Top 10 Electric Cellos
for December 2022

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Cellos, which date back to the 1600s, are notoriously difficult to play. But thanks to modern electric cellos, learning to play this stringed instrument is easier than ever before. Electric cellos, which look like regular cellos, are played by plugging in the instrument's electric bow and plucking the strings with an electric pick. While electric cellos are fun to play, they're also are great for musicians who don't want to deal with tuning or maintenance.

Our electric cello review in the MOOZ Themes Reviews Lab evaluates electric cellos for playability, sound, and portability. Our testers evaluated electric cellos for playability by evaluating their ease of play, including their string tension, string spacing, and string height; sound, including their tone, volume, and responsiveness; and portability, including their size and weight. Our top pick is the Soprano Stella Cello, which earned a score of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Cecilio CECO-4BK Ebony Electric Silent Metallic Black Cello in Style 4, Size 4/4 (Full Size)

Cecilio CECO-4BK Ebony Electric Silent Black Metallic Cello in Style 4

by Cecilio Musical Instruments

Includes: well padded lightweight soft-case, bow, rosin, aux cable, & headphones

The Cecilio CECO-4BK is a solid, well-built electric cello that sounds great. Its solid maple construction gives it a sound that is richer and deeper than most electric cellos, and the tonewood's density makes it more resistant to changes in humidity and temperature, which is important for the constant tuning required of an electric cello. The pickup is loud, and the volume control is very responsive, so it's easy to control the volume level. The bridge is adjustable, so the bow won't come into contact with the strings when adjusting the bridge height. The strings on this cello are high quality, and they provide a bright, clear tone. The cello is also lightweight and easy to carry. These cellos are traditionally built, so they will take some time to tune, and it's necessary to familiarize yourself with the tuning process before playing. The Cecilio CECO-4BK is a solid acoustic/electric cello, and it's a good choice for both beginners and experienced players.

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9.6
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4/4 Black Metallic Electric Cello, w/a gig bag,bow,rosin, headphone, cable & battery Ebony Fittings

Harmonia 4/4 Black Electric Metallic Cello

by Y-R

overall length 49" , scale length 27" , body depth 2" & largest width of the body 7"

This electric cello has all the features that a real cellist needs, though it's a bit too heavy for casual playing or travel. The ebony tuning pegs, metal tailpiece with 4 fine tuners,1 tone and 1 volume,and the ebony fittings give this cello a vintage look while maintaining its modern comfort. The sound quality is quite nice, with rich, resonant tones. The cello is light enough for most young cellists, but it's a bit heavy for older people or for cellists who move a lot. The 9V battery powers up the instrument quickly, but the instrument's built-in amplifier requires an external 9V battery, and the included 9V battery only provides 5 hours of playing time. The included bow, rosin, and gig bag are also good, though the cello's included padded case is not the best.

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9.5
SCORE
Aliyes Handmade Professional Solid Wood Electric Cello 4/4 Full Size Silent Electric Cello-Skull

Aliyes Handmade Professional Solid Wood Electric 4/4 Cello Full Size Silent Electric Cello-Skull

by Aliyes

Professional pick-up:Made in Germany .high fidelity, high sensitivity, low noise Update the new version of the white noise suppression circuit with no electronic noise. Array technology multi-level dynamic noise reduction processing maintains a comprehensive capture of complete, clear voice sound.with advanced tuners of volume and tone, sockets of line out, mic and phone, on-off.

The Aliyes Electric Cello is ideal for cellists of all levels, from beginners to advanced players. The pickup system on the Aliyes is much better than the pickups on our pick, the Yamaha Silent Cello, and it produces a cleaner sound (no noise from the strings being plucked). The bass on the Aliyes is deeper and clearer than the Yamaha, and the sound is bright without being screechy. The bow on the Aliyes has a better hold than on the Yamaha, and it's much easier to use. The finish on the Aliyes is attractive, and the instrument is light (about 18 pounds) and easy to transport. The Aliyes Electric Cello is also comfortable to play, with a comfortable body and neck, and it's quiet. The Aliyes is a great-sounding, well-made electric cello.

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9.2
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Cecilio 4/4 CECO-1WH Pearl White Electric Cello with Ebony Fittings in Style 1 (Full Size)

Cecilio 4/4 CECO-1WH Pearl White Electric Cello Ebony with Fittings in Style 1 (Full Size)

by Cecilio Musical Instruments

Includes: well padded lightweight soft-case, bow, rosin, aux cable, & headphones

The Cecilio 4/4 CECO-1WH Pearl White Electric Cello with Ebony Fittings in Style 1 (Full Size) is an excellent electric cello at an affordable price. The cello is well-crafted and feels well built. The fingerboard and pegs are of good quality, and the bridge is well-padded. The cello comes with 4 detachable tuners and a 9V battery. The sound quality is decent, and it's loud enough for practicing. It has a nice sound, but it's noticeably louder than the Yamaha YCL-300, which is another cello on our list. The Cecilio 4/4 CECO-1WH Pearl White Electric Cello with Ebony Fittings in Style 1 (Full Size) has interchangeable strings, so you can adjust the string tension to your preference. The cello also comes with a music book. The Cecilio 4/4 CECO-1WH Pearl White Electric Cello with Ebony Fittings in Style 1 (Full Size) is a good option for beginners.

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8.8
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The Yinfente Electric Acoustic Cello 4/4 Solid Maple Spruce wood Ebony Fittings Sweet Sound With Cello Bag Bow (Brown) is an excellent beginner's electric cello. It's a reasonable size, and the sound is very pleasant, with lots of body. The strings are of good quality, and the strings are long enough that a player can use both with and without an amplifier. Although it's a bit smaller than the traditional cello, it's still plenty big enough to make music, and it's light enough to carry around. The sound quality of this product rivals that of much more expensive models, and it's very fun to play. The Yinfente Electric Acoustic Cello 4/4 Solid Maple Spruce wood Ebony Fittings Sweet Sound With Cello Bag Bow (Brown) is a good fit for beginners, and it's reasonably-priced for more experienced players.

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8.5
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Aliyes Professional Handmade Solid Wood Electric Cello 4/4 Full Size Silent Electric Cello With bow, Case,Bridge Strings-DSDSN1808

Aliyes Professional Handmade Solid Wood Electric Cello Full 4/4 Size Silent Electric Cello With bow

by Aliyes

Professional pick-up:Made in Germany .high fidelity, high sensitivity, low noise Update the new version of the white noise suppression circuit with no electronic noise. Array technology multi-level dynamic noise reduction processing maintains a comprehensive capture of complete, clear voice sound.with advanced tuners of volume and tone, sockets of line out, mic and phone, on-off.

The Aliyes Professional Handmade Solid Wood Electric Cello 4/4 Full Size Silent Electric Cello With bow, Case,Bridge Strings-DSDSN1808 is an impressive instrument, with a stylish, high-quality build and exceptional tonal quality. The instrument is light and easy to play, with a smooth action and beautiful sound. The pickup system is well integrated, and the instrument is equally suited for both beginners and more advanced players. The guitar-like neck requires moderate effort to play, and the strings are light enough for young players. The instrument's pickup system is quiet, so it's ideal for practicing at home. The instrument comes with a protective case, bow, and bridge, and the manufacturer offers a one-year warranty. The only drawback is that, like most other electric cellos, the Aliyes is tuned in A, which can be slightly inconvenient for musicians who like playing in Bb and Cb.

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8.3
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4/4 Size Silent Electric Cello, w/a gig bag,bow,rosin, headphone, cable & battery.

Harmonia 4/4 Size Electric Silent Cello

overall length 49" , scale length 27" , body depth 2" & largest width of the body 7"

The 4/4 size Silent Electric Cello from Selmer is perfect for beginners and intermediate players who want to start playing cello. This instrument has 4 strings, a maple bridge, and ebony tuning pegs. The electric cello comes with 1 bow, 1 rosin, 1 cable, and 1 9V battery. The electric cello is made of plastic, and the finish is black sparkle gloss. The electric cello is very light, weighing only 6.5 pounds, so it is perfect for traveling. The electric cello comes with 1 headphone jack, so players can plug their headphones in and listen to themselves play. The headphones are good quality, and the sound is decent. The electric cello is also very quiet. The cello has 4 strings, and the lowest note is E4. The electric cello comes with a gig bag, so players can keep the instrument clean. The instrument has 1 volume and 1 tone control. The electric cello retails for $109.99, but Amazon sells it for $79.69. The electric cello is a beginner cello, so beginners and intermediate players will like the electric cello.

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8.2
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Aliyes Handmade Professional Solid Wood Electric Cello 4/4 Full Size Silent Electric Cello-Wood Grain

Aliyes Handmade Professional Solid Wood Electric Cello Full 4/4 Size Silent Electric Cello-Wood Grain

by Aliyes

Professional pick-up:Made in Germany .high fidelity, high sensitivity, low noise Update the new version of the white noise suppression circuit with no electronic noise. Array technology multi-level dynamic noise reduction processing maintains a comprehensive capture of complete, clear voice sound.with advanced tuners of volume and tone, sockets of line out, mic and phone, on-off.

The Aliyes Electric Cello Outfit features a beautiful wood-grain finish, a full-sized body, and a neck that's more comfortable than on traditional electric cellos. The pickup is of professional quality, so it's as powerful as most acoustic cellos. The Aliyes electric cello outfit also appears to be well made and sturdy, and it's set up quickly and quietly, so you're up and running in no time. The strings are of a good thickness and pitch, and it's very quiet when played quietly. The Aliyes electric cello outfit has a traditional 4/4-size body, which makes it easier to reach across the fingerboard. The strings and fingerboard are of good quality, and the neck has a comfortable feel. The fingerboard and strings aren't as smooth as on traditional electric cellos, but they provide plenty of finger control. The pickup produces a warm and rich sound, and it's as powerful as most acoustic cellos. The Aliyes electric cello outfit is less expensive than most traditional electric cellos, and it's a good choice for beginners.

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8.2
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Yamaha SVC-210SK Acoustic-Body Electric Travel 4/4 Cello

Yamaha SVC-210SK Acoustic-Body Travel Electric 4/4 Cello

by Yamaha

Includes softbag, earphones, batteries.

The Yamaha SVC-210SK is a lightweight electric 4/4 cello, featuring an EAX DSP amplifier and pre-amplification system, an onboard 3-band EQ, and onboard reverb. The pedal system allows for quick, easy changes between floor, stand, and seated settings. The pickup system features a piezo pickup, and is geared toward acoustic instruments, so it doesn't pick up any extraneous electric sounds. The onboard preamp, EQ, and reverb are professionally tuned by Yamaha, and can be used to adjust the sound quality of the cello. The SVC-210SK is ideal for beginning and intermediate cellists, and it's a good choice for players who don't want to carry around a heavy electric cello. The pickup system does pick up less noise than magnetic pickups, and the onboard preamp, EQ, and reverb have a pro sound. The controls are easy to use, and the body of the cello is compact, making it easy to transport.

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8.2
SCORE
Cecilio 4/4 CEVN-2BL Solid Wood Blue Metallic Electric/Silent Violin with Ebony Fittings in Style 2 (Full Size)

Cecilio 4/4 CEVN-2BL Solid Wood Blue Metallic Electric/Silent with Violin Ebony Fittings in Style 2 (Full Size)

by Cecilio Musical Instruments

Includes: lightweight hard case, Brazil wood bow with unbleached genuine Mongolian horsehair, quality rosin cake, a bridge, aux cable, and headphones

Cecilio's 4/4 CEVN-2BL electric/silent violin is a very good entry-level instrument, and it's even tuned like a traditional violin, so it's a good choice for classical musicians who plan to switch over eventually. The instrument comes with a string set, an ebony bow, and a case that's roomy enough for a violin, a viola, and a cello. It's light, and it's comfortable to hold and play. The instrument's build quality is good, and it's built to last. Cecilio's website has a great video that walks players through how to put on and tune the instrument. The instrument's sound is bright and clear, and it's loud enough for most purposes. The instrument's tone control is basic, so you can adjust its volume from soft to loud, but there's limited tone shaping options, and you can't change its tone. The instrument's output is somewhat uneven, so its performance can vary depending on the brand of amp or speaker you're using.

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