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do you need a electric guitar amp for the guitar to sound good?

Question by Imogen: do you need a electric guitar amp for the guitar to sound good?
electric guitar, do you NEED an amp for it to sound good?
im learning guitar and i’m not planning on playing infront of crowds or anything but to get the electric sound do you need an amp?

Best answer:

Answer by OnTheRock
Pretty much. You can certainly play an electric guitar without an amplifier and you’ll get a little sound from it. If you’re just starting out and can’t afford an amp or you want to practice late at night when people are sleeping, that’s OK, but if you really want to do anything useful with an electric guitar you really need an amp. If you don’t want an amp get an acoustic guitar. You can get a semi-hollowbody electric guitar and some of them actually sound OK without an amp, but still not loud enough to do much with.

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