An acoustic guitar is feature complete out of the box. You can play it immediately with no additional cables, boxes, or doohickeys. It's not going to blow your ears out.

An electric guitar, on the other hand, is almost too quiet to hear unless it's plugged into something. Amps, cables, and equipment can quickly become much more expensive than the guitar itself.

Getting a very small portable amp and a cable won't break the bank, but if your guitarist becomes serious, they'll want to get more accessories. While electric guitars can be very loud if they're turned up, you can turn them down, too. Many guitarists do some amount of practice without an amp at all.

Consider finding a setup that allows headphones to be used for the best of both worlds. You'll still get a cool electric guitar tone, but people in the other room won't be able to hear it.

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