Completed Electric Violin

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Completed Electric Violin

Postby Craig Hodges » Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:52 am

Here's an electric violin I just completed for my daughter. She normally plays acoustic, but prefers an electric when playing on a stage with a band (primarily at our church). Neck is maple, body is pine. Finish is nitrocellulose lacquer - first 2 coats tinted with transtint. Pickup is LR Baggs. No active electronics on-board, using LR Baggs Para DI box on the floor. Very pleased with the sound. Much of the design was focused on decreasing weight as she sometimes feels fatigued by the weight of a violin. I was not able to produce a design lighter than her acoustic violin, but the center of gravity is concentrated back at the shoulder rest. This reduces the effort to hold up the violin's neck. This is the first instrument I've built that I have no ability to play. I spent a good deal of time measuring acoustic violins and studying violin books (primarily Courtnal's) to make sure the design and the setup would be playable. It was such a relief when she picked it up and began to play so well!
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Re: Completed Electric Violin

Postby Bob Francis » Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:54 pm

Really nice design! What's your daughter's review?
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Re: Completed Electric Violin

Postby Neal Carey » Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:25 pm

That is very cool. Perhaps a sound clip could be done by the lucky recipient of this violin?
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Re: Completed Electric Violin

Postby Eric Baack » Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:51 pm

That is very cool. Clever design in moving the bulk of the weight to the one end
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Re: Completed Electric Violin

Postby Steve Senseney » Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:32 pm

Clever!

That design is worth copying!

I like the color also.
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Re: Completed Electric Violin

Postby Jon Whitney » Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:00 am

That's very nice and certainly unique. If one of my string-playing daughters (2 violists, one cellist) ever requests an instrument, I'll have a good starting point.
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Re: Completed Electric Violin

Postby Jason Rodgers » Sun Dec 30, 2012 1:34 pm

Well-planned and executed, sir! It's very interesting to see how folks interpret the electric violin, since there isn't really a standard design. The lower bout outline is there, but no upper bout. Is your daughter having any issues without the neck-body join as a reference?
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Re: Completed Electric Violin

Postby Bryan Bear » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:28 am

That is all sorts of nifty! Well done.
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Re: Completed Electric Violin

Postby John Kingma » Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:51 am

Wow. Very nice.
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Re: Completed Electric Violin

Postby Craig Hodges » Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:46 pm

Jason Rodgers wrote:Well-planned and executed, sir! It's very interesting to see how folks interpret the electric violin, since there isn't really a standard design. The lower bout outline is there, but no upper bout. Is your daughter having any issues without the neck-body join as a reference?

Jason, I was concerned about this also, but turns out the heel of the neck provides a good reference when she plays. She says it's not missed.
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Re: Completed Electric Violin

Postby Greg Robinson » Tue Jan 01, 2013 1:39 am

Hi Craig,
Nice violin!
I've merged the two topics you created. In future, if you post in the wrong section, please just post a note in the same thread and myself or one of the other staff member will move it for you. Please don't just post duplicate topics in different sections.
Thanks.
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Re: Completed Electric Violin

Postby Dan Gilmore » Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:43 pm

Very nice design and work. What kind of amp does your daughter play it through? I was happy with the Barbera pickup on my violin played through a small tube amp, but would consider the Baggs, it is quite a bit cheaper. How is the jack positioned?

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Re: Completed Electric Violin

Postby Craig Hodges » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:36 pm

Hi Dan, I have a small 30 watt Crate amp that she can play it through at home, but generally she's on stage in a large theater when she plays with a band. So it's played through a house system. The Baggs Para D.I. I think is good at conditioning the pickup and it has phantom power so she doesn't have to worry about a battery dying. You can kind of see the jack in the picture at the top - it's tucked in the middle of the lower bout. Here's a pic that shows it.
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