How to Make Your Own Electric Violin

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How to Make Your Own Electric Violin
Making a violin electric is very easy. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

The electric violin is credited with first being used by swing musician Stuff Smith during the 1920s, although in recent years the instrument has been more associated with classical artist Vanessa Mae. Making your own electric violin from scratch requires years of training and specialist machinery, but it is possible to electrify a violin by simply attaching a pickup. This is a very simple task and will allow you to play more freely as you will not need to ensure the sound box of the instrument is near a microphone.

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Things you need

  • Violin
  • Pickup
  • Cable
  • Amplifier

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  1. 1

    Purchase a violin pickup from your local music store or online. These are widely available; a good one will cost between £13-30.

  2. 2

    Attach the transducer to the body of the violin; how this exactly is done varies from pickup to pickup. Some clip to the edge of the sound box with a crocodile clip, while others are stuck with an adhesive to the body of the violin.

  3. 3

    Run the cable from to transducer away from the sound box, making sure it will not interfere with bowing or fingering. You can tape it underneath the body of the violin or just leave it loose, but in a way that it does not drape in an awkward place.

  4. 4

    Connect the cable to the amplifier using the standard connector and turn on the pickup and the amplifier.

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