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A Silent Violin

A Silent Violin?

Aren't violins made to be heard? Why would you want a silent violin? We explore the advantages.

Let's Jam

Let's Jam!

There are a lot of different ways to go electric. Let us help guide you!

Plug 'n Play Instruments

Plug 'n Play Violin

We worked with a professional multi-genre violinist on what pros want. This is the result!

Plug 'n Play™ 4-string Electric Violin Outfit

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning


Strong and Mellow Acoustic Sound, Professional Grade

The Plug 'n Play electric violin just keeps getting better and better! We worked with a professional multi-genre violinist on what pros want: New geared pegs work much more reliably and smoothly than friction pegs under hot stage lights, eliminating the need for fine adjusters and making tuning a breeze. We also lowered the string action to allow for fast and soft fingering. We did this by improving the quality of the ebony fingerboard, bridge, and strings, performing the entire setup and tonal output adjustment at SHAR. Finally, we upgraded the electronics, for far more output. The new Plug 'n Play Concert violin sounds clean, mellow and complex, like an acoustic violin, but now that drummer has met his match on stage! Of course, you can also tone it down... way down, by plugging the included earbuds directly into your Plug 'n Play violin, so as not to bother your neighbors when practicing. In fact, transitioning from your acoustic to your Plug 'n Play couldn't be easier – because of its clever design, you can even use your favorite shoulder rest. 

Outfit includes Toshira case (TC100), Brazilwood bow (KVB), mini rosin, cable with 1/4" jack, earbudss and 9-volt battery. Choose from Ebony Black, Sangria Red, True Blue, or Titanium White. 4/4 size.

PPV24TS and PPV25TS include SVA1 Amp.


Yamaha® Silent Electric Cello

Instrument: Cello
Level: Intermediate


Yamaha Silent Electric Cello(Yamaha model SVC110)
Yamaha designers worked together with some of the worlds greatest cellists to create the Silent Electric Cello series, and the talent and inspiration of these artists is reflected in their beautiful warm tone and comfortable playability. This cello plays and sounds so similar to a fine acoustic cello, that players will find it expressive and comfortable to use, but they will also appreciate being able to practice whenever and wherever they want, thanks to the silent function.

Practice with CDs, connect to an amplifier, or simply play in private without disturbing others through the provided headphones. The Aux In, Line Out and Headphone jacks allow for great versatility. Connect a CD or other musical source, and play along with your favorite recordings! Use the Line Out to connect to a PA system and perform live, or use the headphones for private playing.

Newly designed pickups produce an incredibly natural sound closely resembling that of an acoustic cello. The beautifully finished body is designed to preserve and enhance the warm tonal harmonics, combined with a solid crisp sound that works well using an amplifier and speaker.

The rich full tone is enhanced with a spacious reverb, offering three settings for Large Hall, Medium Hall or Room, to best suit your performance environment.

Features ebony fingerboard and pegs, maple neck and spruce body. Aubert Maple bridge, Wittner Ultra tailpiece, four fine tuners. Includes headphones, cable and soft case. Look for the optional AC adapter (Item # PA3B) under the Yamaha pull-down under accessories.

Yamaha products cannot be shipped outside the United States.


Ned Steinberger - NS Design NXT Electric Violin

NSV4X (4-string)

The NXT violin opens up a new horizon for the serious musician seeking to play a world-class electric violin on a limited budget. These new instruments, crafted in the Czech Republic by the makers of NS Design's renowned CR series, exemplify flawless workmanship at an incredible value.

Light weight and balance are critical factors for any electric violin, and the NXT is one of the lightest and best-balanced performance electrics available. Weighing less than 1.5 pounds, the NXT uses special carving techniques to reduce the weight of the maple body, while preserving extraordinary rigidity and striking good looks. Ultralight tail-mounted tuners allow precise adjustment, easy string changes, and keep the balance point of the instrument close to the shoulder for maximum comfort.

The advanced piezo technology eliminates the need for heavy on-board batteries and circuitry. The self-powered Polar electromechanical transducer has higher output than most active systems. The result is unsurpassed dynamic range, clarity, and sheer power. The dual mode Polar pickup responds to both lateral string vibration for bowing and vertical vibration for pizzicato playing. The resulting sound retains the essential timbre of a fine acoustic violin, but is easily modified - via on-board controls or post-processing - to suit almost any sonic palette.

The NXT is also the first NS violin to incorporate NS Design's innovative JackPot potentiometer in its volume and tone controls. Conventional passive volume and tone controls work by siphoning a portion of the output signal to ground, and continue to hold back a portion of the pickup's signal even when turned up all the way. The JackPot incorporates a rotary switch that can disengage the ground and send 100% of the instrument's signal to the amplifier. The result is a fuller, richer tone, with more power, detail, and overall intensity.

As adaptable as it is powerful, the NXT adjusts easily to any violinist's style. It comes equipped with the NS Custom Shoulder Rest, which can be formed by the player to fit the body perfectly.


Plug 'n Play™ 4-string Electric Violin Outfit

REVIEWED ON: July 10, 2014

Good but not great

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reviewed by: AARON BAKER

I needed an amplified violin for some of our group's performances. Didn't want to modify my violin by adding a pickup. This electric violin seemed priced right for an occasional use. It's bridge is shaped differently from my violin so bow angles are different. Something you need to consider. Also the strings that come on the violin are very poor. The G & D strings buzz very badly which is carried thru the amplifier. I'll have to change the strings before I would use it in a performance. Not sure at this time if I will keep it or return it. Remember you will not get the same sound from this violin as you do from your acoustic violin. In conclusion, you get what you pay for. This violin is half the price of better known electric violins.


SHAR Electric Violin Outfit

REVIEWED ON: May 13, 2014

This fiddle is fun!

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reviewed by: FRANK DELONG

Seldom have I been so delighted by an online purchase. You will not believe how much fun it is to play this electric violin. This one comes with everything you need except the amplifier (and an inexpensive one is available for a little more money). I plugged mine into my keyboard amp and played around with effects and shapes until the wee small hours.


SHAR Electric Violin Outfit

REVIEWED ON: March 14, 2014

Quality for the money and a great starter electric

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reviewed by: TOM SMITH

I just bought this violin and have had it for only about 10 days. I am going to play a St. Pat's dinner party (you know what they are like!) and that is the main reason I got it. The quality for the money is unsurpassed. Play around with the bass and treble knobs and hear yourself from a distance and you will be impressed. Finally I can go out and play at parties and taverns and not worry about my very expensive acoustic. If you want an electric, but this one!


SHAR Electric Violin Outfit

REVIEWED ON: February 10, 2014

$200 electric violin

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reviewed by: Anonymous

I have had my electric violin for a few weeks now. I am very happy with it so far. I purchased this electric violin because I will be traveling a lot and I did not want to bring my expensive acoustic violin with me to practice. This way if the violin gets lost or damaged I won't be as upset because I only spent $200 dollars on it. This is an excellent deal if you are just starting out, or if like me you need a backup violin for traveling or taking it to places where you wouldn't want to take a more expensive instrument. The violin sounds decent, everythings on it works. It is quieter than an acoustic violin but not completely silent. Hopefully I will be able to practice now in the middle of the night without disturbing anyone. It came with a pretty nice case. The bow and the little headphones it came with are low quality but that's not a big deal, you can always upgrade the bow and buy a better pair of headphones later. Overall I am satisfied with this violin.


Plug 'n Play™ 4-string Electric Violin Outfit

REVIEWED ON: December 11, 2013

Good instrument

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reviewed by: Anonymous

Great way to get into electric violin.Price was good bought on sale so even better.Really good sound for price,nice to play,bridge is shaped just right string action good. For anyone who wants to try electric this is a good way to begin.I use it with a multi effect pedal so it's even more fun. The only problem is it is a bit heavy but I'm older and have arthritis so it probably won't bother a young player.Great way to have fun would recommend!


NS Design CR Series 4 String Electric Cello - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: November 06, 2008


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reviewed by: brian

It looks cool and sounds great. I like being able to go up the fingerboard without restriction.


Wood 5-String Fretless Viper Magenta Burl Top

REVIEWED ON: May 01, 2008

Best Designed Electric Violin Out There!

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reviewed by: Paul Violin

Between it's revolutionary patented chest-support )which makes the whole violin float painlessly on your shoulder, hands free(, the Barbera transducer pickup )which gives it an amazing tone(, and it's obvious visual factor, Wood Violins' Viper is a must-have for the modern violinist, and is sure to turn heads everywhere.


Wood 5-String Fretless Viper Magenta Burl Top

REVIEWED ON: November 28, 2007


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reviewed by: Jullie Choi

That is the hottest violin I have ever laid my eyes on.


NS Design CR Series Electric 4-String Violin

REVIEWED ON: August 02, 2007

the best electric i've tried so far

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reviewed by: Rebecca

If I had the money, this is the electric violin I would buy. It has the most 'natural' violin sound for an electric, very clear, concise and extremely playable. Plus the way it's designed makes it really easy to play, comfortable and well suited for any player or professional to enjoy. I also like the unique look, feel, and overall delivery of this instrument. Compared to others I've tried- this one stands as the new wave of electrics- the way the strings go in is also unique- without pegs, to prevent string breakage.