Violins are one of those classic instruments that could convey emotions, unlike any other musical instrument. The high-pitched melodies of this string instrument can transform whatever genre of music into something mellow or dramatic depending on how you interpret the music. While acoustic violins are the most common choice for many, there are electric violins available for private listening, aesthetics, noise restrictions, or for amplification and digitizing purposes. If you’re looking for a new violin, here’s a list of some of the top picks for the best electric violin.
The Cecilio CEVN-2BK is an electric violin that’s made with solid wood and elegant ebony fittings to enhance the feel and give the instrument a premium feel. The CEVN-2BK comes in a 4/4 size that is a typical size for most violinists. The body is styled like most electric violins in which it uses the basic silhouette of a traditional violin but removes most of the bulk by hollowing out unnecessary portions of the supposed acoustic housing. Finished with a black metallic finish, the CEVN-2BK looks sleek and elegant at the same time.
The primary structure is made of solid maple wood and has real ebony fingerboard pegs. Other elegant touches include subtle details like a mother of pearl and an ebony finish chin rest and tailpiece. The bow is made with genuine Brazilwood with real Mongolian horsehair that’s in a natural condition free from any bleach during manufacturing.
For its price, not only will you get an elegant electric violin, but you also get great value from a full set of accessories such as a hard case, rosin cake, a bridge and an included 9-volt battery. Plus you also get an aux cable and a pair of over the ear headphones so you can go and make some music straight out of the box.
The Cecilio CEVN-1BK is the same as the CEVN-2BK except this comes in Cecilio’s Style 1 which adapts the original violin shape but without the bulk of having an acoustic housing for sound production. Like the CEVN-2BK, the 1BK comes in a 4/4 size which belongs in the full-sized violin category. It has the same finish as the 2BK such as the black metallic varnish on the hand carved solid maple wood and finished with genuine ebony fittings for that premium feel. The fingerboard, pegs, chin rest and tailpiece are made with the same ebony finish complete with mother of pearl for trim detail.
Included in the package is a sturdy but lightweight hard case, a premium bow made from genuine Brazilwood and real Mongolian horsehair. The horsehair is made with quality in mind that it is free from any bleach during the manufacturing process. The bow is finished with a natural gloss varnish which gives it a nice contrast against the sleek black silhouette of the electric violin.
You get the same set of accessories as the 2BK such as the included bridge and 9-volt battery, a dish of rosin cake, aux cable, and on ear headphones all for a slightly higher price tag as compared to other electric violins.
If you want versatility, then the dual purpose Cecilio CVNAE is the perfect choice for you. Built for the stage, it comes as an acoustic and electric violin in one. It ditches the silent operation as a fully-dedicated silent violin so noise restrictions might become a hindrance in pushing through with the purchase of this beautiful musical instrument.
And beautiful indeed it is, the CVNAE is finished in a gorgeous white pearl finish with ebony and nickel. The white pearl goes well with the satin finish of the ebony fingerboard, pegs, chin rest, and tailpiece. The nickel plated tuners give the pieces extra durability and a subtle shimmer that compliments the whites and blacks nicely. Offered in various sizes, the 4/4 full sized CVNAE looks great with its solid spruce top piece and sturdy maple back and side fittings. The compact body includes a volume and tone control area and is painted in the same satin black finish.
For a lower price point, the CVNAE comes fully ready to play with a genuine Brazilwood bow and unbleached Mongolian horsehair, a lightweight foam-lined hard case fitted with anti-slip rubber feet and adjustable straps, premium quality rosin cake, bridge, and aux cable.
Barcus Berry Vibrato-AE series BAR AEG
If you’ve got extra cash to spend on a high-quality premium acoustic and electric violin, the BAR AEG from Barcus Berry’s Vibrato-AE line is one of the more expensive premium dual-purpose acoustic and electric violin.
Upon preliminary inspection, it may not look like a stand out among the other acoustic and electric violins in this list, but on closer inspection, you start to see your money’s worth. The Barcus Berry is imported straight from its Romanian shops where its spruce top and strong, solid maple wood sides are hand-carved to perfection. The bridge is made with high quality seasoned German maple wood and is fitted with a custom Barcus Berry 1320 Piezo violin pickup.
For accessories, you get a soft canvas case for the violin complete with high quality embroidered Barcus Berry logo, a fiberglass bow that’s color matched with your violin, and premium quality rosin cake along with the usual accessories such as a chin plate. What’s great about Barcus Berry is that you can contact their customer support service if you’re unhappy with your purchase. For example, you find the carrying case inadequate for your needs, just contact Barcus Berry’s customer care service, and they will take the necessary action to satisfy your needs free of charge.
Goplus 4/4 Natural Acoustic Violin Fiddle
With its low price point, the Goplus violin is the cheapest full sized acoustic and electric violin in this list. With a set of robust features and beautiful black body, you can’t go wrong with the Goplus’ value. You get the basic set of items you need to pick up and play; the package consists of a sturdy yet lightweight violin case lined with a soft beige interior, a bow, and a box of rosin cake as well as a pickup for hooking it up to an external amplifier.
Made with composite wood instead of genuine spruce and maple wood, it cuts the cost of the Goplus violin without giving it a cheap feel. While it’s not the perfect violin for professionals and stage performance purposes, the Goplus fits the bill of being a first violin or beginner’s violin for practice and personal or recreational purposes. It has a sleek black exterior with a high gloss finish paired with a matte black chin rest, fingerboard, tuners, and other trims pieces. The included bow is made of beautiful quality wood and high-quality horsehair for excellent sound production.
Despite being leagues away from the other violins in this list, the thought of owning a fully-functional acoustic and electric violin for less than 40 bucks is almost a steal.
Topping the list with its price tag, the Yamaha SV-130 is a violin that doesn’t mess around. Made with high-end materials and precision components, the SV-130 is fit for personal use and stage use. The violin is engineered to be as silent as possible so you can practice in private without having to disturb others especially if you’re trying to achieve a higher skill level.
Aside from the ability to play silently and accurately pick up the string vibrations for electronic use, the violin has an inbuilt reverb engine that can simulate stage play with various reverb options. Despite the compact size of the electric violin, the SV-130 has a plethora of connections readily available at the back of the violin such as an aux jack which allows you to play along with your favorite tracks straight from your music player.
Despite having a plastic housing for weight reduction, the fingerboard and other components responsible for making music, are made from high-quality materials such as maple, ebony, and spruce. The violin includes a custom made shoulder rest made by Unique Kun, batteries, earphones, Aux, and line out cables. The only downside of this violin is the lack of an included carrying case and a bow which has to be sold separately despite already having a hefty price tag.
Kennedy Violins Bunnel NEXT
As one of the highest rated violin and with a lifetime warranty with a 45-day money back guarantee, the Bunnel NEXT has great value for its price it’s almost too good to be true.
The instrument is a dual purpose acoustic, and electric violin hand finished in classic wood varnish on the solid Maplewood body. The violin is assembled by professionals at Kennedy Violins to ensure it produces the most accurate sound and come fully-assembled and finely tuned ready to play once it arrives at your doorstep. The details on the violin include ebony fittings such as the fingerboard, a high-quality Piezo pickup with ceramics, and D’Addario branded strings.
The package comes complete with a highly-responsive Brazilwood and Mongolian horsehair bow complete with metal, ebony, and mother of pearl fittings. Additional accessories are a classic hard case for the violin, bow, along with other compartments to house the included mini amp, over ear headphones, power cables, cables, rosin cake, and a polishing cloth. It makes the Bunnel NXT the best value for money violin in this list thanks to its premium components and included accessories.
NS Design WAV 4 Violin
The NS Design WAV 4 is the most radically-designed electric violin in this list, omitting the classic violin silhouette and leaving only the main components such as the chin rest, shoulder rest, and fingerboard to name a few, the WAV4 is unique not only in design but also in function.
The violin is made with solid Maplewood from body, neck, and top. The fingerboard is finished with 100% genuine ebony for a premium feel, and the compact body is perfectly weighted to provide balance once rested on your shoulders for fatigue-free long playing sessions.
The violin features high-precision tuners and hassle-free Automatic string clamping that makes it user-friendly for beginners and professionals alike. It also has a high-quality Piezo multi-directional pickup which gives the violin the ability to produce reverbing, and stereo sounds depending on how you stroke the bow on the strings. The pickup design is passive which means there’s no battery needed to power up the electric violin making it complete worry-free from delivery.
The major con for this product is that for the substantial heft in its price tag, the package only contains the violin itself; no carry case, not even its bow so you can start playing as soon as it arrives which might make it a tough sell for beginners looking for their starter violin.
With a wide variety of violins to choose from, the prices can fluctuate from cheap to friggin expensive in an instant. There are no doubt violins delicate instruments that make a beautiful sound but finding the perfect violin with a balance of price and quality is hard to find.
If you’re looking for a violin, first establish the purpose of the violin; will it be your first violin, are you a professional looking for an upgrade or a second violin for personal use or just for the hell of it? It can make an enormous impact on your decision as most violins (especially the professional ones) don’t come cheap.
On that note, if you’re a novice player, you don’t need a violin costing hundreds of dollars especially if you’re not planning on playing on the stage with your newbie skills. Instead, go the practical route and choose a violin that sounds good and priced just right. On the other end, if you’re a professional, you’re better off looking for a quality violin that delivers stage quality performance but balances it with value for a great deal.