Electric Violin?

October 16, 2016 at 02:54 PM · So I am not a violinist, but my brother is. I needed to come up with a birthday present for him, and I thought "What would I want?". I play electric guitar, and I would have wanted a particular model. So I thought that getting him an electric solid body violin would make him pretty happy.

However, he has a fantastic ear, to the point where sometimes fairly pricey name brand violins do not tune close enough for him (By fairly pricey, I mean about $700). Is there a sub $400 electric violin that I could get that would still make him happy?

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October 16, 2016 at 03:06 PM · At that price you couldn't get anything that good except maybe second hand. However, you could buy a decent pickup. Look up the Electric Violin Shop and give them a call - apparently they are very good for advice.

October 16, 2016 at 03:07 PM · Look for used Fender FV1 violin. I liked those. Also, some of the used Yamaha electric violins are acceptable. i personally liked Yamaha SV130, but some people don't like it.

October 16, 2016 at 05:14 PM · I would instead suggest giving a gift certificate or a box of money so he can pick out what he wants! That way you know he will be happy with your gift...

October 16, 2016 at 10:51 PM · I think that he would need to play a solid body instrument to know if it would make him happy, especially if he plays acoustically. A gift certificate or check might provide a better option for him to choose among the many options available to electrify his current instrument or find a suitable solid body.

October 17, 2016 at 01:19 AM · Electric violins aren't for everyone, especially for people who've developed an ear for real violins. So it's pretty risky to assume that a violin player would be happy with an electric because you might yourself. The reality could be disappointing.

How about a nice violin case instead? That might last him longer than his violin and get regular use.

Or a recording device?

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