Amy Mantis


Acoustic Guitar

March 29, 2013 12:30AM

My guitar career began on an electric guitar.  I wanted an electric guitar.  I specifically did not want an acoustic guitar.  Why?  Well, the electric guitar carries a certain mystique about it - so does an acoustic guitar, but at 13 I didn’t care about that.  I wanted to rock out.

I also didn’t want to be like the other girls who could “play” guitar.  They all played acoustic.  They all played three or four chords.  I wasn’t into that.  I wanted it do it all.

I didn’t own an acoustic guitar until May of 2009.  It took me nearly six years to merely want to own one.  It was a Martin D-16 GT, and I really liked it.  I never took to it the way I did my Telecaster or my Stratocaster.  That’s not to say it wasn’t (it broke) a great guitar.  It was.  But it wasn’t me, per say.  My electric guitars are me.  My Taylor is me, but that Martin wasn’t.

These days I think I play my acoustic more than my electric.  That’s not to say I like it more, but unlike in the past, I truly enjoy playing it.  You can ask Brian about my Taylor.  It’s special.  It’s really not - I bought it at Guitar Center.  It’s a stock Taylor, but it sings.

Acoustic guitars have different personalities than electric guitars.  There are advantages to an acoustic guitar that electric guitars don’t have.  Or I find they don’t have.  I have to work harder at playing an acoustic.  Or rather, I have to work harder at different things than I do on an electric guitar.  I can fake my way around on an electric guitar infinitely better than I can on an acoustic guitar.  I’m doing a very poor job at explaining this.

Given a choice, I’ll take my electric guitar over my acoustic guitar.  It’s what I grew up on.  But I love the acoustic guitar.  It forces me to approach playing differently, and I love that.  I love the challenge it presents to me.  The notes are the same, but the function is totally different.