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What Are the Differences Between Electric Violin and Violin?

Classification of Electric Violin

Electric violins come in versions with 4, 5, 6, or 7 strings, and have wider sound ranges.

However, traditionally there are only two types:

Electric Box Violin

The electric box violin is simply a traditional violin with a pickup added. These violins are rare because the box inside is still somewhat awkward, and the sound produced doesn't have much impact on the pickup. Therefore, this type of violin has become an alternative presence in the world of electronic violins.

Electric Acoustic Violin

The electric acoustic violin is an electric violin without a resonating chamber. Because it primarily relies on pickups, it can be designed with greater freedom in terms of form, resulting in a variety of cool shapes. This type of electric violin is more popular than other electric violin types on the market.

Daily Maintenance of Electric Violin

In addition to regular maintenance like with traditional violins, electric violins should be wiped clean after use to maintain cleanliness. Also be sure to keep it dry and prevent it from getting wet. With the addition of a pickup, this instrument has become an "electronic" device made of various materials, and electronic devices are highly susceptible to water damage and short-circuiting when exposed to water.

You can place a drying agent in the case, or if possible, invest in a temperature-controlled box to keep your violin in top condition.

Additionally, if you do not use your violin for a long period of time or are not using it plugged in, be sure to remove the battery. It is also recommended to use the battery every now and then.

Differences between Electric and Traditional Violins

Different Sound Production Principles

  • Electric Violin: Different from other violin kinds, the electric violin uses a new wireless carrier transmission method that combines electronic technology with traditional instruments.

  • Traditional Violin: The traditional violin produces sound through the resonance chamber in the body.

Difference in Amplification

  • Electric Violin: The electric violin doesn't use an internal resonating chamber because the string vibration is picked up by several magnetic pickups located under the strings, and then amplified through speakers.

  • Traditional Violin: The sound of a traditional violin is amplified by the resonance chamber in the body.

Differences in Performance

  • Electric Violin: Electric violin cannot be played independently and must be connected to external speakers or wireless amplifiers to be heard on stage, otherwise the sound would be very low.

  • Traditional Violin: Traditional violin can be played independently without the need for external speakers or wireless amplifiers.

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