.
  63. A worn and torn electric is like a venerable vintage.
  64. You can happily graffiti or repaint your electric if you like ❀♥❀
  65. Both types of guitars are consolidated in hybrid electric/acoustics like the Fender Acoustasonic.
  66. Plug into the digital domain with MIDI electrics and controllers, such as the Jammy.
  67. Essential electric accessories cost less.
  68. Electric amplifiers have stood the test of time since 1932.
  69. More good electric amps are less expensive than acoustic varieties.
  70. Electric guitars are the reason that effects pedals were invented in 1946.
  71. Many electric amps have a plethora of onboard effects and voicings dating back to 1947.
  72. While an acoustic guitar projects better unamplified, it is ultimately ineffective outdoors and in small crowds. Conversely, with an amp as the prerequisite, the electric guitarist is fully prepared to play his/her instrument without hindering volume and technique.
  73. Relying on an amp to project your playing results in less physical exertion, improved technique, and a lower probability of injury due to overplaying.
  74. The pick hand never suppresses the tone by blocking a soundhole, nor the arm while resting on a soundboard.
  75. Plectrums can never be trapped inside a solid body electric (ᐛ )
  76. The pure signal of an electric guitar can be recorded directly - on stage, for example - without external interference and reamped afterwards. But the original sound of an acoustic cannot be captured with any existing pickup. It is also commonly impractical and hardly ideal to record an acoustic guitar on stage with only an external mic.
  77. Electric guitar amplifiers never move when facing a mic (▣↩↪▣)
  78. It is significantly cheaper to record electric effectively.
  79. Even when it is not possible to eradicate electric guitar amp hum and hiss, these noises remain iconic and at times desirable in live performances and recordings. They are entirely unacceptable in good acoustic recordings, however.
  80. Playing, practicing and recording can be done quietly on electric.
  81. The electric body fits vertically under the arm of the average-to-tall person, enabling the instrument to be safely carried without a case indoors and through doorways.
  82. Solid-body electrics are safer to carry in gig bags.
  83. Although they are weightier than acoustic guitars, electrics are more practical and safer to store, transport and travel with. They fit into cases half the depth, and are more likely to be allowed onboard public transportation including airlines.
  84. Guitars like Fender Teles and Strats can be dismantled if necessary and carried onboard without restriction. And cheap $22 threaded neck inserts convert your prize guitar into a frequent flyer. Several other travel alternatives include Steinberger guitars.
  85. Arguably the best acoustic guitar manufacturer has 2.76% the number of Fender YouTube followers. That also counts (+‿+)

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