Electric violas are becoming more and more popular. Typically they are used for performers of jazz, pop, country, new age, etc. They are stringed instruments that are basically a cross between an electric guitar and an acoustic viola. An acoustic viola can be made into an electric viola by adding a pick-up that runs to an amp. Straight electric violas are available in several designs. They can be made from a variety of materials and include the pick-up built into the instrument. Much like an electric guitar, they can also have a variety of effects such as reverb, delay, or distortion.
Finding the right electric viola to suit your needs can be a challenge. Violin Outlet carries pick-ups from Fishman, Realist, and LR Baggs. Our electric violas come from suppliers such as Yamaha, Bridge, Mark Wood, and NS Designs.
Below is an example of an electric viola we carry. Please contact us for current pricing and availability.
Yamaha SVV200 Silent Viola
The Yamaha SV 200 Silent Viola offers all the advantages of an electric instrument (easy amplification without feedback, the use of effects, silent practice, etc.) while still feeling, playing and sounding similar to a high quality acoustic viola. It is a perfect instrument for performances at concert halls, studios or outdoor stages. It includes: dual piezo pickups, eq dial which provides a rich and warm tone, wood side frame and body design that generates a very natural sound, professional studio quality preamp, and it is made to a 16" viola scale.