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How Does an Electric Violin Work?

Hi everyone, today we're excited to dive into the world of electric violins, specifically our Bunnel Edge Electric Violins. In this blog, we'll explore the workings of electric violins, their features, and why they might be a perfect addition to your musical journey.

What are Electric Violins?

Electric violins are a modern twist on the traditional acoustic violin. They use electronic output to produce sound, which makes them an excellent choice for a variety of music styles, from rock to experimental.

Electric violins are a fascinating blend of traditional craftsmanship and modern technology, offering a unique experience for violinists. This section delves into the broader aspects of electric violins, providing insights beyond the specific features of our Bunnel Edge series.

The Evolution of the Electric Violin

Electric violins represent a significant advancement in violin technology. They emerged as a response to the need for greater sound amplification in diverse music settings, especially genres where traditional acoustic violins couldn't compete with other amplified instruments.

Design and Aesthetics

Unlike their acoustic counterparts, electric violins often feature avant-garde designs. They can range from minimally designed bodies to more elaborate and futuristic shapes. This variety allows musicians to express their personal style not just through music but also through the instrument's appearance.

Sound and Electronics

The heart of an electric violin is its electronic components. These instruments typically use one of two types of pickups: magnetic or piezoelectric. Magnetic pickups, similar to those in electric guitars, are less common and offer a distinct sound. Piezoelectric pickups are more widespread and capture the vibration of the strings directly.

Amplification and Effects

Electric violins thrive in amplified settings. They can be connected to a variety of amplifiers, effect pedals, and sound systems, allowing musicians to experiment with a vast array of sounds and effects. This adaptability makes them suitable for genres like jazz, pop, rock, and experimental music.

Playing Dynamics

The playing experience of an electric violin can differ significantly from that of an acoustic violin. The response to bowing techniques, the feel of the strings, and the feedback from the instrument can vary, providing a new learning curve for traditional violinists.

Durability and Travel-Friendliness

Electric violins, with their solid-body construction, are often more durable and less susceptible to environmental changes than acoustic violins. This makes them a great choice for musicians who travel frequently or perform in different venues.

Accessibility and Learning Curve

Electric violins are accessible to players of all levels, from beginners to professionals. However, transitioning from an acoustic to an electric violin can require some adaptation, especially in terms of bowing technique and sound production.

The Bunnel Edge Electric Violin Range

Our Bunnel Edge series comes in three vibrant colors: Rockstar Red, Bombshell Blue, and the sleek Standard Black. Each color offers its unique flair, catering to personal preferences and styles.

Unique Features of the Bunnel Edge

  • PZ (Piezo) Pickups: These pickups are essential in converting the vibration of the strings into an electronic signal.
  • Compatibility with Standard Shoulder Rests: Despite their modern look, they maintain the shape of standard violins, ensuring comfort and familiarity for players.
  • Output and Headphone Jacks: A convenient feature for both amplified performance and quiet practice.

Playing and Practicing with the Bunnel Edge

Sound Characteristics

While quieter than acoustic violins, the electric violins aren't completely silent. It produces a distinct electric sound, which may not mimic the natural acoustic tones perfectly but offers a new realm of sonic possibilities.

Silent Practice Advantage

One of the key advantages of electric violins is the ability to practice quietly. With headphone jacks, and a practice mute, these instruments allow for practice sessions that won't bother others, making them ideal for late-night practice or in sound-sensitive environments. They do have some audible sound when playing, even when not plugged in to an amp, so if you want to practice quietly you will want to pick up a practice mute as well.

The Technical Side: How Does an Electric Violin Work?

Understanding the workings of an electric violin is crucial for both potential buyers and curious musicians.

The Role of PZ Pickups

The PZ pickups play a pivotal role in the electric violin. They pick up the vibrations from the strings and convert them into an electrical signal, which can then be amplified or recorded.

Sound Output Options

Electric violins offer versatile output options. The inclusion of both an output jack for amplifiers and a headphone jack for silent practice makes these instruments highly adaptable to different environments.

Additional Features and Construction

The Bunnel Edge series boasts traditional materials with a modern design. They feature a maple neck, ebony fittings, and a composite tailpiece. The body is sturdy, making it reliable for performances and tours.

Setting Up for Optimal Performance

Each violin undergoes a thorough setup process. This includes precise bridge carving, string height adjustment, and fingerboard scooping, ensuring the instrument is performance-ready upon arrival.

Who Should Consider an Electric Violin?

Electric violins like the Bunnel Edge are perfect for musicians looking to experiment with different music styles. They are suitable for genres like rock and for situations where feedback from acoustic instruments is a concern.

Price Point and Value

Offering exceptional value, the Bunnel Edge competes with higher-priced electric violins, providing quality sound and build without breaking the bank.

The Bunnel Edge Outfit

What's Included?

  • Headphones for quiet practice.
  • An instrument cable for connecting to an amplifier.
  • A practice amp, suitable for room practice but not for large performances.
  • A brazilwood bow, oblong case, and essential accessories like a polishing cloth and backup strings.
  • Note: A shoulder rest is not included and may need to be purchased separately.

Conclusion: Embracing Modernity in Music

The Bunnel Edge Electric Violin is an instrument that bridges traditional craftsmanship with modern technology. It's ideal for the musician looking to explore beyond classical genres and delve into the realm of electric sound.

Contacting Kennedy Violins

For any queries or guidance on choosing the right violin, feel free to reach out to us. Our team of string players and musicians is always ready to assist fellow music enthusiasts.