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Fender FV-1 Electric Violin

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The beautiful, full-sized Fender FV-1 Electric Violin features a chambered body, solid spruce top, maple back and sides, ebony fingerboard, and a spe...Click To Read More About This Product

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Great value; stunning sonics!

The beautiful, full-sized Fender FV-1 Electric Violin features a chambered body, solid spruce top, maple back and sides, ebony fingerboard, and a special-design piezo electric bridge. Fender includes hardshell case, bow, and rosin with the FV-1 Electric Violin.

FEATURES
  • Chambered body
  • Solid spruce top
  • Maple back and sides
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Special-design piezo electric bridge
  • Bow
  • Rosin
  • Hardshell case
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4.1

(based on 17 reviews)

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OK

For it's price, the violin is pretty good, but compared to others, it really can't hold its own. The violin feels and looks ok, but when plugged in, the sound really isn't...Read complete review

For it's price, the violin is pretty good, but compared to others, it really can't hold its own. The violin feels and looks ok, but when plugged in, the sound really isn't all that great. I won't even comment on its unplugged sound, but hey, its an electric violin, its supposed to be plugged in. If you do get this violin, a preamp is definitely a must. Also, I would suggest not getting this and instead save up a couple more bucks and get the yamaha, its a better STARTER violin. Because if your considering this, your probably just coming into the world of amplified strings.

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Heavy.

Right off the bat you will notice the heaviness of this violin. Violins by nature are meant to be light enough to be held without help from your left hand. I did not get...Read complete review

Right off the bat you will notice the heaviness of this violin. Violins by nature are meant to be light enough to be held without help from your left hand. I did not get that from this violin. Without realizing i was holding most of the violin;s weight with my left hand, making difficult passages almost impossible to play. The sound is raw, which is to be expected with ANY electric instrument. It is not designed to be played straight into a PA or headphones. Buy a preamp, some effect pedals, and even an acoustic amplifier to hear how the instrument is SUPPOSED to be hear. All in all, the sound is decent. It looks AMAZING, but it is constructed in a manner that allows proper violin playing. Save up some more $$$ and get a yamaha or a zeta.

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4.0

OK

By The Man-r9vxv

from CA

For it's price, the violin is pretty good, but compared to others, it really can't hold its own. The violin feels and looks ok, but when plugged in, the sound really isn't all that great. I won't even comment on its unplugged sound, but hey, its an electric violin, its supposed to be plugged in. If you do get this violin, a preamp is definitely a must. Also, I would suggest not getting this and instead save up a couple more bucks and get the yamaha, its a better STARTER violin. Because if your considering this, your probably just coming into the world of amplified strings.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Heavy.

By Soulist910

from Los Angeles

Right off the bat you will notice the heaviness of this violin. Violins by nature are meant to be light enough to be held without help from your left hand. I did not get that from this violin. Without realizing i was holding most of the violin;s weight with my left hand, making difficult passages almost impossible to play. The sound is raw, which is to be expected with ANY electric instrument. It is not designed to be played straight into a PA or headphones. Buy a preamp, some effect pedals, and even an acoustic amplifier to hear how the instrument is SUPPOSED to be hear. All in all, the sound is decent. It looks AMAZING, but it is constructed in a manner that allows proper violin playing. Save up some more $$$ and get a yamaha or a zeta.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Silent

By Stargazer-uKEsq

from Toronto, Canada

Not usually much of a Fender man, but this violin struck the perfect balance between cost, looks, and sound in the shop.It looks a little strange, but its construction is solid and I found nothing to complain about. Seams are well sanded, pegs fit snug and don't loosen, and the tailpiece is real wood - a rare find on silents under 1k.It's bearable unplugged, but it jacked in, it's very fine for its price. Obviously it ain't contending with a Zeta, but it's very rich and sweet, with a sobbing low G and a piercing E, just as a violin should have. The pickups are also PASSIVE - that means no batteries, a definite plus in my book. (Most electric violins require batteries for their preamps.)The features are somewhat lacking as compared to other, even cheaper, violins - a single 1/4" output, a volume and a tone knob. Some electrics are known to have onboard EQs up to five bands, 2.5mm headphone jacks, line in jacks, what have you - but its simplicity doesn't harm its sound or feel.Oh, yeah - feels great in the hands. The shoulder rest is a little hard, but is fully adjustable in height and angle.The only complaints I have aren't even about the instrument - they're about the accessories. By far the most terrible bow and rosin I've ever had the misfortune to try and use. The included cable also didn't inspire a lot of confidence. But the case is solid!

 
4.0

the devil's in the details

By Alaina

from Los Angeles, CA

The violin sounds great and I love playing it. However, there are a couple of little things about it that bug me a bit. First of all, the bridge comes separate from the violin and there's really no way to secure it to the violin other than the fact that the strings hold it down. So, when you're tuning, the bridge moves, which is really frustrating and makes it pretty hard to tune at times. It's still manageable, though, if you learn to rely on the fine tuners more than the pegs. Annoying at most. The other thing is this: the first few times I played it, I noticed that I was running out of bow. I compared it to bows from my other violins and discovered that it's slightly (a centimeter at most) shorter. If you haven't been playing for seventeen years, maybe you won't even notice. If you have been, another bow works just fine. Other than those two things, I love this violin. It really sounds amazing, but then again, it's the only electric I've ever played.

 
2.0

They should have stuck with guitars

By Jeffo

from Chesapeake, VA

For all it's cool looks and brand name, the Fender FV-1 simply isn't a very good violin for the money. For the same price, you can get a much better eviolin, and for a beginner's instrument, this one is a bit pricey. The piezo pickup is of very low quality, and the instrument produces a whiny, cheesy sound. I was extremely disappointed with this instrument, and I've since purchased an eviolin with a much better pickup. Don't waste your money on the Fender.

 
5.0

Black Tone

By 6Vampyre6

from Irving, IX

An awesome voilin with great harmonics and overtones. It looks and plays fantastic. One of the best electric voilins for it's price.

 
4.0

White Lightning

By Terry Reed

from Nashville, AR

I have only been playing Violin for a little over a year now. I have 3 Violins and this Fender is the Best Electric i have played yet. It was designed with all the attachments included. Shoulder Rest, etc... The only improvement i would make is that the Bow is not as high of Quality as the fiddle is. I use a German made bow instead, and the combination works great.

 
5.0

I think it is a brilliant violin.

By Shawna Deniro

from salt lake city utah

I think that this is the best type of violin to own it has a brilliant sound quality.

 
4.0

hellz ya

By Courtney

from Kentucky

The violin is great. The only problem I have had is with the shoulder rest. It get's hard to take off sometimes. Other than that it's a fine violin.

 
5.0

Fixing the output/distortion problem

By Barry-nNIiK

from Prescott Valley, AZ

Under the bridge is the pickup, which on my particular violin was oriented with the white dot on the treble side. By carefully lifting it with a small screwdriver and rotating it 180 degrees (white dot on bass side), the output seemed to triple with more responsiveness, less bow noise and virtually no distortion through a very clean amp...with the bridge positioned for proper intonation.As with any fine instrument, this Fender needs a little tweaking to suit each player's individual style and needs. The results were well worth the time spent, and I haven't even tried good strings yet!

 
5.0

awesome!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

this is an awesome violin! the sound is beautiful and it's a very attractive instrument. sure yeah, the destrotion isn't the best, it still sounds good. I highly recomend this instrument! :)

 
1.0

eh

By BigMan01

from Michigan

Compared to traditional violins with a pickup on the bridge this violin doesn't even compare... sound is mushy.

 
5.0

Wailing Electric Violin

By Vote!

from Albuquerque, NM

See all my reviews

This thing is amazing. I put 2 extra tone knobs and an active system in mine and it can make any sound I want it to.

 
5.0

Bluegrass Punk

By Slicknic of the ferralchickens

from Western Mass

My FV-1 puts the spin on our Friday night garage band jams. I use a Fender Acustsonic JR with a guitar effects pedal with a preamp. Have used a mic tube preamp and realy adds to the depth and sonic perception. Great for playing feedback..picks up the whole band sound and recycles it into the PA system, it acts almost like a muted mic.Pro's are that it is sweet and simple and you can control with add ons like the pedal and preamp. My modeling pedal can make it sound like a harp or a sax or evan a fiddle. Simple is good in the long run for maintenance. Finish is nice and has held it's shine after 4-5 years of hard playing. Stays in tune well. Case is great.Con's are the bow was worthless, strings bad and needed replacement, but overall was playable out of the box. I also have had issues with the 1/4 plug in nut, it lossens up and will not stay tight. I use a 90 angle plug to put less stress on it. It's weight needs to get used to, but I find it is more heavy duty contruction than my normal fiddle and can handle the road better with less damage. I do not use the shoulder brace, very uncomfortable...but they all are.Overall, good fiddle for the price...

 
4.0

Great

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Great instrument. Fender has put together a well made, affordable violin with all the features of a more expensive, top of the line instrument. It plays extremely well and is fun to use. The only reason I gave it a 7 on the features is because the volume of the piezo pickup is a little weak and lacks strength. I am constantly having to adjust the volume on my amplification when I play the violin after another instrument. Otherwise, this is a great instrument for beginner to professional.

 
5.0

Great sounding instrument

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is one of the best sounding electric violins I have ever heard. However, headphones are needed for quiet practice as it sounds horrible unplugged. The only other drawbacks are with the included accessories. The included bow is one of the worst that I have used and the shoulder rest is hard and uncomfortable.

 
5.0

It's great

By emw2009

from Fredericksburg, VA

this is a great electric violin, the best kind of amp to use with it is an acoustic amp just because it sounds better, and if you buy go ahead and buy a good bow to go with it because the bow that comes with is crappy

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