“I just play the guitar, don’t matter what kind it is” – said Durato from the band Durato brothers. These guys perform locally at my favorite pub in Queens New York but, it got me thinking as to what kinds of guitars are used by mainstream artists and whether they produce a major difference in the sound signature.

Broadly speaking guitars can be classified as either acoustic or electric and this is probably the most well-known of all divisions. What is not known to many though is that there are further differences in the two guitar broad classifications.

Acoustic Guitar Types

Considered the best instrument to learn if you have never learnt an instrument before, acoustic guitars are pretty easy to begin with.

These guitars have a hollow body and are made from wood. Some tend to be made from maple or rosewood but majority of big name guitar makers prefer the use of mahogany. The sound signature of such guitars depends entirely on the design and structure of the instrument. It is completely natural and the vibrations have no after effects or additions. They make raw sounds that when tuned produce melody.

Let’s begin with the most obvious of all acoustics – the Classic guitar. This is a noob favorite since the sound signature is broad and it is forgiving too with mistakes, not like the 12 string or the more expensive archtop guitars often preferred by Jazz and R&B players. Slight variation on the classic acoustic is the steel-top guitar that has a broader body and relies on a steel finish to produce a deeper grunge. Finally, we have the flamenco guitars that have a crisper and thinner sound base than others in the classification. As an afterthought, there’s the acoustic bass guitar that many now believe should be classified as an acoustic rather than electric guitar. I agree with this school of thought though am not opposed to the idea of them being equally electric as well.

Electric Guitar Types

Such guitars depend on the vibrations produced in the body but they then rely on electronic pick-ups to further amplify the sounds. Such guitars need an amp or amplifier to work and are therefore called electric guitars. The guitar body though can be semi-solid or solid with the latter costing more.

The key objective of such guitars is amplification and hence without an amp, the sound can seem weak and often without composition or body. To properly hear every vibration and strum, the energy produced when playing the strings has to be converted into electrical impulses that are then amped up.