February 5, 2016 at 9:20 pm #12143
I just want to know whether I should get another electric violin, or just buy a violin pickup for my acoustic. What should I do??February 6, 2016 at 2:33 pm #12257
A couple things to consider – I just learned from my teacher I needed a different chin rest, a wittner, on a violin I bought about 4 weeks ago and Also I switched to the Bon musical shoulder rest in order to get the instrument to be more stable so I wasn’t supporting it with my left hand. So if I buy an electric, is the chin rest sufficient or do I buy a replacement chin rest?
Another thing to consider is what sound you are looking for. You won’t know how the pickup sounds until you buy it and add it to your violin and there are lots of pickups all claiming to have the best sound, But you can walk into a store like Dallas strings and try a couple or have a store ship one to you and try it out, assuming you have a practice amplifier, and cord.February 6, 2016 at 11:50 pm #12323
I use a Kremona VV-2 pickup on my violin. It works great with the guitar amp. I haven’t tried recording directly with it yet. The pickup doesn’t interfere with regular playing and it fits in my case without having to remove it.February 7, 2016 at 7:30 am #12419
I bought a $200 electric violin package with digital tuner, cord, headphones, rosin, light weight case and bow. It sounds great with or without a practice amp. I have yet to use the bridge pickup that I received as a present a few years ago because I need to take it to a shop to have it installed.March 12, 2016 at 6:04 am #14027
The main thing to think about is if you plan on experimenting with effects and tones in a live environment.
You can amplify an acoustic instrument through a pickup, however, you’re not going to be able to get quite the same range of different effects and tones that you can with the electric one. Think about how the acoustic instrument still plays its regular acoustic sound. It can sort of be thought of as the difference between changing some (Acoustic + pickup) versus all (electric) of the sound.
That being said, if the tone you’re going for is the natural warm sound, then nothing is going to beat that acoustic instrument.April 15, 2016 at 8:59 pm #14948
It really depends on what you want to do with the electric. I have both – a Fishman pickup on my acoustic and a Zeta electric.
The electric is great when I am playing in a full rock band – it does NOT feed back! The pick-up on the acoustic is great if I just need some extra volume.
It’s important to know, however, that with either one, you will probably need some sort of preamp to get the best tone from your violin. Some amplifiers are specifically made to help here (like the Fishman Loudbox) but with many, you will not have enough power to get the best tone with out the preamp.April 26, 2016 at 6:06 am #15412
Interesting topic and great question. I’ve often wondered about pick-ups myself. I have always played in churches as part of the team, and just did my best with their mike nearby. Seemed to work out, but I knew that it would have been better to have had a pickup.