Top 10 Best Electric Violins

Few things are as cool as electric violins. But how can you find the best electric violin? We decided to help you out. We have listed ten different electric violins to make it easier for you, and we have read through countless reviews, watched videos and tried to learn everything about them to make sure that you will be able to find the perfect instrument for you.

Even if violins are electric, the sound can still vary a lot, and therefore we encourage you to watch the YouTube videos we have linked to so that you can compare them to each other. We’re really hoping that this list will be helpful to you! We’ve also written an electric violin buying guide and answered the most common questions about electric violins, so that all the information you need can be found in the same place.

Let’s take a look at the ten violins. When you read through our reviews, try to narrow it down a bit for yourself by writing down maybe three or four of the violins that you are considering. Then you can make a list of your own pros and cons and compare the prices and watch the YouTube videos, if there are any. This will make the process of choosing an electric violin as smooth as possible!

1. Bunnel EDGE Electric Violin Outfit

Bunnel EDGE Electric Violin Outfit

Bunnel EDGE Electric Violin Outfit is great for violinists who want to get everything they need in one violin set. There are lots of stuff included with your purchase, and the violin sounds really good!

Here is a video of a woman playing one so that you can hear what it sounds like:

Appearance

This Bunnel Edge Electric Violin Outfit looks just like a normal electric violin, there’s nothing special about it, but it’s definitely not ugly! It’s available in blue, black and red. The violin is handcrafted with a solid maple body and ebony fittings.

Includes:

• Mini amp included
• Headphones
• Instrument cable
• Case
• Brazilwood bow
• Rosin
• D’Addario Prelude violin strings
• Polishing cloth

Pros:
+ Lots of equipment included
+ High appearence and sound quality
+ Lifetime warranty
+ Affordable
+ Silent practice appropriate
+ Great for all skill levels

Why We Liked It - This violin is great for beginners as well as intermediate violin players and other skill levels. It sounds really nice and everything you need to play is included. It even has a lifetime warranty and a 45-day money-back guarantee, which is unbeatable!

This violin is not only great for getting a cool sound, but it’s also good if you need to silent practice a lot and don’t want to disturb your neighbors. Just plug in the headphones and nobody will complain ever again!

Considering how much is included, this violin is really cheap, so if you found our list in a search for a bargain, you’ve found it!

2. Yamaha SV130SBL Concert

Yamaha SV130SBL Concert

Next up is an electric violin that is perfect for violinists that need a good violin to use for concerts and recordings. Yamaha makes good musical instruments, and this Yamaha SV130 violin isn’t an exception. Yamaha electric violins sound really good for the price, and also look really cool. This is the kind of instrument you can’t go wrong with.

This electric violin has built-in reverb that you can adjust on the back of the violin, along with volume control.

Here is a video review of the Yamaha SV130, so that you can hear what a violin teacher thinks about it and also hear it being played. She also shows how silent it is when it’s turned off, which can be good to know.

Appearance

This spruce top violin looks really cool and makes a statement. It works esthetically well for any genre because it both reminds of a classical violin and more rock related musical instruments. It’s available in black, blue, red or brown. The body is made of spruce, the neck maple and the fingerboard and pegs ebony.

Includes:

• Case
• Rosin
• Shoulder rest
• Earphones
• Cable
• 2 AA batteries
• Spruce top

Pros:
+ High appearence and sound quality
+ Adjustable reverb
+ Good-looking
+ Good sound

Why We Liked It - We really like this violin and feel like it’s hard to go wrong with it. It’s hard to find anything to complain about, it does exactly what it says on the box. One really nice thing about it is the reverb feature. Most things you need to play are included except for a bow. But if you already play the violin you can just use your regular bow!

3. ViolinSmart EV20 Electric Violin

ViolinSmart EV20 Electric Violin

Perhaps you just want to find an electric violin that is as cheap as possible? It might be that you only need it for a couple of songs with your band, or maybe you want to get one for your violin playing kid that he can play around with but probably will grow tired of soon?

There are many reasons as to why somebody would want to pay as little as possible, and many of them are totally valid reasons, however, you should be aware that you get what you pay for. This instrument does have four violin strings and sounds like a violin, but the quality is… Mediocre. But if you’re fine with that, then why not?

Appearance:

This ViolinSmart EV20 Electric Violin is the instrument for somebody who likes to make a statement! The violin is bright red and has a fun eight shape. It’s mostly made of plastic, so now we know why it’s so affordable!

Includes:

• Case
• Bow
• Headphones
• Rosin

Pros:
+ Affordable
+ Ideal Violin for Students

Why We Liked It - It’s clear that there is a market for cheap instruments like this, so we don’t want to be too snobby about it, but we just want to make you aware that if you buy this violin, chances are you’re going to regret it and upgrade to a more expensive one. It’s more like a toy than a proper instrument, to be honest, but hey, if that’s what you want, go for

4. Bunnel NEXT Silent Violin

Bunnel NEXT

The next violin we just had to include in this list is Bunnel NEXT. It looks really cool and has a very special sound. The sound feels metallic, almost superficial, and it’s probably best suited for hard rock, at least in our opinion. This is a really cool electric violin that isn’t just like all the others, but feels very unique. Even though it is very affordable, it would be really hard to tell the price in a blind test, because it’s so special.

Appearance

We really like the way this violin looks. It looks almost like a regular violin, but without the characteristic f-holes, which makes it look… soulless, but in a good way! It’s available in three different colors, a pale, birchlike solid wood color, a fiery violin red and a dark brown colored solid wood electric violin. It looks classy and expensive because of these colors, instead of blues and pinks, which we think makes it look more expensive than it is.

The body is handcrafted with solid maple, and the fittings are made from ebony, which is great.

Includes:

• Mini amp included
• Headphones
• Instrument cable
• Case
• Brazilwood bow
• Rosin
• D’addario Prelude violin strings
• Polishing cloth
+ Colored solid wood

Pros:
+ Unique design
+ Affordable
+ Lots of stuff included
+ High-quality violin strings
+ Great sound quality
+ Violin comes with Lifetime warranty
+ 45-day money-back guarantee

Why We Liked It - This is a great electric violin for the violinist that already has a regular violin but would like to try out an electric instrument. It’s affordable and looks and sounds well enough. One amazing thing about it is that it has a lifetime warranty, which is really rare, and they also offer a 45-day money-back guarantee in case you should change your mind.

The Bunnell NEXT electric violin comes with high-quality violin strings from D’Addario and a mini-amp included, among other things, so you’ll have everything you need to get started. The bow that comes with it isn’t great however, so you should either buy another one or use a bow you already have.

5. Wood Violin Stingray SV Series Electric Violin Metallic Black

Wood Violin Stingray SV Series Electric Violin Metallic Black

What if you want to find a really cool, unique electric violin that works well for hard rock, metal and other heavier genres? In that case you probably care, not only about the sound, but about what the violin looks like too. The Stingray is an awesome violin that doesn’t look like any other. It also sounds really good, here is a video where you can hear it being played, listen and enjoy!

Appearance
This violin is called Stingray for a reason, it really does remind of one! It’s available in red and black. You can choose to get it with four or five violin strings.
Includes:
• Case

Pros:
+ Cool design
+ Violin comes with 4 or 5 violin strings
+ Ergonomic
+ Light-weight

Why We Liked It - This is the violin for any violinist that wants to play hard music. It looks and sounds great! You can choose whether you want four strings or if you want five violin strings, so that you can play lower notes than usual. This is the type of instrument that will get commented on wherever you play, so prepare for peoples’ envious and impressed looks and remarks!

The only downside is that the only thing included is a cheap black case, so you will have to buy a bow separately. But if you already own a bow, you can use it for this violin too, which might actually save you money. Nobody wants to pay for a bad bow if they already have a better one at home, so it can actually be a good thing that it’s not included, it depends on your circumstances.

6. DZStrad E201

DZ Strad Electric Violin E201

Next up is a cool electric violin from DZ Strad. This is the perfect violin if you just want to get a ‘regular electric violin’ and don’t feel like searching the internet far and wide to find the best one. If you just want one that does what it says on the box and won’t disappoint you, then this is the one to go for!

This violin is both available with four and five strings, which is great if you want to be able to go even lower than on your regular violin. It takes some getting used to but you will love it!

Appearance

This violin is dark blue and looks like a normal electric violin, with a violin shaped outline. It has a carbon fiber tailpiece and ebony pegs and ebony fingerboard.

Includes:

• Violin comes with Case
• Brazilwood bow
• Mini rosin
• Instrument cable
• Earbuds
• 9-volt battery
• Carbon Fiber tailpiece
• Ebony fingerboard and pegs

Pros:
+ Four or five strings
+ Everything you need included
+ Looks cool
+ Good sound

Why We Liked It - This is a high-quality violin that both looks and sounds really good! Everything you need to get started is included. The only downside to this violin is that it’s only available in blue, which is a pity, but then if that is the worst thing about it, it must be pretty good, right?

It’s nice that customers are able to choose an electric violin as well as how many strings they want, some violinists feel like they don’t need five strings (and beginner violin players should probably not try it), but then others might love the idea of being able to play lower notes. If you have often times found yourself improvising and have been wanting to play a note below G, you know the frustration, and now there’s a solution!

7. Yamaha YEV105NT

Yamaha YEV105NT

When we started researching this Yamaha YEV105NT electric violin we came across the most delightful little video, with a Japanese violinist who plays a sweet jazz tune. So we encourage you to listen to his performance, and if it doesn’t make you want to get one of these violins, we will be very surprised!

Yamaha themselves describes this violin as “beautiful, light, easy and fun to play at an affordable price point”, and we must say we totally agree! They go on to saying that the designers wanted to make an instrument that not only looks good but also has a simple, clean sound that every violinist loves.

It’s also very easy to use, just plug it in an amplifier and start playing!

Appearance

This Yamaha YEV105NT 5string violin looks amazing, and you will get compliments wherever you play it. It’s made from six different solid woods that not only looks nice, but also makes the sound better. It has five violin strings, which allows you to play lower notes than usual.

Includes:

• Only the violin is included. You can fit this violin in any 4/4 violin case

Pros:
+ 5string violin
+ Six different solid wood types
+ Amazing design
+ Wonderful sound

Why We Liked It - Yamaha YEV105NT electric violins are just simply amazing, and if you can afford it- buy it! You won’t regret it! It has a timeless design that you’ll never grow tired of and it sounds incredible. You can’t go wrong with it!

8. Stagg EVN X-4/4 MBL

Stagg EVN X-4/4 MBL

Number 8 is a really cool electric violin that is perfect to buy as your first electric violin. Its body is made from maple, which means that it’s not completely silent when it’s not plugged in, so it can be good to silent practice with when you feel like playing late at night or just don’t want to disturb your neighbors.

It feels very nice to hold and play and the sound is incredible for the price, it doesn’t feel like a cheap instrument. Here is a video review that is really good. It’s in Russian, but with English subtitles, but don’t let that stop you from watching it, it’s got lots of useful information and you get to hear some really nice tunes!

Appearance

This electric violin has the classic violin outline, but is hollow. It’s available in white, brown, blue and red, but we must say we like the white one best, it looks a bit more sophisticated. The body is made from maple.

Includes:

• Case
• Bow
• Rosin
• Headphones
• 9V battery

Pros:
+ Looks cool
+ Sounds very good
+ Maple body

Why We Liked It - Just watching the previously mentioned video will be enough for many to buy it without hesitation. It sounds really good and it looks the part too. On the back you can change the tone and volume, which is handy and when you play without an amp it’s like playing the violin with a mute, which is good if you want to be able to silent practice without disturbing other people.

9. Yamaha YEV104NT

Yamaha YEV104NT

Now, you might recognize this violin. Isn’t it just the same as number 7, Yamaha YEV105? What’s the difference? The difference is that this violin only has four strings, while the YEV105 has five. How do you know if you need four or five strings? Well, as you might know, a regular violin has four strings, so any music that is originally written for violin will not require you to play lower than your low G. But if you like to improvise and try new things and wish that you could sometimes pretend to play the viola, then five is the way to go. Check out some Yamaha YEV105NT electric violins as an alternative.

If you think that an extra string seems strange and you’re sure you would never use it you can just as well buy this violin model.

Are you curious about what you can do with this violin? Perhaps you’re thinking about using it with a couple of effect pedals, just like you would with an electric guitar? This is an excellent way of making the most of your silent electric violin, and can really enhance your compositions and improvisations. Check out this video where a guy from Yamaha demonstrates how you can create superb music with this violin and a loop pedal, an octave pedal (see top 10), a distortion pedal and a wah-wah pedal (click for full guide).

Appearance

This violin is really unique and is made from six different woods. The design is not only beautiful, but also practical. It’s available in natural or black.

Includes:

• Only the violin is included. You can fit this violin in any 4/4 violin case

Pros:
+ Six different woods
+ Amazing design
+ Wonderful, high quality sound

Why We Liked It - Whether it’s the four or five-string violin, this is definitely our favorite Silent electric violin. It’s just so much better than all the rest that it’s hard to know where to start the comparison. Just by looking at it you know right away that it’s unbeatable, and the sound is almost better than a regular violin, which is amazing.

10. Cecilio CEVN2BK Electric Violin

Cecilio CEVN2BK Electric Violin

Let’s finish off with a bargain. If you desperately want to buy a silent electric violin and you’re not particularly picky, you might want to check out Cecilio CEVN2BK Electric Violin. It’s not the most incredible electric violin, but it does what it says on the box and is definitely playable. It’s probably best suited for a beginner violin player that wants to try out an electric violin and doesn’t want to invest lots of money on something they don’t know how long they will be using.

Here is a little infomercial where you can learn more about this electric violin.

Appearance

The CEVN2BK electric violin looks really nice and is available in black, blue, white, mahogany and yellow. It has a maple body and ebony fingerboard, pegs, chin rest and tailpiece. The tailpiece also features a mother of pearl inlay, which is really pretty.

Includes:

• Lightweight hard case
• Quality ebony fittings (ebony fingerboard, pegs, chin rest and tailpiece)
• Brazilwood bow
• Rosin
• Bridge
• Aux cable
• Headphones
• Available in colored solid wood

Pros:
+ Cheap
+ 1-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects
+ Looks great

Why We Liked It - This is a good silent violin for a violinist who really wants an electric violin but preferably as cheap as possible. Perhaps you will just be using your electric violin once in a while, for a couple of songs in a band or recording a few songs, but you know that you will continue to use your regular violin the most. In that case you wouldn’t want to spend too much, and this violin is a good option out of all the electric violin options in this buyers guide. It has a 1-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects, which is really good in case something should be wrong with it.

Silent Electric Violin Buyers Guide

What to Look for When Buying a Silent Electric Violin

The sound is the most important thing when it comes to buying any instrument, silent electric violins included. You will need to find a violin that sounds good to you, and you should also think about whether you want a violin that is completely silent when plugged in or one that can be played without electricity. Read the full electric violin buying guide, right here.

The second most important thing is quality, you want an instrument that will last and can be used for many years to come. Generally speaking, you get what you pay for, so investing a little bit extra money is almost always a good idea when it comes to musical instruments.

The Greatest Electric Violin Under $500

If you want to buy a great silent violin but don’t want to spend more than $500 we would recommend number 1 and 4 on our list, Bunnel EDGE and Bunnel NEXT. But if it is at all possible for you to wait until you can afford to spend just $100 more you’ll be able to buy Yamaha YEV104, which is so much better. If you know that you will use your instrument a lot over many years to come it’s definitely worth spending a little extra, you’ll thank yourself every single time you play it, we assure you!

What's the Top Electric Violin for The Money?

We’re not going to lie, we’re in love with Yamaha YEV104 silent violin! While some of the other silent electric violins feel more like a toy that you’ll grow tired of eventually, this violin is a unique treasure that you will want to play as often as possible. It looks amazing, sounds amazing, feels amazing… It’s just simply amazing!

What Is A Great Electric Violin Amp?

You don’t have to use an amp that is specifically designed for violins, so any guitar amp will work. Fender makes great amps, as well as Marshall, it all comes down to how much you’re willing to spend. Try buying a new electric violin with an amp included.

What Electric Violin for Beginners?

Number ten on our list, Cecilio CEVN is good for beginner violin players and very affordable.

Different Types of Violins

top electric violinNot all electric violins are the same, there are so many different types of Violins available now.

The design and materials will actually affect your tone as well as your playing experience.

If you want a completely silent violin that only sounds when it’s turned on (it might sound just a little bit, but it’s almost silent) you will want to get a violin made of plastic or metal, while a solid wood electric silent violin will resonate more an allow you to play even though the violin isn’t plugged in.

Expert Tip:

Many electric violins don’t come with a bow included, so if you don’t already have a bow you will need to buy one separately. And frankly, if a bow is included, it’s not going to be very good!

Did you know…

Some electric violins have up to several strings! Read about the digital acquisition of electric violins in this study.

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