10 Best Acoustic Electric Violins
for December 2022

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Violins are beautiful instruments, but they can be pricey. Thankfully, acoustic-electric violins, also known as electric violins, are a great alternative. These violins, which have a louder, amplified tone, are a great option for beginners who are learning the violin or for aspiring musicians who play other stringed instruments, such as the guitar or cello.

Acoustic-electric violins work on the same principle as an acoustic violin, but instead of using strings, they use a pickup, or sensor, that is placed on the bridge of the violin. When a string is struck, the sensor detects the vibration and transmits it through a series of wires and into an amplifier, which amplifies the sound.

Our acoustic-electric violin reviews test the instruments for tone, playability and tone quality, as well as playability. We also evaluate whether or not these violins produce a good sound, which is important, since electric violins usually play louder than acoustic violins.

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Cecilio 4/4 CVNAE-Black+SR Ebony Fitted Acoustic/Electric Violin in Metallic Black

Cecilio 4/4 CVNAE-Black+SR Ebony Fitted Violin Acoustic/Electric in Metallic Black

by Cecilio Musical Instruments

Includes: Brazilwood bow with unbleached genuine Mongolian horsehair, Lightweight foam fitting hard case, Adjustable shoulder rest with soft foam padding with soft rubber feet, Violin bridge, High quality rosin, and an AUX cable

The Cecilio 4/4 CVNAE-Black+SR violin is a quality instrument, with a professional, full-sounding sound that will serve most beginning and intermediate players. The fingerboard is wide, and the instrument's full range of strings is reflected on the fingerboard. The tone control is responsive, and the violin's action is set low, so the instrument is easy to play. The instrument has a mid-range volume that is ideal for small performance spaces, and is loud enough for recitals. The neck has a comfortable, easy-to-play feel, and the instrument weighs less than 5 pounds, making it easy to hold and play. The neck is capped with a European maple fingerboard, and the rosewood bridge is inlaid with pearl, and the tailpiece has 4 nickel-plated fine tuners. The instrument is finished with a dark, lustrous finish, and comes with a padded case, a plush bow and rosin. The Cecilio 4/4 CVNAE-Black+SR violin is easy to assemble (the instrument comes partially assembled), and comes with a 1-year warranty.

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Ibanez AEG 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar (Dark Violin Sunburst)

Ibanez AEG 12-String Acoustic-Electric (Dark Guitar Violin Sunburst)

by Ibanez

Mechanism: Easy-to-read onboard tuner with LCD (liquid crystal display) for clear readibility

The AEG 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar is an above-average starter kit for beginning players. The guitar has an electric pickup that works well, especially in lower positions. The guitar's onboard preamp provides plenty of volume, and its shape control adjusts the treble and bass frequencies. The guitar also has onboard tone controls, but we found the tone controls to be somewhat confusing. The guitar has a mahogany top and body, which gives it a warm tone. The AEG 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar also produces a good range of tones, which makes it a versatile instrument that beginners can use for a variety of different styles of music. The guitar's low tuning range and low action make it a good choice for players with smaller hands.

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The Ibanez Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar Dark Violin Sunburst is an outstanding entry-level instrument for beginning bassists, offering a good, solid sound with easy playability. The basswood body produces a solid, thumping sound, and the pearl dot inlays on the rosewood fretboard provide a nice contrast against the dark, mahogany body. The Fishman Sonicore pickup and SST preamp offer excellent plugged-in performance, with crystal clear tone and good note separation. The pickup also produces rich, deep lows, making this bass an ideal choice for rock, pop, and funk. The Ibanez Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar Dark Violin Sunburst is also an excellent instrument for practicing, as its rich, full sound makes it perfect for playing along with your favorite songs. The Ibanez Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar Dark Violin Sunburst's mahogany neck and mahogany back, sides, and top provide a solid, sturdy build, and the body's shape is very comfortable to hold. The Ibanez Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar Dark Violin Sunburst is a great instrument for beginning bassists, and it's an excellent value.

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The Ibanez GA35TCEDVS Thinline Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar combines Ibanez's thinline body style, which slims the guitar down while providing more comfort, with the classic sound of acoustic and electric guitars. The Thinline body from Ibanez is slimmed down compared to previous models, and it's comfortable to hold. The guitar produces a rich, warm sound, and it has a more focused tone than some acoustic guitars. Pairing it with an acoustic-electric pickup, the GA35TCEDVS can produce a full range of sounds, from strumming to picking, without changing chords. The guitar's thinline body style is also appealing to players who prefer less bulky guitars. The Ibanez GA35TCEDVS Thinline Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar has a spruce top and a mahogany back and sides. It includes a padded gig bag and a tuner.

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Ibanez GA35TCEDVS Acoustic/Electric Guitar - Dark Violin Burst

Ibanez GA35TCEDVS Guitar Acoustic/Electric

by Ibanez

Onboard Fishman Sonicore pickup and Ibanez AEQ210T preamp provide extraordinary sound when you play plugged in

The Ibanez GA35TCEDVS is the guitar's most affordable option, and it's one of the best selling models in the Ibanez line. The guitar's body style fits guitarists of all sizes, and the sound is bright, clear, and balanced, with a punchy midrange. It's generally easy to play, and the string spacing is very comfortable. It has a great feel, and the sound is rich and full, with nice highs and a clean, clear low end. The guitar's neck is long enough for adult players, and it has a smooth, easy action. The guitar's AEQ210T preamp system has a built-in tuner and is easy to use. The guitar's 15-inch scale length is shorter than many guitars in the $250 to $300 range, but it's long enough to sound good on most songs. The guitar's natural finish is dark and lustrous, and it has a mahogany neck and bridge, a spruce top, and a mahogany body. The guitar doesn't include a case, but it's well-built, and it comes with a hardshell case, a strap, and an electronic tuner. The guitar's Neck-thru-body construction makes it easy to add an onboard electronic amplifier, and the guitar's onboard preamp system makes plugging in easy.

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Aliyes Electric/Acoustic Violin Set for Beginners Special Designed Gift for Kids/Beginner with Hard Case,Bow,Extra Strings (4/4/Full-size)

Aliyes Electric/Acoustic Violin Set for Beginners Special Gift Designed for Kids/Beginner with Hard Case

by ALIYES

Tone pure, clear, pleasing sound, tone is bright,Easy for beginners to get familiar with and master the correct tone

This is a well-made and affordable violin that works well for beginning students. The sound quality is good, and it's easy to assemble. The strings can be wound or unwound, which is important for beginning students that they don't have to worry about changing strings. The sheet music is easy to read, and the child can practice at home. The bow and case are high quality, and the violin is easy to place in the case. This violin doesn't offer as much support as more expensive models, so it's harder to play for long practice sessions. This violin is also less fun to play with an electric instrument than an acoustic one, because it lacks a pickup. However, for children who aren't quite ready to practice silently, this violin offers a good combination of acoustic and electric performance.

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The AEG70 is a solid, well-rounded acoustic guitar that performs well unplugged, and performs even better with the incorporation of Ibanez's patented electronics. The AEG70 features a 3-way pickup selector switch, which helps simplify miking the guitar for some players. The pickups are voiced well, and the guitar has a deep, rich tone that's perfect for strumming chords and strumming leads. The neck is rounded, making it easy to play, and the guitar has a concert-size body, making it easy to play both seated and standing. The AEG70 is well-built, and it's comfortable and easy to play. For the price, the AEG70 is a well-built, solid performer. For the price, the AEG70 is a well-built, solid performer.

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Kinglos 4/4 Black White Skull Colored Solid Wood Acoustic / Electric Violin Kit with Ebony Fittings Full Size (YSDS1312)

Kinglos 4

by Kinglos

Handcrafted solid spruce top, maple back and side, ebony fittings to strengthen the stability of these parts and offers excellent acoustical properties; ebony tailpiece with 4 fine tuners; Qualified for the beginner, student violinist and also professional player

Kinglos 4/4 Black White Skull Colored Solid Wood Acoustic / Electric Violin Kit with Ebony Fittings Full Size (YSD1312) is an affordable 4/4 violin with solid construction, good playability, and a decent sound. The construction is solid, with maple and mahogany wood. The strings are well-installed, and the bow is adjustable. The instrument has a comfortable feel, and the wood finish gives it a cool look. The 4/4 violin comes with a set of strings, a shoulder rest, a tuner, and a carrying bag. The tuner is convenient to use, and it supports both acoustic and electric violins. The 4/4 violin has a decent sound, which can be controlled by adjusting the volume and tone. It is suitable for young learners and intermediate players. It is a good instrument for music practice, performances, and parties.

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The Cecilio 4/4CEVN-1Y full-size electric violin is an excellent choice for kids and adults who love to play but don't have the budget for a more sophisticated instrument. offers great tone at an affordable price, and it's lightweight, comfortable, and easy to wear. The electric/silent bridge is very responsive and the neck is easy to play. The strings have a quality feel, and the electric tuner is accurate. The body is hand carved from solid maple wood, and the finish is high-quality, with a glossy varnish. The workmanship is top-notch, and the ebony fingerboard, pegs, chin rest and tailpiece with mother of pearl inlay are made of high-quality ebony. The Cecilio 4/4CEVN-1Y electric/silent violin is optimized to play both classical music and pop music. The 4/4CEVN-1Y is an entry-level electric violin, and its sound is best described as full and rich. The Cecilio 4/4CEVN-1Y full-size electric violin is an excellent choice for kids and adults who love to play but don't have the budget for a more sophisticated instrument.

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Kinglos 4/4 White Blue Flowers Colored Solid Wood Advanced Electric/Silent Violin Kit with Ebony Fittings Full Size (DSG1201)

Kinglos 4/4 White Blue Flowers Colored Solid Wood Advanced Violin Electric/Silent Kit with Ebony Fittings Full Size (DSG1201)

by Kinglos

Pay Attention: Your order may not be shipped until February 20 because of Chinese New Year. Orders placed during this period will start shipping on February 20 as ordered. After shipment, the estimated delivery time is about 10-30 working days.

The 4/4-size Kinglos violin is well-made, feels great in the hands, and sounds great. The pickup is invisible when plugged in, and the violin can record and play back via your computer's audio interface, so you can practice or record without the external pickup. It's a little loud for quiet rooms, but it's loud enough for practice. The pickup's volume control is very sensitive, so you'll need to be careful when using it to record. The violin also includes a tuner and a set of strings, so you can start playing right away. The violin's built-in mic also works well for recording your voice or practicing with a metronome. The pickup's playback and recording is very clear, and you can set the pickup's volume level once in the pickup's settings menu, and you won't have to mess with the pickup's volume again. Kinglos's violin is portable, but it's a little heavy, so if you need to move around a lot, you may want to have a strap on hand. With the sound of a violin, this violin will definitely appeal to musicians who are just starting out, and it's a good starting base for more advanced players who want to experiment with a 4/4 size violin.

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