From Timothy James Dimacali
Posted March 1, 2005 at 06:10 AM
I know it sounds horrible, but the reason I'm asking these questions is that I'm interested in making an electric violin by myself and I'm thinking of using the parts from a cheap student violin (I'm going to need at least the scroll, neck, and fingerboard).
I dunno if anyone here remembers, but a while back I mentioned that a friend of mine was building an e-violin. I liked the outcome of his project, but now I'd like to venture into making one myself.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
hot water and a brush, a knife and chutzpah.
However, on most old junk violins the parts are junk, too, so the best thing to do would be to start over with new pieces.
After it's apart what do you do? I'd like to know how you guys are going about it.
Oh the horror! The horror!
One time, my violin top became slightly detached from the rest of the violin because I hit the corner of my C-bout with my bow while playing (bad, bad move). I took my violin into see the violin doctor, Michael Darnton, and before I knew it, there was a knife in my fiddle and he was just sawing away. The sound of the glue breaking apart haunts me to this day.
What I'm planning to do is get rid of the original violin body entirely and replace it with a solid wood body fitted with the appropriate electronics. In short, all I'm really interested in is everything from the neck up; I'm not worried about the varnish.
I agree that watching a luthier at work on a beloved instrument can be gut-wrenching, kind of like being in an operating room: you know it's for the better good, but you can't help feeling queasy anyway.
So does that mean I'm doing the luthier's equivalent of making a Frankenstein Monster? Cool... Can't wait to scream, "It's alive! It's ALIIIIIVVEEE!" (organ music here)
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