Many cultural figures compare the violin to a woman. For some she represents a young girl, for others she is associated with a mature woman, and for others she resembles an old woman. And such a musical instrument is able to be capricious as well as any lady. This is not a simple musical instrument and requires a certain approach, and several hundred years ago, it was believed that only a real man could not cope with it. The modern version of the string instrument - the electric violin - will be discussed in this article.
Later, electronic means were added to the acoustic violin, and so the electric violin appeared. This type of musical instrument is used for solo performances of modern classical music. They are also often used in jazz, rock, hip-hop, rock and roll and other modern genres.
The beginning of the emergence of electric musical instruments was the appearance of the electric guitar. Later, electrical sensors began to be installed on other musical instruments, and the violin also did not go unnoticed. Let's try to figure out what is the difference between a regular violin and an electric violin.
An acoustic violin produces sound through its body, which responds to the vibrations of the strings. Therefore, there is a big difference in the material of manufacture. The most inexpensive option is made from plywood, as well as more expensive student options are made from solid maple and spruce wood. The second option costs a little more and requires better maintenance, otherwise the deck may crack. The basis of an electric instrument is very different from an acoustic one. And the sound here is not obtained due to the soundboard, but due to the piezoelectric element located under the stand. This element converts the sound and transmits it to headphones or to a sound amplifier. At the output, such a sound can be processed and revived with various effects, which makes it possible for an endless flight of imagination. With the ability to output sound through the earphone, you can practice for hours without disturbing others. The body of the electric model is decorative, so there is a large selection of various designs.
The sound of the acoustic version is more lively and spacious, but it is harder to drown out or reinforce it. Also, with strong amplification, that familiar sound can be lost. This is easier to achieve with an electric violin.Although the sound will not be as spacious, the metallic shade of the sound disappears with the addition of the necessary effects. Such possibilities easily allow using the electric version of the instrument in modern musical trends.
If you just want to start learning music, then the electronic version of the violin will not work for you. This option is suitable for people who already know how to play the violin, since it is difficult for a beginner to extract a clear sound from it.
While the classic models have no differences in the shape of the body, the electric models have a wide variety of body variations. It is better to “try on” the convenience of each model in the store. Likewise, enclosures can be either frame or resonant. The resonant version produces a more beautiful and richer sound.
An acoustic violin only has 4 strings, while a power instrument can have more. On the one hand, this is an incomparable plus that opens up new opportunities for the musician. On the other hand, for a start, it is better to prefer the option closer to the classic. At the initial stage, it will be difficult to adapt to the new technique of the game. Having mastered a new instrument enough, it will be possible to experiment with the number of strings.
In addition, not all models are fully equipped. When buying your first tool, it is better to choose the option with all the components, although this may be more expensive.
The technique of using the instrument plays not the least in the sound. At the initial stage, difficulties may arise in the game, while you should not think that you have got a poor quality tool. Over time, there will be fewer errors and the sound will be better.
Musical instrument "Antonio Lavazza EVL-01BL" is presented in blue, lilac, black and white colors, has a size 4/4. Maple wood body and neck. There is a built-in active thermoblock with an equalizer. The ability to adjust the volume and tone, there is also an on / off toggle switch with a light indicator. There is a headphone jack and line-out.
The complete set of this model, in addition to the violin itself, includes a bow, a storage case, headphones, batteries and a cord. The cover is made of polyester. It is waterproof, making it safe to transport the instrument in rainy weather. It has a storage compartment for two bows and a patch pocket. There are 2 backpack-type straps, thanks to which it is convenient to carry the tool. The edging creates impact protection. The bow has a size 4/4, round. Made of beech wood. Bow Choice Horse Hair White. The bow length is 75 cm.
The electric violin has a weight of 680 g. The weight of the instrument with a case and additional accessories is 1780 g.
The average cost is 9,000 rubles.
Power tools from the Chinese company "Stagg" are made of hard maple and have a size of 4/4. The total length of the violin is 59 cm and 32.5 cm falls on the length of the scale. This model has 4 strings and 4 tuning pegs. There is an equalizer with controls for volume, treble and bass. There are 2 mini-Jack connectors, one of which is for a player or smartphone, and the other for headphones. And for audio output, there is a full-fledged TRS jack with a size of 6.35 mm.
The kit for this option includes a musical instrument, soft storage case, stereo headphones and a battery. The case has straps.
The average cost is 10,500 rubles.
This electric violin model comes in three colors: white, black and metallic red.In appearance, it is somewhat reminiscent of a classic instrument, but with some improvement. First of all, these innovations affected the weight of the instrument, it has become much lighter, which allows you not to feel tired during a long performance or long rehearsal.
The tuners, chin rest and neck are made in black, which in combination with the bright colors of the body looks very stylish. There is a thermoblock with which you can adjust the tone and volume. This will make it much easier to find the optimal sound for the stage.
The Brahner EV-502 / MRD 4/4 model is supplied complete with a case, bow, battery, rosin. The package also includes a connection cord and headphones, thanks to which you can safely rehearse at any time of the day. The tool storage case has comfortable padded straps.
The average cost is 11,500 rubles.
The E-Violin Line electric violin is produced in Germany by the Gewa company. The E-Violin Line body is made of the finest solid wood species. The neck, chin and other accessories are made of ebony. The violin has an active piezo pickup, with its help you can transmit a balanced frequency range with high accuracy. A convenient volume control will help you find the optimal sound for any conditions. There is a headphone jack, and the headphones themselves are included.
It is worth noting the interesting design of the violin. The shape of the instrument is close to the classical violin, which will be very convenient for violinists accustomed to the acoustic version. The neck is made in the traditional version of ebony and has an ebony fingerboard, thanks to which the musician will not lose the natural feel.
The complete set includes a case for storage and transportation, rosin and bow. The lid of the case has screws, and for the convenience of carrying the instrument, there are two backpack-type belts. The bow has an ebony last and is made of selected natural hair.
The average cost is 30,000 rubles.
This model from the popular YAMAHA brand belongs to the new generation of instruments. It has a high sound quality that is very much needed by modern performers. The shape and design of the electric violin are quite unusual; such an interesting solution was achieved thanks to new technologies with which wood is processed. The YAMAHA YEV104N has a simple built-in pickup that sends a passive signal to the output. The violin is equipped with a volume control and a selector switch that turns the volume control on / off.
The body of the YAMAHA YEV104N is made of spruce, mahogany and maple. The built-in pickup and neck are made of maple. The neck has a rosewood fingerboard. The tuning pegs are made of ebony. The strings have a D'Addario Zyex ball tip. The length of the strings is approximately 33 cm. The weight of the instrument is 550 grams.
The average cost is 45,000 rubles.
A feature of this model from the Japanese company "YAMAHA" is the absence of an acoustic deck, but it has an SRT system that reproduces realistic resonance of the body, thanks to which the "YAMAHA Silent YSV104Red" has a surround sound like a classical instrument. It is also the first electric violin to use the STR Powered system, which has gained acceptance in electric guitars.Frequency response and audio latency have been significantly optimized to ensure that the perfect sound is heard when listening to the headphones.
The shape of the "YAMAHA Silent YSV104Red" is close to a conventional acoustic violin, which will not cause discomfort when switching to an electronic version of the instrument. All additional parts also have a standard arrangement, as in the classic version. The control unit has two reverb modes. The first "Room" mode is suitable for rehearsals and skill development, combining clear sound with short reverbs. The second option “Hall” gives a soft sound and reverb, which makes it possible to enjoy playing and appreciate the sound.
The YAMAHA Silent YSV104Red has a spruce body and a maple neck with rosewood fretboard. The instrument is 58 cm long and weighs about 500 g. The strings are 32.8 cm long. This model is completed with a control unit, two cables and headphones.
The average cost is 55,000 rubles.
The model of the Novita electric violin from the German manufacturer Gewa is presented in three colors - black, white and red. But you can also find options for natural brown shades.
The Novita design was developed by H. Drechsler. It is ideal for musicians who often go on tour. The violin is quite compact and light in weight. The deck is made of solid wood with ergonomic cutouts. A high-gloss finish is applied over the body for easy maintenance and a stylish look. The neck is made of maple and has an ebony fingerboard. There is an active pickup located under the bridge. This keeps the tone dynamic. The bow included in the kit is made of carbon fiber and selected natural hair.
Also included is a storage case. It was specially designed for this electric violin model. It has two backpack-type straps.
The average cost is 65,000 rubles.
When buying your first power tool, it is better to give the choice of a model in shape and design similar to an acoustic violin. This will make it easier to adapt to the new playing technique. A beginner violinist should consider more nuances than a professional. Therefore, you should pay attention to budget models. Musicians who often perform, especially in large concert halls, are better off buying a more expensive model, because future success will depend on the sound quality.
Observing all the rules of care that are described in the instructions, even the most inexpensive instrument will last more than one year and will delight its owner.