If the cello is your favorite musical instrument, I’m sure you have at least once come across the dilemma of what to choose – the acoustic or the electric one.

The acoustic cello, just like most other classical instruments, has been around for over 150 years, while its electric version is considered a novelty. Here is everything you should know about these two and how to make the perfect decision for you.



When it comes to the price of a regular acoustic cello, you must be prepared to take out of your pocket at least a few thousand dollars, with some of the most expensive items costing several millions of dollars (yes, that is correct!). On the other hand, even when you add an amplifier and other required accessories, the cost of an electric cello won’t exceed 3-4000 dollars at most.

So, if you’re looking for an affordable and durable item, you should start with an electric cello. If you already purchased the electric version but still want to know how the acoustic one sounds, you should consider renting the latter. The renting version is also good for when you’re not entirely sure about picking up this musical instrument in the first place.

Sound quality

Although this feature is highly debatable, I still think that an electric cello offers more possibilities than the acoustic version. As with the violins and guitars, the sound of an acoustic cello will always be, in a way, fuller and deeper. On the other hand, by opting for an electric instrument you’ll have plenty of possibilities to experiment with different intensities of the sound.

In fact, the electric cello is the most popular version for concerts and recordings as it’s easier to connect to a computer and work around with different effects to create unique and contemporary sounds.

Obviously, the acoustic instrument remains popular amongst opera musicians and those who want to hear the classic sound of it.

Most orchestras won’t allow you to perform on an electric cello but this doesn’t mean there is a shortage of instruments. On the contrary, many professional players still choose to buy such a cello because they also enjoy playing jazz or rock in their spare time, and electric cellos can deliver a wide variety of unique sounds.


Although electric cellos are not lighter per se, you’ll benefit from a lot of advantages when traveling with such an instrument. Acoustic cellos are quite sensitive when it comes to transportation and the exterior temperatures, while the electric versions are far more durable.

Even though both instruments are made of solid wood, electric cellos are less delicate and less likely to break or change their sound because of the outside temperatures.