“I want to learn to play the guitar, but which one should I take up?”

If you have asked this question, you are not alone. I asked myself the same question once and it was not easy to answer it. In the following paragraphs I hope to help you with your decision on which guitar is best for you. There is a large variety of guitars, from bass, to 12 strings, electric, to the traditional acoustic. Deciding which will suit you best is very important but you also have to have one that you will enjoy learning and continue playing instead of giving up. Below I have listed the different types of guitars and explained about each one. Because knowing what each guitar is like can help you decide which one is best for you.

Bass Guitars:

bass guitar

Do you like deep thrumming sounds that come up in music and just add that little something extra? Then you might want to look into a bass guitar. Most of the time bass guitars have only four strings although it is not impossible to find one with five or six strings. The strings on a bass guitar are thicker than other guitars and have a lower pitch, hence the name bass guitar. Bass guitars can be either acoustic or electric. Choosing acoustic or electric really depends on what kind of music you are playing and what kind of places you plan on playing at. Both acoustic bass and electric bass have their place in different types of music.

Steel Guitars:

This type of guitar had its start in Hawaii and is not played in the same fashion as other guitars. Guitars are normally held by laying them against your chest when sitting and using a strap to hold it up when standing. The steel guitar, however, is place flat on your knees crossways. Steel guitars can be played two different ways, depending on what kind you have. One steel guitar is similar to a harp in that it has pedals and knee-levers to change to pitch of the strings. The other kind is a little simpler in that all you use to change the pitch is a solid bar of steel laid in a horizontal position on the neck of the guitar.

Twelve String Guitars:

The twelve string guitar is like playing two guitars at once. This guitar has the six regular guitar strings but then there is another set of six thinner strings as well. However, you do not have to play this any differently than you do a six string guitar, in fact the way you hold it and how you do the chords are the same. All the extra strings do is give it more sound and make it sound a bit brighter and louder. This is a great choice if you are going to be playing in a group where you might need a little more sound than you would get with a six string.

Double-Neck Guitars:

Double-Neck Guitar

Now this guitar is definitely for an enthusiastic player, even though learning it would be the same as having two separate guitars, only with this you have both in one which can make transport and performing a bit easier if you want to two different guitars. This guitar actually has two different guitars that share one body. Normally it has one neck that has the twelve strings on it and then a second neck that has the standard six strings. You can get other combinations though if you need something besides these two types of guitar. Choosing this guitar is great if you are going to be performing where you need to switch between the guitars or if you just like a challenge. This guitar is popular for rock performers during live concerts.

Classical or Spanish Guitar:

Alright, this guitar is different in that it does not use metal strings like other guitars. See, this is used mainly for classical guitar music and needs a softer sound. This sound is gained by using nylon strings instead of metal. When these types of guitars were first being made they actually used what was called gut string, I think nylon is much better. Another thing that helps get the sound needed for the classical music is the hollow sound box shaped like a woman’s torso. The nylon strings, the shape and the sound box all work together to get the muted, soft and romantic sound that is heard in classical guitar music.

Semi-Acoustic Guitar:

This guitar is sometimes described as the perfect electric guitar. It has a hollow sound box that makes connecting it to electricity unneccessary if you are in a small room, such as a living room or bedroom. The hollow sound box on a semi-acoustic guitar is made of metal instead of wood. This deprives it of the sound quality and depth that is normally heard with an acoustic guitar. However, it still produces its own unique sound that suits different types of music as well as being useful in that you do not have to use any electricity to get the adequate sound that is usually associated with an electric guitar.

Electric Guitars:

This type of guitar is used for louder music or music where you need the sound to keep going even as you keep going on to the next chord. These guitars are plugged into amps to get a very loud sound which is good for rock bands, pop, jazz and other similar music. The strings of an electric guitar are thinner than those found on an acoustic guitar.

Acoustic Guitars:

There are two different types of acoustic guitars available in today’s market, classical and steel string. For the newer type of music the steel string is recommended because of the more metallic sound that it produces. Whereas the classical guitar has a wider neck and uses the nylon strings for a soft sound that is necessary for classical music. The acoustic guitar, whichever kind, produces a deep tone sound and has a hollow body which makes it perfect for chord strumming.


This article is supposed to help you decide which guitar is best for you, whether you want an acoustic guitar under $1,000, and so on. Well, I believe that in order to choose the best guitar you need to understand what each guitar is designed for. So read over the descriptions of the guitars above and see if one of them in particular suits your tastes and needs. Make sure to ask yourself what type of music you want to play and where you would be playing it, that will help a lot in deciding which guitar is best for you.