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Why to get an electric violin?

The electric violin is part of the violin family, and all of them are part of the bow string instruments family (violin, viola, cello and upper bass).

Amplified sound

An electric violin remains a violin. But you’ll be able to do most of the things you already did with your acoustic violin and more. New opportunities will open up to you!

It has many advantages. The top advantage of the electric violin will be a simplified sound amplification. Feedback is one of the main problems of any acoustic instrument when we want to amplify it. With an electric violin, you can forget about feedback since there is no way it happens! It uses an integrated sound amplification system and so it avoids feedback.

violinist playing an electric violin

Effects and Modulation

The electric violin can be combined easily with effects like wah, distortion, octaver or EQ. These effects are done with effects pedals and multi effects processors. By combining many effects, the musician can create FX chains. They will transform the original sound in a new sound.

Design and more strings

Electric music instruments have no predefined graphic rule. Electric guitars and violins can have any type of design, colors, materials, etc.

A classical violin has 4 strings: D, G, A, E. An electric violin may have 4 or more strings. It is not uncommon to see 5-string electric violins. They also have the C string, which is generally used on violas. And some can have 6 or 7 strings.

Our choices to make electric violins

There are dozens of parameters that must be considered when choosing an electric violin. When you make your choice, you must analyze the most important aspects: those that will define the quality of the electric violin. At 3Dvarius, we are working on:

  • the sound quality (the pickup)
  • its weight to get a violin very light
  • a comfortable playing experience
  • the assembly of the violin and quality of the materials involved
  • and the design

The sound

The pickup will determine the quality of the sound that is produced. It can be either piezo electric or magnetic. Manufacturers generally prefer piezo electric bridges which are more reactive and respectful of the sound spectrum. We use this kind of piezoelectric pickups. They have one sensor per string and are very reactive and powerful.

Of course, the more sound sensors there are, the more powerful, accurate and better sound you will get! All our pickups are equipped with one sensor per string in order to transcribe the sound spectrum as accurately as possible.

S pickups, which are found on the Line and the Prism, produce a warm, soft and clear sound. X pickups, which are used in the Equinox and the 3Dvarius, produce a more powerful, pure and direct sound. They are also more responsive to different bowing techniques.

The importance of many sound sensors

The acoustic violin is made of a hollow structure that amplifies the vibrations of the strings. Conversely, the electric violin is often made of a solid structure and must be connected to an amp to be heard.

An electric violin does not have a sound box. To hear the sound that’s been played, electric violins need to amplify it through an external device such as an amp or speakers. An electric violin not connected to an amp will not be heard by the public. A slight sound will emanate from the electric violin, but it will be barely audible…

The weight of the music instrument

The weight is an important part of the playing comfort. A great deal of electric violins is heavy. They will throw the violinist off balance if he is used to the weight of an acoustic violin. An acoustic violin weighs about 480g. The weight of a 4-string electric violin is somewhere between 500g and 580g (all parts included).

Beyond that, the weight difference might bother the violinist. The weight distribution also plays a role in the playing comfort. The weight should be well balanced in order to prevent strain on your arms, hands, fingers and back. An optimal weight distribution will prevent you from suffering from chronic tendinitis.

acoustic violin vs electric violin

Playing comfort

Playing comfort also involves several other elements, such as the possibility of using your favorite shoulder rest so as to recapture the feeling of playing with a classical violin. The existence of a left-hand support is also important to instinctively locate the distance between the fingers when playing in the highest positions.

A great playing comfort can be also linked to the shoulder rest. It is cool if you can use your favorite shoulder rest. All our electric violins can be played with any shoulder rest for acoustic violins. Our aim is to have the same classical violin feelings for violinists with our electric violins.

Making quality

The quality of the materials will determine the life span of your electric violin. This includes the selection of wood, its cutting, sanding and all the post-treatments that are necessary to protect it from external factors. For example, the body must be properly conditioned and varnished to ensure an everlasting life span!

Lastly, the assembly of the violin must be handled by a professional. The height of the strings, the position of the bridge and the smoothness to the touch must be carefully checked. The slightest misalignment can cause the violin to be very uncomfortable.

Which electric violin is best for which kind of violinist? Which model should I choose?

Your playing style, your musical style and your needs on stage are also factors that influence your choice.

If you want to start playing electric music, your first electric violin will be very important. If the quality of the sound and instrument is not up to par, you are likely to be disappointed and give up on the idea of playing an electric instrument. Too many violinists give up on electric violins after a first unsatisfactory purchase. If you want to be sure of finding the right electric violin and brand, it’s always best to seek the advice of an expert in the field.

For a first electric violin

We suggest starting with a Line or a Prism. These electric violins have a great pickup, do not use a battery or a preamp. You just have to plug them to an amp and play!

For professional violinists

If you are already an avid electric violinist, or a violinist who is well-versed in amplified instruments, the customizable or custom-made violin is the wisest choice. The number of strings you choose will define your musical range. Whether you are a rock or jazz violinist, a 5-string electric violin will increase your possibilities tenfold. They are equipped with a 5th C string that is usually found on violas. The low tone of this string will broaden your repertoire.

Coupling an electric violin to an effects processor is also a must. It allows you to have an excellent stage presence when playing with bass, drums and electric guitars through the use of distortion, harmonizer, overdrive or wah wah effects! We recommend the Hotone Ampero effects processor for this purpose. 3Dvarius has partnered with this brand and has introduced effects specifically adapted to violin frequencies. The models available on our website have already been pre-configured for use with electric violins and violas.

To stand out from the crowd, 3Dvarius combines traditional violin making techniques with new technologies such as 3D printing. Our research and development teams focus their projects on sound, playing comfort, customization and adaptability, and design. The latter with a very clean and original approach. It has been discussed in several articles, has won a variety of awards and has been praised by renowned artists. It will undoubtedly catch everyone’s attention and raise a few questions after each performance! A large number of violinists have already chosen 3Dvarius and are playing with our instruments on stages all over the world. They usually prefer to customize their instruments and create their very own violin.

3Dvarius, quality guaranteed!

Making processes

3Dvarius makes all its electric violins in France. Every single parameter is carefully analyzed to best meet the needs of every violinist. Each violin undergoes precise and advanced testing. In cases of customization or custom-made instruments, our team will contact you to assist you with the measurements and guide you towards the choices that best meet your expectations.

We have different making processes and technologies for each violin. Some have a single wood body or use different kinds of wood. Our luthiers use by example ash, sipo, walnut, etc. Other violins like the 3Dvarius are made by using the 3D printing technology and have a resin body.

a luthier is sanding a violin

We verify each violin. We take the time to prepare and assemble them, then to check and test their sound. Like for a classical violin, during the assembly, we are making some adjustments. All our music instruments are two-year guarantee.

If you order a personalized electric violin or a made on measure violin, our team will contact you. For a visual customization or for some specific measurements, we have a document that you will have to fill and send back to us.

Delivery

When a product is noted in stock on our website, it will be sent as soon as possible. We are working only with transporters for all deliveries of our electric violins. They are protected by their violin cases then insert carefully in a box. It limits problems during the transport.

In the particular case of a customization, we need to know more about your idea. Then, our team will prepare your customized music instrument. So you will have to wait more longer before the delivery.