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    Mona T

    I’m trying to utilize my electric violin and accompanying equipment (amp and effects/looper/wah pedal). It’s been trial and error so far and I haven’t really been able to do anything that wows me.

    One of my goals is to be able to do something Mark Wood-like regarding more of a heavy metal sound…

    Suggestions on that or anything else you want to add for anybody trying to accomplish a cooler electric sound…go! 🙂

    #9628 Reply

    I’ve got a pretty decent sound running right now. I play a Zeta Strados electric violin. I used to play through guitar amplifiers, but found the tone was way too tinny and thin, even with effects peddles. Now, I’ve got a Peavey Mark VI bass amp head running through two 15″ cabinets. That gives a wonderfully deep sound to it. Then, when I use my multi-effects rig, I can get decent distortion, flange, chorus, and wah sounds. It’s a big rig, but worth the effort hauling it to gigs for the sound I get.

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    If you can endure the relentless patronisation that your local music shop may well throw at you, you could do the tried and trusted method of plugging into their various set-ups (bass rigs as advised by Papa, or guitar for the why not). Advantage being comparing different brands and set ups in real time without the initial major cash fork out for something on hearsay.

    #10208 Reply

    The real issue with electric violins is the quality of the pickups…and the sound you’re trying to achieve. One school of amplified violin is to try to achieve an acoustic violin sound, only louder. Another is to try to get a rock sound equivalent to an electric guitar. The pickups on a guitar are usually wound coils (either single coil like a Stratocaster, or double coils in a humbucker such as a Les Paul). Pickups on violins are typically transducer types. With the right amplifier, they can usually mimic an acoustic violin. However, it’s nearly impossible to achieve an electric guitar sound on a violin, mainly because violin pickups through a guitar amplifier sound thin and reedy, and sometimes painfully shrill. That’s why I opt for a bass amplifier because it tends to minimize the highs, and boosts the lows and mid ranges. That gives a meatier sound, one that can handle your typical effects pedals for guitars – distortion, fuzz, flange, chorus, compression and delay. I hope this is helpful.

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    Mona T

    Thanks you guys. Another thing to buy: bass amp. Just saw one on a local resale site!

    #10585 Reply

    Chris Guleff

    This is really interesting. I’ve never played an electric violin and have been curious about the experience. Some day I’ll try, but I definitely appreciate feedback and experiences of others on this site.

    #11234 Reply


    I use an LR Baggs pickup like Lindsey Stirling on my acoustic violin when I play with my Celtic band, and I also use my Mark Wood Stingray on stage when I play with my metal band. With two very different styles, I had to figure out how to keep the traditional Irish sound that I wanted and also get a grunge/metal sound as well. Delay is great, so is distortion. Having a great amp also helps because the settings will be right there on the amp for you. I go through a PA systems when I play with my Celtic band but with the other it’s straight up out of the amp. I would suggest lots and lots of distortion! That’s what I like and it sounds awesome with an electric fiddle!

    #11242 Reply

    Kyle Davis

    I too use an LR Baggs pickup like GalwayGirl above. Mainly I play acoustic with my church band, but have done some with effects. I use a LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI hooked up to my Boss-ME70 through a Fishman LoudBox Mini. I haven’t quite figured out how to get a good metal sound. Any distortion on my acoustic produces a ton of feedback.

    I am very interested in electric violin playing and intend to purchase a 5 or 6 string in the near future. Will post back in the future if things materialize!

    #11263 Reply

    Mona T

    Thanks GalwayGirl and Kyle. Great to hear especially your metal advice 🙂

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