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.