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ELECTRIC VIOLIN

Even the purist must now admit that the electrifying of instruments of the violin family has brought a new dimension to music particularly in the pop, jazz and folk worlds.I first went electric in The Clog and Ferret ceilidh group. One can spend well over 1000 in specialized equipment but I found that the easiest way to mike up without abusing one's violin or it's carefully set-up sound, was to use an ordinary tie-mike together with pre-amplifier clipped on to the should pad. (Warning - watch out for those side comments about someone on the floor!)

Though there are many sort of clip-on, glue-on and bridge attachments non reproduce the true sound of the violin as well and were more applicable to guitars than violins. However, no matter what one uses the mixing technician can make or break the resulting sound - BE WARNED!. I remember commenting to a double bass player that the sound he produced was completely lacking in bass partials and that perhaps his bridge or sound post needed some adjustment. When I saw the two pick-ups jammed in the slots on either side of the bridge I could understand why for they significantly altered the stiffness of the bridge which made it favour the higher frequencies.

Below is a list of makers and inventors of purposefully designed electric instruments of the violin family - to find out more about these instruments, click on the appropriate picture and e-mail the makers themselves.



ACHIEVE INSTRUMENTS
The HAWK, The GREBE and The GRIFFIN
are just a few of Andy Holliman's innovative designs used by players and groups worldwide


VIOLECTRA
                   

STARFISH
Starfish Stungray


VECTOR


JENSEN - 5 STRING
Jensen


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