I have never played guitar, but would like to learn. What is the difference between these two other than the sound? Is playing them different? Thank you.
Yes and no…
The acoustic guitar is much harder to play and unless you are seriously commited and dedicated to learning guitar I suggest learning on an electric guitar because they are easier to play. If you start out on an acoustic guitar it will be much more difficult to learn to play because you will not be comfortable when you play.
Acoustic guitars and electric guitars are fundamentally the same. They are the same notes and everything except that the acoustic guitar is much bigger and bulkier and louder (when unplugged) than an electric guitar.
If you want to learn to play the guitar, start with an electric guitar.
There are A LOT of good starter packs on www.Musiciansfriend.com. You could probably buy one at your local Guitar Center too if you don’t want to bother with shipping and stuff.